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Re: 8.1L propane power

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have 8.1s in my propane trucks. empty weight 24000lb allison 6speed overdrive. will get 6.5 to 7 mpg on highway crusing empty. loaded 32000lb making stops and pumping 3.5mpg. schwans has their own carburation system, its similiar to a PRINS system. Schwans usally detuned the 8.1s to get better mileage, they did not need 320hp in their smaller trucks. since GM quit building medium duty trucks Schwans switched to Ford V10s on propane. propane in my area sells for 2.10gal. your propane dealer could charge motor fuel tax on top of this price depending on the state your in. some states exempt propane as an alternate fuel. many dealers will just fill your truck and list it as a recreation vehicle. Scwans has 7000 trucks on the road, all propane powered. oil changes last 8to10000 miles. spark plugs and wires do not last as long, change 30 to 40000. most problems are not propane, but electrical.

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