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Old 09-08-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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SUV or Truck...Diesel or Gas

I think that my v8 2002 ford explorer is getting tired and I'm in the market for a new vehicle to tow with. I have a 23 foot Jayco Travel Trailer that weights about 5,000 lbs. We like the Expedition but not sure if it can handle hills and we like the F250 Diesel but not sure if the mileage and price of diesel will work for us. Right now we're getting 8 to a gallon so I guess anything might be an improvement. I appreciate everyone's advice and opinion. Mark
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:59 PM   #2
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I have no experience with a diesel, so I can't speak a lot on that. When you mention mileage, from all I have heard the diesel does get better mpg. I guess a lot of it depends on what your needs are and what you're hauling while camping.
For me, an SUV wouldn't work. We haul firewood, river tubes and other things that I wouldn't want inside of my vehicle. Not to mention, my truck is also my hunting vehicle when camping season is over. I have the 4 door with split bench seats front & back. That gives me a seating capacity of 6 with a good bit of leg room.
How many people are you hauling? And what kind of cargo?
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:00 PM   #3
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first thing to ask yourself is How many times you hook on and go in a season and how many miles

An expedition shouldn't have any issues with that trailer but then will you be moving to something bigger,smaller????
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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Right now we're getting 8 to a gallon so I guess anything might be an improvement. Mark

If you are traveling 2000 miles a season and getting 8MPG that is 250 gallons or 900 dollars

a diesel may get 14MPG equals 142 gallons or roughly 550 dollars.....so you pay a premium of many thousands for even a use diesel to save maybe 350 dollars a year in fuel.....I would stick with gas
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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I have a 2013 F150 crew cab with ecoboost. I can't say enough about the interior comfort and the quality of the ride. The truck is just really fun to drive and I get around 19MPG as a daily driver and around 10-12MPG towing an X23B. Just my opinion, but I don't think you can justify the expense of a diesel for the load you're towing.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:30 PM   #6
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Great point. I do like the diesel for the longevity but then again I guess a gas engine will last as long as you take care of it.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:32 PM   #7
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Howie, I do like the idea of a truck because I cold use it to haul mulch and other stuff around the house. I noticed that the 4 door trucks are really roomy.
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NB Hybrid, We will keep this one for a while and hope to take it cross country in a few years before the girls outgrow camping. The math makes a lot of sense. Thanks!
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:34 PM   #9
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Diesel pulls it better and gets better mpg. Doesn't downshift with a load on it at every hill. I've had both and doubt I would ever buy another gas truck. (I have a 2014 ram megacab 3500 cummins and interior room is cavernous and I still have a bed to haul things etc.). If you are trying to justify the cost if a diesel and if you get your money back....I can't help you there as some say you do at trade in some say you don't. I don't really care and was willing to pay the 8k price difference and higher maintenance costs going forward...it simply pulls loads better and more effortlessly and I love the smooth torque vs high rpm screaming. Ymmv
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:36 PM   #10
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The age old questions.....

I dunno, but those Expeditions are tow beasts. If you're looking for a full size SUV that can actually grunt a little, Expys are hard to beat. They could tow that 5k without even breaking a sweat.
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