Diesel pushers have become really popular recently, but the price tags of these recreational vehicles can cost you as much or even more than a new brick-and-mortar home. Smaller models start off near $250,000 and then increase to averages of $600,000 or more for larger models. In fact, the difference between a gas and a diesel-powered RV of the same size and with similar options is about $100-150K. Is the price worth it? Here’s our take from DuraFlap motor home mud flaps.
Diesel pushers got their name because their diesel-powered engines sit at the back of the motor home. Because of this construction, they come with a number of pros and cons.
Diesel Pusher Advantages:
- Power and torque. These engines may not accelerate as quickly as their gas-powered equivalents, but they are designed to pull heavier weights more easily. For those vacationers who will be pulling heavy toads or even additional trailers, having a stronger diesel engine will be more important. Likewise, if travel plans include frequent steep uphill climbs or traversing through higher altitudes, the diesel engine will make the trip effortless. Exhaust braking systems also make it easier to traverse down steep slopes without having to “ride” the brakes.
- Interior options. Because the diesel engine can handle heavy loads easily, owners have a much wider range of options for interior furniture and fixtures. For example, high-end models may include heavy wood trim, solid wood cabinets, and granite countertops. Owners can choose home-quality couches and recliners.
- Less noise. Because the engine is in the rear of the vehicle, the cab will be quieter. This placement of the engine means that the cab will also remain more comfortable during hotter months of the year.
- More storage capacity. Again, because of the stronger engine, owners can store more personal belongings in these units. Many models come with pass-through storage under the vehicle for easy accessibility. Those traveling for longer lengths of time will find it more convenient to have everything they need within reach.
- Engine longevity. These models out-live gas-powered engines by a long shot. An average gas-powered engine will travel up to 200,000 miles while a well-maintained diesel engine will enjoy 400,000 miles or more.
- Residual Value. Because the lifespan of a diesel-pusher is so much greater, they depreciate in value more slowly. If you decide to trade-in or sell your diesel pusher a few years down the road, you’ll recoup more of your investment.
Diesel Pusher Disadvantages:
- Price. Your investment is far greater both upfront and from ongoing maintenance and repairs. It is more difficult to find servicing for a diesel engine, and the price for servicing—even for standard oil changes—will be more expensive. The cost of major repairs can be enormous; so many owners invest in extended warranties.
- Size. Most diesel pushers are greater than 35 feet in length. Not all parks have accommodations for 40 or 45-foot motor homes. It can also be difficult to boondock at your favorite locations. Even while on the road, it can be far more difficult to find gas stations with enough room to maneuver your vehicle easily.
- Fuel. Diesel fuel can cost more and is available in fewer locations than conventional gasoline. Owners will need to plan their trips more carefully around diesel fuel availability. Another factor in the increased cost of fuel is the added price for DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) at fill-ups.
So are diesel pushers worth the cost?
It really all depends upon how the owner plans to use the motor home and what his or her priorities are. For those RV owners who spend little time moving around, the benefits of power and torque are likely not important enough for the extra $150,000 in cost. Others may feel having home-quality furnishings and high-end finishes are important even if they spend most of their time at one or two locations throughout the year. Regardless, the costs of purchasing and maintaining a diesel pusher may exceed the financial capacity of many budget-minded vacationers, and for those consumers, gas-powered RV’s are well-equipped to provide a comfortable ride and enjoyable stay for their families.
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