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Old 01-31-2013, 06:00 PM   #21
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get the 3.73's and max tow. you might see a difference of 1-2 mpg irl driving conditions. you also get the select shift transmission with that.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:49 AM   #22
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Thanks everyone for your input! Based on the info from this thread and the discussions that we've had with others, we have to go with the f150 ecoboost max tow package or upgrade to a f250. If we go to the f250, we can't afford a 2013 diesel so we'd have to go with a 2011 6.7 diesel that we found with 25k miles or a 2013 f250 gas engine which will probably be horrible in gas mileage. I'd much prefer to go with a brand new vehicle so that we can get a full warranty, but we're not sure if a 2013 f250 gas engine will have the power that we need by uprgrading to a f250. Does that make sense lol?
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:57 AM   #23
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Remember if you buy used you can get full warranty through 3rd party service contract via selling dealer. The gas V10 engines were great for towing in a F250. Current V8 gas????????
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:10 AM   #24
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Thanks everyone for your input! Based on the info from this thread and the discussions that we've had with others, we have to go with the f150 ecoboost max tow package or upgrade to a f250. If we go to the f250, we can't afford a 2013 diesel so we'd have to go with a 2011 6.7 diesel that we found with 25k miles or a 2013 f250 gas engine which will probably be horrible in gas mileage. I'd much prefer to go with a brand new vehicle so that we can get a full warranty, but we're not sure if a 2013 f250 gas engine will have the power that we need by uprgrading to a f250. Does that make sense lol?
IMO...if this will be a truck you will keep for awhile, given the camper you are getting and not wanting to regret mpg/power issues...go with the used F250 diesel and as others pointed out, get a third party warranty that will extend the current warranty remaining.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #25
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The 2013 f250s gas trucks that are in our price range have the v8 motors, not v10. Here is the 2011 6.7 diesel truck we really like with 22k miles:
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:14 AM   #26
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Thanks everyone for your input! Based on the info from this thread and the discussions that we've had with others, we have to go with the f150 ecoboost max tow package or upgrade to a f250. If we go to the f250, we can't afford a 2013 diesel so we'd have to go with a 2011 6.7 diesel that we found with 25k miles or a 2013 f250 gas engine which will probably be horrible in gas mileage. I'd much prefer to go with a brand new vehicle so that we can get a full warranty, but we're not sure if a 2013 f250 gas engine will have the power that we need by uprgrading to a f250. Does that make sense lol?

I think you are on the right track size wise. I would be nervous pulling this beast with a 1/2 ton. The old question of can I vs. should I...

Keep in mind the GVWR on these trailers is almost 11K, which I could see hitting with water tank full, gear for a week, groceries etc.

How much driving do you do? As pointed out above, sometimes the difference in MPG, depending on the amount of driving you do, is less than what you think. I love my diesel, but they are not really for everyone. A F-250 gas engine would pull this fine.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:16 AM   #27
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The 2013 f250s gas trucks that are in our price range have the v8 motors, not v10. Here is the 2011 6.7 diesel truck we really like with 22k miles:
they dropped the v10 gas engine a few years back. they did not sell that many, most people wanted the diesel.

Love those King Ranch trucks. Much larger, heavier truck, which is exactly why it does so much better towing large trailers.
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With 2 young kids we keep our camping trips fairly close to home. For example, we took our 2012 Jayco Greyhawk Class C out 12 times last year and only put 1,500 miles on the motorhome. I'm guessing the next couple years will be the same. However, my husband will drive the truck for work about 15k-20k miles a year!
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:19 AM   #29
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The 2013 f250s gas trucks that are in our price range have the v8 motors, not v10. Here is the 2011 6.7 diesel truck we really like with 22k miles:
Beautiful truck...Hmmm, that be hard for me to pass up given your requirement!
Write down all the pros vs cons to help make your decision based on your comfort level...then move on it!
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I just bought a Nitro 24FQS toyhauler and have an ecoboost with max tow. I towed this trailer one time and ordered an F250 a week later. The eco has plenty of power but isn't big enough to handle the sway. My trailer is 8 1/2' wide and 12' tall. It weights 5500 lbs empty and gross is 10,800 lbs. I had the dealer replace the e2 with the better 4 point Equalizer which helped some but if you get a strong wind from the side you will end up in the ditch or slowing way down. My eco with the max tow and 3.73 was getting from 7-9 mpg, this was on level ground and rolling 1-2 degree hills. I figured the mountains would put it in the 5-6 mpg range. Based on the sway factor and the sorry towing mpg I choose to buy the F250 with the diesel
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