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Old 03-25-2011, 04:54 AM   #1
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Is the diesel 'option' still an option?

As for us we would be thrilled to find a used diesel in a non class A coach and depending on price and condition would buy it in an instant but we got to wondering about those who may have been or are on the diesel fence so to speak.

Are you still undecided or have recent events made the decision for you-'A' thoughts welcome as in some instances the choice for either fuel is available??

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:12 AM   #2
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There are soooooo many threads in here and other forums regarding Diesel vs Gasoline, the benefits, the ups, downs and differences in overall cost. All those threads with dozens of responses, multiple pages all result in the same conclusion. People have pros and cons for both usually dependent upon how often or how far they travel or how much they tow.

Rather than worry with the price of the fuel, which the nationwide average is roughly only $0.50 cents/gal different between them, I think it's an ideal time to buy either platform you can afford. Just as with real estate and homes right now, it's definitely a buyers market and those that may not have considered a Diesel chassis due to price in years past may now find them much more competitively priced in our current economy.

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Old 03-25-2011, 03:56 PM   #3
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They are used diesel engines in other then class A RV.
Some in C's and Super B's you just have to search for them.

My A has a diesel, but that is what happen to be in the house with the floor plan I wanted. I do like the 10 plus MPG over my old gas A at 5.6 MPG
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:15 AM   #4
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94, I agree that this topic has been well discussed; however two facts have changed; diesel fuel is either at or tied for its highest price in modern history AND new engines are vastly different-but perhaps you are correct- one is either a diesel person or not and that mindset pretty much static.
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I purchased my new revolution in2008 when the bottom fell out of the economy and diesel was $5.00 a gallon, so what ever rver's buy you still have to buy fuel and the little in difference in price between gas and diesel it's worth it to me.
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It is now 2011, I pur a FORD F 250 gasser 2009 in O9 and pull a 31ft EVERGREEN TT.
I get 10 mpg towing.
This is good enough for me. I talk to people with the same truck in diesel and they get abt 10mpg, so gas at 50 cents per gal LESS than diesel, I come out ahead.
When I pur the truck diesel was $1 MORE per gal than gas
As always YMMV.

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I guess it depends on what type of Rv you choose fifth wheels 35ft and up diesel truck, class c gas is fine, motorhome 40ft and up diesel only, it's all about weight,horsepower and torc. As stated several time in the forem, multiple opinions of pros and cons.
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My opinion is to a large extent it depends upon the mission.

Diesel power preferred for high annual mileage (+5,000) or mountain driving.

Gas power ideal for short trips and flat land operation.
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:34 AM   #9
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My opinion is to a large extent it depends upon the mission.

Diesel power preferred for high annual mileage (+5,000) or mountain driving.

Gas power ideal for short trips and flat land operation.
I agree with that assessment. If you are a snowbird migrating then gas would be fine. If you plan to see the country, then diesel is a must, both for fuel efficiency and longevity. The new GMC diesel tested at 14mpg towing full load, and 17 no load. In a years time 7 mpg difference means big $$$ if you are a traveler.
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Have done both Gas and Diesel, preference is largely a personal matter, why debate it. The new generation diesels are almost beyond belief from as little as 5 years ago.

Get informed... think of your primary usage as Eaglesview stated. If money is not in short supply like it can be for us retiree's, and if EGO drives you more than commonsense, then a 600 HP Diesel Burner is your ticket to Nirvana,,, jump out there signup and buy one ASAP, the economy is in the crapper and industry needs your cashflow!

I am happy, for now with my gas burner, and at 9.1+ MPG it does all I expect with an easy style I can live with. Down the road, once DW retires and we start serious travelling then Diesel will be in order, and by then I am hoping all those "Testosterone Cowboys" will have tired of their new 45' - 600 HP Diesel EGO Boosters and sell it to me at 20 % of what they paid for it !!! Where are the jimmy swaggert/jim baker pervs whan ya need em ????????? Couple "donations" to the local prostitutes and they can get me my prayers answered !!!! lol

Seriously, becoming educated on your own limits, expectations, what ya need from the MH will go a longway towards helping you make a wise choice. Be happy, drive safely, see all America has to offer the Mobile RV'ers of this land, and if ya see me plodding along at 60 mph just toot as ya blow by and flash me your phone number so I can buy your beast when you tire of it !

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