Everything You Need To Know About Diesel Pushers

It can be difficult to decide what type of motorhome you should buy. There are so many options to choose from. Before you run out and make a decision on what type of RV you are going to purchase, make sure you understand the ins and outs of each kind. If you are looking for an RV that has added benefits and features than what a gas-powered engine can offer, a diesel pusher might just be for you.


What is a diesel pusher?

Diesel Pusher motorhomes are actually a type of Class A motorhome. The distinction between this and other Class A RVs is that diesel pushers have a diesel engine while the other types are gas. In general, diesel pushers can be as long as 45 ft. They typically have the largest windows out of any model providing better visibility for your drive. They usually sleep between 2 to 4 people and have plenty of storage. The design of the diesel pusher is similar to a bus which can make it easier to steer than having the traditional front. 

The main difference between a diesel engine and a gas-powered engine is how the ignition is started. A diesel engine works from the heat of compression. Inside the combustion chamber of the engine, the air is heated to near 550 degrees Celsius. Then the fuel is injected into the chamber. While the process is very effective it is also known to be slightly noisy. However, there have been recent advancements in the industry that have made major improvements on minimizing the noise. This allows you to have the power of the diesel engine without having to worry about the diesel knock or clatter.


Generalities of a diesel pusher

Each diesel pusher model is going to be slightly different from the others. However, there are some things that you can expect if you’re buying a diesel pusher RV. The first is that you’ll get better gas mileage than you will with a gas-powered engine. The average MPG of a gas powered motorhome is typically no more than 10. However, diesel RVs can get up to 14 MPG.

Diesel pushers are also more efficient for pulling larger tow vehicles. They are able to produce more horsepower allowing you to pull heavier loads. And, because it’s doing so at lower RPMs you are putting less strain on the engine. However, it’s still important that you check the specific guidelines for the model that you purchase so you don’t exceed its capacity.

When it comes to the brakes, diesel pushers require less maintenance. They use air brakes which means that you don’t need brake fluid. It’s one less thing to worry about when you’re out on the road.


Pros of a diesel pusher

A huge benefit of purchasing a diesel pusher RV is that they’re expected to last twice as long as gas powered engines. It’s not unusual for these RVs to go for several hundred miles. While they do cost more than gas-powered engines, you get your money’s worth In the longevity of the vehicle.

Because diesel pushers are Class A Motorhomes, they are able to offer more features than many of the other types. The additional size of the RV allows there to be additional amenities that you’re not going to find in smaller motorhomes or travel trailers. You can also find brands that will offer you any type of customization that you want on the interior. This can include things like adding luxury touches to a kitchen or residential style furniture in your living space. If you want luxury and comfort, Class A Motorhomes and diesel pushers are the way to go.

Diesel pushers are more efficient than gas-powered motorhomes. Gas engines on average will run around 30% efficiency, but diesel engines generally run closer to 45% efficiency. This means you’re going to be able to use less gas while getting where you need to go. And, when your RV starts to exceed around 35 ft the weight of the vehicle becomes harder to move. Diesel pushers have the horsepower that they need to get the job done while still saving you on the gas.

And, let’s not forget that diesel pushers are comfortable to ride in. Travel trailers don’t provide you with a comfortable ride like you’re going to get from a Class A motorhome. You have additional space to use even while you’re on the road and it makes stops on the road much easier. You have room to stretch your legs and access the things that you need instead of riding in a vehicle while towing your RV.


Cons of diesel pushers

While there are tons of advantages to diesel pushers, it’s important to take the full picture into consideration before deciding to purchase. Diesel pushers come with the benefits of horsepower, being more efficient, providing additional space, and less need for maintenance, but this all comes at a price. It’s easy to experience sticker shock when you’re walking around the lot comparing prices. But, you need to take into consideration all of the additional amenities and benefits that you’re gaining with a diesel pusher.

Maintenance can fall in both pros and cons for diesel pushers. While they typically go for long periods of time without needing any maintenance, once they do need work done it’s typically going to cost more than a gas powered RV would. Mechanics for diesel vehicles need to go through specialized training in order to work on the RV.

While diesel pushers can provide a nice and smooth ride to get you where you want to go, they can be more difficult to maneuver than smaller RVs. If you are driving through tight spaces, like going through a city, it can be difficult to make the turns that you need. Diesel pushers for long and heavy. However, the additional size comes with all of the benefits and comfort that you gain by having a larger RV.


The bottom line

It’s hard to match the comfort and convenience that’s offered to you through Class A Diesel Pushers. They have more storage, more room in the cockpit, your own restroom everywhere you go, larger tanks for water and fuel, and they provide a smoother ride. Along with that, you’re going to have the added benefit of a bedroom to relax in and a kitchen to cook in. You have all the comforts of home with you wherever you go.

It’s one thing to read about diesel pushers but it’s a whole other thing to come in and really see firsthand what they have to offer. At Sky River RV you can see 4 of the best diesel pushers for sale all in one place including Integra by Jayco Industries, Newmar, Winnebago, and Thor Motor Coach. Come in today and let one of our experienced salespeople show you around!

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