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Old 04-28-2016, 11:49 AM   #11
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You guys have made some really good points. Im leaning more to the F-250's for the points that were made. Im also only looking at the diesel market again for the points that were made. Im just trying to make a smart choice here.

Im also looking into the future as after retirement, the wife likes the thought of a fifth wheel. So maybe, maybe not. But it would be nice to have that as a choice.

But Ill keep looking and let you guys know how it goes.

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Old 04-28-2016, 11:54 AM   #12
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Another part of the question...
In my looking, I find a few trucks that have really low miles on them that are 10+ years old. Is there anything I need to avoid? It could just be an old man (ha, Im pretty much one of them to) that just didn't drive it much. Or could there be a real reason to not consider something like that.

it may not matter as Ive only seen one or two like that.

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Old 04-28-2016, 12:17 PM   #13
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look at the Ram 2500's, you can get a 2500 gasser for around 37k and a diesel for 42k
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:48 PM   #14
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Toyota Tundra SR5 double cab with towing package has a 10,000lb tow rating and costs about $40k. I have one and my TT weighs in at 7300lbs dry. Works like a champ.

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Old 04-28-2016, 08:27 PM   #15
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If you are willing to leave Ford, you can easily get a 2500 or 3500 in that price range. I got a 2014 duramax diesel 3500 new in April 2014 for $42k... It isn't loaded it is LT package so it is middle of the road but it is 4x4 long bed crew cab. At that time keeping could have had a similar ram with Cummins in short bed 4x4 crew cab for $36k or a similarly equipped Ford f350 PSD for $53k. Point is the deals are there but you have to shop.

I would go 3/4 ton. If you are planning on a lot of mounts in towing, the diesel is an excellent but not necessary choice. Of the big 3 if I were to go gasser then I would get a ram 2500 or 3500 with a hemi in it.

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Old 04-29-2016, 07:24 AM   #16
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I have looked around on the internet and local dealerships but I am not sure what it is I want to do. Im still stuck in the 80's I guess. I am having a lot of trouble getting past the sticker shock.

Now with that said. I found a 2016 f250 4x4 crew cab for 42k. Not bad, but I want my cake and eat it to. So I am spoiled by my leather seats I have now. So build my own f250, Im up to 62k. Way way way more than I want to spend.
But to get what I want, I have to get one with 150K miles on it and Im still paying too much.

I may have to give in and pay the high dollars but I dont see how so many people can pay that. Remember Im still living in the 80's. lol

Or consider something of than ford, like Ford though) but even then, what is the price with leather seats?

My belief is: buy the best truck made in the newest year you can afford. That just has too many miles on it.

So I may take a break for a while on this. Later this summer Ill try again if I dont lose my mind before.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:12 AM   #17
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Hello guys,

Im a new guy here so sorry for bringing this up. I have done a search but Im not finding the answer Im looking for.

We bought a 2016 COACHMEN CATALINA SBX 291 QBS this year. Its not the first but our biggest so far. I am pulling it with a 2007 F-150 5.4L 4x4 (the 4x4 saved me on a wet hill from dead stop two weeks ago). I know I'm asking a lot out of my truck but Im looking at upgrading. Question coming....

Ive only been camping once with it and it towed fine on that trip. I live in knoxville, TN for reference. I can tow 8,700 pounds and the TT weighs around 6,500 dry.
Adding the typical 1,000lbs over dry estimate, and you are 1,000-1,200 under your max tow capacity.
My never exceed weight is 1,370.

So on to the question. As stated, in knoxvlle, I am going over some hill in any direction and want to make a good choice in my replacement truck.

I am not loaded with a pocket full of money (as it seems some of you are) so I am weighing several options.

One option is a new 2016 F-150 3.5L ecoboost. It can tow 12,200 pounds but it may break my bank. The wife says its doable though because its new. We dont like used.

Another option is a used F-250. EX: 2005 with 150k miles on it. It would do the job for sure but it is now in the nickel and dime zone.

My disclaimer is comparing a $50k (I need it to be $42K) truck to a $30k truck. I can't afford $50k either so still looking.

But my real question to you guys is, why would the F-150 not be ok? Do I really need the 250 or 350?

I know some of you guys will always say I need a 250 or 350 reguardless of the numbers. So, what am I missing here?

Thanks guys
Looking at your initial post, and especially what I have highlighted....
Tell me again why you want to sell a tow vehicle that is working just fine for you?
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:30 AM   #18
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Adding the typical 1,000lbs over dry estimate, and you are 1,000-1,200 under your max tow capacity.

Looking at your initial post, and especially what I have highlighted....
Tell me again why you want to sell a tow vehicle that is working just fine for you?
Well.....maybe a good question.

What I lack maybe is confidence. I tow my bass boat to nearby states and won't think twice about that, but it doesn't weigh that much; Ranger 82R with 175 Mercury. So maybe 2,000 pounds.

My concern I guess is the 226,000 miles I have on it. So if going knoxville to myrtle beach, how will it do climbing over the mountains ( I know they are ills compared to out west)? Do I have enough power to not be at 45mph trying and praying I can make it to the top of the hill? Will the transmission hold up(fluid was just changed this year and has a cooler) ?

I just dont want to be broke down as a result of asking too much from an old truck.

Keep the feedback coming.

So am I worrying about nothing? What do you guys think?
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Are you worrying about nothing? No. Your truck is fully capable of pulling your camper, but it does have high miles and towing puts a big strain on a truck. I personally wouldn't want to chance it for a long time. I know money's an issue. It was for me also. That's why I bought used.
My suggestion is simply think it through. You don't need more capability than you currently have, just a lot newer and a lot less miles. This also assumes you don't plan on upsizing your camper in the near future.
Any of the big 3 will do the job for you. I prefer Ram for its more comfortable ride and the power of the hemi, but it's a personal preference.
Gas or diesel. ...1500 or 2500....pretty much any combination , properly equipped, will work.
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:20 AM   #20
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If you are looking for the same level of comfort that you experience when pulling your boat, you won't get that with a 1/2 ton truck and your camper.
Also, if you do end up sticking with a 1/2 ton, the coil rear springs on the late model Rams are VERY soft. Great ride, but challenging when towing. Just my 2 cents.

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