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Old 08-27-2006, 02:09 PM   #15
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If you notice, the gasser folks are generally under 17000# GCW. With our diesel, we are about 21500# GCW. Pulling this we manage to get 10 to 11 mpg (and as high as 11.9 mpg) running 65 mph. Solo we typically get 15 to 16 mpg at 70 mph.

Based on towing a large load and not worring about hills, I will use my diesel. If we ever go back to a smaller trailer, I will have to consider a gassser.

We have friends with Dodge and Ford V-10 engines and they are really thrilled if the manage to get 8 mpg. Typically they run 6 to 7 mpg.


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we are at 26 gcvwr and i sit at 23k loaded so nt much left over

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I've owned a Dodge V-10 and now a Dodge CTD.

First of all, I'm confused about everyone's gas to desiel price comparison. Have any of you looked at the sign out in front of the stations? Deisel costs less than gas.

My V-10 got 11 mpg. Period. Didn't matter if it was empty or pulling a backhoe.

Now consider, with a desiel, you'll get better mileage. I get 19.5 average everyday, and 12-15 pulling. Better than the gas either way you go.

The oil change costs twice as much witht he desiel, but you only have to do it half as much, so that's a wash.

New, a desiel truck does cost way more. So why buy new? I got mine for hardly nothing. 3 years later, it's still worth more than what I paid. Now I had to do a little shopping and looking, but I didn't just go get the first one I found.

I beleive most of the scare about desiels come from mis-information or lack of information. There's a big scare thats got everyone convinced they can't ever work on them. Well who's working on thier computer controller gassers? Not the owners anymore, unless it's simple stuff, which we do too.

It's all going to come down to what's best for you. My personal prefrence is I will NOT buy new again, unless someone gives me a winning lottery ticket. Yes, I said gives. I'm not wasting my own dollar on a sure loss. There's no reason to take a $6000 hit on a vehicle when it's not needed. I shop for used in top shape with a warranty. Especially here in a college town. We have 60,000 students buying these big trucks with daddy's money, driving them to class every day, then selling them off when they are done. 4 years old and not a scratch in the bed.

If I have my way, I'll allways own a desiel. At 150K miles your gas will be worn out, my desiel will be running better than ever. I have a buddy with 300k+ miles on his and another with 700k+ miles, and the 700k truck has pulled a backhoe every day since purchased. It's had a belt replaced and a water pump replaced, oil changed and filled up once a week.

My 2 cents. Clear as mud. Hope it helped.
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Dont be confused, around here diesel fuel is 20-30 cents more per gallon than primium gas!!!!!!

I do agree that a turbo diesel will out pull, but at a price. You guys that live out in the flat land get awsome fuel ecconomy, but around here (rocky mountains) the difference between diesel and gas ecconomy is smaller. With the big block motors I have owned I got 8 pulling 10,000 I get 9 with the PSD, yes its better but I can buy a lot of gas for the $6000 extra we must pay to upgrade to a diesel.

For me the weekend camper, a gas motor is making more sence, if I were rich and could afford anything, dam rights I would own a turbo diesel. Just can't afford to feed it any more a 3.67 a gallon.

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