You may want to ask Paully how much gas that big 460 guzzles on any given day with the camper loaded. Also you may want to read his log of his trip to Baja. I guess this is why he's movin' over to the diesel corner. I'll take my diesel anyday as it'll still be haullin' ass while your gasser is in the boneyard!! This is like comparin' apples and oranges. There's no comparison, really. Pullin' my 10K# Citation Supreme 5'er at 1800 to 2200 RPM with my Dmax is far more appealing then screamin' a gasser at 3000-3500 RPM to get into the power band. I know, I've been there & done that. Never again. No flamin' intended. Paully!!............................Steve...
Aye! Therein lies the rub.
It is comparing apples and oranges.
Your post expresses more of an emotion - the feeling of confidence when accelerating up a hill with a diesel.
The "screamin'" gas engine is only "screamin'" due to impatience.
A little slower speed during those few times when traveling up hill can eliminate that problem.
Compare that small percentage of time, to the time spend clanking around town in a diesel daily driver.
Based on use, a daily driver versus a diesel engine used occasionally for mountain climbing with camper makes the decision more difficult.
I dunno'. . .it depends on how one "feels" about their driving needs.
But for pure logic. . .diesel doesn't make sense for some people.
For you, it apparently does. For me, I'm ambivalent about it.
IF I used it as a daily driver then I would seriously consider a gas engine.
Oh, and here's one more aspect of diesel engines: Greasy truck stop fueling stations.
You diesel drivers know what I mean - bring gloves.