Originally Posted by Buzzard Bait
Looking at buying new tow vehicle and debating between the F150 with max tow pkg or F250.... I've driven large SUVs for the last 20 years and really like the ride and comfort. My TT weighs in at 6800 pounds dry weight. Currently pulling with a Navigator with so so results.... I would like to tow into the Rockies... but I'm not sure how much I'd be giving up in ride and comfort by moving up to the 250.
I think you need to post your approx. budget and whether you are only considering new 2016-2017 models, etc. & plan to keep the same TT for a while.
I tow our 8,000 (loaded) TT with a 2011 Ram 2500 CC w/5.7 Hemi which tows great throughout the Smoky Mountains. With a $125 P3 brake controller setup properly, I don't need an engine brake... However, it's a little stiff as a daily driver & averages 16-17 mpg on my mostly hwy daily commute. Therefore I have considered "upgrading" to the F150 EB w/HD payload package if/when finances allow...
IMO the 2016 F150 EB with HD upgrade, not just tow upgrade, is more like an entry level 3/4 ton with its HD payload capacity of 2,600-3,000 depending on cab, tires & trim... With a tow rating of 11,000+ & GCVW of 17,000+ it has better specs than my entry-level 2011 Ram 2500 (3,000 payload, 9,100 tow, 15,000 GCVW). The F150 EB w/HD upgrade is rated at 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy & has a 36 gallon tank allowing 4 hours between stops (towing @ 8-9 mpg) vs. my current 3 hours...
However, the HD upgrade is pricey & creates a stiffer ride (for a F150...) So, for the same price I can get the more capable Ram 2500 CC w/6.4 Hemi which has HD coil springs vs. leaf springs for a better ride than my older 2500. The 6.4 gets the same mpg as my 5.7 but w/4.10 gears has a tow rating of 15,600 & 3,200 payload. This would handle a decent 5er for me & DW when kids go to college, the F150 would not... (I would actually pick a 3500 vs. 2500 but the OP was asking about 150 vs. 250...)
Ram has a 5 year / 100K mile warranty vs. Ford's 3 Year / 60K. At 96K miles Ram replaced my Hemi, no questions asked, so I'm pretty loyal right now... Although the F150 EB is clearly the best 1/2 ton for towing, the Big Three all make great 3/4 & 1 ton choices.
IMO diesel is NOT good for a daily commuter w/short trips... Better for full-timers, but not for us still working... The engine/turbo never have enough time to warm-up & cool-down properly like w/long hauls & you'll encounter pricier maintenance issues about the time the warranty expires. The new emissions, DEF, etc. will lead to issues sooner than the diesel engines we all grew up with... Don't expect to go 250K miles trouble-free anymore.... (Maintained fleet of gas/diesels for a number of years...)