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Old 08-12-2019, 08:49 AM   #1
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Diesel vs Gasoline

Hi everybody,

I know it’s a dumb question, but I’d like your opinion and expertise please? This vehicle will be my everyday vehicle. An in town “let’s go to the grocery store” “I have a doctors appointment” vehicle. We’re only planning to use a travel trailer about six times a year five of those times will probably be trips 3 to 6 hours away with one long vacation about 19 hours away each year. I don’t envision using it much more than that as my husband is still working his business full-time and plans to for the next 5 to 10 years.

What do you suggest diesel or gas?

And if you have truck preferences, I would love your opinion on that as well. I’d like to keep it at 250/2500. We’re pulling a 2012 30’ Palomino puma about 7000 pounds dry and a little over 11,100 GVWR.

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Old 08-12-2019, 09:18 AM   #2
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New or used? What’s your budget?

If new, you’re looking at $40K or more. That could get you a used 3/4-ton, gas or diesel, either of which would get the job done, and a new or used fuel efficient grocery getter.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:28 AM   #3
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My 2 cents worth. Not sure if your Puma is a TT or 5th Wheel. If a 5th wheel you need to watch out for the pin weight. At 11K you are looking at 2200 pounds of pin weight if its a 5th wheel. You might be pushing it with a 3/4 ton truck, but not my problem. I have pulled my 5th wheel with both a gasses and diesel. They were and are my daily driver. Some of the newer models get decent mileage so I guess it's customer choice. If it's your only vehicle then get a diesel and buy an inexpensive car to drive back and forth. It's better to have too much power then not enough.
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Gas or Diesel was the same question I had researching Class B RVs.

I decided Gas because the fuel cost less, the engine costs less to maintain and no DEF out weighted the better MPG of a diesel.
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Gas or Diesel was the same question I had researching Class B RVs.

I decided Gas because the fuel cost less, the engine costs less to maintain and no DEF out weighted the better MPG of a diesel.

Drivability doesn't play the same role there as it does when looking at a TV for a fifth wheel... those attributes still apply, but more do that you don't need to consider with a class B.

Op - for six times a year and such a light fiver, I wouldn't bother with diesel. I'd consider a diesel strongly if upgrading is even a spark right now. If you opt to go with the diesel option for a potential upgrade down the line, spring for the 1T.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:27 AM   #6
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Get a diesel if you don't want a gas engine screaming at you over passes and on hills. If you don't mind a little screaming now and then a gas truck will work.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:40 AM   #7
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As an aside I drove a gas 2500 as a daily for three years and then drove a diesel 2500 as a daily for six years. (Now my daily is A DRW 3500). Towing aside, I just liked driving the diesel 2500s better (and by a pretty wide margin). I'd suggest test driving both; the difference will be pretty obvious.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:48 AM   #8
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I second test driving gassers and diesels. Chances are you will know when it's the right one. I went with diesel because of the torque (spend a lot of time in the mountains) and the driving range.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:59 AM   #9
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The old school was the gasoline powered 250/2500, 350/3500 trucks were underpowered.

Well that started to change in 2013 with the Ram 6.4 hemi followed by Ford in 2017 when the tweaked the 6.2 gasoline and redesigned a lighter truck.

Now in 3 or 4 months the redesigned 2020 trucks will have super powerful diesel engines as well as powerful gasoline engines.

GM - 6.6 gas engine, 464ft lbs. torque
Ram - 6.4 gas engine, 429ft lbs. torque
Ford - 7.3 gas engine, 475ft lbs. torque

Agree with the above posts that driving a powerful diesel truck feels better no doubt. But soon, driving a gas powered truck will not feel bad either.
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Thank you, I’ll do that, I’ll drive them both.
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For your needs I would go diesel. It's going to be a better towing experience.

But test drive them both, you will know which one you're more comfortable with as a daily driver.

Your towing so little for the next 5-10 years, even if you like the gas better, for the towing you do, it will be a small percentage of the overall use.
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I just went through the same dilemma.
I bought a new TT that was more than my old truck was rated for so started looking for a new truck.
My preference was for a Chevy/GMC 2500HD and would have loved a diesel but even in a used truck the diesel commands $8-10,000 more which I couldn't justify.
Now IF I were contemplating a 5th wheel, I would almost certainly have gone for an older diesel for the increased towing capacity.
As it is, my Sierra 2500HD gas is rated only 500lbs less than the diesel (for a travel trailer). The big difference is in the 5th wheel capacity where the diesel can handle about 3,000lbs more than the gasser.
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Are you sure your numbers are correct?

4,100lbs CCC on a 7,000lb trailer seems a LOT.
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Old 08-12-2019, 01:41 PM   #14
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I went through the same thing. I really could not justify the higher price and expense of the diesel . I only take a long trip about once a year with my trailer,the rest of the trips are 100-150 miles one way about 6 or 7 times a year. I put about 10000 miles a year on my truck . most of it short runs around town. That would kill a diesel engine. When my wife retires in a few years I may rethink this as we hope to use the trailer more often , for longer trips .
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