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Old 11-12-2015, 01:34 AM   #1
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Question Cost of diesel versus gas motorhomes

I have seen many motorhomes that are of apparently equal quality and features with the only seemingly difference being engine type, gas or diesel. But the diesel coaches will cost $75,000 to $125,000 more. Why the huge difference?
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Old 11-12-2015, 04:31 AM   #2
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Drive up and down the Mountains and you will see the difference, the gas loses speed, unlike the diesel
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:51 AM   #3
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for that money, you get a better quality coach. You can easily find low mile 10-15 year old diesel pushers in great condition for much less than a new gasser that won't climb a hill. That's where my money would be spent.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:16 AM   #4
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If you want a larger coach it will have to be a diesel. We owned both. The gas coaches will go anywhere the diesels will. It's just all about preference.

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Old 11-12-2015, 08:32 AM   #5
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We have owned 3 Class A diesels and 1 Class B diesel. The chassis of diesel pushers is much higher quality than any gas units due to the heavy duty construction, air brakes, air bag suspension, steering, engine torque, "jake brake"and on & on. Diesel pushers do cost more and personally, I'd own nothing else.
You do need to be aware that the DP'er do typically get a bit better fuel milage, however, servicing a diesel is an expensive proposition. Oil changes for example are several hundreds of dollars and the periodic maintenance of air filters, fuel filters, water separators, etc, is not cheap. The other thing you mentioned is you can easily spend +$100-$200K more for a new unit.
Now with all that said, I've owned 4 diesel motorhomes and would do it all over again. As long as you go into owning a diesel fully aware of the associated costs, go for it. Just don't buy one because it goes up hills better, fully understand all the differences and the total cost of ownership.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:11 AM   #6
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As has been mentioned you can't beat the power/torque of a diesel. Additionally, better gas mileage more then offsets the higher price per gallon at the pumps. Also you will be able to pull into the truck bays at truck stops for easy in and out when refueling
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I have seen many motorhomes that are of apparently equal quality and features with the only seemingly difference being engine type, gas or diesel. But the diesel coaches will cost $75,000 to $125,000 more. Why the huge difference?
Better Brakes, better cooling, better transmission, better generator, goes on and on.
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:08 PM   #8
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I would prefer a Diesel but the $100,000 extra is a bit much... Unless it would be my home. It better be worth the extra for a $10,000 extra engine.. Just sayin'
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My brother-in-law just got a new big diesel pusher and he told me that the diesel engine was a $75,000 option.
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comfort is not an option...its a need

Well I used to own a HR Endeavor Gas coach...traded it this year for a 2015 FR Legacy...paid at the dealer $149,000 with a 10 year bumper to bumper warranty...excludes a few items such as wipers and such...but my new Diesel may not be the top of the line but is a better quality and ride than any Gas units we tried....11 mpg pulling our Harley Trailer and 12 without...with the Gas coach it was 7 or 8 mpg...spend the extra...buy the DP...its quiet...and rides like your on a pillow..
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