diesel? or gas truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by atb1137, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wait til u start plowing w the gasser! :laugh:
     
  2. 2stroked

    2stroked LawnSite Senior Member
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    stay with the ram 1500. it's built exactly for what your using it for.
     
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    I don't know how your doing your math? If your diesel gets 15mpg, and your gas gets 8 that's like an 88% difference. 42¢ difference can't be 88%?
     
  4. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    thats IF i get as low as 8mpg.... i have a 01 3500 6.0 dump now also. I did the math.. in my situation, the gasser is cheaper to run then the diesel.

    Jd, I HAVE plowed w a gasser for many yrs befor I got my dmax.

    Alls im saying is the diesels are not the answer to everyones truck needs.
    I used to thing they were. I was just like MOST diesel owners, If it wasnt a diesel it wasnt a real truck..Someone towing 3-4 k 95% of the time does not NEED a diesel. Tow 7k plus 2-3 times a week? yes the diesel will be a better fit.
     
  5. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    U better go back to school..Half of 15mpgs is 7.5..so 8mpg is LESS then 50%

    Think before U type...:hammerhead:
     
  6. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well if you're talking strictly fuel price difference, then you'd need to get more like 13.5mpg to break even. That would be a 10% price difference. I highly doubt your 6.0 is even going to get over 10. I had a 4.3 and a 5.3 I think 1500 Chevy and neither one got more than 12 as a regular cab pulling an open 6x12 single axle with 2000lbs on it. Same trailer with my 4.63v f150 got around 10. I'm with you a diesel isn't for everyone and isn't a cure all; however, strictly fuel mileage a diesel is going to out perform every time. Diesel engines are more efficient and diesel has more energy than gasoline. About 125kbtu vs 150ish off the top of my head (20%).
     
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Seriously....... that's a 100% difference :hammerhead: I'd love to see how you figure your profit margin... Wish I could curse sometimes on this site, but it looks like this ******* dumb ****. 7.5+100%=15 or 7.5x1=+7.5=15
     
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Let me put it to you like this... Is going from 15 to 7.5 going to increase your fuel bill by 50% or double it??? 11.25 would be increasing it 50% your doing your math backwards. Sorry for this insult I feel bad now that you may be just looking at the problem wrong. It was to late to edit my post. Like I said before you'd have to get 13.5mpg in the 6.0 to get the same fuel bill as your older diesel.
     
  9. NORTHMAN

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
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    If anyone is in doubt what a truck with a gas engine can do,go on PLOWSITE and search the posts for Alaska Boss,he uses a gas powered truck and plows as much if not more snow than anyone on the site.
     
  10. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 683

    Let me put it like this....I own both diesel and gas trucks..I know how much it costs ME to maintain each, and how much per mile it cost ME to run each.
    I factor in not only fuel/filter, oil/filter and schedualed maint, but factor in the cost of unschedualed issues as well. All rigs break down, gassers are less expensive to repair.

    I will miss my dmax..I like the power, the sound, and well just liked havin one..lol. Its not my daily driver, its a work truck. I have pulled my trailer with each rig, and the 1 ton dump gasser I have now gets VERY close to the same millage my dmax does towing my trailer. The new gasser will cost me less per mile to run with everything factored in.

    No insult taken, everyone has to decide what works best for there situation.
    Diesel will have to drop to within .22cents of gas for the diesel to cost me less to run.
     

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