Originally Posted by Jim34RL
Every dealer that I have worked with when buying my three 5er's they would not allow a test drive of a unit. Why? Insurance reasons who will pay for the damages to a 5er if you do not own the unit. The dealer does not carry that type of insurance on a trailer for sale and you do not have insurance for that unit if you are just looking at buying.
Now I towed my first 5er twice with a gas engine truck and I told my DW that either we buy a new diesel truck or sell the 5er we just bought. You are kidding yourself if you think you can pull a trailer around 10,000 LBS and not use a diesel engine. My 6L Chevy gas engine would climb to over 2500 RPM's just to get the load to move and we could never pass a gas station without filling up the gas tank. Try pulling into a gas pump lane with a 5er that is 30+ FT long and at least 12'.6" high and try and maneuver this into a gas pump lane and out. Cars are zipping in and out and will not allow you the clearance needed to get in and out safely. My fuel mileage was around 6 to 7 MPG with a gas engine. I get between 10.5 and 11.5 MPG's when pulling a heavier trailer and taller 5er with my diesel engine truck.
just my $0.02
I realize that different areas of the country offer different gas station experiences, but I see the argument way to much... I rolled for several years to drag strips with a 32' gas motorhome and a 24' (sometimes 32') enclosed trailer behind me and never had issues with filling up.
Of all of the arguments to get a diesel or not, this is the weakest. Just this past weekend, I rolled my 43' fiver and EC long bed truck through a regular diesel pump lane coming out of myrtle beach. I also fill it up at several stations near home and on the way to other destinations without issue. On the way to the Outer Banks a few weeks ago, I pulled into a small station on HWY 64 (about 40 miles from the island) and filled up and then backed straight out of the station the same way I came in.
Buy a diesel for the power, torque, ride, etc.... Don't buy it for the fueling experience. Learn to maneuver your rig to improve fueling experience.
2016 Sandpiper 376BHOK
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