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Old 06-10-2014, 07:39 PM   #11
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I agree 100% - we have had both - our 1998 chevy diesel is still going at 175k miles and we had a 1995 ford diesel with over 250k miles and its still going too - but went with gas on latest 2012 chevy HD since we do not tow as much any longer - diesels are BEASTS !!
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:40 PM   #12
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Diesel is preferred for towing but it is all personal preference of course!!!
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:42 PM   #13
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after years of towing with various gas vehicles, I finally convinced myself to go diesel last year. I "thought" my gas vehicles were capable enough until I towed with diesel. Almost effortless. I was getting 7MPG towing 7000lbs with a 3/4 ton gas truck. Now getting 12MPG towing 11000lbs with diesel. All the newer diesels have an exhaust brake too. Stops like trailer isn't even there. Consider the resale value of gas vs diesel too. Would you buy a 200,000 mile gas truck? Nobody bats an eye at 200,000 on diesel. Not that gas isn't capable, just that if you convince yourself to go diesel, you won't regret it.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:55 PM   #14
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I tow with a 8.1L Chevy with the allison trany. Plenty of towing power. When towing my mpg is 8 and when not it is 11. My buddy who tows with a Ford 450 gets about 9-10mpg. To me not a huge difference especially when I use the truck primarily for towing. In 4yrs I have only put 15k miles on the truck. When I get ready to "part time" I will go to diesel. The typical difference between gas and diesel is 20-30 cents per gallon.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:58 PM   #15
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when not towing, my 1 ton diesel gets 18MPG no problem. Best my gasser got not towing was 13MPG. Around here, diesel is now only 5 cents more than gas
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:09 PM   #16
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I have a friend who just bought the f250 with the 6.2 auto trans his tt is around 10000 lbs I think and he said it pulls very well
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:34 PM   #17
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On a new Ford f250 or F350 the diesel is about a $7000 option. I was just wondering if the gas would compare close to the diesel pulling power. There is no doubt that the diesel will out preform the gas, however for those of us that tow less than others and will also be using the tv as a daily driver could it be a little more cost effective. I was just interested if anyone is towing with one and if they are please with its capabilities.
If you get to test drive both engines...I believe the torque will set the two apart tremendously...gas at 434 ft/lbs torque for gas model vs 800 ft/lbs torque for diesel...again a lot of variables to consider for your particular towing needs on which engine will make you happy
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:58 PM   #18
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I have the 6.2 in my F250 and like it. I've towed my Surveyor 5er (8750 lbs Dry Weight) for over 5000 miles with no problems. This includes a long haul from Michigan to Florida and back again. It handles the hills good, but does gear down accordingly. I've been getting anywhere from 9.5 to 10.5 MPG. I also added air bags which has made for a smoother ride.
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These conversations come up often here and I always respond with the same. I went from a diesel of 10 years to the Ford F250 6.2L. The reason was the initial cost and I only tow about once a month, mostly local, so the torque I lost with the gas is not a big deal. As far as the 6.2L, it pulls comparatively to my old F250 7.3L diesel although not comparable to "modern" diesels. My brother has the Fort 6.7L diesel with the same size camper as me. He only get 12mpg to my 9mpg pulling, and 18mpg to my 14mpg empty. Cost of fuel at these mpg's pulling is a wash.
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These conversations come up often here and I always respond with the same. I went from a diesel of 10 years to the Ford F250 6.2L. The reason was the initial cost and I only tow about once a month, mostly local, so the torque I lost with the gas is not a big deal. As far as the 6.2L, it pulls comparatively to my old F250 7.3L diesel although not comparable to "modern" diesels. My brother has the Fort 6.7L diesel with the same size camper as me. He only get 12mpg to my 9mpg pulling, and 18mpg to my 14mpg empty. Cost of fuel at these mpg's pulling is a wash.
But I also like to think I'm helping the environment

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