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Old 05-05-2012, 04:25 PM   #15
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It's like the issue with hybrid auto's. What's the payback time period. I'm willing to bet you need to keep a DP over ten years and put over 100,000 miles on it to brake even on MPG.

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Hi Fred, I think your probably right. I did not guy a diesel for the difference is fuel cost, its quieter and usually less maintance. Cost of an oil change is certainly an exception.
But we sure like our 99 Alpine 36 ft DP.

Before we bought an RV we were in Alaska. While visiting with another tourist, he asked "which one of those RV's are yours??" I had to tell him, the red Dodge van. He asked "why don't you have an RV"?? I told him, as an old trucker I had put the pencil to the cost of operating an RV compared to the van and a suite case, and I figured this Alaska trip was $2000. cheaper with the van than a motorhome. This was only figuring travel expense with no consideration of the purchase price. I never will forget what he told me, he said "since when do we make a trip like this to save money"?? That stuck in my memory. Yes I certainly agree with your analysis of the hybrid car and the gas vs diesel motorhome. The bottom line seems to be "you gotta pay.. to play" good wishes, Old Trucker
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #16
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Heard on the news yesterday that the price of oil dropped last week, which has no apparent relation to the increase in the price of gas around here last week. Doesn't make sense to me.
Yup, closed at about $98 a barrel on Friday. Down about $6 for the week.

They used to tell us that pricing was supply and demand. Less demand, in the US, and the price went down. Now we cut consumption in the US and they sell the excess on the world market. The US price stays the same or goes up.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #17
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When I sold my gas class A and purchased a class A DP on March 17th the gap between the cost of gas and diesel was about a $0.20 a gallon around here.

Since my purchase, deisel has stayed around $4 a gallon and gas has dropped to an average of $3.46 around here. Now we have a gap of $0.53 a gallon, gas vs.deisel.

Just seems to be the way things go for me.
Hi right lane,

As an old retired cross country trucker, I tend ti figure my cost on a per mile basis. Lets take a lookbefore you get your panty hose tied up in a knot.

Example; Gas at $3.46 per gallon at 7 mpg = .49 cents per mile
diesel at $4.00 per gallon at 9mpg = .44 cents per mile.

Lets all be honest with each other. We did not buy a diesel pusher to save fuel cost. Fuel cost may have been some what of a factor because we had to come up with advantages to help "justify the cost of our toys".. Did we not buy it because it had a flat front floor and easy to get into the drivers seat. We also left the noise about 35 ft behind us. I am sure we also enjoyed several luxury features. Good travels, hope you enjoy ypurs as much as we do our old 99 Alpine Coach. Safe travels, the old trucker

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We are on our 4th gas A and it is fine for the little traveling we do. Have road tested DP's and there is no way if you travel lots and tow and travel western states and want total comfort you can say gas is as good. IMO a DP is worth the price difference over gas cost per gallon.
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Would you do me a favor and come to California?

Today I just paid $4.36 for 87 octane in central California.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:36 PM   #20
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and you still stay in california
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Never had a gas class A but know people who do, engine noise while under way and bounce after the bump is what they don't like about the lighter gasser vs heavier deisel pusher, it's one of the reasons we went DP.
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Was wanting to purchase a DP but buying a gas unit this week. I think it all works out in the wash, be it gas at 5 to 9 mph or diesel 8 to 12 mph. Me thinks you made a wise decision no matter what, but who am I to say.
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My heart screamed, "DP", but my wallet said, "Gas or walk."

In my case it wasn't MPG or fuel price, it was initial purchase price.
I wanted to afford to both buy it AND use it.


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and you still stay in california

LOL yeah we're staying here.

Have been to all 50 states, lived in 5 of them and, while they are nice, we like it here the best.
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In my case I look at a gas A getting 8 MPG and my DP getting 10.

Mine gas A gets 11mpg.
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Mine gas A gets 11mpg.
Geez, don't tell a mechanic or he'll fix it and you'll get 7.
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I don't get it when the topic is gas verse diesel its like apples and oranges.
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Carrying capacity

Many years ago we had a Class C gasser. With one change of clothes and a full tank of gas that thing was overloaded. I had to replace the springs, add air bags, it never had adequate brakes, and it BARELY made it up hills.

When I got my first diesel TV I was changed forever. And after following me up some hills my friends & camping companions switched to diesel too.

That being said, we saw some really nice class A gassers at the show a couple of weeks ago.......... The V10 is a good engine...........

As my DW puts it: 'You wanna play, got gotta pay'.

Dd the VW van thing, too cramped! No Kia for us!
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