Anyone who is familiar with motorhomes is very likely already aware that there are two main styles, either diesel or gasoline. While there are certainly other variations, this is the main differentiator between the types of vehicles. Choosing gas or diesel is the first step in the process of deciding what type of motorhome you want.
1.If your RV is 35 feet long or longer you should consider a diesel pusher. Not only is the length the consideration here, but once you approach the 35 foot or longer mark, the weight of the vehicle also becomes a factor. Another thing that needs to be considered is if your traveling is going to take you up and down hilly terrain on a regular basis, you’re going to need extra power. Just remember that the power generated is directly proportionate to the length of the driveshaft and its ability to transfer that power to the rear axle and wheels. When it comes to power and climbing ability (and towing), the advantage goes to the diesel engine most of the time.
2.The concept of the hard-starting, noisy, and smelly engine is not as big an issue as it used to be. The mindset about this has been altered somewhat with the newer diesel pusher technology that is applied in their manufacturing process, and these effects have been greatly reduced. The diesel engines coming off the assembly lines today are harder working, more fuel efficient, and quieter than their ancestors were. “Ear-mounting” technology has nearly made the noise issue a non-factor anymore. Unfortunately, hard-starting in cold weather and the smell factors still exist, but not to the original extent of older diesel engines.
3.Diesel pushers are more expensive than gasoline engines. Additionally, the cost of diesel fuel is now more expensive as well, so this could prove to be a “double-whammy” scenario for the pocketbook. On the other hand, diesel engines are more fuel efficient than the gasoline engines out there. However, there is still the issue of how colder weather affects this aspect just like with the hard-starting issue. Colder temperatures affect the actual fuel by causing it to gel and ice up, and that poses a very serious problem. But don’t be discouraged because there are additives and mixtures available that you can add to the tank to help with these problems.
4. Gasoline engines tend to be easier and cheaper to repair than diesel. Naturally, any time you take your diesel into the shop for repairs, you will find that it will be more expensive than the gasoline alternative might be. In most cases, you will find that not all are the mechanics are certified and knowledgeable about the diesel engines as well as they are gasoline. Despite all these negative issues, diesel engines can provide 500,000 miles and more and are considerably more durable than gasoline engines and have greatly improved with modern technology.
In the end, the decision of whether to invest in a diesel pusher or puller versus a gasoline motor is a subject of debate between the owners. While it is certainly true that each has their high and low points, only the individual themselves can decide what type of recreational vehicle they would prefer to possess.
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