New RVer Needs Advice Should He Buy A Gas or Diesel Motorhome?
by Bob Lemo
(South Florida, Fl.orida, USA)
I am thinking of getting into an RV/Motorhome now that my wife and I are retired. We live in Florida but have enjoyed many car trips to parts of the Southeast US especially. We have lived in Idaho for 8 yrs and have enjoyed many car trips around the NW US as well. Before children (all grown now) we traveled the SW US as well.
As we consider RVing we have considered that are trips out would be probalby not be over 6 to 8 weeks at a time, and probably not more than a couple of times a year, spring through fall and then back to Florida for the winter.
We have done some looking at new RV's in the 32' to 36' range which we feel is plenty big enough for us for the 6-8 week trips. There are still some new 2010 and 2011's out there as the new 2012s start to hit the dealers. In looking at the differences between coaches in the range of 32' to 36' we find both gas engine and diesel engine motorhomes.
I am hoping for some feedback from both gas owners and diesel owners as to how they (the newer FORD V10) gas motorhomes perform as opposed to the diesels. Let me say also that I have been a decent mechanic my whole life and feel very conversent about all of the mechanical issues of
gas verses diesel, horsepower, torque, repairs and maintenance.
I have had many cars that I have put 100,000 plus miles on so I know good maintenance is a key to longevity, etc.
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To add to the feedback, I don't anticipate that we would drive the Rockie Mountains again but certainly the Appalachians and eastern US mountains occasionally.
So, to bring an end to this intro, please, I would appreciate feedback from both camps, (gas and diesel) about how they perform in the real world and is a gas V10 good to tow a small "toad".
I welcome all of your wisdom and years of experience. Thanks
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