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Old 12-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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2011 F350 What to ask?

We have started the process of preparing for a fully retired lifestyle which will see us becoming snowbirds next winter. We are still searching for a larger 5er and have sold our 3/4T a few weeks ago. I now have a line on a 2011 F350 King Ranch with 60,000 km. it is located 4 hrs from home but is on the way to visit family for Xmas and will be stopping in Monday to view it. I am not even close to considering myself a mechanic so thought this would be an ideal place to get some suggestions on what to look for.
Here are some of the questions I have emailed to the salesman?
Car Proof History Report, including details of Original ownership, Any accidents, Service history; i.e. Any major repair work outside of regular maintenance, Mfg date, In-service date.
# of Hours on motor? # of Idle Hours on motor?
Does the F350 have in-bed 5th wheel hitch mounts?
If any of you have suggestions of other things I should be asking or looking for when I inspect and test drive the vehicle I would appreciate your feedback.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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At or about 2011 Ford started offering a factory installed goose neck/fifth wheel.
Every now and then I saw a truck at the dealer with this option.
Rare camels they are so the owner would have to find one or order it.
I think they were set up for the Reese hitch.

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If the owner did not order it or buy it installed you can pick what you want.

Is this a long or short bed?

Look for oil under where it is parked, is the motor clean or oily?
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Thanks. It for sale at a dealership so they will no doubt have cleaned it from bumper to bumper. Not sure where they got it but that is one of my questions.
It's a short bed.
They are asking $47k so if it's as clean as it looks well try to get them down a couple thousand but I'm a notoriously bad negotiator, especially when I have been looking for a while and finally find something i like. It has DVD players in the back of the headrests on the front seat. Who would have thought that was possible, much less necessary.
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Thanks. It for sale at a dealership so they will no doubt have cleaned it from bumper to bumper. Not sure where they got it but that is one of my questions.
It's a short bed.
They are asking $47k so if it's as clean as it looks well try to get them down a couple thousand but I'm a notoriously bad negotiator, especially when I have been looking for a while and finally find something i like. It has DVD players in the back of the headrests on the front seat. Who would have thought that was possible, much less necessary.
The grand kids love the DVD player that dad has in his Chevy.
Good luck with getting them down any.
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:05 PM   #5
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At 60,000 km (about 37,200 miles) I'd look at tire wear / remaining tread life. If the dealer doesn't have records of when/if the brakes were replaced, I'd have them pull a wheel and take a look at them.

If the bed doesn't have a liner, see if it is nicked up / scratched / dented. That will give you some idea of how roughly the truck might have been treated. But with DVD players in the headrests for rear seat passengers, it doesn't sound like a "work truck."

You ought to be able to get them down somewhere between 5 and 10%, IMO. Good luck.
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As Capt. Mike said , check tires. I bought a 2007 with dry rotted tires. When I pointed that out to salesman, he sold me a Ford tire care warranty. Good deal. I somehow got a flat with a puncture in sidewall of my tires every couple of months. Wound up getting a new set of tires within a year for a $ 350 warranty. It also covers wheels as well. If they say they dont know about it, put the pressure on. I also bought the premium care warranty. Another good deal. I have had new heads, ball joints, carrier bearings, etc all covered. Truck had 70,000 miles when purchased.
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Have the dealership....if it's a Ford dealership the truck is at, have them run an 'OASIS' report. That's a report of all work performed at a Ford dealership and should give you a good idea if problems were encountered during the warranty period outside of the normal service intervals. Go to the Ford owners forum called 'FTE' or Ford truck enthusiasts'. That site will give you great insight of what to expect with that truck.
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At or about 2011 Ford started offering a factory installed goose neck/fifth wheel.
Every now and then I saw a truck at the dealer with this option.
Rare camels they are so the owner would have to find one or order it.
I think they were set up for the Reese hitch.

Reese 30142 Elite Series Fifth Wheel Kit Trailer RV Camper

If the owner did not order it or buy it installed you can pick what you want.

Is this a long or short bed?

Look for oil under where it is parked, is the motor clean or oily?
Ford Idaho - would that Reese Hitch be the one even if it was a short box?

I've been comparing used vs new cost. I found one that has the 5th wheel prep that was never used. Also do you think there is a benefit to having the 5th wheel factory prep?
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Ford Idaho - would that Reese Hitch be the one even if it was a short box?
Ford would probably use the same one in all of the SD's'

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I've been comparing used vs new cost. I found one that has the 5th wheel prep that was never used. Also do you think there is a benefit to having the 5th wheel factory prep?
No benefit IMO, this way YOU can pick what YOU want.
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I don't believe that Ford puts the prep package in the short bed. I have a 2012 F-350 long box that has the fifth wheel prep package in it. Reese is the hitch that Ford sells but in the past few months B and W has come out with a hitch that mounts in the Ford and it is almost half the money of the Reese. I will be putting in the B and W hitch when I go to pick up my new 5er in a couple of weeks.
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