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Old 04-27-2016, 02:28 PM   #1
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Tow Truck Question

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. 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
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Old 04-27-2016, 02:38 PM   #2
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Hello guys,

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.

Thanks guys

You will get a LOT of opinions here on TV's but I have the same truck as you quoted. Mine is a 2005 F250 SuperDuty with only 84k on it and it pulls my Stealth (fully loaded with toys, water, etc 13k) with ease. When the wife and I are doing full hook up camping with just bare necessities I sit around 9k and again, my truck does an amazing job.

You will get people telling you to avoid the 6.0 diesels like the plague. However, if you take care of them, keep up maintenance, etc they are a GREAT truck. Especially the later 05's and up.

The newer trucks are nice with all the bells and whistles but I LOVE my truck.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:31 PM   #3
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Guy,

Thank you the reply. I am looking at all options so who knows how this will turn out.

Interesting video by the way.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:50 PM   #4
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You should be able to easily find new F250 gasser with 4X4 in that price range. Also keep in mind the "All New" 2017 F250\F350 should be out by mid/late summer. So picking up a 2016 will have some better incentives at that point, if you wait that long. If pricing is a concern, shop the "big 3" make them earn a deal.
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:53 PM   #5
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Keep your current truck as you are happy with it now, you will avoid high mileage other people's problems, save a little more and be patient while comparing either still left over 2015's or even low mileage "certified" types like 4wd f250 or a surprise used low mileage that some one sells/ You have the advantage of not needing it today. Any respectable dealer will allow to to test drive to compare f150 vs f250. I prefer the 4wd 3/4 due to hilly, wet, muddy campsites as well. If you can't find one that fits your budget, you can wash your old one off and give it a wax with some upgrade to cool the need as you like your old ford still.
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If you find a decent mechanic friend to tag along, or are inclined yourself, there are a lot of really great used gas n diesels out there. Bought a really nice ultra clean 2001 f250 7.3 diesel with 71,000 on it, like new! 13k! They are out there if you look and are patient. Newer trucks can be had with warranties as well.

Just had to add, as $ is an issue here, but the rv bug has bitten.....lol.
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Thanks for the reply guys. My truck is a king ranch and is fantastic shape. But it has 226k miles on it so I dont know if I want to push it too hard.

I have been looking at F-250's that are a few years old and there are some that are really good. But they have 50k miles, so I give up time but I can get close to what I have in a 250.

Anyway, Im still looking at all of my options out there.
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You will get a LOT of opinions here on TV's but I have the same truck as you quoted. Mine is a 2005 F250 SuperDuty with only 84k on it and it pulls my Stealth (fully loaded with toys, water, etc 13k) with ease. When the wife and I are doing full hook up camping with just bare necessities I sit around 9k and again, my truck does an amazing job.

You will get people telling you to avoid the 6.0 diesels like the plague. However, if you take care of them, keep up maintenance, etc they are a GREAT truck. Especially the later 05's and up.

The newer trucks are nice with all the bells and whistles but I LOVE my truck.
We bought our camper and towed it home with my Dodge 1500 and it was scary. WDH & Sway control helped but I could tell that if I kept it up, the truck was not going to last. I never had a diesel before but found a 2006 F350 6.0 with a bullet-proof kit (just over 100k miles for $20k). It is night and day difference. I work from home so I don't have to commute in it (otherwise I might have looked at a 250 shortbed) but it was MADE to tow and it does. We plan to do a cross-continent trip soon (NC to CA) and I have no worries because of the truck.

Do tons of research and drive as many as you can. I found a F350 with the new 6.2L gas and I really liked it but the price was more than the diesel and I thought in the long run the diesel would hold up better. But that gasser really ran smooth and have no doubt it would have pulled our TT just fine.
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Last summer I got a 2011 F250 with 6.7l diesel. It had just over 70,000 miles on it. Had it inspected by Ford dealer and it qualified for another 4 yrs of full Ford factory warranty.
With a purchase price of $35000 + $1,500 for 4 yr warranty, it wasn't at your target $30,000 price, but not that far off and it has the benefits (and detriments) of diesel power plant. Also, it is a King Ranch so I know that added to the cost vs a more basic model, but I had to get what I could find (these types of trucks can be hard to find around here).

As an aside, I LOVE towing with it. Compared to 2013 Ram 1500, well, there just isn't a comparison.
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You have the camper- why not take it to a scale and find out your weights? Then you'll know what you need the new truck to pull + carry.
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