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Old 09-30-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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f150 vs f250

Hi Folks,
OK, I'm sure this subject has been visited many times but I could really use some input. I'm about to buy a new truck but I'm having A little trouble deciding between an f150 with a 6.2 and the max tow package or an f250 with a 6.2 gas or 6.7 diesel. I have a 23ss but may move to a larger trailer in the future (not a 5th wheel) but somewhere in the area around a 32 ft. Average dry weight is around 7500lbs. I like the 150 with 11000 lb towing capacity but I want to be sure I have plenty of truck. The 250 is much more expensive but for safety sake I am considering the 250. I'm something of a towing novice and want to be sure before making this big of an investment. Thanks for your input and patience.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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The GVWR of the F150 is going to be the problem with a 32' trailer. The tongue will/should be heavy, and that is gonna cut into what else you can carry in the truck. Depending on the tongue weight, a couple of passengers and some camping gear in the back might send you over the weight limit.

With my 2006 F150, with a 700 lb. tongue weight, me, the missus, the dog, and some gear in the back, I am withing 100 lbs. of my GVWR. I am OK now with a 28.5 footer, but if I get anything bigger, I am gonna have to get a 3/4 ton truck.......and would think about a 1 ton since there isn't that much price difference.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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Don't buy a truck now for a trailer you may buy in 7 to 10 years. You can always get a bigger truck if you get a much larger trailer or move up to a 5ver.

if the weight range you are talking about is your immediate plan, then a F150 with the turbo v6 or either V8 (5.0 or 6.2) would be fine. Make sure the tongue weight of said trailer is within the limits for the f150 with a wd setup (probably 1000lbs or less). Also, I'd make sure the F150 is at least a crew cab so you have the necessary wheelbase.

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:32 PM   #4
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Go with a F250. Started with a f150 which we were told would easily pull our 27ft (learned a lot since then) and wasn't enough truck. Better to have more power than not enough
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:44 PM   #5
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Don't buy a truck now for a trailer you may buy in 7 to 10 years. You can always get a bigger truck if you get a much larger trailer or move up to a 5ver.


Good luck.
I like this kinda makes my decision easier.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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I have an 829FKSS Flagstaff ( 31.5 ft long) and tow it with a 2011 F150 super crew 5.0l w/ 3.73 gears. It tows better than my 2008 F150 5.4l, 3.73 did. This is not just short trips. We've been thru the Canadian Maritimes and around the Great Lakes for a total of 9500 miles with no issues. The 2011 actually pulls better than the 2008. The F150 rides better than the F250 and gets better mileage..
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:08 PM   #7
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I have had a f150 and towed a 32 ft tt. I bought a f 250 6.7 diesel to tow with. I would never go back to a gas burner to tow with! I love the diesel. I upgraded to the Sandpiper 365 saq. It weights 14 k and I get better gas mileage with a heavier trailer.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:12 PM   #8
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"if the weight range you are talking about is your immediate plan, then a F150 with the turbo v6 or either V8 (5.0 or 6.2) would be fine."
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:25 PM   #9
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I'd look seriously at a F150 with max tow (11300#) and max payload (8200# GVWR) options. You'll have a payload very close to the F250 and have a better daily driver.

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:40 PM   #10
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Go big and be safe, yes the f150 will pull it but it is way to hard on them, smaller brakes, not enough power, not enough frame. I have a dodge 2500 "cummins" i pass guy all the times with tt hooked up they just don't have what it takes to get the job done i would buy a 3/4 ton
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