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Old 11-02-2012, 09:23 AM   #43
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I think I'm going with the diesel. I have avoided some routes when towing because of the hills, but we want to hit some of the mountain campgrounds. I just feel I'll be better of with the diesel.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:30 AM   #44
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LOL - Diesel fuel pumps are the worst. Can't fill up my truck w/o getting diesel on my hands. The diesel pumps are always dirty. On the plus side I can pull the 5er in with the big rigs at truck stops and if I figure out how to use the pumps I fill up in 1/3 the normal time with those larger nozzles. At the truck stops be ready to stand is a mix of diesel fuel water and dirt and grab a dirty pump handle and breathe the diesel fumes from the big rigs....ahhh
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:48 PM   #45
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That has happened to me less then 5 times in 20 years, though I must have saved 30% in fuel. Not bad reward for washing my hands and one time the shoes.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:21 PM   #46
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My 2 cents


Just bought a 2012 f250 gasser.

Worked on diesels while in the service on more vehicles then I care to remember. Diesels are work horses, period.

Currently, We will probably camp no more then 300 miles from my home at most 10 - 12 trips per year.

I thought long and hard about getting a diesel but given my scenario right now, I couldn't justify the extra 7 - 8 k.

Been on a couple of trips pulling our 30 + foot TT in some hilly areas, really have not had much issue. Could a diesel have done better on those trips, sure, but I did fine.

When we retire and if we are not in a coach, and we plan on seeing the good old US, I will probably get a diesel, but for my now, my needs are met.

I think each person needs to look at what it will be used for and decide from there.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:48 PM   #47
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Having owned both for logging, farming and delivery work, there is a time and a place for each.
As far as who passes who on hill...who gives a rats....and is a lousy reason, period...unless you hang the swinging decorations from the hitch insert...and like gambling on that third marriage.
For the MH'ers..it isnt an extra $7K..helloooooo....try $50K + with a bunch more for fuel purchase, maintenance issues, and diesel availability, which can be a major hassle finding in unfamiliar areas. The difference in mpg for a MH is almost non-existant. I get 8 with an 8.1 Liter. I wonder about those that use a tractor to pull a 5er. No brain...no pain.
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Having owned both for logging, farming and delivery work, there is a time and a place for each.
As far as who passes who on hill...who gives a rats....and is a lousy reason, period...unless you hang the swinging decorations from the hitch insert...and like gambling on that third marriage.
For the MH'ers..it isnt an extra $7K..helloooooo....try $50K + with a bunch more for fuel purchase, maintenance issues, and diesel availability, which can be a major hassle finding in unfamiliar areas. The difference in mpg for a MH is almost non-existant. I get 8 with an 8.1 Liter. I wonder about those that use a tractor to pull a 5er. No brain...no pain.
I couldn't agree more. When we had our 8.1 Workhorse it pulled our MH fine with our enclosed trailer. We got about 7.5 MPG. Maintenance was a breeze and cheap. 75K miles all trouble free. No issues with bad diesel and clogged fuel filters. Not so with this 8.3 Cummins. 9.5 MPG, clogged fuel filters on several occasions, 5 1/2 gallon oil changes, air filters that cost $200.00, three alternators, cracked fuel injector lines, bad lift pump, cracked coolant line to air compressor, and on and on. We put about 80K miles on this and it's being traded in on a lightweight toy hauler so I can pull it with my gas pickup. It did go up hills faster though LOL!
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