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Old 04-22-2018, 12:27 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by graysailor View Post
Save yourself some aggravation as I went thru this same process. Cut to the chase and get a F250 diesel. It will cover all of your needs.

I do understand the love of diesel... but the payback timeline on the cost is always a tough calculation for me....

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Old 04-22-2018, 12:28 PM   #16
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I can only speak from my experience, but I bought a 2013 F150 with the 3.5 ecoboost engine and Max Tow package, and it tows my 9000 pound 1985 Excella superbly. Very capable truck. You probably know this, but don't take the Manufacturer quoted tow ratings seriously. My truck is rated for 17K pounds but I would hesitate to go much over 11K with it. Also, please pay close attention when choosing a weight distribution tow rig. A good one properly adjusted increases comfort level and driving confidence enormously. - Chris
I doubt your F150 is rated to tow 17k lb. Perhaps it's rated for 17k GCWR (max trailer weight PLUS the truck weight)? I'd expect a '13 Max Tow to be rated for around 11k trailer weight.

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Old 04-22-2018, 02:11 PM   #17
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...and when considering payload, don't forget that a weight distribution hitch transfers a portion of the tongue weight back to the trailer's axle(s). Some say as much as one-third, but a scale tells the story.

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Old 04-29-2018, 08:55 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Me. Bill View Post
Good Morning all. I’m looking into purchasing a 27 ft international. I spoke with a dealer about possibly going with a F-250 Diesel He recommended a 150 gas which has a 13,200 tow rating. I’m sure this isn’t the first nor will be the last time this question was asked but I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.
I am flat out amazed at the stated towing capacity of the new trucks. My 2002 F-350 SRW diesel is only rated to tow 12,500. My payload however is 2930 (4X4 LB,CC) but even at that I figured loaded for a trip with a 7K trailer, fuel, people, supplies & camper shell we are using up 2,320 lbs of the payload capacity, so we have a safety margin of only about 600 lbs with a 1 ton truck!
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Old 04-29-2018, 09:42 PM   #19
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I tow with an F250 diesel 2017 crew cab and was so worried about the ride quality that I didn’t add the $300 helper spring that makes it an F350. It was a mistake because the truck drives so smoothly and that spring doesn’t change anything as it already has the snow plow option.

Which brings me to a comment here about not wanting the 250 as a daily driver because the 150 is more comfortable. Having just spent 4 days in a rental 150 EcoBoost crew cab 2017 rental I was surprised by how similar the ride was. The bodies of the 150 and 250 are the same, the chassis is different. Anyone concerned about the ride quality on these new trucks and making a decision on that basis should try renting one for a few days.

With either, parking in a parking deck will take some forethought for how to back out and so forth. A full size crew pickup simply requires thinking about turning radius and so forth.
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Old 04-30-2018, 08:58 AM   #20
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I have been towing a 1997 34' for the past 8 years with our 2009 F150 5.4L gas. It tows and handles great with the ProPride hitch. My first couple of outings was with a Reese W/D hitch. The ProPride made it a much more capable combo. We've been through high passes (11,000') and across the plains without issue.

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