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Old 04-23-2015, 12:52 PM   #41
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Diesel, Get the 1Ton you won't regret it, I wish I would have gotten one for when I up grade to a 5er 37ft, Buy the right truck the first time.


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Old 04-23-2015, 12:59 PM   #42
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We have a HD 3/4 ton gas Chevy Silverado and a 1 ton diesel HD GMC. The diesel is the winner!


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Old 04-23-2015, 08:13 PM   #43
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I don't know about a gas engine, but my diesel has two fuel filters? They are about 75.00 a pop. I change mine every other oil change.
I'll take that over a Ford gas engine that either blows the spark plugs out or they break off in the head. Makes that fuel filter price not so bad.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:35 AM   #44
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Nights out and miles traveled make decision easier. Like thebrakeman said, long hard pulls and decends much more fun with diesel. We are out on the road more than home. F350 V-10 got 7-10mpg and 3500 diesel 10-13. Gaser screamed in Rockies and Cascades while diesel glides along.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:31 AM   #45
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I'll take that over a Ford gas engine that either blows the spark plugs out or they break off in the head. Makes that fuel filter price not so bad.
Why are you comparing having a new diesel to a 5.4 Ford from 10+years ago? I guess I could compare the Ford 6.2 gas to the 6.0 PSD and extol the gas engine's virtues????
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:08 AM   #46
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Traded my F-150 in for a F-250 diesel and could not be happier. The F-150 did the job, but i knew i was towing. With the F-250 it flys. I am amazed at the difference. You will love a diesel. I didn't NEED it, but life is short, live it. Look around, most all i see is the F-250 at the campground.
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:00 PM   #47
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I do agree that with the rig the original poster is towing, a diesel is in order and the better choice by far.

In a more toss up situation like mine (7K TT) I think a 400hp gasser with good steep rear end gears can easily fit the bill for way less money.

Also, the 2-3 mpg advantage you achieve towing with a diesel, is nearly completely negated by the higher cost of diesel at the pumps. Might not be that way forever, but it has been that way for quite a while now.
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:18 PM   #48
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I pulled up to Flagstaff on I 17 with some 6% grades yesterday. When I got tied up behind semi's doing 20-30mph the Duramax just got up and walked around the traffic. The rpms was at 2500 and not screaming with more pedal to go if I needed. When going down the grades the Allison trans held it back without riding the brakes and still had an exhaust brake option. I'm pulling a 38' Wildcat 5er and feels better than the old days of towing my 26' Jayco TT with a GMC 1500 gas. Life is better now.
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:42 PM   #49
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Diesel

I noticed in a past post someone mentioned "repairs to a diesel engine". In the three diesels I've owned or driven, none have ever had any repairs done. All three had at least 260,000 miles on the clock. One was over 300,000 and still strong. Longevity is something to think about.
Once you have owned a diesel, you will not go back IMHO. The one I have now is a 2013 Duramax/Allison and has been the better of the three I've owned or driven [work] in the past 15 years. I only have 40,000 and change on this one. Keep the oil and filters changed and they last a long, long time. Even if I didn't have an RV, I would still own a diesel.
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:52 PM   #50
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I'm not so sure your numbers hold up with today's gas and diesel engines. While the main components of a diesel might outlast a gas engine 3 to 1, there is now a LOT of stuff strapped to them that won't. While the long block might go for 500K, things like the DPF and DEF system likely won't. Will the injectors now running 30,000+ PSI last that long? What about fuel pumps? If one of the new HPFP's goes, you just spent $10-$12K replacing your entire fuel system. Also, today's gas engines last a very long time with pretty basic maintenance. 200K+ is not unusual. The day's of a gas engine being shot and ready for a rebuild at 100K have been gone for a while now. The advances in gasoline engine reliability and the EPA mandated emissions control systems on diesel engines have pretty much negated this argument. The towing performance of a diesel is pretty much the only strong case you can make for purchasing one in my opinion.
There are a lot of "what ifs" in there! I'm 69 years old and only live by the "what has been" events. It's those situations that have formed my opinions and not the what if worries. My dad used to say "what if a bullfrog had shock absorbers, he wouldn't bump his butt every time he jumped".
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