Unable to decide if I should get a diesel or gas.

I am eagerly seeking to purchase a new 2016 RAM 2500. I've been trying to do research on gas semi vs diesel. I want something that'll last a long time. I will be hauling a ton (payload) of wood pellets from time to time. Eventually getting a camper trailer. My family and I travel (driving) on the weekends and for vacations. I live in the northeast. I know about the gelling of fuel, adding anti-gell to fuel, and the impertinence of changing the fuel filter. I work long hours in the winter. Sometimes leaving my vehicle sit over 24 or 48 hrs in the cold (below 0). At work I do not
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The Cummings diesel will not let you down. However, not having a block heater of any kind will cause cold start issues. Hauling loads will require a diesel to prevent engine wear versus a gas engine.

I would recommend the diesel and maybe a small generator to power a block heater. If you could come up with a method of protecting the generator from weather (such as a few pallets to a crate with a tarp), you will be ok.

Overall, towing and hauling, you really will need the diesel engine. The problem comes with the cold. A very small generator can supply the low current to provide the block heater.

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The Ram 2500 is available with two engine options – one gas and one turbo diesel. Overall, the gas HEMI engine provides the best gas horsepower among 250/2500 pickups – and more payload capacity than the Cummins – but the turbo diesel outperforms it with mountains of torque and more maximum towing capacity.
The 6.7 Cummins has a longer expected life than the 5.9L, with many engines lasting up to 300,000 miles with proper maintenance. But just like its predecessor, it can last much longer if well taken care of.
Loss of power, excess smoke, high fuel consumption, overheating, high exhaust temperatures and oil leakages from the turbocharger are all symptoms that could indicate turbocharger malfunction.
If you`re going to be driving long distances or using your truck for heavy-duty towing on a regular basis, a diesel truck should suit. If you plan to go off-roading, head into less populated areas, or carry heavier items in your cargo bed, the typical gas engine might be the way to go.
According to the Department of Energy, diesel motors typically get as much as 35% more miles to the gallon. More torque. The high compression ratio of diesel vehicles generates more torque, making diesel engines a better choice for pulling or hauling lots of weight. More torque.
Enter the 6.7L Power Stroke, with its CGI block, four-valve aluminum heads, common-rail injection, variable geometry turbocharger and air-to-water intercooler. It`s powerful, responsive and has also proven more reliable than its 6.4L and 6.0L predecessors.
According to Consumer Reports, a properly maintained Cummins engine can last 300,000-350,000 miles. But a poorly-treated truck can wear out much sooner.
These turbo chargers are prone to bearing failure on the `11 and `12 models.
If you notice that your car isn`t accelerating as powerfully as it used to, or is slow to react to your input, this might be a sign that your turbo is failing. Similarly, a turbocharged car that struggles to maintain high speeds or isn`t able to reach speeds it once could may be experiencing turbo failure.
Despite what you may think, deleting your 6.7 Cummins engine can actually lead to improved fuel economy. This is because removing the emissions control systems frees up space under the hood and decreases the overall weight of the vehicle.
Cons of diesel cars

Servicing can be more expensive, although you don`t need to do it as often. Diesel cars produce a lot more NO2. Diesel engines can be slightly noisier.

Torque is the engine`s twisting capability needed to pull heavy loads. Diesel engines produce more torque which means higher towing capacities compared to gas engines. This also means a smoother ride when towing heavy loads like a boat or trailer. Diesel engines also produce their peak torque at much lower RPM`s.
Diesel trucks tend to last twice as long sometimes as gas trucks, some lasting for 500,000 miles or more. This is partly due to diesel fuel acting as a lubricant on the engine, reducing wear and tear.
Diesel engines have a high compression ratio which allows them to be more efficient than gasoline. Meaning they can produce more energy compared to gas.
2. Diesel Fuel. Another reason diesel engines last longer than gas engines is due to the fuel that they burn. Diesel fuel is a type of distillate fuel that is essentially produced from crude oil, which gives diesel engines slower cylinder wear than gasoline engines.
6.7L200,000-300,000 miles.
Diesel engines operate at a relatively low engine speed compared to gasoline engines which can help to extend the life of the turbocharger, but on the flipside of the coin, the turbo on a diesel engine will produce much higher boost pressure than on a gasoline engine.
Cast from compacted graphite iron by Tupy, the 6.7L Power Stroke`s deep-skirt block reduces both weight and NVH over the 6.4L`s cast-iron crankcase yet is considerably stronger.
From commercial truckers to auto enthusiasts, people widely regard Cummins engines as the best in the industry. Coming from a heavy-duty, commercial work background, The Cummins Engine Company developed these engines with power and reliability at top of mind.
To be more precise, Ram claims its 6.7L Cummins engine will last for 350,000 miles. For this reason, a Cummins-powered Ram 2500 with good service records is considered high mileage between 350,000 and 500,000 miles.
The Lifespan of Diesel Trucks vs Gas Trucks

It`s not difficult to find a gas truck with over 200,000 miles on it. But diesel trucks are in a league of their own and can last up to 500,000 miles and beyond.

For context, the stock turbo size on a 6.6-liter LML Duramax is 61mm, and a 6.7-liter Cummins uses 60mm turbo. The 6.7 Powerstroke from 2011 to 2014 used a much smaller 43mm turbo, but because it used a double-sided compressor wheel, it could move a comparable amount of air to a 60mm conventional turbo.
Over time, carbon may build up on the turbocharger`s waste gate, variable vanes, or within the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve. This can lead to poor engine performance and/or heat spots on the turbo itself. These heat spots may result in cracking of the turbo housing, or failure of the impeller-shaft bearing.
Be aware that when your turbo fails the pieces will drop down into the intercooler and the oil seals will fail. Unfortunately the engine can actually run on this oil and can run away at maximum RPM until all the oil is used up, at which point the engine will seize.

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My gas cap will not open. I can get a new cap but how do I get the current one off?
ANSWER : Hi there. Unfortunately, there is no black & white step for removing a broken gas cap. If the gas cap is stripped or spinning around, it has to be carefully drilled out. This should be completed by a professional mechanic to avoid mistakes and debris falling into the fuel cell. If you live in one of our service areas, one of our professional mobile mechanics can come to your location and complete the gas cap replacement.

Unable to decide if I should get a diesel or gas.
ANSWER : The Cummings diesel will not let you down. However, not having a block heater of any kind will cause cold start issues. Hauling loads will require a diesel to prevent engine wear versus a gas engine.

I would recommend the diesel and maybe a small generator to power a block heater. If you could come up with a method of protecting the generator from weather (such as a few pallets to a crate with a tarp), you will be ok.

Overall, towing and hauling, you really will need the diesel engine. The problem comes with the cold. A very small generator can supply the low current to provide the block heater.

Diesel put into gas tank
ANSWER : Unfortunately our mobile technicians are not equipped to perform this kind of service. In all likelihood, the fuel tank will have to be removed from beneath the vehicle to be properly drained and cleaned. The the fuel lines all the way to the fuel injectors will have to be flushed. The injectors may be cleaned at the same time, or may require removal as well in order to be properly cleaned. The fuel filter should be replaced as well. Its is an expensive and time consuming thing. I am not sure if the national chain-type repair facilities will be able to handle this type of repair. The only real way to find out would be to contact them. If not, then a local independent or dealership repair facility should be able to correct this for you.

Gas cap notification and check engine light came on after getting gas. Car started to sputter and stall out.
ANSWER : Hi there. When the fuel cap is not securely fastened to the tank, it can create vacuum issues inside the tank; which triggers the error code to be stored in the ECU. The error will then trigger the check engine light until that code is reset by a professional digital scanner. If you’re still having sputtering or stalling issues, you should contact a professional mechanic to complete an engine sputtering inspection. This will allow them to diagnose what’s causing this problem and reset any error codes to hopefully correct the issue your Chrysler 300 is experiencing.

When refilling gas tank, gas overflows before tank is full.
ANSWER : The most common cause of this type of problem is when the fuel filler neck’s inner tube comes off of the neck itself. You will need to have the filler neck removed to check to see if the inner tube was knocked off from someone trying to get fuel out of tank with a siphon hose and managed to knock the hose off. This causes the tank to not get filled properly and the inner hose can get caught in the fuel sender causing wrong readings.

If you’d like to get this fixed, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can help you service your fuel filler neck and ensure that your fuel gauge functions normally. Good luck.

whats the best gas station to get gas from not regarding price but regarding gas quality ?
ANSWER : Hi there. The best places to go are any gas stations that have multiple gas pumps with a high volume of customers. This will allow the fuel to be as clean as possible. When you go to a small gas station or a large gas station with few customers, the fuel is not being cycled and moisture (water) accumulates at a high rate. This causes the engine to run colder than normal making the computer demand more fuel thus giving your vehicle a poor gas mileage. Try to avoid going to gas stations when the large fuel truck is pouring in fuel into the tanks. This stirs up the junk in the bottom of the fuel tanks of the station and makes their filters not work putting the junk in your car. I recommend going to either a Cheveron gas station, a Costco fuel station, a Fry’s or Fred Myer’s fuel station, or any truck stop fuel station with high traffic. When getting poor gas, this can destroy the fuel pump and fuel injectors. If you need further assistance diagnosing your vehicle, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you with fuel system and help perform an injection flush.

Will not start. Acts as if it’s not getting gas.
ANSWER : As you may know, the motor requires a very precise mixture of fuel and air in order for it to run properly. When the fuel injectors are not spraying an even, uniform pattern of fuel, this causes an imbalance in this air.fuel mixture resulting in the motor often times starving for fuel or in some cases being flooded with too much fuel. In your case, it sounds like the motor is starving for fuel as indicated by the motor running fine once fuel was sprayed directly into the intake. I would recommend having a professional from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

Only get heat when i rev up my car or push the gas. Other tham that i only get cold air coming out.
ANSWER : You may have a clogged heater core that may be prohibiting the outer linings of the heater core to get hot. As you know, the heater core is a series of tubes that the coolant runs through that generates the heat from the warm coolant after circulating through the motor. These tubes can occasionally develop a buildup on the inner walls such that when the heater core is "flushed" this buildup on the inner walls of the lines remains and still allows the coolant to flow through the heater core. It is important to note that when the heater core is "flushed" it is possible to get good flow through the heater core while the inside walls of the heater core remain caked with buildup. As a result, the buildup on the inner walls prevents the temperature from rising to its capability due to the insulating effect of this buildup on the inner walls which will prevent the necessary heat transfer to properly heat the inside of the car. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and replace your heater core.