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rgatijnet1

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Posted: 02/15/20 09:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Find the floor plan that works the best. Both gas and diesel coaches will get you over the mountain and to your destination. If you are the average RV owner that puts about 5000 miles a year on your rig, the cost of fuel should be way down on your list. If you need a 10K towing capacity, then there are NO gas Class A coaches that have this capacity so that makes your choice pretty easy. If you can get by with a 5K towing capacity, then your choices are open. Floor plan always it more important than anything else with an RV. You will spend more time living and sleeping in your coach than you will driving it.

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rgatijnet1 wrote:

Find the floor plan that works the best. Both gas and diesel coaches will get you over the mountain and to your destination. If you are the average RV owner that puts about 5000 miles a year on your rig, the cost of fuel should be way down on your list. If you need a 10K towing capacity, then there are NO gas Class A coaches that have this capacity so that makes your choice pretty easy. If you can get by with a 5K towing capacity, then your choices are open. Floor plan always it more important than anything else with an RV. You will spend more time living and sleeping in your coach than you will driving it.


Exactly the point there - If you are planning to tow the Ram, forget gas, not going to happen. Most gas class A's are in the 4 - 5,000 pound range for towing, based on total weight. But, I will say this - a gas coach is a lot less expensive to operate and maintain than a diesel. Around here, an oil change will set you back $500. Air filters, another $200, etc, etc. Radiators are $5 to $10K depending on model. We looked hard at DP's and after doing a total evaluation, went with the gasser ad=nd are very pleased wit the performance towing and it does fine over mountain passes and going down. Length can be an issue in some state and national parks as often they will state a size limit of 35 feet. Not always the case, but just something to be aware of. Good luck on your search - and the floor plan tends to become a very important item in the checklist.

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There seems to be a some false information about maintenance on a diesel in this post. I bought a new radiator for my DP last summer for $770. My oil changes run about $205 with full synthetic oil. A lot of chassis components on a Freightliner chassis are the same as their over the road trucks. I am convinced if you say it's for an RV the price goes up. Yes maintenance is higher but not near as bad as some state. My take on this subject is to let your budget determine what suit your needs.

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I agree on the cost of maintenence isn't as high as some maintain. Mine gets done once a year and is between $2-300 including filters, grease,andd everything else. But had a new radiator put in my old DP and the part from Freightliner was $1500 + installation. Fuel, if you want to ride you have to buy it and forget the cost my current DP got 9.25mpg on a 1400 mi trip to FL towing around 5000lb of trailer.......Good luck but years ago I had 2 gassers and don't know what I was thinking.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

I agree on the cost of maintenence isn't as high as some maintain. Mine gets done once a year and is between $2-300 including filters, grease,andd everything else. But had a new radiator put in my old DP and the part from Freightliner was $1500 + installation. Fuel, if you want to ride you have to buy it and forget the cost my current DP got 9.25mpg on a 1400 mi trip to FL towing around 5000lb of trailer.......Good luck but years ago I had 2 gassers and don't know what I was thinking.


Not meaning to be augmentative at all here in my prior post. I am only relaying what was quoted to a customer (while I was there) on the cost of oil change and filters for a customer with a DP. Also, the radiator cost was from a fiend who had a coach with a side radiator that went south on him. I do agree with most posts that average annual cost seems to be in the $2 - $3000 range for most DP's. Just another deciding factor between gas and diesel. Both have their place and financial burdens.

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2-3k a year for maintenance is bull $hit.


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$2-$3k every FIVE years maybe if you hire it done which I have to do these days.

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Leonandlisa wrote:

I need to start somewhere.
OK, start here: when was the last time you saw a semi-truck with a gas-powered tractor? There's good reason why over-the-road semis are all diesel powered.

Gassers are full of compromises. Handling, road stability, gross weight, basement capacity, ... yada, yada ... diesel coaches give you more of all of that.

Is diesel maintenance more expensive? Yes. But, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for - simple as that.


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Racklefratz wrote:

Leonandlisa wrote:

I need to start somewhere.
OK, start here: when was the last time you saw a semi-truck with a gas-powered tractor? There's good reason why over-the-road semis are all diesel powered.

Gassers are full of compromises. Handling, road stability, gross weight, basement capacity, ... yada, yada ... diesel coaches give you more of all of that.

Is diesel maintenance more expensive? Yes. But, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for - simple as that.


This is how I felt, but wanted to have my opinions backed up just in case I had the wrong opinion. I appreciate all the comments, so far the floor plan that we like is the Fleetwood discovery 40G. Now we are searching to find a used one.

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Leonandlisa wrote:

Racklefratz wrote:

Leonandlisa wrote:

I need to start somewhere.
OK, start here: when was the last time you saw a semi-truck with a gas-powered tractor? There's good reason why over-the-road semis are all diesel powered.

Gassers are full of compromises. Handling, road stability, gross weight, basement capacity, ... yada, yada ... diesel coaches give you more of all of that.

Is diesel maintenance more expensive? Yes. But, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for - simple as that.


This is how I felt, but wanted to have my opinions backed up just in case I had the wrong opinion. I appreciate all the comments, so far the floor plan that we like is the Fleetwood discovery 40G. Now we are searching to find a used one.


I'd be more concerned with quality of build, rather than engine. you can put lipstick on a pig but ...........
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