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Old 01-09-2017, 03:39 PM   #11
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Thank you. I appreciate the time y'all took.

The short 20 minute commute each day may be the biggest reason to not go diesel.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:06 AM   #12
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Thank you. I appreciate the time y'all took.

The short 20 minute commute each day may be the biggest reason to not go diesel.
That's one of the biggest reasons I didn't go diesel. 7 mile commute to work, and that's only when we're driving my truck and not DW's Acadia, which isn't often. The Acadia has become our "go-to" daily driver, so the truck sits a lot more these days. Partly because it's a PITA to move the kid's seat back and forth, and partly because DW says riding in my truck is like "riding in a bath tub on casters"! She's spoiled by the Acadia, that thing soaks up the road like a champ.

Well, that and the money. Given my usage pattern, a diesel just didn't make sense. As nice as it would be to tow with, I just can't justify it given how well my gasser does what I need it to do MOST (99%) of the time.

I'll echo again the idea that it wasn't about the fuel consumption, it was more about the entire towing and usage experience. Which in my case was SIGNIFICANTLY improved. YMMV
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:18 AM   #13
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The short 20 minute commute each day may be the biggest reason to not go diesel.
Yes, you'll probably want to stay with gas in that situation. I'm fortunate to have a Subaru as a daily driver. We tow 6-7 times a year with the Ford diesel plus it gets driven twice a week usually at highway speeds. Love the fact that it gets 12mpg towing our 10K TT.
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My '14 F250 6.2 gets better mileage than my 2006 Nissan Titan towing and running empty by a consistent 2-3 mpg
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:12 PM   #15
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Thank you. I appreciate the time y'all took.

The short 20 minute commute each day may be the biggest reason to not go diesel.
That's the reason I chose not to go diesel also.
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I have a TT JayFlight 28RLS about 8500 lbs loaded. I switched a new tow vehicle because of the Durango's weight issue and my Toyota daily driver because of my new truck's gas mileage.

old tow vehicle: 2006 Durango with 5.7 gas HEMI and 10,000 towing package
17-18 mpg hwy, 15 in town, down to 8 mpg towing

new tow vehicle 2016 Silverado 2500HD 4x4 Crewcab, towing package, 6.6 Diesel,
20-22 mpg Hwy, 16-20 mpg in town, 11-13 mpg towing

1998 toyota xcab V6 gas burning manual 5 speed...
20 mpg in town, 23 mpg hwy. (was my run around truck until Silverado)

I was surprised how well the diesel Silverado does, might be my driving, but she was suppose to be just for towing the trailer, but when it was what close in mpg to my Toyota, do the math...89 Toyota 2wd vs 16 Silverado 4x4...I've retired my Toyota and I'm using the Silverado as my daily driver too.

I found that if you're easy on the pedal accelerating and coast for some braking/turns and not heavy on the brakes I get better gas mpg, If I'm lead footed it does eat the fuel (but it's sure nice to hit the pedal and accelerate sometimes)

From what my Chevy Dealer said, if you're trailering a lot, diesel, if you're planning to keep it more than 150/200,000 miles, diesel. Otherwise go gas...also the break even for the cost of the diesel vs gas will be after about 100,000 miles on the truck.
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My 2016 F-150 gets better mileage than my 1980 Toyota 4x4 (std cab, 4 cyl) did. I know that's comparing apples to walnuts, but it still fits the general topic.

My wife's 2010 Ford Edge gets around 21 mpg and my F-150 gets 17-19 general purpose mpg (the Edge does boost up to near 24 on pure highway driving). I haven't towed enough with the F-150 yet to have a feel for what I'll get when dragging the TT.
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The short 20 minute commute each day may be the biggest reason to not go diesel.
I have the same dilemma, I have a short commute but just can't decide diesel or gas. Don't tow a lot but would like to upgrade to a 5ver in the future.

Still leaning more towards the gasser.
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I have the same dilemma, I have a short commute but just can't decide diesel or gas. Don't tow a lot but would like to upgrade to a 5ver in the future.



Still leaning more towards the gasser.


I own a 2006 Chevy 3500 Duramax diesel and have put 61,000 miles over the ten years of owning it. Before I retired which was last January, I drove it to work once a week which was a 75 miles round trip. The majority of the miles came from towing the 5ver. Never had any issues with my truck. That said, I use a fuel additive Stanadyne in each fill up.


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Certainly one consideration not mentioned here is the cost of services on a diesel and the up front cost the vehicle. Both combined can negate any gain in fuel economy.
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