RV Fuel – Diesel or Gas – What’s Up At The Pump?
RV fuel considerations –is Diesel or gas preferable– seems to trigger an ongoing discussion in the RV community—and the industry, too. We’ve discovered that the biases seem to be strong. Typically opinions seem to strongly favor one over the other—at times perhaps justified by rhyme, but not always reason.
What’s the right choice for you?
As soon to be owners ourselves (leaning heavily in favor of Diesel at this point), we’ve been encouraged lately by the prices of diesel fuel falling to at or below what we pay at the pump for mid-grade gasoline to fuel the family SUV.
True Trend or Just a Bump at the Pump?
Now I promise not to dwell on this topic in this blog, but at this stage in our pre-purchase considerations, we’re curious: “Is this a true trend, or just a lucky short term price adjustment in the marketplace?” I wanted to know. Maybe you do too, whether you’re planning to buy an RV, or budgeting for the next leg of your RV journey.
After a little research, here’s the scoop:
According to YCharts.com –The Financial Terminal of the Web – “US Retail Diesel Price is at a current level of 2.859, down from 2.87 last week and down from 3.882 one year ago. This is a change of -0.38% from last week and -26.35% from one year ago.” If you would like to watch this trend over time, you might want to add this to your watchlist through a link on the top right of the page. Note that other chart views are available, but this one tells an encouraging story:
What does this mean to RVers
This information (you can read the entire report here—the Free information is more than adequate) probably should be folded into other considerations about the:
- Size and weight of your rig
- Where you plan to travel
- How much weight you want to tow
- Where you will find service facilities
- How much stuff you plan to load into the basement—stuff you just can’t live without.
Your comments are welcomed especially if you can shed some light on considerations we haven’t thought to include as we make our final decision.
Knowing why you make the choice in one direction or another will ease your mind if you’ve separated the rhyme from reason for RV Diesel vs. Gas.