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Old 02-29-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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Hi guys, looking at a few trips and a few vehicles. Wonder if anyone had good/ bad to say about the old Chevy 6.2? It's in an '83 Pace Arrow...around 28ft. Torn between the old gas vs diesel conundrum. Seen many 24-25ft class Cs with gas big blocks. Seems the diesel would be a gutless turd in comparison. So many questions......

Insurance costs (liability, comp/col not worth it to me)

Fuel economy (lighter rig with big gas, heavier rig w/ small diesel)

6.2 common problems, reliability issues

I can fix a gas Chevy with bubblegum and a paper clip on the side of the road, but I've never dealt with the diesels (parts availability, too). Looking at long trips, and I'm not a fan of being without parts.

I've read a bit on fuel economy.....8-9mpg w/ the 6.2? Can't imagine a 454 would be much different??

I know the gas/ diesel debate is older than dirt, I'm looking for stories/ first hand experiences, insights, brand bashing, anything you guys want to throw my way.


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Old 02-29-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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gut, welcome to the forum. IMHO I would stick with the gas. Good luck and let all know what you decide to go with...

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Old 02-29-2012, 10:24 PM   #3
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Hi gutwrencher, welcome to the forum. Sounds like you're more comfortable with gas engines. Diesels can be expensive, particularly if you can't work on them yourself. I can't help with your question about the 6.2. Best of luck.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #4
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Welcome Gut. I had a 1989, 32' with a 454. My last trip (hell. it was my first trip to) I got 8.5 mpg and was surprised at the power the old chevy big block had.

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Old 02-29-2012, 11:08 PM   #5
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Ive worked on gassers and diesels. I dont find diesels more or less$ then gassers. Parts for diesels are about as pricy as gasser stuff and in my opinion diesels are better both for reliability and mileage but that's me because I work on both. Just to set you straight though that 454 is more like 3-5 miles per gallon instead of 9-10 in a diesel.Niow having had both hands down Id go with a diesel but again thats me. You do what you feel best with!
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3-5MPG is about spot-on. My '84 Pace 27Y did 4MPG in almost any direction.

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Old 03-01-2012, 07:00 AM   #7
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I have a 25' P30 chassis, 454 with a TH400 trans. I tow a 14' cargo trailer with a 650 lbs motorcycle and the usual tools.

Last December, I averaged 6.4 mpg driving from Chicago to Lake Havasu City, AZ. I keep the speed at 60, cruise control on the flats.
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i have a 87 34' bounder with a 454 pulling a 16' trailer with a 950 harley. generally get between 5-6 mpg, never less than 5. terrible, especially with the price of gas, however the old girl is paid for and runs great.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:23 PM   #9
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Well, the 6.2 doesn't scare me after much research. Gutless, but economical. BUT, this thing has 109k miles, roof leaks, fridge doesn't work off electricity, fuel shutoff doesn't work, etc. The guy is asking $2500, and seems to play the ignorant card when asked questions......

Thanks for all the replies, need to think about this one (HAA). I might keep searching for a diesel, though.

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