Diesel or gas? Opinions?

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GotSmart

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My wife and I are looking at Newmars for full time use. Right now the question is about the advantages and disadvantages of gas vs diesel.

We plan on towing a toy hauler with an atv and run around car. Does that restrict us to diesel? 

Opinions please.
 

ChasA

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Please use search for this. There are about 1000 threads already. Anything anyone posts here will just be regurgitated from previous threads.

Welcome to the forum. Sincerely.
 

Lou Schneider

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Welcome to The RV Forum, GotSmart!

I'm waiting until people get some experience with the new 7.3L V-8 medium-duty gas engine Ford is introducing next year as a replacement for the V-10.

It looks like a good compromise between the present light duty gas engines and the diesels and it could be a real winner coupled to their new 10 speed automatic transmission.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/trucks/a27310861/ford-73-liter-gas-v8-engine/
 

AStravelers

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GotSmart said:
My wife and I are looking at Newmars for full time use. Right now the question is about the advantages and disadvantages of gas vs diesel.

We plan on towing a toy hauler with an atv and run around car. Does that restrict us to diesel? 

Opinions please.
This is a bit confusing.  "Towing a toy hauler" implies a travel trailer or 5th wheel, and then are you towing a car behind the 5th wheel?  Or is this a motorhome towing a trailer with atv in it and then a car behind that?

If motorhome, then most all gas MH's I know of, are restricted to 5,000 pounds or less.  Most "large" diesel pushers can tow 10,000 pounds.  There are some diesel pushers which are limited to 5000 pounds.
 

Gary RV_Wizard

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If I read you right, you want to tow a trailer that can carry both an ATV and a car. That is almost surely going to exceed the tow capacity of a gas-chassis coach (usually 5000 lbs) and thus force you to a diesel pusher. The DP will be rated to tow 10,000-20,000 lbs.

A car-hauler trailer large enough for both car & atv is probably 1200-1500 lbs all by itself, plus the atv and the car.
The diesel vs gas choice goes far beyond the engine.


A DP (diesel pusher) chassis has additional features and capabilities, plus the coach built on that chassis is most always better-equipped than the nicest gas model.  Buyers willing to spend more to get a DP are also buyers looking for more amenities and and features and have the budget to pay for them. Much has been written here about the one vs  the other and a SEARCH will turn up those discussions.
 

GotSmart

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I got what I needed. With diesel you have more towing capability. For me this is the deciding factor.

What is needed is a box trailer that can hold both a ATV and a small grocery getter.

Now I need to look at both trailers and cars. I have seen nice setups on the road so it is out there.  Put some solar on the roof and it is good for lighting and a freezer. Perhaps a sidekick at about 2,500 lbs and an UTV at 1,500 lbs. another 1,500 lbs for the trailer.  That leaves room for the details.

I love overkill when it comes to capability.

Now to find the right class A pusher.

Right now we are in a 2003 Dynamax Carygo, and ready to upgrade. The v10 barely can handle the current trailer and UTV.
 

JD Sharp

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I have seen numerous pickups towed with an ATV in the back. I presumed loaded with ramps stored in pickup.
 
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