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Old 08-15-2016, 09:21 PM   #1
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F150 or F250

Looking at buying new tow vehicle and debating between the F150 with max tow pkg or F250. I'm not a "truck guy" so trying to gather info .... and opinions. 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. Short wheel base, some sway and porpoising. Husky Centerline WDH. I would like to tow into the Rockies, so I probably should look into the 250, but I will use the truck for daily commute. Pickups sure are a lot more comfy than they used to be, but I'm not sure how much I'd be giving up in ride and comfort by moving up to the 250.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:24 PM   #2
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I have had 6 F 150 of varying types. Towed with a 5.4 l triton and 3.5 L Ecoboost. Now using a F 250 Diesel. I would recommend the exhaust brake and Diesel power if budget allows. I would not look a F 250 gas engine.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:34 PM   #3
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I daily drive a 3500 dually. No biggie really. I love it. I'd say F250 with the Powerstroke if the budget allows. If you plan to upgrade to a larger unit down the road you have more options. You can even look at the F350 SRW too.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:46 PM   #4
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So what's the issue with the 250 gas engine?
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:47 PM   #5
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I happen to like my gas f250.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:44 AM   #6
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My RV dealer recommends with the F150 maximum towing capacities these days to skip the F350 if I went to a large fifth wheel. The issue becomes a payload one.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:37 AM   #7
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Have you looked at the NEW 2017 F-250's, "Wow" have they changed. They are starting to show up at dealers now. So many options and configurations. I read last night that Ford is NOT requiring the use of WD hitches on the F-250's and 350's as the new frames are built to handle the tong weight. I think your biggest question is gas or oil. Good luck and I am in the F-250 camp. My DW is trying to hold me back from trading up.
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Old 08-16-2016, 05:16 AM   #8
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Always go bigger on the truck. I would really consider any potential future trailer upgrade as well. 250s lack payload for most 5th wheels. A SRW 350 would be almost the same driving as a 250, and be future proof
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So what's the issue with the 250 gas engine?
My thoughts as well. If you are towing over 10k and lots of miles an oil burner is a no brainer but under 10k and only a few tows a year.. A gasser will be just fine especially the 17 6.2 they upped the torque and moved it down in the rpm band. I have seen some articles that state the new 6.2 with the new tranny in the 250's pulls a 10k trailer with ease. My 11 with a tow tune in it can roll along at 60mph and very rarely do I have to go below 4th and most of the time it stays in 5th or 6th.
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I would recommend the F250 or F350 with the SRW and the diesel engine. The gas engine is less expensive to buy and will pull almost anything however for me I don't like the high RPMs when climbing hills or the low fuel milage.
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