Originally Posted by wwsmith111
I am sure that you are also considering the price difference between gas and diesel which is significant. The diesel may get better fuel mileage, but I don't think it will cover the cost difference. That is one reason I still have a gas pickup. A $200 trip quickly becomes a $300 trip...
Do the math. Lets assume your gas class c gets 10mpg and my diesel class C gets 14mpg. Right now regular unleaded is around $2.19/g and diesel is $2.29/g After 1000 miles you will use 100 gallons x $2.19 = $219.00. After 1000 miles I would 71.428 gallons x $2.29 = $163.57
If gas stayed at $2.19/g diesel would have to get to $3.08/g for your trips to cost less than mine. On my Sprinter chassis Melbourne I get anywhere from high 12's mpg to 15mpg depending on how fast I drive and I take about 1mpg hit for a/c.. On my trip to Colorado I averaged the high 13's.
Diesels do cost more but seem to hold the value longer than gas which may help justify the higher price. Diesels usually are less maintenance if you use them regularly. Only negative for diesels now is all the emission crap on them.