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Old 02-08-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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09 F-350 good/bad??

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I am about to pull the trigger on a 2009 Ford f-350 CC dually 4x4 with the V-10 engine. Does anyone have anything good/bad to say about this vehicle? We will be pulling our Coachmen 28dds which is about 7k loaded. I know fuel mileage will be terrible, but it will not get many miles other than when pulling the camper. Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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I've towed with our F250 V10 for a season and a half...camper is a 8500 lb 5W. The V10 is decent for power, tested it last September towing in the White Mountains in NH. The fuel mileage with our 2WD and 4.10's is 8-9 mpg towing, 12.5-13.5 mpg non-towing (hand calculated per USG). The F350 is heavier, higher rear ratio so the fuel mileage will be worse.

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Old 02-08-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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I've towed with our F250 V10 for a season and a half...camper is a 8500 lb 5W. The V10 is decent for power, tested it last September towing in the White Mountains in NH. The fuel mileage with our 2WD and 4.10's is 8-9 mpg towing, 12.5-13.5 mpg non-towing (hand calculated per USG). The F350 is heavier, higher rear ratio so the fuel mileage will be worse.

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The one I'm looking at does have the same 4.10 axle as yours but I'm sure the big dually hips and 4wd don't help.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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It is a phenomenal tow rig!
My Dad is driving and towing with his third Chevy/GMC 4x4 dually.
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I've towed with our F250 V10 for a season and a half...camper is a 8500 lb 5W. The V10 is decent for power, tested it last September towing in the White Mountains in NH. The fuel mileage with our 2WD and 4.10's is 8-9 mpg towing, 12.5-13.5 mpg non-towing (hand calculated per USG). The F350 is heavier, higher rear ratio so the fuel mileage will be worse.

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I echo this. Had a 2010 f250 with the V10 and 4.10 (4x4 CC). Had no problems towing our current 5th wheel and my mileage was almost exactly what Dave_Monica stated here. Your mileage will probably be a little worse but the motor is rock solid.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:21 PM   #6
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The one I'm looking at does have the same 4.10 axle as yours but I'm sure the big dually hips and 4wd don't help.
I checked the Trailer Life towing guides (2010 as the 2009 seems to be corrupted)) and the only rear ratio is 4.10, which suprises me that they wouldn't offer the 4.30 to compensate for the extra weight.

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:29 PM   #7
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Mileage will suck, but gas is cheaper than diesel by far. Personally, I am a Ford 7.3 diesel man. Would have nothing else. I pull a 40' Wolfpack all over the United States for work loaded to the gills as my wife and I spend 300+ days on the road for work every year. It has 394,500 miles on it, and even though it has an automatic transmission, other than replacing the block heater, the glow plugs, and normal maintenance items, there has never been a problem. IMO find a clean, well kept 1999-2002. They will never let you down.
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On my V-10.....pulling my 5ver with my F350....I get about 7.5-8.5 towing and about...15-15 empty.
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Why such a big truck? Do you need a 4X4?
Your trailer isn't a fifth-wheel, so do you need a pickup if it's basically a dedicated TV?
The V-10 is a beast, but when someone uses the word "decent" and power in the same sentence, I read it as power that is "nothing to write home about", which I have heard from other V-10 owners, including my old neighbor in the US.
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Why such a big truck? Do you need a 4X4?
Your trailer isn't a fifth-wheel, so do you need a pickup if it's basically a dedicated TV?
The V-10 is a beast, but when someone uses the word "decent" and power in the same sentence, I read it as power that is "nothing to write home about", which I have heard from other V-10 owners, including my old neighbor in the US.
I need this big of truck cause I pull a 5th wheel thats around 10K...the V-10 pulls very well and considering how much the truck and 5ver weighs...the mileage is not bad. And I use 4x4 all the time.
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