You didn't mention if this would also be your daily driver? And also if you are Rving full-time? To keep some $$ in your pocket and have a excellent tow vehicle for your size trailer i would look at a F150 Ecoboost w/ Max tow and HD pkg. Butt if you are a full-timer i would definitely recommend a diesel.Obviously a diesel will pull the snot out of that trailer and out tow every gas engine out there but it seems to be overkill for your setup especially if you are trying to keep some $$$ in your bank account. My trailer is 32'9", 7500lbs loaded and my trucks tows it great. I average just under 11mpg while towing,15.5mpg around town and 18+mpg on highway as a daily driver. Good luck, Kevin
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We had an 07 tent trailer and an 07 F-150. Everything was fine until we sold the tent trailer and went to pick out a new TT. We found the one we wanted, and finally got,(2011 heartland Prowler 33ft to the hitch) but the dealer at the RV store said we would have to upgrade to a 3/4 ton. I could have gone for the 10 cylinder, but like pointed out the fuel mileage would have been terrible when I pulled. I only get 13 to 15 with the 2010 F-250 diesel we purchased, but that's pulling or not. The thing I like the most is the power. We don't slow down going up a hill and it does not struggle. The choice is yours. Please beware that in 2011 ford diesel went to an additive for the exhaust that they say helps keep it clean. When you open the fuel door you'll find two caps. One for the diesel and one for the additive. I cant remember what the name of it is, but I do know that is has to be filled when the fuel filters are changed, and if it runs empty the vehicle will come to an idle.
It is called DEF and I drive a 2011 Volvo big truck that uses that system,it has been used for many years in Europe and works well. No more smoke,great fuel
mileage and no more dirty trailers.
Gas vs diesel really comes down to what you can afford and a host of other factors like how far you will tow,how heavy,etc......my cummins is a hoot to drive,but I like big trucks.
At one time this was a heads up debate between Gas & Diesel, mainly about fuel costs, MPGs, payback and longevity.
Today the debate is pretty much moot. Nobody makes a gas motor that will tow the weight that a Diesel will. Not that long ago, you could get a gas motor configuration that would match the ratins of a diesel.. No more and it's not even close.
So IMO there's not much to talk about. If you need to tow a lot of weight, you gotta go diesel..If not then gas makes a lot of sense.
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Let me say this first, I drive a 1/2 ton SUV (gasser of course).
With that said, I'd have to say all the advantages go to the diesel minus the $$$ option, that I'd say is the only "advantage" for a gasser.
You know better than anybody chiming in, your situation. Gas will do the job, diesel will do the job better hands down. Question is, do you want to pay the $$$ for the option?
Maintenence, I don't know that a diesel requires more than a gasser. Really, what can you do to "tune" either? Pretty much change the oil is all, oh and coolant after 100K with the long life coolant. That's another "controversy" but I suppose for another thread. That's what many of the MFG's recomend anyway.
Anyhow, if you have the money for the option I'd go that route. If not, get the best tow gasser you can afford.
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