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Old 08-19-2016, 11:37 AM   #21
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I had a 2015 F150 EB and pulled a 7200# loaded TT. It did the job but gas mileage sucked and it was at max in every way. Upgraded to a 2016 F250 diesel and that thing barely hummed up/down and straight away. I was a happy camper UNTIL my wife decided we had to have a 5er. Pulled it a couple times but was over payload and real axel was getting close. Bit the bullet and bought the F350, now a happy camper again. Just be smart and get the F350 and don't live at the dealership. (wonder if I can claim them as a dependent?)
The only difference between the path you took was I started out with Chevy 1500 then Chevy 2500hd then the Ford 350 and yep and happy camper.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:45 PM   #22
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An F150 EB max tow loaded to 7200# isn't necessarily anywhere near max. I tow 9200# loaded very well and it isn't near max. It depends on individual setups and loads, etc.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:51 PM   #23
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I happen to like my gas f250.
Same here !!
And in some situation...like mine, a diesel is no good.
5km to work daily...not enough to bring a diesel engine hot enough...so gas it is...and have no regret !
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:05 PM   #24
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The thought process really should be based on two different things: 1/2-ton vs 3/4 / 1-ton -and- gas vs diesel.

If you want or need a diesel, that make the decision easier.

If you aren't decided on gas or diesel, decide on 1/2-ton or bigger.

The 1/2-ton, even with max tow/payload/whatever is really grasping at specs. They are capable, but there is still a huge difference between them and the next step up (3/4 or 1-ton). The goofy 7-lug wheels is a deal killer for me... if I was every considering one (which I didn't).

The 3/4 and up gets you:
Full floating axles
Bigger everything: brakes, suspension components, axles, rear/front end/diff, etc.

Working a 3/4 and up at max is just another day. Working a 1/2 at max is pushing it.

You really need to pull a big-ass trailer with both to experience the difference.


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Yet another consideration is how much do you tow vs drive the truck as a home vehicle. I have the 2014 F150 EB max w/ 3.73 SB for a 312BHDS TT and my brother-in-law has a 2015 F250 diesel for a similar load. I won't say it is a chore to drive his F250 compared to my F150 but I would NOT drive it around every day like I do my F150. Its just a pain around town. My wife and I only have two vehicles. My truck and her car. If I had a third tow vehicle I would consider an F250/F350 a lot more. We only camp about 30 days a year which is also significant vs full time RVers.
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Yet another consideration is how much do you tow vs drive the truck as a home vehicle. I have the 2014 F150 EB max w/ 3.73 SB for a 312BHDS TT and my brother-in-law has a 2015 F250 diesel for a similar load. I won't say it is a chore to drive his F250 compared to my F150 but I would NOT drive it around every day like I do my F150. Its just a pain around town. My wife and I only have two vehicles. My truck and her car. If I had a third tow vehicle I would consider an F250/F350 a lot more. We only camp about 30 days a year which is also significant vs full time RVers.
Not sure why you find driving an F250 a chore. My 2016 F350 4X4 diesel stands a little taller but it is the same size as my F150. The F350 has more HP and torque which I find makes it a fun to go daily driver. It may have a bigger turning radius than a 150 but much easier and a lot more comfortable to drive .
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I started with a 5.4L F150 pulling a 27' trailer. It would pull it but was marginal in every respect, mileage, braking, handling, etc. Just bought a new 2015 F250 diesel and I am amazed at the difference. The only thing I would have preferred is the larger fuel tank and aminities that will be coming on the 2017 models.
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If you can, get the F250. They are made for towing and you don't have to worry about upgrading later, if/when you upgrade the towed vehicle. Yes, you CAN tow with the F150, but it is made to be a little more gentile. Towing is an afterthought.
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:-) He parks way out to avoid issues parking in any parking lot and always has to back up because of the radius. They are a royal pain in town or the burbs. We went camping with them last weekend and smiled as he kept having to back up everywhere we went. My truck still fits nicely in my 24' garage with the hitch on. It's a dream to drive towing or not. His 2015 F250 with only 10,000 miles on it is rough on the road to be nice about it.

My previous F150 5.4L Lariat was also a real dog compared to the 3.5 EB. The brakes, suspension, and payload were much more limited as well. My Ford dealer said on several occasions that the latest EB max tow F150s really impacted their F250 sales the last few years so they welcome the 2017s.

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Not sure why you find driving an F250 a chore. My 2016 F350 4X4 diesel stands a little taller but it is the same size as my F150. The F350 has more HP and torque which I find makes it a fun to go daily driver. It may have a bigger turning radius than a 150 but much easier and a lot more comfortable to drive .
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Make sure you drive a 250 or 350 empty for an extended period. IMO the ride is harsh. Don't like that solid front axle. You have to be able to live with this truck when not towing.
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