I like your attitude...excellent. I can only add what has been mentioned before. Drive both before making a decision. People who make assumptions about something that they have had absolutely no experience with cannot really make a rational decision. You really need to experience something first.
Best of luck to you.
Ron & Sandie
'08 Safari Simba SBD35 CAT C7
Toad: 2011 GMC Terrain SLT2
Tow Bar: Sterling AT
Toad Brakes: Unified U.S. Gear
TPMS: Pressure Pro
Member of: GS, FMCA, Safari Intl, CAT
Diesel availability will never be an issue if you go DP.
Range is fantastic, we hold 150 gallons so 1,000 miles between fill-ups could be done but is actually never done as we top off regularly.
One big advantage of going Diesel is the abundance of service facilities and the ability to use a company like Speedco for instant gratification and an excellent price of your annual services (chassis lube, oil and filter change, fuel filter(s) change, rear differential check, front axle lube check, SCA check,engine oil analysis and Onan generator service). No appointment, no waiting. You are back on the road within an hour.
To put things in perspective about ride quality, we left Live Oak Florida (near Georgia) driving to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday (360 miles).
I left the contact covers to the 6 volt lantern batteries in the soap dish in the bathroom. (Some of the road surfaces on the southern part of the Florida Turnpike are a bit rough).
Cleaned the coach today and the contact covers were still sitting there in the soap dish!
There is no special license just because they have air brakes. I have the same license that I have had for driving my automobiles.
Ray, maybe in Barstow, but the OP is in Ontario Canada and we all know they do things a little different up there...
I think the Ontario, Ca thing got Ray. Ontario up there is like a state here. But up there Ontario is a Province. And Ca can be both Canada or California, but I think our postal service calls California as CA and would spell out Canada.
The nice thing about diesel is you can fuel up at Toronto, and drive all the way to Charlotte, NC (about 760 miles) and not worry about finding a fuel stop. And by the time you get to Charlotte, you will have seen all kinds of fuel stops and not needed to stop. But we usually fuel up at the end of the day, before stopping for the night. That way we can have breakfast and go in the morning, without worrying about fuel. And there are lots of fuel stops out there, even in Canada.
Oh you DP owners.... I'm jealous, stop already! I for one cannot wait until the wife and I move up to a DP!
Until then we dream.
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