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Old 12-02-2014, 05:05 PM   #1
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6.2 gas TV ?

Anyone towing with a Ford F250 with the 6.2 gas engine ? Still looking to update my 5.4 f250. I would be towing a 3065w Windjammer approx 8000lbs. The 5.4 handles well on flat land but labors on hills. I'm just gathering info hoping to update before spring camping season. I have also been looking at the Ford ecoboost that has good reviews, but I would rather collect my info from people who use them for towing instead of a car salesman. Thanks in advance for any responses.

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Old 12-02-2014, 05:53 PM   #2
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I don't have the 6.2, but I have heard a lot of good things about it. Since it replaced the 6.8L V-10, it has to be pretty good. If you do a lot of towing in the hills, and if the hills are maybe more than hills (as I suspect they are in Virginia), you may seriously want to consider the 6.7L diesel. I don't want to start a gas v. diesel debate here, but in the hills and mountains, the diesel will serve you better. If you don't do that much camping in the hills, the 6.2L should serve you fine.

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Old 12-02-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
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I have a F250 6.2 and I pull a 30ft Prime Time 5er. If I towed a lot in mountains I would go with a diesel but that said the 6.2 does a good job. I don't tow more than 5 or 6 times a year and use my truck very little otherwise so the 6.2 makes sense. I added Firestone air bags and they really improve the ride.

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Old 12-02-2014, 06:41 PM   #4
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I tow a 34' 2011 Coachman Freedom Expresswith my 2011 F-250 ( 2 wheel drive ) with the 6.2. I think the trailer is around 7K lbs.
The truck runs very strong and does well on the hills of Ohio. This truck is also my daily driver. I get 8 - 10 mpg with a 900 lb golf cart in the bed towing and around 13 - 14 in the city stop and go. 15 mpg highway.
Flat ground runs 6th gear around 2k rpm. Hills kick it around 3500 rpm to 4th gear.
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:47 PM   #5
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I am sure Diesel is the way to go, however I am still collecting info on other possibilities. I don't want to get into the diesel debate either. And yes we do have more than hills in Va. we have a few mountains. My TV would also be a daily driver . Like I said , I trust the information I get on these forums much more than any car salesman who is just looking for a sale. I also tend to keep my vehicles a long time , my current TV is a 2001. Having said that I don't want to regret my purchase because I will have it for a long time, sounds like another reason for a diesel.

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Old 12-02-2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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the deciding factor is how often you tow, how far your average trip is, and how far your work commute is. Diesel will get better mileage in every scenario, but have to decide of you tow enough to justify. Keep in mind diesel resale value is much better.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:21 PM   #7
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I have the 6.8 v10 and haul my 14k lb fiver across the mountains of Nebraska with ease. I'd love a diesel, but my daily commute is only 3 miles so I don't think that'd be good for a diesel motor. I don't go on many long trips, usually just 100-200 miles one way, sometimes only 1 mile to our local park
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:30 PM   #8
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Had a 6.2 gasser and it did a good job changed to diesel this year and what a difference in pulling and long uphill pulls. If I had it to do over I would have never gotten the gasser to pull with, go diesel you will be a lot happier in long run.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:22 PM   #9
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Think about your next camper as you'll probably upgrade like the rest of us! Don't under-rate the importance of a diesel exhaust brake if you tow in the mountains.


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Old 12-03-2014, 06:30 AM   #10
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I went from a V-10 Excursion to a 6.7L F350 and love it! I have a Flagstaff V-Lite (Windjammer brother) and the V-10 did a fine job pulling it but I couldn't comfortably use the cruise control while towing because it would downshift on every hill and with the rolling hills we have it was very annoying. With the diesel it just climbs each hill with ease. I actually get a kick out of the way it pulls hills and can't wipe the smile off my face. If you do decide on the 6.7L I highly recommend you get the long bed because short beds have tiny 26gal tanks.

I was considering a 6.2l but I realized its true you shouldn't buy the truck for the trailer you have now but for the next one. I know that our next will be a 5er so I bit the bullet and have no regrets. Well maybe one, when York County sent me my personal property (punishment) tax bill.

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