Originally Posted by pteck
The 6.7 Power Stroke is a superlative motor. It's output, durability, and efficiency is unmatched. Among all passenger vehicles, even exotics, it arguably is one of the, if not, the best diesel motors.
Point is, this single motor doesn't define all diesel motors. For every great diesel motor, there's a bunch of crappy ones. Just like gas motors. Nor does that diesel locomotive have much of anything to do with your truck. BTW, almost all modern locomotives are hybrid, with electric motors providing the actual tractive force. Diesel powers the generators which provide the electric power to drive the locomotive.
Not everyone needs this pinnacle 6.7 motor, to do a relatively welterweight job of towing an Airstream. If you can afford it, and you appreciate the balance of qualities it brings, more power to you. But just because the motor is awesome doesn't automatically mean its the best at everything, e.g. handling. Nor does it mean other choices can't do a great job.
I agree 100 percent with your assessment.
As the saying goes there is more than one way to skin a cat. My comments were mostly regarding theoretical comparison between gas and diesel period.
Having spendt my working life in a highly diciplined civil construction busines environment I consider both my luxury AS and TV frivolous expenditures. Especially at age 74.