Originally Posted by Born2RV
My husband and I are about five years from retirement (late 50's) and currently own a 2003 40' Fleetwood Providence. We have had very few issues with it and have enjoyed it immensely. However, with the cost of gas - we've been thinking about downgrading to a smaller diesel.
I think it's a fine idea, and there are many reasons to choose a DP over a gas unit, however, DON'T make the change purely because you think it will save you money with the difference in MPG from One unit to the other. The math is simply not in your favor for that.
Many people trade in their old paid off cars and get a new one based upon the thinking that they will save money because the new one is so fuel efficient..... I've done the numbers on quite a few of these cases, and the break-even point is usually 5-7 years or more.
Meaning it would be 7 years or more before the gas savings equaled the money you spent buying the newer fuel efficient vehicle. Only after the break-even point do any cost savings become apparent!
Make the change because of comfort or style, or simply because you want to, just not thinking you will save money. ( now of course if you downgraded all the way to a class B from an A - that might be a different story)
Edit : Hi, I see BillJinOR was a quicker typist and posted before I finished my thought ! We agree Bill !