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Old 04-29-2016, 11:42 AM   #1
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F250 or 350?

We are waiting the building of our FR 360 PDEK and are looking for a truck. Getting lots of advice...but conflicting..should we get a F250 or 350? Is an 8 foot bed better than a 6.5 footer?
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Leaf spring

My understanding the only difference between the F-250 and the F-350 is a
extra leaf spring on each side of the rear.

I have a 2014 F-250 6.7L and love it, it has the short bead and I pull a Rockwood Signature Ultra lite Fifth wheel with no problem. I use the
Sidewinder Revolution hitch. It is a super crew cab. I like my short bed for it makes it easy for parking.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:21 PM   #3
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When pulling a TT it does not make as much difference the length of the bed on the truck. When pulling a 5th wheel IMO it is much better to go with the 8 foot bed and never have to worry about hitting the cab of the truck with the 5th wheel.
When it comes to the proper truck to pull a 5th wheel from what I have seen the most limiting factor is the pin weight of the 5th wheel on the truck. Most can pull a much heaver 5th wheel than they can carry. So ensure that your truck has a CCC sufficient to meet your needs.
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Old 04-29-2016, 12:24 PM   #4
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I have a F250 - 2016. The only difference is in the suspension. For $1000 more you can get a F350, my next one will be the F350 verse adding airbags at $1000. Id surly look at adding the 5th wheel prep kit. Best thing I included. Very nice.
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Although you did not mention this I would highly recommend that you get a diesel engine in your new truck over a gas engine. You will be very happy with the way the diesel tows the 5th wheel over a gas engine. Just hearing the diesel grunt when going up a speed hill vs the roar and downshifting with the gas engine is well worth the cost.
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When it comes to the proper truck to pull a 5th wheel from what I have seen the most limiting factor is the pin weight of the 5th wheel on the truck. Most can pull a much heaver 5th wheel than they can carry. So ensure that your truck has a CCC sufficient to meet your needs.
This can't be emphasized too much. You need to decide if your truck (whether it be gas or diesel, F250 or F350, short or long bed), is going to be a serious tow rig, or luxury on wheels. The more bells and whistles you have, the less the CCC will be.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:18 PM   #7
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350 all the way. IT will give all the room you need. I would rather have too much than not enough.
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Old 04-29-2016, 03:43 PM   #8
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With a 2300 dry pin weight get a 350 or you will be over your GVWR before you even load anything into the trailer.


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[QUOTE=lbrjet;1180061]With a 2300 dry pin weight get a 350 or you will be over your GVWR before you even load anything into the trailer.


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Old 04-29-2016, 03:51 PM   #10
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Depends upon the exact truck you find up buying also ways look at the yellow sicker on the door. But a F250 SuperCrew cab can carry about 2700 pounds, a F350 SRW SuperCrew can carry about 3,300 pounds, a DRW F350 can carry about 6,250 pounds all the above numbers are for 4x2 drive lines with the PSD 6.7 engine. So it depends upon how much you plan carry and tow. Hope this helps some in the decision process.
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I bought a used 2012 F250 s.crew diesel 4x4 short bed last year. While I currently dont need that much truck, if I ever do a 5th wheel in the future I could definitely see running out of payload (yellow sticker is 2153). If possible I would go 350.
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F350, eight foot bed, max out the tow package, fifth wheel/gooseneck prep. spray in bead liner.

Try to keep the bling to a minimum.
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But a F250 SuperCrew cab can carry about 2700 pounds,
Or more. That is why my earlier post addressed trim level. My F250 Crew XLT is comfortably equipped and has a payload just shy of 3300 lbs.
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Try towing a 15K fiver with your gasser.


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Try towing a 15K fiver with your gasser.


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As good as the V10 is 15K would be pushing it. My post was directed at the F250 6.2 / 3.73 truck with the much higher payload than the diesel. With 15K that truck is not an option. Heavy fiver + diesel = 350/3500 and a dually is not out of the question.


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Hold up a bit...F250 gas will have about 3,000 pounds of payload give or take, and an F250 diesel super crew will have just over 2k, possibly less with options...payload rating sticker. Weight of Diesel engine, extra battery etc.

F350 may cost you more on registration and insurance so you may want to check that...depends on state.

My buddy went from a Chevy 2500 gas to brand new diesel pulling a somewhat light fifth wheel, about 7 or 8 k. Said other than a smoother ride it wasn't near the difference he thought it would be but that was just one trip.
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My 2016 F250 6.7 is all I want/need. Bought it and researched 5ers with pin weight in a range. Did not want or need a "lite" or "1/2 ton towable" model. Wanted to stay under 38'.Far from every 5er would work but surprising how many will. Found this 35' with 3 slides and it fits the truck and us perfect. A little research to make the 5er fit the truck or the truck to fit the 5er is always required.
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My 2016 F250 6.7 is all I want/need. Bought it and researched 5ers with pin weight in a range. Did not want or need a "lite" or "1/2 ton towable" model. Wanted to stay under 38'.Far from every 5er would work but surprising how many will. Found this 35' with 3 slides and it fits the truck and us perfect. A little research to make the 5er fit the truck or the truck to fit the 5er is always required.

Yet you decided to get a camper that is rated more then your truck is rated for?

F250 has approximately 1,700 pounds of payload available before you are over your GVWR.. And your camper has a pin of 1,700lbs empty. You are overweight.
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To the OP, get a F350. They will hold their value more then a F250 and you will have 1,500lbs more payload available to you.

A F250 weighs in around 8,200-8,400lbs which leaves you 1,600-1,800lbs. Factoring in family, 5th wheel hitch and anything you add to the camper in the front, that will most likely put you over.

My F350 has 3,100lbs of available payload. My kingpin weighs 2,200lbs, my hitch weighs 275lbs (slider) which leaves me about 600lbs for my wife, kids, grill, hoses and anything in the master bedroom.
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