The diesel math
Originally Posted by whynotthinkwhynot
Have you ever tried seeing how expensive it would be to haul your trailer with a gas engine? I'm just going by one of our FF's report that diesel was less expensive than regular. IIRC, he was in OH, and it surprised me too. I couldn't find any information. I'd have expected it to be cheaper in ND. I'm surprised it's not.
From the other RV'ers out there, I'd lose about 3 mpg if I had the big gas engine (v-10) that was available at the time I bought my truck (while pulling my 12,000 lb. 5th wheel) and perhaps even less when not pulling. So, yes, there's still an advantage of perhaps a penny a mile for diesel on balance. On a 20,000 mile driving year, that's 200 dollars. The superduty diesel was about 8,000 dollars more expensive over the big gasser when I purchased, or 40 years to ROI. The economy AT THAT MOMENT was that diesel was ALSO less expensive than gas, and I figured my time to ROI at about 8 years, which would have been coming up shortly... except within a few months of my purchase, the price structure flipped in reverse.
I have relatives in Michigan, and next time I visit there, I'll pay close attention in OH. I think the person reporting that is remembering the happy days for diesel owners, before the dark times came.
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