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Old 04-05-2013, 03:26 AM   #1
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My wife and I are looking to get a new truck. Right now we have a 2001 Ford F-250 4X4 6.8L V10. We pull our 2008 Cardinal LE. I put it on the scales and it is 12,362LBS loaded with everything we take with us. Right now we stay pull it in Louisiana but we are wanting to go farther and stay longer. We are looking at newer F-250 but we want to start going to the mountains and I dont want to overload a 3/4 ton so I was leaning to the F-350 or F-450 anyone have any good suggestions.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:56 AM   #2
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Once you get a truck with training wheels, you'll never go back!
I love my dually. I never have to worry about overloading and nobody blows me off the road anymore. I haven't been in the mountains with it yet.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:13 AM   #4
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The towing and payload between like model 250 and 350 is not as much as most think...depending on specs figure about 600lbs more with 350...if you really want to kick up capacities go dually......the 450 also has bigger brakes too boot....the price between an equally equipped 250,and 350 is only a few hundred dollars....and a 450 about 1500$.......im tryin to convince wife I NEED 450 dually ....and it will be the LAST tow pig I ever buy...Lol.....cross my heart and all that... :-)
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:33 AM   #5
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I think the above suggestions are pretty spot on. If you can afford the 450, I think you would be very happy with that. From what you say about your plans, that would be the better route to go. With the added stability of the dually, and the power of the new 6.7L and 6spd Torqeshift tranny, you should be set for just about anything.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #6
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Yeah get a dually (training wheels!!)

My 450 is just awesome but the dually 350 is almost the same so get the truck that fits what you want. I go to the mountains to camp and I have gone over I70 to Moab with mine already and it pulls really nice and yes the duallys are a built in sway control.

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Is he curious about your weight to decide for a dually or not. But, I think the 350 is an easy decision for the cost.

Love mine. :-)
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You might want to consider how often the truck will be used solo. The 350/450's will both have a very stiff ride when unloaded. My 250 is rated to tow 17,000 and I use it solo a fair amount.
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You might want to consider how often the truck will be used solo. The 350/450's will both have a very stiff ride when unloaded. My 250 is rated to tow 17,000 and I use it solo a fair amount.
A friend of mine had a newer F350, and the ride was very comfortable.
It is not like the old trucks that rode like wagons.
I put air bags on my 1996 F250 just to keep my teeth from falling out!
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Not a Ford guy myself.......but get at least a one ton. I have a SRW and there is not any sway at all. No problem in the mountains. Up or down.

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