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bobndot

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Posted: 08/10/21 05:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Could always rent a 32’ gasser that has s hitch. Try it. It might be money well spent with no regrets.

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Posted: 08/10/21 05:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

…… If’s you have the money & live & travel in the Western USA a diesel for the power to go uphill & exhaust brake for going downhill is what we chose…..If’s you live in the Eastern USA then a gasser makes sense cause they don’t got MOUNTAINS….

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Loved the smell of diesel in the morning.

Would never have another one.

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First thought would be to try a gasser C with both the 6.8 and the new 7.3.
The 7.3 supposedly makes its best power at a much lower RPM. Ideal would be to rent one with the 7.3 and then tow the jeep to get a real idea.
Might be time for a Colorado road trip and rent a new one to answer all your questions.

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Posted: 08/10/21 08:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If a Class C came with a 3.5L Ecoboost, it would perform in the mountains yet have a lower overall maintenance cost than diesels.


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pianotuna wrote:

I've had both. I'd never buy diesel again. I find no issues going into the mountains in Canada.

Hard to beat the power of a diesel, but they really are not cost effective these days unless you are driving >50k per year.

The new Ford 7.3L gas with a 10 speed transmission is a very good combination. Add a 4.10 or 4.30 rear axle ratio and climbing mountains should be no problem.

* This post was edited 08/11/21 06:35am by theoldwizard1 *

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rexlion wrote:

If a Class C came with a 3.5L Ecoboost, it would perform in the mountains yet have a lower overall maintenance cost than diesels.

Full size Class C on a Ford E350/E450 chassis do NOT have the 3.5L EcoBoost as an available engine.

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A gas class C will certainly get you anywhere you need/want to go and back again, and be perfectly able to go up and down mountains safely if operated sensibly (i.e. downshifting as needed for engine braking). It won't be as fast as a modern car, nor as slow as a semi truck with a decently large load. Whether or not you'd be disappointed in the gas motorhome's performance is not something I can say, since I can't really know what your expectations are.

From a maintenance and repair and engine life perspective, the gas engines are just fine. They're unlikely to be worn out in a motorhome, and certainly not before the house part is very very tired and well-used.

If it were me in your position, I'd give good consideration to the gas motorhome, doubly so if the floorplan and general interior arrangements and other features were what I wanted. For the difference in price, you can buy a lot of fuel and many nights of campground fees. But, of course, I am not you.





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Posted: 08/11/21 05:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A diesel in a Class C is a lot different than a diesel in a Class A. All the noise and heat is in front of you in a Class C, but far behind you in a Class A DP. I love diesels, but don't want it in my face.


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How many miles do you plan on traveling in a year. Lotsa miles get a diesel, fewer miles get a gas. The extra cost of a diesel will take along time to pay back if you don't drive a lot of miles.
If you absolutely need to be first up a hill, get a diesel.

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