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Old 02-02-2015, 06:53 PM   #21
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I went with the 8 foot bed because I gave up near to two feet for the chest toolbox plus I got a bigger tank than what comes with the shorter bed.

Never had a full size PU with a short bed, I see no reason to start.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:41 PM   #22
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I have a 2014 and dully only comes in long bed for ford.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:19 PM   #23
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Sounds to me like a 350 DRW is what I will want.

Do I also need a long bed or is a 6 3/4 enough or better?

What about cylinders? 6 or 8?
You will have to check the Ford brochures (I say Ford bc you are talking 350, not 3500 which are Ram and GM.)
DRW will be diesel and that is 8 cylinders. Also I think it will be 8' bed and no choice. Again, I am not sure and defer to the latest brochures.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:42 PM   #24
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I believe anymore all drw have a 8ft bed unless you get a "dodge:ram" 3500 in a mega cab.

And if I recall correctly none of the big 3 put a v6 in their 2
3/4 ton and up. So just need to pick diesel or gas. My vote is for diesel. One downside though is how expensive they can be to repair out of warranty. If I had the $$$ I would buy new and trade in once the warranty expired for a newer model. With all the emissions BS on diesels now they are expensive to fix....
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:22 PM   #25
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Another thing you may want to think about if you choose DRW for your travels around the country will you hit snow or ice? If that possibility is there, would you go for 4X4? Without it DRW has limited traction vs SRW drive. We leave Saskatchewan just after Christmas for AZ via Great Falls and I15. We have had snow and icy roads on different stretches of the road and run in 4X4 for quite a few miles. My choice still remains a 4x4 SWD. We have a 3007 Ram 3500 6.7 and 2013 33RL Silverback.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:11 AM   #26
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I have an F350 and love it! All be it, it is a 4 door and built in 1986,has a 460 gasoline engine (has 1000miles on a rebuild) a hd built auto trans with an oversized cooler and an aftermarket over/under drive attached to the output shaft, I haven't found that I can't tow anything that I have tried ,and that includes a set of portable bleachers the size of a single wide MF home. From Salem to Portland. As for parking back it in and you should be good duals and wide mirrors keep cars farther away , I park farther out in smaller spaced lots and just use two . Don't knock the gas burners.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:04 AM   #27
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I believe anymore all drw have a 8ft bed unless you get a "dodge:ram" 3500 in a mega cab.

And if I recall correctly none of the big 3 put a v6 in their 2
3/4 ton and up. So just need to pick diesel or gas. My vote is for diesel. One downside though is how expensive they can be to repair out of warranty. If I had the $$$ I would buy new and trade in once the warranty expired for a newer model. With all the emissions BS on diesels now they are expensive to fix....
None of the big 3 manufacturers have a V-6 in their 3/4 ton and 1 ton HD trucks. The Ram diesel is a straight I-6 however. Ford and GM are V-8 diesels. The Titan will have a V-8 5.0L Cummins diesel later in 2015. The payload and towing ratings are unknown yet.
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:24 PM   #28
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My $0.02 is to check the yellow sticker on the door jamb before you buy and look at the true remaining cargo carrying capacity after the actual weight of the truck has been deducted from the GVWR. What options the truck comes with will have a huge impact on the remaining CCC. Such as a loaded F250 king ranch, diesel, 4x4 can only carry 150 lbs more than a F150 XLT 2x4 regardless what the sales brochure says.....at least according to the door stickers.

Get the F350 and don't back...that extra 1500lbs of CCC will come in handy.
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:56 PM   #29
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we have the 2012 344QB and loaded ready to camp,with the basement full of chairs, tools, ect... and bed with firewood, 2 80 lb kids in the back me and the wife, full tank of fuel, we also put in a queen double pillow top bed in place of the crappy mattress. this is my weights and I pull it with a 3/4 ton. But I am on the upper limit of the truck but under all the axle weights. I also have a 250lb superglide hitch in the bed
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The weights on that trailer are very similar to my sabre. I have a 3500 srw and it is a perfect match. With the towing are talking a srw diesel is your best bet. Get a diesel with the exhaust brake in it and you will be in love with towing! If you get a short bed truck you will want a slider hitch, if you get a long bed, then you don't need it. We went long bed and have room in front of the hitch for a box of firewood and a few other items. We are also able to have a trifold tonneau cover that doesn't need to cone all the way off the truck when towing.
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