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Old 07-30-2013, 12:48 AM   #11
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I'd go with an F350 and get the bigger payload now since you're ordering new. If I had to do it over again I'd probably even go dually to give me even more room to grow. Seems like these rigs are only getting bigger and heavier.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:58 AM   #12
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I agree with Dave, get the 350. It is only the springs and blocks that are different on the 250 vs 350 though.

you can get the same spring pac on a 250 as the 350...the only REAL differences are the rear block, and the actual thickness of the rear axle tube...its bigger on an 350..
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:48 AM   #13
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Will you ever tow a fiver? Are the brakes the same on a 250 and a 350?
I can see this in my future, but for now I'm thinking a 250 SRW would be my choice with a good WDH/sway setup.
They ride a lot smoother when not towing if I remember correctly.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:11 PM   #14
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Is the reason that you are getting a gasser is the the diesel cost to much, about $9,000 more? Do you expect to be disapointed with the MPG with the gas?
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #15
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Sounds like you have your mind made up already. I went from a Titan to a F350 SRW. Could a 250 have done it yes. But when the wife wants a bigger trailer, I don't have to buy a bigger truck!
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:59 PM   #16
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"Will you ever tow a fiver?"
Chances are very slim that I will and if I ever do it will be 30 feet or less. I really like the low profile TT we have. I don't scrunch down in the seat when we go through tunnels or under overpasses.
"Is the reason that you are getting a gasser is the the diesel cost to much, about $9,000 more?"
It's not that it costs too much, I could afford to get one. I don't think that there is reason to buy it. I will never be towing a truly heavy rig.
"Do you expect to be disapointed with the MPG with the gas?"
No. Right now my commute is about 5 miles a day round trip.
I expect this to go on for about 5 years - maybe longer if I choose to continue to work.
We won't be traveling for hundreds of miles every day, day after day.
I could explore Oregon for 2 years. I love this state. If I didn't want to go from point A to B, I'd have to be a fool to drive more than 50 miles here without stopping to see something. Rare is the road in Oregon where you have to drive 100 miles between CG's.
If we feel the need to run from a storm we will do so, even if it does take a 300 or 400 mile day.
We plan on setting up and relaxing and exploring an area. We may only travel 20 to 80 miles one day after sitting for 3 to 5 days. We are also going to be camp hosts. That will allow us to sit for 3 to 6 months at a time with some running around miles while we stay somewhere.
"Sounds like you have your mind made up already."
I'm going to order a truck. I've thought long and hard about this after my F150 experiences. I can buy way too much truck, or I can buy what will serve us.
Your questions and suggestions are very helpful. I don't want to make up my mind and then regret my decision. I did not consider the long term use of the 150. I bought what I thought was a cool truck that could work for me.
I want to buy a cool truck that will work for me in the long run for what I will really use it for.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:16 AM   #17
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Based on what you stated it sounds like an F250 will meet your needs quite nicely. Also, with such a short commute, the gasser will give you less headaches since a diesel wouldn't even begin to warm up in that short a distance and I don't think the new emission systems like short drives either (I know mine didn't, which is why I have a cheap daily driver now).
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:09 AM   #18
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