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The Diesel Pusher is in a class by itself.
Some feel that any of the recreational vehicles with a diesel engine can be considered a diesel pusher. History says that’s just not true.
A diesel engine will provide a bit of an increase in mpg. And it’s true that diesel engines will last longer than gasoline engines. The problem comes in quantifying the differences. You would need to take into consideration the total weight of the diesel pusher that is being moved down the road.
Availability of fuel is not as much a concern as in years past. If the owner opts for extra capacity fuel tanks, the difference in fuel availability disappears altogether in today’s market.
There was a time when diesel fuel was half the price of gasoline. That’s the reason most passenger highway use buses were equipped with diesel engines. To maximize passenger seating and thus profits, the diesel engine was placed in the rear of the bus. This allowed at least 4 more paying seats at the front of the bus.
When old passenger buses began to be purchased by RV enthusiasts and converted to RV use (Conversions or Bus Conversions), the nickname of diesel pusher was born. The name was mainly meant to differ these rigs from their counterparts that began to be produced by RV Manufacturers with the diesel engine at the front of the rigs whether a Class A Motorhome or a Class C Motorhome.
Some RVers prefer the addition of the 3 to 4 feet to their rv living space offered by the rear engine units. That’s a good point as all space on a recreational vehicle or class a motorhome is important. Yet, others point to the unwanted engine noise coming from under their bed when inadequate soundproofing has been installed.
New RV prices and used RV prices of these units are a little higher than comparable gas-powered rigs. The longer life of the engines coupled with fewer expected repairs pushes the prices up. As always, be aware of how your unit might be used before paying for the extra life and mpg. Many full-timers only travel 200 miles or less every few days. That’s only 20,000 to 25,000 miles per year. The upfront expense is hardly worth it unless you plan to own the rig for many years.
All other items of concern are almost identical to any comparable Class A Motorhome; luxuries, floor plans, cargo capacity, etc.
As always, buy for your level of comfort, travel plans, and budget. By continuing to do your homework, you’ll find the right new or used rig for your adventures.