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I've had both, gas and diesel. Yes the diesel is quieter and rides a little bit better than my gas one did, but the only thing I got frustrated with the gas unit was that I couldn't get gasoline at the truck stop pumps. Seems new gas stations have the pumps situated where it is cumbersome to get in with a large gas motorhome, especially if towing also. So we tried to stick with Flying-J, but there are many areas where there is no F-J. My V10 acceleration on On-Ramps was much better than my Cat330 diesel. MPG on the V10 was around 7-8, on the Cat330 I get 6.5-7.5
I wouldn't hesitate going with a Gas, but just test drive it on bumpy and at highway speeds first.

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LeonaandLisa - FWIW: This was posted yesterday on another RV forum and pretty much sums up your question about maintenance / cost:

"Welcome to the world of owning and operating a motor home. There are two methods of recreation that are IMO more expensive, airplane and yacht.
I paid $2,600 to have the lift pump replaced. A bit over $3,000 to have the manifold replaced, both last year; OH, oil N filter(oil and fuel) changes for engine and genset was ~$500.
Did I mention traveling in a MH is the most expensive way? At our age however, it is the most convenient."

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If you plan to drive your RV a lot (more than 6,000 miles/year), then diesel RVs will be recommended. engines have a long life and will outlast gas engines. It's obvious that these diesel pushers are more expensive than their gas counterparts. However, with the longer engine life, diesel motorhomes will definitely get higher resale value. A diesel engine can be also driven for longer periods of time between maintenance. Besides, the increased torque in diesels means much more power! Not only are these engines more powerful, they’re located in the back which clear the issue of having the heat from the cab or the engine noise to deal with up front.

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