The Great Debate: Gas or Diesel?

This is the age old RV question that has sparked many a discussion (and argument). If there were a straight forward answer this question would have been settled long ago.

Some people come in a say, “I don’t want a diesel!” And others only want to look at gas models. And then others have no opinion or knowledge of which is better. But the truth is that it depends on your travel habits. And only you can determine which is the best choice for you.

So here are some thoughts on both.

Gas

Pros and Cons

  • Gas powered RVs have a lower purchase price.
  • A gas engine is cheaper to maintain.
  • Gas powered RVs are more do-it-yourself friendly.
  • Gas engines tend to be quieter than diesel.
  • Gas powered RVs have a shorter life-span.
  • Gas is not as fuel efficient as diesel.
  • A gas RV doesn’t retain it’s value as well a diesel.
  • Gas engines lose power with altitude and hills.
  • Gas engines and chassis generally have less towing and carrying capacity.
  • Gas engines produce more CO2 emissions

Diesel

Pros and Cons

  • Diesel engines are more fuel efficient.
  • Diesel engines if properly maintained, have a longer life-span.
  • Diesel chassis are beefier so the carrying and towing capacity is greater.
  • Altitude does not greatly affect the power of a diesel engine.
  • Diesel powered RVs retain their value better than gas vehicles.
  • Diesel engines produce less CO2 emissions.
  • Diesel powered RVs initially cost more than gas powered vehicles.
  • The maintenance cost for diesel engines is higher than on gas engines.
  • There is not a lot of do it yourself maintenance that you can perform.
  • Even though Diesel Fuel used to be less expensive than Gasoline, the price has recently risen above gasoline prices .
  • Neglecting the routine maintenance on a Diesel engine can result in some very costly repairs.

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