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Old 08-19-2016, 02:16 PM   #31
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I just traded my 2013 F150 for a new RAM 2500 diesel. The F150 would certainly pull our Rockwood 2618VS, but I was just not comfortable with it. The Cummins is probably overkill for our 7,000 trailer, but I know we'll appreciate the torque and engine brake in the Georgia mountains and when we eventually get out west.

Based on my experience, I'd say get the 3/4 ton and then gas or diesel as you prefer.
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:32 PM   #32
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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.
Maybe I need less fat on my tush. Some difference but not at all harsh IMO. I find the F350 Lariat very comfortable even the 4x4. Gas or diesel makes no difference. They are HD or SD| and not on a beefed up '89 Caddy suspension.
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Old 08-19-2016, 03:15 PM   #33
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Don't get me wrong, I love my F250... but anyone that doesn't get the ride difference between an F150 and a Super Duty is being intentionally obtuse.

I like the front axle of the Super Duty, but with it comes some negative handling characteristics.

I didn't want a car (150); I wanted a truck (250 and up).


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Old 08-19-2016, 04:41 PM   #34
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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.
I agree that is why I bought a f350 with a 143.5" wheel base rather than a F150 the longer 145" wheel base. Easier to park and get around town in since the 350 is shorter plus it has 15,900 tow and 3744 payload gives lot more options in what I want to tow.
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:15 PM   #35
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I am happy with my 2.7 Ecoboost F-150 Laredo with tow and automatic trailer backup. Since its my only vehicle - 25 MPG is great. Unfortunately it drops to 11 or 12 when towing my 5K lb. Travel Trailer. But we never travel more than 2 hours and maybe 5 days out of the month. So, extremely happy.
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Old 08-19-2016, 05:27 PM   #36
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My F150 3.5 EB drops off to about 11-12 towing 9200#. My brother-in-laws 2015 F250 diesel only gets about 8-9 towing about the same (1000# more). Don't count on the mileage difference making your decision.
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Other than maybe the new 2017 F250 I would also skip right to the F350 as you did if I went to a large fifth wheel some day instead of the 37' TT we have now. My F150 max tow is 11,200 (Screw) and 3160 payload but the max rear axle load is 4050#. I am about 20% below most of the max weights but Ford told me to stay a minimum of 10% below the chart for ease of mind. The max WDH hitch weight is 1130#. Any fifth wheel of the same length would be pushing or over the limits.

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I agree that is why I bought a f350 with a 143.5" wheel base rather than a F150 the longer 145" wheel base. Easier to park and get around town in since the 350 is shorter plus it has 15,900 tow and 3744 payload gives lot more options in what I want to tow.
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Old 08-19-2016, 09:01 PM   #38
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This is a never ending discussion. F150, F250, F350, Ford, GMC, Chevy, RAM, Tundra, and Titan. I can only say when I loaded my XLR 29hfs with 1400 lbs of motorcycles in the back my ex RAM 1500 was 400 lbs over my GCW. The RAM was rated at 10,400 lbs of towing power but the GCW was only rated at 15,650 lbs. The toyhauler wasn't even loaded to the max. After trying different hitch settings (Reese dual-Cam) I still had way too much sway on the Interstate. My solution was to trade the RAM and purchase a 2016 F250 diesel. Problems went away! The RAM had plenty of power for towing but the just wasn't heavy enough to tow my toyhauler that is rated at 9,900 gvw but only loaded to 9,300 lbs. Not judging just stating my experience with a bumper pull toyhauler.
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Other than maybe the new 2017 F250 I would also skip right to the F350 as you did if I went to a large fifth wheel some day instead of the 37' TT we have now. My F150 max tow is 11,200 (Screw) and 3160 payload but the max rear axle load is 4050#. I am about 20% below most of the max weights but Ford told me to stay a minimum of 10% below the chart for ease of mind. The max WDH hitch weight is 1130#. Any fifth wheel of the same length would be pushing or over the limits.
You would have a lot of 5er options except for that rear axel rating.
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Old 08-19-2016, 09:52 PM   #40
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Well, that certainly clears things up! 😳 Really, thanks for all the input. Think I'll wait on the 2017 250 comes out and give it a test ride. I think I read somewhere that you wouldn't need a WDH with the 250. Seems pretty extreme for a 34' 8000 pound trailer.
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