Do your annual maintenance items. Maintenance on a diesel is more expensive.......Well maybe not. The correct answer is: it depends. Preventative maintenance, oil, lube & filters should cost about $300 to $400 for a diesel. Last year my annual was $325 at freightliner. A gas coach runs about $125 to $150. The service intervals vary and that's where the "it depends" comes in. Oil, lube & filters for Freightliner are 15,000 miles or 1 year, whichever comes first. Gas is usually 5,000 miles or 1 year whichever comes first. So if you're putting 10K on your gas coach per year you're probably close to breakeven. Non-preventive maintenance on a diesel is going to be quite a bit more expensive than gas.
While your fuel cost per gallon will increase; your fuel cost per mile may decrease. When I made the switch I was getting about 7 miles per gallon on my gas coach. I now get about 10 MPG on my 38ft DP. A 30% improvement. My break even point on fuel is $2.80 per gallon on gas when diesel is $4.00 per gallon. Right now in GA diesel is about $3.90 and gas is about $3.15 so my cost vs gas is favorable.
Marc & Jan
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