Thanks for all the info everyone. All good input for sure!
With fuel and oil prices as high as they are now, for the op's needs, I would be more than happy with a gas engine. I wish my old chevy had a gas engne now. When I bought it diesel was less than gas, now its more. That trucks mileage isn't much better than a gas engine, now it cost more to drive than a gas engine would. On top of that, diesels are alot more finiky with cold weather than the gas engines are and cost more to maintain, batteries, oil, filters, it all adds up. Something to consider nowdays. From what I've been hearing the new diesels don't get very good milage with all the emissions they have, more and more gas powered trucks are looking like a better option unless you "need" a heavy hauler.
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I will NEVER buy another large PU (3/4 or 1 ton) with a gas engine. My 1999 Ford F350, 7.3 Powerstroke (my 3rd diesel) is 4x4, extra cab, short bed and automatic trans. It now has 235,000 miles on it with no repairs or breakdowns. Just minor maint. The tranny has never been apart, just serviced every 40K or so. I get around 20mpg driving on interstates as long as I keep the speed at around 65. I get 15/16 towing my 8500# travel trailer. Sorry....couldn't do that if it had a gas engine.I've been driving PU diesels since 1984 and will never buy a gas rig in a bigger PU again.
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