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Old 01-13-2020, 09:28 AM   #1
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Diesel vs Gas

I have a 2013 Winnebago Vista and want to start towing a. Dingy. I have heard that if you want to tow a dingy especially through mountains that a gas powered V10 might not have enough power.

I would appreciate any comments on Diesel va Gas as I am considering getting a larger motor home and want to make an informed decision.

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Old 01-13-2020, 09:49 AM   #2
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I have 2015 Vista with the same drive train and tow a Honda HR-V, weighing about 3,000 pounds. I can climb grades going thru mountain passes and maintain well over 40 MPH even on the worst of them. I do have the 5 Star 87 Octane Gasoline Engine Tune, this adds a few percent to HP and torque when climbing grades. The engine noise level in the driver's and passenger's seats is pretty high with the engine going around 4,000 RPM climbing a grade. I reduced this slightly by installing dynamat sound absorbing material on the bottom of the doghouse cover.
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...I reduced this slightly by installing dynamat sound absorbing material on the bottom of the doghouse cover.
can you quantify "slightly", please? of the noise level before the mod was a 10 on a 1-10 scale what is it now? was it worth the time, effort and $? knowing what you know would you do it again?

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can you quantify "slightly", please? of the noise level before the mod was a 10 on a 1-10 scale what is it now? was it worth the time, effort and $? knowing what you know would you do it again?

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Yes, I would do it again. Climbing a grade at 4,000 RPM it is a slight but noticeable reduction. I would say it cuts it from a 8 to a 7.

I used a generic version of Dynamat sold on Amazon.com: Noico 80 mil 18 sqft car Sound deadening mat, Noico 80 mil 18 sqft car Sound deadening mat, Butyl Automotive Sound Deadener, Audio Noise Insulation and dampening. Currently priced at $ 32.99. Good stuff very sticky backing it stuck well to the bottom of the doghouse and has stayed stuck over several years.
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The diesel vs gas question comes up frequently on all RV forums.

There is no reason not to buy a recent gas class a. Towing within your weight limits is not an issue.

There are pluses and minuses to both kinds of Motorhomes. We have a newer gas Class A and we don’t find it lacking in performance. It’s much cheaper to maintain every year and cost $60,000 less than the comparable diesel version of the floor plan. We also don’t find it too noisy, not even in the mountains.

Diesel chassis motorhomes are certainly great too. They generally have a better, quieter ride. But do in fact cost more to purchase and maintain.

It comes down to your budget and your personal preference.
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You won't have any problem towing with gas. I run mine out to Moab and back with the jeep on a trailer (5000 pounds combined) and have no problems. As creativepart said, it comes down to your personal preference given how you plan to use it.
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