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Old 01-05-2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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F150HD or F250?

Hey guys, a friend of mine just recently had his truck get totaled out so he is buying a new one, but he is having a tough time deciding what he should get. He is looking at either a F150 with HD payload, HD tow package Ecoboost or F250 with tow package and 6.2L, both are crew cab-4X4-Lariats. And both trucks are roughly the same price as he has them optioned.

Here is a brief back ground: First off he doesn't want a diesel and he is looking at NEW trucks. He only puts about 6000 miles a year on the truck with about 2000-2500 miles towing a 7000lb 28' TT, the rest of the miles is pretty much highway miles (running empty) as they usually take the truck on longer trips. He has been thinking about maybe getting a 28ish ft 5th wheel in 2-4 years.

I know that both trucks have their advantages and disadvantages, so what do you guys think?

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Old 01-05-2014, 05:44 PM   #2
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I say go with the F250 it leaves room for trailer upgrades. Anyone who has been doing this any amount of time knows all about upgrades.


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Old 01-05-2014, 05:44 PM   #3
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The only advise I can give is, “buy for the future”. If he gets the F250 he will have room to grow. I hear a lot about folks towing the same TT I have with a maxed out F150, and after towing mine for the first time with my F250 I don’t see how they do it. Not saying it can’t be done, but I would want more truck for a TT the size I have. I won’t start a gas vs diesel thread, but the 6.2 is a beast and if he won’t be towing much it may be the better option.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:07 PM   #4
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Hands down F-250. Better a little extra than not enough. Overall weight and size of the F-250 will be way more comforting towing anything.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:08 PM   #5
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X2 on both the above replies. I went that route with a F150, upgraded to a 5er, and now have a F250. Wish I would have planned for the future! Would have saved thousands $$$$.

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Old 01-05-2014, 06:10 PM   #6
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F250 without question.

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Old 01-05-2014, 06:13 PM   #7
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I have an F250, should have spent the extra coin to get a F350.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:34 PM   #8
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well I would say the 3/4 ton but the 6.2 is a gas hog. we are seeing 10-13 on the hyw with our companys regcab, long box 4x 2013. but if looking ahead at another heaver camper the 3/4 is the way to go
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:48 PM   #9
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The 150 as described would be OK with a 28' Fiver 2-4 years from now, but it will be tired and worn out. And your friend probably won't be happy with the wrestling match on bumpy roads and highways. The problem with the 150 is they are tough to find with both HD option and in the color or model he may want (at least around here) The 250 gives you much better towing and stability and will be more than enough for a 28ish 5R down the road, depending on pin weight of course, but in the 28-29' range the pin weights on most are 1200-1800 lbs and a total weight if 8000-10000. Both are nice trucks.

I say, go with the 150 and then trade it in for a 250 in 4 years when he buys a new 5R. If he plans on keeping the truck for more than 4-5 years, go with the 250 now. Much more choices in the F250 as far as options, color than the F150 with the HD packages. He will be happier with the 250 in the long run and won't have to worry about being so close to payload capacity when he upgrades later.

A 350 would be overkill for a 28' Fifth Wheel in the 8-9 K range.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:51 PM   #10
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Your friend needs to do some reading and studying.
Your friend needs to go to the local dealer and talk to the Fleet Sales Manager.
A heavily optioned truck will have a lower payload rating than a stripped down XL.
Ford shows the max payload on the website. That is not the kind of truck that most people buy.
I ordered my truck to get the maximum payload for a short bed single rear wheel truck with the gas engine.
Your friend needs to look at the yellow stickers on trucks on the lots and get realistic about passenger weight, cargo weight, tongue weight and pin weight for the current uses and for the future.
A SuperCrew F150 5.0 has the highest payload on the website.
The GVWR for an F250 is 10,000 lbs yet a Regular Cab XL 4x2 has a greater payload than my truck.
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