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Old 02-20-2014, 11:03 PM   #1
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Diesel or gas

Newbie question. Probably been asked a million times. Does the higher cost of a diesel class A and fuel outweigh a gas class A with the basically same features?
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:12 PM   #2
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Here is a active thread asking the same thing that may interest you and here is a company that builds both..

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Old 02-20-2014, 11:13 PM   #3
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I see this is your first post. Welcome to the forum.

In answer to your question the answer is, of course, no. Our gas rig has taken us around the country several times just fine.

I believe there will be a few others coming on here shortly to dispute my findings.
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Welcome. Suggest you do a forum search re your question.....there have been many posts and discussions on this topic. There is much more to consider than just powerplant and cost. Such things like ride quality, engine noise front versus rear, etc. I could go on....but a forum search should prove helpful. Just MO....
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:57 AM   #5
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GENERALLY more weight carrying capacity
GENERALLY more storage capacity
GENERALLY more towing capacity
GENERALLY higher MPG when considering the increased carrying/towing capacity
GENERALLY much more comfortable to drive by not fighting crosswinds, general road wind, less back and forth rocking (boat wobble) and overall much smoother ride quality. Pass a semi with a 34-36' class A gas and do the same with a 38-42' diesel and you'll understand. Many that dispute this most likely have never driven a Diesel coach. Read thru the forums and you'll see many discussions about adding all kinds of ride and steering control devices on the gas A's (which are not cheap)... there is a reason :-)

I use "GENERALLY" because there are exceptions!

Do NOT be fooled by claims of "higher maintenance costs". In the end it's a "wash" between gas/diesel for maintenance costs for various reasons.

Both have their pro's and cons. Drive both and you decide what works best for you.

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Old 02-21-2014, 05:06 AM   #6
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Don't own a Typical Motorhome, but did drive a few looking for my full time rig.

Gas motor is between you and your passenger and under the front of your motorhome.

Diesel is usually at the back of the Motorhome. In the few I drove you could not hear the motor running.

Most gas motors will rev between 2000 and 3000 rpm cruising.

Diesel will be under 2500.

Both fuels have their specific odors. the diesel will hang around much longer though.

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I have read a lot of threads on the topic and I believe the some of the argument is bigger is always better and the more you spend the more you will love it.....

I also believe if you are a traveler and running from reservation to reservation and like to stay neck and neck with the truckers you will want a Diesel.

But if your taking the two lane life and enjoying every day at a time, a nice used Gas job will suet you just fine.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:44 AM   #8
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As already noted, either gas or diesel will take you where you want to go. We've had both. I believe its more about your personal preferences in how you want to travel. Read all that you can about the subject. First, figure out what size coach and what floor plan best meets your wants and needs. Then, drive both gas and diesel rigs.
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JMHO here, the biggest and only advantage to owning a Diesel Pusher is the ride in itself, it boils down to Truck verses Bus.
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Gas vs. Diesel? Oh boy, get ready for a lively debate. Your entertainment will be reading the comments of those who want to convince you that their choice, gas or diesel, should be your choice. I don't think there are very many, if any, MH's with gas or diesel chassis for the same length coach. The Diesel pusher is basically a different product than a front-engined gas product, so it's just not an apples-to-apples comparison. When people brag about upgrading, they are really buying a different product. Albeit, one with features and size that are not available in a typical gas engined motorhome. While some gas products have very up scale features and build quality, this category is also where entry level motorhomes reside, and they won't have the "goodies" of a diesel coach or a higher quality gas motorhome.

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Newbie question. Probably been asked a million times. Does the higher cost of a diesel class A and fuel outweigh a gas class A with the basically same features?
Thanks up front.
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We chose a diesel over a gas because it suited our needs better. We pull our race car in an enclosed trailer and the diesel does a better job of that. Not so much because of the power but because of the chassis. It seemed most gas RV's have a towing limitation of 7500lbs or less and we needed 10,000lbs. The ride quality and less engine noise, as others have stated, were bonuses for us. Bottom line... where and how your going to use the motor home should be largely considered. In a lot of instances a gasser will do just fine.
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Old 02-21-2014, 07:52 AM   #13
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Welcome to the forum.

After having been around this discussion block a few times, I'm of the opinion that the absolute best reason to buy a DP is because you WANT one.

I don't believe that running the financial numbers will ever get you to that conclusion because gassers and DPs will both get you wherever you want to go... it's just a matter of how much one is willing to pay for the benefits that a DP brings.

If you full time and plan to spend a lot of time out west in the mountains, it might tilt you toward a DP a bit but it really comes down to what you want.

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If you are just using the m/h for "camping", only put on a few thousand miles a year, then the extra cost of a diesel may not be practical. If you put on many miles a year, then the extra cost becomes practical. How you use the m/h will help you decide.

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