Originally Posted by coolchas11
Talk to me. We have a Sun Voyager gasser. I understand the factors of weight, stability, power associated with a DP. But aren't there a multitude of operating, servicing, checking, monitoring, etc. issues with a diesel? For example the post on the air filter. On a gasser that would never come to mind. I'm an individual who has little interest in "monitoring" a seemingly endless list of parts, functions and "to do's." Is a "diesel", then, for the person who likes these things or are my perspectives incorrect? In other words, I like to get in and get going not thinking about air pressure, vapor in the fuel line, etc.
If you understand the factors of weight, stability, power aasociated with a DP then you should understand WHY one owns a DP. There is no more to monitor in a diesel than there is in a gasser. Do you not check your air filter in your gasser? The post you are refering to is an exception rather than the rule for the filter.
On a diesel we have a gauge at the engine access that tells us when a filter is starting to clog, BUT that doesn't happen very often, did you see my reply to the post? Don't forget a diesel moves a lot more air thru the engine than a gasser does, that is why we have the large exhaust and intake filter.
The air pressure must build up for the suspension and the air brakes. It is automaticly monitored for us and let's us know if or when it is low.
About the only thing that must be monitored, like a gasser, is the fuel gage. but with a 150 gal. tank near 9 mpg I really don't have to monitor it too much.
All this while moving a 32,000 capacity chassis down the road towing a 4,400 Ford Explorer.
No matter if a person has a gasser or DP, there are several checks that should be done on a daily basis, oil level, tire pressure, lights, etc.
In other words all the maintenance checks and safety checks to have a trouble free trip and travels no matter what RV ones owns.
Diesels aren't for everybody, but I am an old "gearhead" that has owned 5 diesels (3 diesel trucks and 2 DP coaches) and have found that a gasser is just not for me. Don't like the low power in the mountains and slowing down on the hills. I don't like having to install suspension "upgrades" to get a good ride or handling.
I do like the higher ground clearance when riding down the road and the ability to "lower" my coach by exhausting the air suspension for easy entry/exit. This is not available on any gasser that I know of.
Sort of reminds me of the saying, " If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand."