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Diesel I-5 for mountain driving?

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This is an opinion question, since one of the motorhomes I'm looking at uses the I-5, but for people that have the diesel Transit, how well does it do up and down mountain highways and roads?

I'm guessing the fact that it has two turbos minimizes power loss due to elevation, but I've not driven one yet, so don't know.
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It isn't just horsepower-
torque is the big thing on a hard pull- my 185HP 350lb/ft torque Transit diesel outruns my 260HP 271lb/ft torque Toyota FJ Cruiser towing my 3500 lb travel trailer up a several mile 6-7% grade.
It also does it at 50% better fuel economy even though the whole package is probably about a ton heavier than the Toyota.
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