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Old 02-23-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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Diesel Vs Gas

I am looking at buying a truck and a slide in camper and trying to decide between a diesel or gas engine. Would it be a problem to find diesel fuel if you are in a remote area like Alaska. I know diesel is available along any major route, particularly with truck travel
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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Hi whereartgoes,
Welcome to iRV2. I have no personal experience in Alaska. However, I doubt there would be any problem obtaining diesel fuel. There are many diesel powered vehicles in Alaska.
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We traveled into Alaska last summer...we were in a gasser but we always saw diesel everywhere - no problem in AK or Canada. Bob
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Gas price is higher here than diesel now.
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I've traveled USA, Canada and Alaska in five differnet diesels and never had a problem finding diesel fuel. If diesel is what you want go for it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:57 PM   #7
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I am looking at buying a truck and a slide in camper and trying to decide between a diesel or gas engine. Would it be a problem to find diesel fuel if you are in a remote area like Alaska. I know diesel is available along any major route, particularly with truck travel
All but the smallest slide in's are pretty darn heavy, figure at least a 1 ton truck and of course, you'll want a 4x4. You really only have one real option, diesel.
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I agree... those campers get really heavy...even the smaller ones. Do yourself a big favor and get the 3500/350 diesel DRW....you won't regret it.

As far as Alaska...diesel is anywhere there is gasoline....been there done that. However, just remember that gas/diesel is MUCH more in Canada and Alaska than it is in the lower 48.

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The only problem with a diesel and a slide in camper is you lose 800# to 1,000# of cargo capacity due to the heavy engine and trans.
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I am looking at buying a truck and a slide in camper and trying to decide between a diesel or gas engine. Would it be a problem to find diesel fuel if you are in a remote area like Alaska. I know diesel is available along any major route, particularly with truck travel

www.allstays.com has lots of different listings, one is to find where any gas stations are that sell diesel.
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As a person who owns a large TC do not get anything smaller than a 1 ton truck, a 3/4 ton can not handle the weight. I used a 1 ton crew cab dully 4x4 diesel and it worked well. My TC dry weight is 3,100 lbs. I started off with a 3/4 ton because the salesman said it would work ya right! We now have a 38 ft MH and I need to sell the TC this spring. We will miss the TC there were a lot great memories camping but now we have the MH and will be full timing in about a year.
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whereheartgoes, don't be a stranger now. Stay in touch, good luck on your search for the right vehicle for you, and when you get it, many safe and happy miles.
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