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Should I buy Diesel or should I just stick with a gasser?

I have been doing a lot of shopping around, reading, and have learned a lot I think about diesels. Now I am wondering if diesel is the right way to go.

First of all the truck will not be my primary vehicle, my truck spends about 90% of the time towing which is a plus for the diesel. I only get about 9mpg with my 08 chevy 1/2 ton.

On the other hand it will spend a lot of time in the barn just sitting which I have heard is bad for a diesel, especially the 6.0 which will most definitaly be what I will buy. Is this true and is there anything I can do to it while it's sitting to protect it?

I don't really want to buy a $20,000 truck and spend a bunch of money to "Bullet Proof it", but I am also not really planning on doing any mods. Although I have heard you can get great performance and economy while towing with a few tuner adjuestments.

I would like to buy a truck that will last 10+ years as well.

I love the smell, the power, and the whole diesel experience, I am not totally sure if its worth the added cost.

As I type this post I believe I am making a pretty good case for myself to go with the diesel. My concern is the fact that I don't have the time to do a bunch of work to a truck I just bought and the issue that it will spend a lot of time just sitting or going on short trips around town. Any input you have would be appritiated.
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What do you plan to tow?

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My boat is about 4000lbs and the snowmobile trailer fully loaded is less than that.
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My advice is stick with a gasser. You don't need a diesel and as you know they don't like to just sit around or just do short trips. They need to be worked regularly. Get a V10 F150 and call it a day.

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I hate to say it but check out the new F 150 with the Eco Boost V6 if your looking at a new truck. If used is ok you could find a smoken deal on a v10 or v8.

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I really want the size and room of an f-250 and I've heard bad things about the v-10, is the 5.4 enough motor?
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I say buy an older 7.3 and roll with it. It wont like sitting, but go letter run 20-30 minutes a week (a couple bucks in fuel spent) and she'll be fine. You can pick up an OBS 7.3 for under $5k every day, all day. No reason to buy a finecky 6.oh unless you plan on making a commitment to it, and being an occasional hauler isn't much of a dedication.

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My advice is stick with a gasser. You don't need a diesel and as you know they don't like to just sit around or just do short trips. They need to be worked regularly. Get a V10 F150 and call it a day.
V10 one fiddy? say what?

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V-10 is a real good motor it is better than the 5.4 for towing. Both motors are are very reliable as long as the spark plugs get removed and installed correctly.

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Would hauling 2 times a month be enough for a 6.0? I also thought about a 7.3 but I want something new enough that I can take off for a 500 mile trip and not have to worry about anything. Is there anything I need to watch for in a 7.3 with 100,000?
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