Originally Posted by gimp425
Let me throw one more wrench into the gears, Ford Ecoboost. Its a V-6 3.5 L twin-turbo monster. I would never have thought such a small engine could do so much, but it does. Just got back from a Thanksgiving trip to the Panhandle of Texas and was avg. 10.2 mpg. Averaging 65-70 mph.
I have a 2900BHS weighing about 6750 lbs when loaded. Im able to set the cruise and the transmission stays in 6th gear 95% of the time. It was about an 1100 mile round trip starting in the West Texas hills and ending in the rolling plains of the Texas Panhandle. Only on the longest hills did it downshift to 5th. Like a diesel I get 90% of my torque at 2000 RPMS, but I dont pay the diesel fuel price. In fact I paid $2.97
a gallon in Lubbock.
I had a 08 2500HD 6.0 long bed, 4door, 4x4, it rode like a buckboard on bumpy road. Traded for 2012 Ford F-150 long bed, 4 door, 4x4 max haul, max tow etc. etc. I had forgotten what it was like driving a smooth riding truck, not to mention my insurance is cheaper.
OK, I know if I had a 10,000 lb or bigger RV then a diesel would be the engine of choice but, theres always a but, for the pulling I do, and the trips I do this is the best truck for my needs. Im a weekend warrior going fewer then 200 miles round trip. I make two or three long trips a year, 1000 miles or more, and couldnt see paying the $8 to $10 thousand extra for the diesel engine. Were heading to Colorado this summer and Ill let you guys know how it does in the mountains
That's the key difference to consider between buying an EcoBoost or Diesel...if your towing under 10K, Ecoboost is the logical choice if that fits your needs.
I hear all the time to always buy the truck for your 2nd or 3rd RV down the road, with that said, a lot of people go bigger...Ecoboost limits you there.
Many of us Diesel owners can run these trucks 500K miles plus, that's a lot of camper upgrades during that time with little limitations!
I'll take my 11mpg towing 12K lb camper and no power loss in higher elevations
About the cost to maintain subject between gas vs diesel, I think anybody who is diligent about getting the most out of their truck will spend money on more frequent fluid changes and more expensive fluids...just about a wash here.
More important, get what you like/want vs what you want to pay...you'll be much happier!