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Old 03-22-2015, 10:56 AM   #1
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Looking to upgrade my TV: F150 vs F250? Trying to plan ahead

Hey guys,

So far I've been towing our HW276 with my '04 Jeep Liberty. She tows it great, but I'm finally at a point where I can get a truck and want to make sure I am set up well for the future.

I'm not planning on upgrading our camper any time in the next few years, but there is a good chance we will in about 5 years. I also want to be able to put a golf cart (900-1000lbs?) in the bed of the truck.

I brought a 2013 F150 Platinum V6 Ecoboost 3.55 home for the weekend and love it as a truck, but the numbers don't seem to hold up when I look at it for towing. The sticker on the door shows max payload of 1183 lbs. I'm looking at that as: 1183 - family (500-600lbs) - tongue weight of the HW276 (300lbs) = 283-383 lbs of payload. Nowhere close to enough for a golf cart and not likely enough for a trailer with a heavier tongue weight.

Does it make more sense to go with a F250 at this point? That seems like it would give us plenty of room to grow in the future.

Also, for the golf cart, is the 8' bed required or is it safe to put it in a shorted bed with the tailgate down?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:07 AM   #2
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May not be able to leave tailgate down for two reasons- first if you have a power jack tailgate most likely hit it. Second, the tailgate needs to be up for you to be able to turn. If not your trailer will hit the top of the gate.


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if you plan on putting a golf cart in bed, there is no way you will be anywhere near payload ratings on an F150. F250 for sure and a long bed also. If crew cab is what you need or want, you can't get a crew cab 8ft bed half ton anyhow.
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:13 AM   #4
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8 foot bed for the golf cart. If you can get by for now with out the cart I would wait on the new truck.


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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.

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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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Old 03-22-2015, 11:43 AM   #6
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May not be able to leave tailgate down for two reasons- first if you have a power jack tailgate most likely hit it. Second, the tailgate needs to be up for you to be able to turn. If not your trailer will hit the top of the gate.


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Hadn't considered turning… better keep looking at the 8' beds… thanks!
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:46 AM   #7
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Expensive setup but I once saw a 1 ton dually with a cart lift in the 6.5' bed. It looked something like this:




It lifts the cart over the hitch/tanks so there is enough clearance - even in turns...
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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.

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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.
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...
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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...
The 350 has the same engine as the 250 so there is no power difference.
The 350 will just handle a little more weight and will allow for heavier trailers to come.
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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...
I think they mentioned the 350 because of the added payload over a 250, not the hp.
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