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Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle.

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willie in mn

07-03-2013 04:08:42

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This is as good a place as any to jump in. Agree, it all depends on the useage. Look at all those yellowish Schwan's ice cream trucks. Freezer bodies are heavy. Run heavy a couple miles, then shut down to make sales calls. Then run again. Low daily mileage. Up until just the last couple years, if it said GMC on the front, it was a 454 running on propane. Not sure how some of the newer rigs are powered. One place I worked some years back had gas big rigs. Boss penciled it out, needed 75000 miles to make diesels pay. Problem was we needed heavy frame/axles etc to handle the weight, but longest haul was 2 miles or less, then lots of dock time, 40 miles a day tops for 1 rig that ran double shift, 5 am to 10 pm. Some only ran 15-20 miles a day. At that rate, it would take 8, & up to 15 years to make diesel cost efficient.
In a nutshell, work it hard, run high miles, diesel gives lower lifetime cost. But lower mileage, lighter loads, lower initial cost, gas costs less over a vehicle's lifetime.
That's my opinion,& I'm sticking to it.

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charles todd

07-07-2013 22:01:24

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 Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle. in reply to willie in mn, 07-03-2013 04:08:42  
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8.1L engines.


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07-08-2013 02:52:35

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 Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle. in reply to charles todd, 07-07-2013 22:01:24  
The 8.1 is a great motor to, they pull good, just a little hard on fuel.

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07-29-2013 07:48:10

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 Re: I tried,,,, Cant justify a diesel tow vehicle. in reply to G1355, 07-08-2013 02:52:35  
Gallon for gallon, diesel fuel contains more energy than Gasoline does. Gas is a solvent, diesel is a lubricant. That is why diesels are more effecient. It's just the way it is. No opinion there, simple fact. That is why diesel engines run 300,000 miles and demand more. The only way a gasser goes that far is if it's babied and it will be tired by then.

I pull trailers. Not every day but several times per month anyways. My gas powered chevy, as reliable as it was couldnt hold a candle to my 97 12v Cummins Dodge 2500. Some of the trailers I pull were too much for the gas. Had to smash the pedal up every hill. I get better towing mileage than the Chevy got unloaded. Thats talking 7500lbs or less. Over that the Dodge pulls it fine but your paying for it. That gasser would cost more fuel.I never had to smash the pedal on this cummins.
This post was edited by PretendFarmer at 07:49:51 07/29/13.

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07-03-2013 04:51:05

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