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Old 10-30-2016, 09:30 AM   #29
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Hi saberg and welcome aboard,

You have one thing in common with all of us, we all started at the beginning! I know what you're thinking, "wow was that profound or what"! Ok, you may be thinking something less than that but if you'd allow it I'd just like to add this...

I've been lurking, learning and trying to figure things out for awhile here on the forum and other places. And although its not scientific I'd have to say of those having gassers and diesel pushers easily 95+% have gone from gassers to diesel. Leaving less than 5% going from diesel to gasser! There is a reason for that and the numbers don't lie!

I'm making no judgement for you or engaging in the gasser vs diesel debate. Just giving you the facts as I know them! If I were pressed for more i'd say if you can afford a diesel buy a diesel but don't let anyone tell you "Gasser Bad"! If its more in your wheelhouse you buy a gasser you do it and go out and see this wonderful country of ours!

You may even meet me out there... Ok, maybe a good reason to stay home!
Not sure your 95% figure is correct. I for one went from diesel to gas. I have met a number of others doing the same. The comfort differences between the 2 are narrowing. The cost of the purchase price of the coach on the other hand is not. Diesel fuel is still way more expensive and add to the differential you now need to add DEF to that cost. I agree the MPG is better on a diesel and negates that fuel differential to a great extent.
Agreed without question if there is an unlimited budget I would buy diesel. I was very far from unlimited and why I went to a gasser.
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Hi computerguy,

As I said my 95+ percent is not scientific, but I think you'll agree its close! We also know that new gassers outsell new diesel by, whats the number, 4 or 5 to one? So my earlier comments really had nothing to do with anything other than;

In all my reading and paying attention to comments, the overwhelming number of RV-er's go from gasser to diesel! That's my only point and believe it's irrefutable.
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Old 10-30-2016, 11:19 AM   #31
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We wanted a DP but couldn't afford a new or even a late model. We bought our 2002 Monaco Windsor in 2012 and couldn't be happier with our decision!

I've done a lot of mods to make it more comfortable and safer. I have not had any major problems (knock on wood) and have been able to take care of the small stuff myself.

I pay Speedco about $300 a year for routine maintenance, including generator service. I think that's pretty darn reasonable!

Don't let the owner's manual scare you to death! Just jump in and enjoy the ride!
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Hey Joe, thank you for that!!!

You'll read some posts now and again that make it sound like unless you have $25 to $30,000 in the bank forget about a Motorhome, especially a diesel! I've been around the forum long enough to know that's hogwash!

Any of us can have bad luck and we all know that bad luck can cost money. We also know as said earlier, those who love their coaches and have few problems don't necessarily post about it. Be prepared like any good Boyscout but move forward and enjoy yourself!

Thanks for keeping us on track Joe,

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Old 10-30-2016, 08:06 PM   #33
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As one fella here told us when we were asking the same question:
If you drive a lot get a DP, if you camp a lot get a gas.

We got a gas.

A late model gas say...2012 and up, you can get some great amenities, very spacious and useful living space and well taken care of in the neighborhood of 55K -75K. But as many others have said, there is always something to tend to, fix or maintain to keep in good working order. To me, I like working in stuff and that part doesn't bother me a bit.
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Reading through the thread, there is such a tone of support from this community. We may be starting a RV journey, maybe not, but I can't imagine getting any better information. Thanks to all.
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As one fella here told us when we were asking the same question:
If you drive a lot get a DP, if you camp a lot get a gas.

We got a gas.

A late model gas say...2012 and up, you can get some great amenities, very spacious and useful living space and well taken care of in the neighborhood of 55K -75K. But as many others have said, there is always something to tend to, fix or maintain to keep in good working order. To me, I like working in stuff and that part doesn't bother me a bit.
How many miles yearly is considered to be classified as driving a lot? 5000, 7500, 10000, 15000?
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Hi computerguy,

As I said my 95+ percent is not scientific, but I think you'll agree its close! We also know that new gassers outsell new diesel by, whats the number, 4 or 5 to one? So my earlier comments really had nothing to do with anything other than;

In all my reading and paying attention to comments, the overwhelming number of RV-er's go from gasser to diesel! That's my only point and believe it's irrefutable.
By your numbers there are 4 to 5 times more gassers (new and old). I mean after they are sold they are old.
Somehow with less new and old DPMH's out there you are convinced that 95% of people go from gas to Diesel. How does this not eventually change the number of Diesels being sold new?
97.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot. Just sayin'
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:40 PM   #38
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When we live in Tyler we ended up selling our gasser and found a fantastic2008 DP rig in Tampa , FL from Lazydaze.... This was in 2011 and we've been nothing but totally pleased ever since.... Three trips to Yellowstone and The Tetons, two to Mt Rushmore, all through the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the list goes on and on...

You will never regret getting a DP..... We have loved ours and I want to assure you that if maintained they will go for thousands and thousands of miles....

Maintenance isn't really that much more costly - oil/filter change abt $200 BUT is only done abt every 12K miles....

Just be sure the coach you're looking at has been well maintained and then get in it and go....
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I personally think the big advantage to DP is the air suspension, the ride and the ability to lower it when parked or before leveling.
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If you rate all the peripheral items in a coach (toilet, refrigerator, faucets, windows, blinds, flooring, TV's, furniture, and on and on), most gas coaches will rate from 2-5 (scale 1-10). Even low end diesel pusher coaches will rate 4-7 and most high end diesel coaches will rate 7-10. You are buying a lot more than a diesel chassis and engine, the entire package is upgraded and generally will last longer.

Try finding a gas coach (or even a 5th wheel) with an Aqua Hot system. Aqua Hot was on my "Must Have" list.

My preference is to buy used and scale back the year model to one I can afford. Many of us actually enjoy working on and upgrading/customizing a used coach.
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