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Old 05-17-2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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What helped you decide diesel or gas?

I know this is very subjective and I am not in this for a gas v diesel debate.. Not interested with that.. There is a 200 page thread somewhere for that fight.

Question: What made you choose between gas or diesel? Namely I am interested if the amount you tow helped that choice and what that number was.

I am a year or so from replacing my 1500 with something else. I have 100,000 on it now and am looking to break 130 or 140 before moving on. I have already set my mind on a 2500 for replacement. I am only towing 9000 or so lbs but I want the heavier truck just because. That is about as close to emotional buying as I am getting. I tow 3500 to 4500 miles a year. The remainder of my driving is 80 to 90% highway, 60 miles to and from work all highway.

I will concede to the fact that a diesel will out power the 6.o but I am not sure if I tow enough weight or enough miles to justify the 7500 price increase and increase in maintenance and fuel cost. MPG is a SMALL consideration but I am of the theory if I need to worry about this then I need not have a trailer.



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Old 05-17-2015, 09:51 PM   #2
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#1. Ease of use when not towing.
#2. Percentage of time towing vs not towing. 21K on the truck. 3.7K towing.
#3. Twin Turbo gas power is enough for what I tow and fun when not towing.
#4. Initial cost of moving up to a 3/4T or 1T.
#5. Cost of Diesel vs. gas at the time of purchase.
#6. Cost of maintenance.

30' deep garage or that would have been an issue also.

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Old 05-17-2015, 10:29 PM   #3
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Had a f250 V10 gasser that was wrecked. Decided to try diesel this time, mostly due to weight and size of our Sabre 34tbok. Went dually as well. Love it
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:01 PM   #4
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When we traded our armada for a used f250, we weren't looking at diesels at all to tow our 7300 lb tt. One fell into our lap at the right price so we bought it. Man did I love towing with that truck but in the long run that 6.4 power stroke had a lot of problems. One was a low payload (1500 lb payload). We wanted a fiver so we decided to trade the 09 f250 for a new 2014 3500. Since we just tend to camp 1 weekend per month and one long trip a year, we considered going gas. I test drove both the Chevy and dodge gas and diesel (I wanted no part of Ford but that is for another thread). Knowing the Chevy gas felt sluggish ruled that one out. Thinking back to the armada struggling up and down mountains and having crappy fuel mileage sealed the choice to go diesel with towing our fiver. The exhaust brake played a huge role in this choice. I actually gave up a more loaded gasser to go diesel.

One thing for you to be aware of, in Chevy a short bed has a max tongue weight of 1500 lbs whereas a long bed has a max tongue weight of 2000 lbs. This is true for 2500 and 3500 series gas and diesel.
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:16 PM   #5
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Sounds like you already made your own argument. LOL More than enough truck... mileage... longevity... stability in tow...

Can't add much there.
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:26 PM   #6
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Went with sister and brother-in-law on a trip pulling a 14K# 5er with a 6.0 Ford diesel. Later the same month I pulled my TT (7200#) with my F-250 and it's screaming 5.0 V-8. Like always it was getting 7 - 10 mpg and screaming at 4400 rpm to make it to the top of the hill. I remembered his diesel getting about 12 mpg towing, and hardly ever downshifting. I also remembered his truck never moving when getting passed by a semi.

I knew I was going to upgrade to a bigger trailer, so I swapped trucks to a Ram 2500 with the diesel option. I am VERY happy with it. It turned over 19K miles today, and about 5K of that is towing... at 13 - 14 mpg... and the engine is usually at about 1600 rpm. It seldom downshifts. I'm wishing I'd done this sooner.
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:47 AM   #7
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Difference in horsepower loss at altitude between diesel & gasser. Gasser will lose about 3% of HP for every 1,000 ft elevation gain. Diesel loses only about 1% per 1,000 ft of elevation. At 10,000 feet on some of the mountain passes that can make all the difference.

Also, the power & torque of the diesel makes towing so much more pleasant.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:28 AM   #8
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Diesel makes it all flow so much better. It was worth the cost to me. Would never tow with a gasser again. It is what you think is best for your budget.If you can afford it, buy it. Good Luck
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:43 AM   #9
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Hi. Just wanted to say I have had gassers and diesels. As far as I can say I will never have another gasser truck. I had a 97 F250 5sp. manual (now my son has it). I now have a 08 F250 6sp. manual I got it about a year ago I put a K&N air filter exhaust and programmer on it and I just came back from Texas visiting my son and got 27.4 miles on the average without the trailer. I get around 15.3 with our 30ft about 8,200 lb. trailer and we love it.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:55 AM   #10
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I knew I wasn't going to upgrade to a bigger rig (30' 5er now), a diesel was more than I needed, it was about 5 grand more for the truck and I'd be lucky if I put 4,000 miles on it yearly so I went with the gasser. If I was going to go bigger, I'd have to go with the diesel.

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