Originally Posted by Taranwanderer
Don't get hung up on the price at the pump, do the math! And as for towing anything--there's no substitute for diesel torque. My 2500 CTD gets 19-21 MPG empty, not bad for a 7000# truck.
The problem is, those days are over. The new 6.7L Cummins is lucky to get 15MPG and you're looking at a price approaching $50K for a well configured new one. Great torque obviously, but for those of us who tow 10-15 times/year and use the truck as a daily driver, the math you suggested that we do just doesn't add up. I can get a new F250 with the 6.2L gas engine for under $40K. 14MPG, over 400lbs of torque, and a savings of (easily) $10-15K along with a less expensive to maintain engine has leveled the diesel vs. gas playing field.
And for the record, now that the F150 can be orderd with an HD package that includes a payload of 2300lbs, there's no reason to feel "unsafe" hauling most trailers weighing under 10,000lbs. Given that the Ecoboost gets a legitimate 18MPG when empty, be prepared to see a lot more of them at your local campground.