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Old 03-23-2015, 01:33 PM   #31
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These were the exact thoughts that I had over the weekend - growing kids and the toys that go with them.

We live at the beach, so we've been wanting a golf cart for a while and we camp at Fort Wilderness fairly often and they have recently disallowed outside rental delivery. I've been reading around and it sounds like there is a good chance of fitting a GC in a 6.5' bed with the tailgate removed.

Definitely looking towards a 250/350 now.

Any advice on the 6.2L gas or 6.7L diesel? I'm leery of the diesel only because I need to educate myself further.
The 6.2 will do that application just fine. Im towing 12000lbs with my 6.2 . If you are looking to avoid the up front and maintenace costs, the 6.2 would suit you fine.
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Old 03-23-2015, 01:48 PM   #32
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I'm not coming across many 6.2's in the area. Of course the sales guy is reminding me that the 6.7 will have better resale down the line.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:00 PM   #33
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I'm not coming across many 6.2's in the area. Of course the sales guy is reminding me that the 6.7 will have better resale down the line.
Yep that is a consideration. I had to find my 6.2. Not many dealers carried them. I went with it vs a diesel because of the upfront costs and only towing once a month or so. If i was fulltiming are traveling cross country, I would have gone diesel. And lets face it, a diesel engine will last a long time, but everything else will wear the same as a gas. Ive never wore out an engine!
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:23 PM   #34
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Please, if you are going to up to a 250 or 2500 add a few bucks more and make it a 350 or 3500 and be way ahead of the game.

Wise I had.

How lung is the cart gonna be (8 foot) bed?
You could go 2 wheel drive to cut some weight unless you need the 4X.
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No need for the 4x and would prefer to not have it. I'm not sure i'd ever need the power of the 350...
You say that now

Seriously, you may indeed never need a 1T TV however consider this:

  • Almost every RVer you will talk to had gone the 'upgrade route' (larger and larger RVs or from TT -> 5er. So, you would statistically be in a very small group that did not upgrade past the capability of their TV
  • If you ever get the chance to tow a 5er you will NEVER want to tow a TT again! Really. No Sway, no vortex, no...nothing. Other than an occasional creak from the hitch I honestly don't know our 5er is behind us
  • How many folks are going to be in your TV with you? Cargo? Furkids? Other "Stuff." That will impact your payload - add to that a 1,000-ish Lb Golf Cart?
  • Besides, why would you want to put a golf cart in the bed of your truck? That's what a toyhauler is for
  • Because of the above, you probably should start shopping for a 1T
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These were the exact thoughts that I had over the weekend - growing kids and the toys that go with them.

We live at the beach, so we've been wanting a golf cart for a while and we camp at Fort Wilderness fairly often and they have recently disallowed outside rental delivery. I've been reading around and it sounds like there is a good chance of fitting a GC in a 6.5' bed with the tailgate removed.

Definitely looking towards a 250/350 now.

Any advice on the 6.2L gas or 6.7L diesel? I'm leery of the diesel only because I need to educate myself further.


This "Depends" and will spark as much emotion as asking WHAT should I get: Ford, Dodge or GMC?

I have been doing extensive research into the 1T Truck Gasser vs Diesel debate over the past several months. Here is my opinion based on that - there will be other opinions so YMMV


  • If you plan to own the truck forever, get a Diesel; cost break even is at @ 108K miles (a Diesel is "just getting warmed up" at this mileage!)
  • If you can see yourself getting a toy hauler, you will need the torque; get a diesel.
  • Will your RV trips be out west where you have to contend with "real" mountains - not the wannabe mountains we have East of the Mississippi; get a Diesel
  • If you see yourself going on extended RV trips a Diesel may be more economical than a gasser
  • Assuming the trends mentioned in my previous post are true for you, you will ultimately end up with a 16K+ 5th wheel; Get a Diesel
Like you, I *think* I can get by without the 4x4


So at this point in MY process it is DRW vs SRW with the better stability a DRW gives in high winds and rough roads tipping my decision to a DRW.


Not trying to hijack the post, but for those of you out there with a 1T are you SRW or DRW?
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So at this point in MY process it is DRW vs SRW with the better stability a DRW gives in high winds and rough roads tipping my decision to a DRW.

Not trying to hijack the post, but for those of you out there with a 1T are you SRW or DRW?
After much research we decided on the SRW crew cab with 6 1/2 foot box, due to the DW need to possibly drive the truck. She didn't believe she could handle a DRW truck with 8 foot box.
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This "Depends" and will spark as much emotion as asking WHAT should I get: Ford, Dodge or GMC?

I have been doing extensive research into the 1T Truck Gasser vs Diesel debate over the past several months. Here is my opinion based on that - there will be other opinions so YMMV


  • If you plan to own the truck forever, get a Diesel; cost break even is at @ 108K miles (a Diesel is "just getting warmed up" at this mileage!)
    This is one point that has me leaning diesel. I'm not one to trade out vehicles every few years especially if I get the truck I want now. I'd prefer to run it well after paying it off.
  • If you can see yourself getting a toy hauler, you will need the torque; get a diesel.
    I'm not sure if a toy hauler is in our future, but a large TT or 5er certainly is. Its just a matter of how far in the future.
  • Will your RV trips be out west where you have to contend with "real" mountains - not the wannabe mountains we have East of the Mississippi; get a Diesel
    We're in Myrtle Beach and will two young (4 & 7) kids, won't be making any long distance trips west any time soon. The majority of our hauling has been along the coastline so far.
  • If you see yourself going on extended RV trips a Diesel may be more economical than a gasser
    See above. I'd love to "RV" full time at some point in my life, but I probably have 30 years remaining behind a desk first.
  • Assuming the trends mentioned in my previous post are true for you, you will ultimately end up with a 16K+ 5th wheel; Get a Diesel
Like you, I *think* I can get by without the 4x4


So at this point in MY process it is DRW vs SRW with the better stability a DRW gives in high winds and rough roads tipping my decision to a DRW.


Not trying to hijack the post, but for those of you out there with a 1T are you SRW or DRW?
Overall, right now I'm leaning 350 diesel. Worst case I have too much truck (is there such a thing?), best case I won't have the "I don't have enough truck" excuse.
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Overall, right now I'm leaning 350 diesel. Worst case I have too much truck (is there such a thing?), best case I won't have the "I don't have enough truck" excuse.
AND according to some of the weight police that cruise the FRF, you should be "OK" to tow a 12' covered utility trailer

-- as long as you add a lift kit and extra springs
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After much research we decided on the SRW crew cab with 6 1/2 foot box, due to the DW need to possibly drive the truck. She didn't believe she could handle a DRW truck with 8 foot box.
We currently have a long bed F150 King Ranch with 20" tires -- so it is not a "Compact" by any stretch of the imagination

We have test drove a RAM 3500 Laramie CrewCab dually with a 8' bed - the nice folks at our Dodge dealer let us take it out for a ~4 spin. We both drove the truck in the city, highway, and I intentionally took us down some residential streets "just to see"

Nary a problem - and having a backup camera in the tailgate makes THAT chore a snap!

Ya know, once you have a Truck Mentality (which we have acquired in the 2 years we have owned the EcoBeast) There is nothing to it!

You already KNOW you are parking at the grocery store in the far side lot, and you know you are parking in the back 40 in the mall. You also know you are going to pull through a parking slot and take up the front AND back slot (another reason you park out in the boondocks)

YMMV, but I wanted to share our test drive experience and "Truck Mentality" with you.
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So I've been looking around and came across what I thought was the truck for me:

2015 6.7L F250 Lariat, fairly well equipped with a pretty good starting price.

However, I noticed that it has the 3.55 electronic locking axle instead of the 3.73

What kind of affect will this have?
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