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Old 04-24-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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F250 diesel vs gas

Hi guys. Wanting to know the pros and cons of a 250 6.7 diesel vs gas option.

any thoughts? wanting a 250 to be my first and last for a while while hauling a jayco 5th wheel with future 5th upgrades in mind. I live in FL but would also consider mountains too.

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Old 04-24-2016, 03:40 PM   #2
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For towing a 5th wheel, I'd almost be more concerned about 250 vs. 350 payload.

Both diesel and gas will tow what you want. The difference is going to be torque (power), longevity (diesel's live longer), and cost (diesel's are generally much more expensive, both to purchase and operate long term).

If you are ok with a somewhat shorter engine life and less uphill power, a gas engine will do you just fine.

Honestly for me, it would come down to money. If the extra cost is acceptable, I'd pick the diesel truck every time. If finances are tight, the gas engine is more economical.
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:01 PM   #3
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Dan,

Just how much does your current 5ver weigh? How much bigger would you anticipate you will go? To the point of needing a dually?

Regardless of the answers to the above questions, I would seriously consider skipping the 250 and only look at 350's as mentioned, especially if you decide to go with the diesel. A lot of people end up running out of payload with a diesel 250/2500 wham towing a moderate 5ver. Going win the gas motor would help, but the additional available payload of the 350 would help the choices when it is time to upgrade.
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:02 PM   #4
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Speaking from personal experience, if you are planning to upgrade to a 5'er or if you currently have one and plan to go bigger, make sure you fully understand payload constraints. I encourage you to closely look at the numbers as you may want to consider a 1 ton, I think cost is neglegable between the 2.

Gas vs. diesel, well you are gonna get multiple opinions on this.

Consider these things.

Are you gonna drive it until the wheels fall off = diesel.
Do you have lots of money for maintenance and fuel = diesel.
Is this your daily driver and do you make short trips = gas.

I actually own both a 6.2 F250 (2012) and I just recently traded a 6.7 F250 (2014) in on a new dually 6.7 F350 (2016). I like them both equally but the diesel has caused me more grief in regards to service issues. Several emissions problems that drive you crazy. The engines themselves (6.2 and 6.7) seem solid.

Another consideration is ( if you are buying new) that according to my dealer 2016's are no longer being ordered and in a couple months you will be seeing the all new 2017 trucks. If you like the new body style you may want to wait and if you like the older body style you may want to wait (bigger rebates to clear out the lots!)

Personally I like this current body style and pulled the trigger now.

Good luck and if you buy gas or diesel know you are getting a good truck!
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I just sold my F350 that was a 1995 with the 7.3 powerstroke and when I purchased I went to a F250 with the 6.7 powerstroke I am sure the maintenance on the new one will be more expensive but I personally love the new diesel compared to my old one so far. So much quieter and more power than I can use. But I tow a 39 foot travel trailer with mine and couldn't see doing the F350 in my new one. If I had planned on doing a heavy fifth wheel I might have considered it. Mine is a daily driver and I average a little over 14mpg where with my old one it was around 12 to 13 ... Towing with it and merging onto a busy interstate is where I really love it. I can get up to speed like I wasn't pulling anything compared to my old truck. Just my two cents
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I have no problems with the set up. The total trailer length is right around 31 feet. The truck pulls the RV five'er without issue I have pulled it in the mountains as well as on level ground. I normally get out around 9 miles per gallon overall. You should get better mileage with the diesel so the difference between the price of diesel and gas should even out based on average mileage. I use the truck for other things than pulling the Jayco so gas is the way to go for me. As others have said, it just depends on what your personal needs are. There are pros and cons to each. I would say if you're going to pull a rig weighing over 13 K, diesel would be the way to go.
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I'm in the same boat trying to decide between gas and diesel. Leaning toward the gas though. It's my every day driver which I do a lot of.
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I'm in the same boat trying to decide between gas and diesel. Leaning toward the gas though. It's my every day driver which I do a lot of.
If you drive lots of miles diesels are a great daily driver. If you are making short daily trips then I would lean towards gas.
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I chose to go with Gas... plenty of power towing my 28BHBE. I would seriously look at getting a F350 for the Payload / Spring upgrade, especially with a 5er. I have found the F250 suspension to be soft and added Air Bags to help with the rear end sag. I could not find any F350's with the options I wanted in a Gas version, if I would of had time to wait I would have ordered one.

As for power I am very happy... it is my daily driver and I put 114 Hwy miles on it each day and have put 21,000 on it in 8 months, averaging 16 MPG running light at around 67 MPH for 50 mins of my 1 Hr trip each way.

Could not justify the extra cost of the Diesel and the higher Maintenance... I do all my own Oil Changes etc so wanted the freedom to still do so economically. I am looking to keep this truck for up to 10 yrs or more and have close to 300,000 miles on it, hopefully the engine makes it, I will do my best to help it make it.

2017 trucks will be a whole different ballgame, I believe there is going to be the 6.2 and a 6.8 (if I am not mistaken) gas engine to choose from.
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If you drive lots of miles diesels are a great daily driver. If you are making short daily trips then I would lean towards gas.
That's the problem a lot of 10 mile here and there trios throughout the day.
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