Deciding Between a Diesel or Gasoline Motorhome Engine Part II

One of the great things about RVs is the fact that we have choices. A lot of them. If you’ve already decided on a Class A Motorhome , you’ll now have to decide on the type of engine. Should you go with diesel or gasoline? There really isn’t a right or wrong choice. It all depends on your needs.

Recently, we talked about the advantages and disadvantages of buying a gasoline-powered RV engine. Now let’s look at the PROs and CONs of a diesel-powered RV engine.


Fuel Efficiency. This is the biggest selling factor for most people. Diesel engines provide about 15% more mileage per gallon, about 15% more.

Torque Power. If you’re planning on toting a toad or dinghy around on your RV trips, then a diesel may be the right choice for you. These engines pack a lot in the torque department.

Maintenance. A diesel engine is more cost efficient in terms of maintenance and repair.


Horsepower. Though you’ll have more torque with a diesel engine, you’ll be lacking in the horsepower department.
Cold Weather Conditions. If you’re planning to do a lot of winter travel in Minnesota, you may have to invest in a block heater or buy one with that option. Diesel engines can be tough to start in temperatures below 40 degrees.
Fuel Prices. You may find yourself spending more at the pump to fill up a diesel engine, but overtime you’ll save more. It just may take awhile to see the savings.

Now that we’ve examined both options, hopefully we’ve made your decision easier. If you’re still unsure, you can always swing by one of Pleasureland RV’s four Minnesota RV dealerships or give us a call.


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