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Old 10-04-2015, 11:37 AM   #1
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Gas vs Diesel

I keep getting conflicting stories about Diesel Pushers and Gas Class A. I'm in the process of getting an FR3 30, and now my brother in law told me I was crazy to buy gas. Is there any reason while I should not buy the gas, and get diesel instead? I will like to hear any information from FR3 30DS owners, or anyone who has experience with both types of engines. Thanks a million

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Old 10-04-2015, 12:22 PM   #2
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The answer depends on what day it is.
Gas is generally cheaper but diesel gets better economy.
Purchase price is generally a lot less for a gasser.
Maintainence is generally lower for a gasser.
Repairs are generally lower for a gasser.
Since gassers are Fords, it is usually much easier to find a repair facility.
Diesel pushers ride quieter.
Diesels generally have more torque for hill climbing and towing.
Diesels generally hold up longer.

Bottom line, if your BIL is footing the bill for a pusher, take him up in it. He will be buying you a nice Allegro.
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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I agree with duckogram, my company builds equipment that tests new (R&D) diesel fuel injection systems. I own a 28ds gas powered motor home. Why? You ask. Fits my mission profile and budget. If you consider buying a newer diesel I can only tell you the reduction in emissions come at a price. Reduced fuel economy, more and expensive maintenance, addition of SCR fluid (Urea, Adblue, etc) and the engine side of the coach needs someone with mechanic quality skills if you are a DIYer.

Not knocking diesel, if you have the right mission it is the way to go. Please do your research on maintenance costs, average fuel economy and maintaining the new emissions loaded engines.
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:24 PM   #4
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Bottom line.... If you want one, and If you can afford the price to buy a diesel and the cost to maintain a diesel, then by all means buy one. Or, as duckogram mentioned, if your BIL wants to pay for it, LOL.
Pushers are usually 34' or longer. So, depending if you prefer the shorter coaches for ease of maneuvering, that's another consideration.
We are very happy with our FR3 30DS and it fit our budget when we bought it. We average 8.1 mpg while towing our CRV. I can do a lot of the maintenance myself.
My vote...... Gas


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Old 10-04-2015, 04:31 PM   #5
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Awesome! Thank you Duckogram, AD2, and Drivmsafe! Your responses were perfectly taken. I love everything about the FR3 30DS, and my budget is tight, so I will stay with the Gas engine. This will be my first RV, I have been reading, researching, went to Hershey RV Show, sat in all seminars.....so much info to digest, and assimilate. I guess all First Timers go through this! Thank you again, and any other good information on the 30DS, pros, cons, important things to consider, etc., will be truly appreciated!

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Old 10-04-2015, 04:38 PM   #6
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You're most welcome darealdeal77. Good luck with your purchase. As for ideas, etc., you'll find all sorts of them in this forum. You can do keyword searches for just about anything to do with the FR3, all models.


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Old 10-04-2015, 04:56 PM   #7
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Ditto with everyone's comments. We also have a F250 diesel and it'll last forever and doesn't upshot at every Hill as the 30'S does. But my 4 gallon oil changes is a bit PIA vs the 7 quart changes now. And the V10 rebuild will be cheaper when the time comes. Only diesels out there that we saw in this size was Super C's, and $50k+ more. Just not worth it. Just drive that V10 like you stole it and don't worry about the RPMs. The floor plan and entry price was just right, so 30DS was a good fit for us. Good luck with the decision.
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If you want a larger Rv then diesel is the way to go if smaller go with gas everything diesel is more expensive I have had both love the diesel but it's money all the time
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Gas vs Diesel

Meh!
I just did a 600km weekend.
V10. 14k fifth.

Going there. 7.5mpg at 90 kph
Coming home 8.9 at 100 kph

Just fine with me. That V10 can pull.
Just let it rev!


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Old 10-04-2015, 05:49 PM   #10
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Thank you so much for all the great information! Love this forum, it will be great to own the FR3 30DS, and be a part of the Forest River family! : )

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