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Sheriffdoug

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Hello All,
I am thinking about a diesel Roadtrek, anyone out there with diesel.
Have you had diesel? What mileage do you get? How's the power &
Torque?
Is there such a vehicle as a 190 or 210 4x4 diesel?

* This post was edited 08/01/11 03:03pm by Sheriffdoug *


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I don't have one yet,but have driven a leisure time free spirit on the sprinter chassis on an extended trip.It was a 2005 with the 5 cyl. engine.Got 19-20 mpg pulling a m/c on a small trailer.It had a smooth ride,and good room in the front cab.It was quiet for a diesel.The newer ones have the v-6 with dual wheels,have more power & less gas milage.I have driven a winnebago view 2011 24G.I really liked the way it drove.These are great small motorhomes,but the cost is &12,000.00 more than the gas models.


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I have a 2006 gulf stream 5 cyl sprinter (4:11 rear end ratio) (25,000 miles at purchase) and after driving it 8,000 miles, 60 m.p.h.-cruse on and air as needed, (all hwy miles) overall mileage 23 plus m.p.g. Bob


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I am assuming you are asking about a Sprinter based diesel. On my 2006, power and torque are very adequate, especially over mountains. These are not drag racers but there is adequate power. My mileage over 75,000 miles has been about 22.5 mpg.

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If you are considering a Roadtrek Sprinter you can expect at least about 22 mpg with a 2002-2006 5 cylinder turbo diesel and about 19 mpg with a 2007 to present 6 cylinder turbo diesel engine averaged in all driving conditions. My overall average at slightly over 60,000 miles driven with my 2005 Sprinter was 22.5. With my 2011 Sprinter after 12,000 miles I am getting 19 mpg but I suspect it will start climbing a tad now that the engine is broke in. Lately I have been topping 20.

One thing you have to factor in with an RV is most of your mileage should be highway miles and that should lead to an overall higher average than mostly city driving. My RV overall miles per hour is around 50 mph which includes all driving. That's pretty high. When I was commuting to work with a pickup truck and had a non-stop commute mostly on the highway I still could not average 40 mph in all my everyday driving. My instincts say the sweet spot for high mileage is somewhere between 50 and 55 mph. I know I get my best fuel runs on the back roads driving at 55 mph.


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Sheriffdoug wrote:

Hello All,
I am thinking about a diesel Roadtrek, anyone out there with diesel.
Have you had diesel & gas? What mileage do you get? How's the power &
Torque?

Sheriffdoug,
Don't forget that Roadtrek made a Chevy 210 back in the 1990's that had a diesel engine.

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I don't think GM offers the base 3500 Express with the Duramax, but you could check GM's website. AIUI, the 2WD 3500 van goes to Quigley to have the 4x4 added before RT does the conversion. The added weight of the 4x4 hardware subtracts from CCC, and probably precludes doing it to a heavier 210. The weight of the diesel would make it even more prohibitive.

RT markets the gas 4x4 190 as suitable for snowy roads, sand, etc, not real off-roading. The long wheelbase and body modification make it too fragile for much of that, I suspect. That'd be another strike against a 4x4 210, with even more body mods.

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