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Gas vs Diesel Motorhomes

When it comes to the world of motorhomes, you have plenty of options before you. This makes it easier to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle. But it can also make shopping for motorhomes overwhelming!

One great place to start is to pick between diesel pushers and gas motorhomes. This one choice significantly narrows down your selection, making it easier to sort through the different sizes and features of motorhomes. Each offer benefits and each bring drawbacks. We created a guide to helping you understand the key differences below. If you have any questions, or want to check out motorhomes, visit Ryan’s RV Town. We are located near Seattle, Washington.

The Price

One of the biggest priorities for people shopping for motorhomes is often the price, so we will start there. Gas motorhomes cost less, partly due to their smaller size and partly due to them being more common. But the lower sticker price comes at a cost: they don’t last as long as diesel RVs do. Diesel pushers come at a higher asking price because they are built with more moving parts, they need special manufacturing skills to assemble, and they are larger. But they need to be replaced less often, which helps take some of the sting out of the higher cost.

Maintenance Costs

Both motorhomes face expensive maintenance costs, but for different reasons. Gas motorhomes get worn down faster, so you’ll need repairs sooner and more often. These maintenance costs add up.

Diesel motorhomes, on the other hand, need repairs less often. But diesel RVs are much more complicated pieces of machinery. When these encounter issues, you’ll need to pay the higher price for a technician trained to work on diesel pushers. Parts replacements will be harder to find and more expensive.


Diesel motorhomes tend to run much bigger. This makes for a more comfortable experience once you are inside. Spread out in a roomier living room. Enjoy a more spacious bedroom. It’s easier to feel at home with larger motorhomes. This extra size does come at a disadvantage in other ways. They will be harder to drive, so you will need to spend more time practicing before you hit the road. Some RV parks also implement size limitations, so you may not have as many options for places to stay.

Gas motorhomes, in contrast, tend to be smaller. It’ll be a little more cramped inside the vehicle. But it will be easier to drive and easier to find a site to park at.

Fuel Economy

Think about your fuel needs. Diesel pushers will be able to ride for longer before needing to refuel. This makes diesel RVs a great choice for those who embark on long-distance rides more frequently. But diesel is more expensive.

You’ll need to fill up gas motorhomes more often, but their fuel is less expensive. They are a good option for those who go on shorter trips (since they won’t need to stop as often to fuel up).

Still have questions about the differences? Stop by Ryan’s RV Town. Our expert staff is happy to talk to you about which type fits your lifestyle better. While you are here, you can check out various models of gas and diesel motorhomes. We offer a range of new and used motorhomes from different brands. Be sure to check out our financing option, which allows you to add in parts and accessories, an extended service plan, and more! Once you own a motorhome, take advantage of our RV storage service. Let us winterize, de-winterize, and wash your motorhome for you. We proudly serve those in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver, Washington.