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Old 06-25-2014, 07:41 AM   #1
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F 250 recommendations

While my F150 pulls my new trailer fairly well, Im just not satisfied with the overall stability of it, especially if I plan to haul for long distances (500 miles plus) I have decided to move to a F 250 with the possibility of updating my toy hauler in the next year. (as I purchased this one with hope of using it with the F 150) My XLR 24 HFS dry weight is only 5500 lbs. Prob near 8000 with it loaded. I am looking at 2011 diesel 4x4 with under 100k Are there any suggestion that you feel important that need to be with this vehicle such as bed length, specific gear ration, or other accessories.
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While my F150 pulls my new trailer fairly well, Im just not satisfied with the overall stability of it, especially if I plan to haul for long distances (500 miles plus) I have decided to move to a F 250 with the possibility of updating my toy hauler in the next year. (as I purchased this one with hope of using it with the F 150) My XLR 24 HFS dry weight is only 5500 lbs. Prob near 8000 with it loaded. I am looking at 2011 diesel 4x4 with under 100k Are there any suggestion that you feel important that need to be with this vehicle such as bed length, specific gear ration, or other accessories.
I know this won't help you much but I found it very challenging myself to find a good used F250 around my area that was both a decent price (not close to new) AND in good shape (would last me 10 years). They were either beat up pretty good or priced what I thought was pretty high. I eventually ended up buying new and didn't even get a 250. Luckily, I have room to grow in my trailer so I won't be in your position again for a few years.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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Toby what did u buy. The ecoboost 150?


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Old 06-25-2014, 08:19 AM   #4
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I bought a 2011 f 250 with 6.2 gas engine in Jan. My trailer's dry weight is just over 8000. I made a trip a couple weeks ago on I 68 in West Virginia. It towed it with no problems. I did not go with a diesel because I just don't like them. (Nothing worse at six in the morning someone starting a diesel to warm it up).

Mine has all the bells and whistles. I love it.

I pulled into a site at the Harpers Ferry KOA on this trip and the couple next to us had the same Rockwood on two years older. He tows with a f 150 with the eco boost and says he has no problems. Go with the f 250.

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Yes. I had a Tundra (4.7) and it wasn't doing the job well. I was going for a F250 so I could grow into it (I like to keep vehicles for a long time). The EB with the 3.73 gears tows amazingly well and the integrated brake controller is also pretty awesome. As previously stated, I will go bigger someday but this truck will keep me going for awhile.

And I'm not knocking the new Tundras either. They would do well pulling my trailer too. My local dealer just didn't impress me much while my Ford dealer was also amazing.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:48 AM   #6
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All ford diesels have the same gear ratio. 3.73 IIRC. A 250 diesel would make short work of a 8000# camper.

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If you are looking at a diesel 250 you better check the payload of the trucks you look at on the door sticker as you can run out of payload pretty quick on optioned 4x4 crew cab F250's. My 2011 Lariat 4x4 crew cab with a 6.2 only has a 2273lb payload a diesel setup the same would probably be around 2k max. You should consider an F350 if you want a diesel.
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If you are looking at a diesel 250 you better check the payload of the trucks you look at on the door sticker as you can run out of payload pretty quick on optioned 4x4 crew cab F250's. My 2011 Lariat 4x4 crew cab with a 6.2 only has a 2273lb payload a diesel setup the same would probably be around 2k max. You should consider an F350 if you want a diesel.
This x5....mine has 2100lbs of payload (so says sticker)...my TT Is usually ~10k fully loaded and it tows more than fine. But that new 5er im looking at is 2500lbs pin DRY!..

anyway, the 4x4 have 355 elock rears and are every bit as quiet as a gasser....wether you NEED one is a subject of civil war amongst these parts! Lol
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If your going to upgrade I would recommend going on up the ladder to the F350. It is very easy to over load the F250 and you are already talking of going larger in RV size as it is.
I would also go new over used. For the smallish price difference you will pick up a new warranty from the get go. Also the 2011 trucks did exhibit more issues that the current diesel. These are not inexpensive trucks to have worked on so the price to purchase difference could be negated in one service repair. These ain't your daddys diesel of years gone by.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:59 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the insight. Jonrjen. Tell me more on the 2011 troubles. I see many listed in the 35-40 k range vs 60 plus new. Being used occasionally type vehicle, I can't justify new price but your comment does concern me


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