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Old 11-19-2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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F350 vs F250

Hi all. I know this is a contentious topic. I am one of those weirdos that impulse purchased a Nice RV that I had nothing but issues with. I really wanted an Airstream (which I should have done to begin with), then I impulse purchased a Raptor. Then I traded the lemon of an RV for a 25 FB Globetrotter. I really wanted the 27’ but I was afraid the Raptor would struggle with it. I was right. It struggled with the 25’. It was really not a great tow vehicle, between the oversized rock climbing tires and the short 5’ bed, I was white knuckling the camper 1.5 hours home. The next day I bought a nice F250. Diesel. That was not an impulse buy. I have been towing 3 horse trailers with living quarters for about 20 years so I know about towing and trucks. So now the beef of the story (thanks for following along so far), I did just impulse buy a 33’ classic. 2020. And (long story), I just got dumped on me a 2019 F350 diesel. Both trucks are platinums with all the bells and whistles and tow packages. Do I keep the 350 and sell the 250 or keep the 250 and sell the 350??
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Old 11-19-2019, 05:38 PM   #2
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I wish I had your predicament. I'd probably go with the one the road the nicest unless I really needed the payload of the F350.
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For one who bought an F250 and later found it light on payload (Platinum), I would clearly go with the 350. The difference between the 250 and 350 is nothing more than an extra leaf spring in the rear. I added a leaf to mine (Look up my story) adding 1100 lbs. of payload (not in the eyes of the law) and I am very very happy with the results. Keep the 350!!
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You indeed have a nice problem ��

We recently upgraded to a Super duty truck because we needed more payload. My first instinct was to go with a gasser F250. After researching it more, we decided to go diesel. However because of its weight, the diesel will ‘cost’ you about 900lbs of payload. Soooo... we went with the F350 diesel Lariat.

3400 lbs of payload. We love the truck. It’s very comfortable and tows nicely. Like said before, the difference is mainly the # leaf springs. I think there’s a difference in the rear axle as well.

The F350 will handle the tongue weight of your big Airstream and give you enough added payload to haul plenty of stuff.

Have fun & be safe.

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another idea

We moved to an F350 Platinum to squire the 27FB instead of the F150 Platinum we bought a year before the AS. Mama collects rocks and the door sticker on the F250 showed a payload only 400# more than the blinged-out F150. I really like the one-ton. No payload worries.

Say.... maybe you'd like to trade your F250 for a barely used F150?
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Coming from an F350 Platinum owner towing a 27. Obviously the 350
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..... Mama collects rocks .....
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:27 AM   #8
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I have an F250 Diesel that does very well with our 27FB. But would love a little extra capacity of the F350. I would choose the F350.

I also have the same impulse issue you do. My bride has taught me to wait a day and then buy. Works well!
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Am going to buck the crowd: Not enough information to give a response.

What year F250? Reason for the question is that the motor and level of complexity under the hood is very different across the years. The suspension; not so much different from a F350 as others had noted.


From a general perspective, the 6.7L has a great reputation, but it comes with the cost of high complexity.

The F250 might actually prove the better deal depending on which motor is under the hood. And if going back far enough in age, the *only* difference from a F350 *might* be the springs. Then again, it was possible to get a F250 rigged with the heavier suspension.


From a capabilities perspective, depending on the 33' Classic's tongue weight, the F350 might handle the load better. But if the F250 has the 1 ton rigging, it already has the F350's load capacity.
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With the trailer you have, seems like an easy choice. 350, without question. Not that the 250 is anything to shake a stick at, but if given the choice with your rig, for sure 350...and possibly one of these too (for a softer ride for the Classic) for either the 250 or 350:

http://airsafehitch.com/category/air...vers/class-vi/
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With the trailer you have, seems like an easy choice. 350, without question. Not that the 250 is anything to shake a stick at, but if given the choice with your rig, for sure 350...and possibly one of these too (for a softer ride for the Classic) for either the 250 or 350:

http://airsafehitch.com/category/air...vers/class-vi/
What I bought was not only an "Add a leaf" spring for the rear but a Salastic shock to replace the rear hanger on the truck leaf pack.

http://www.sulastic.com/truck-shackle-suspension-sa-01

Smooths out the ride and rides like a Cadillac!
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Assuming both trucks are close in year model, you will not find any noticeable difference in the ride quality but the F350 will certainly have much more cargo capacity. For me, it would be a no brainer, F350 for sure and never concern yourself with weights whenever towing the AS.

While this might not be important in our situation, resale on an F350 will always be better than the F250.
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Went from a new Platinum F150 4x4 with our 25's up to a new 2017 F250 6.7 KR 4x4 model with our 28'. Night and day difference in the F250 while towing , handling, ride, and payload. Like many have said, there is not much difference in price with the F250 vs the F350, but the extra payload is important to consider if your planning to also carry generator, kayaks, air compressor, Yeti 65qt. cooler, camping gear, wood or extra propane tank for generator, etc...If I were doing it again, I would get the F350...but the 10speed trany is coming shortly (I hope.)...so that also is a consideration...
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Both trucks are 2019, 4x4 platinums. Almost identical in packages. the 250 purchased in may, the 350 in June. Thank you for all your responses!
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Both trucks are 2019, 4x4 platinums. Almost identical in packages. the 250 purchased in may, the 350 in June. Thank you for all your responses!
Well, if you have both trucks, you have the best of both worlds there, don't you! You should be telling/sharing which one you prefer and why?
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Went from a new Platinum F150 4x4 with our 25's up to a new 2017 F250 6.7 KR 4x4 model with our 28'. Night and day difference in the F250 while towing , handling, ride, and payload. Like many have said, there is not much difference in price with the F250 vs the F350, but the extra payload is important to consider if your planning to also carry generator, kayaks, air compressor, Yeti 65qt. cooler, camping gear, wood or extra propane tank for generator, etc...If I were doing it again, I would get the F350...but the 10speed trany is coming shortly (I hope.)...so that also is a consideration...
The 350 is a much stronger rear . In return it will be stiffer on the road .
I'd wait at least a year before jumping into the 2020 model with a 10 speed tranny . It will take a while for Ford to work out the kinks as with anything new they come out with .
The extra gears with increase torque curves but I find that it's not really needed pulling a bumper pull trailer.
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The 350 is a much stronger rear . In return it will be stiffer on the road .
I'd wait at least a year before jumping into the 2020 model with a 10 speed tranny . It will take a while for Ford to work out the kinks as with anything new they come out with .
The extra gears with increase torque curves but I find that it's not really needed pulling a bumper pull trailer.


As for the new 10 speed in the works it will be more fuel efficient than the current 6 speed automatic which will be a benefit.



The F250 and F350 share the same drive train the only difference is the rear progressive spring pack.They actually both when unloaded ride on a primary leaf spring in the package and as the weight increases the other springs come into play.They virtually ride the same unloaded but the F350 has more capability and will not sag as much as the F250 when a larger Airstream is attached.Some F250's when not ordered properly will have a low payload capacity of not much more than a F150 so much care must be taken when purchasing.The price difference is approximately $600 more for the F350.Pretty cheap when purchasing a $60k-$100k tow vehicle.I personally prefer the F350 for towing our 28ft International as We take a few things with us when we travel.
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Note that there are some states that charge exorbitant registration fees for trucks over 10,000 lbs GVWR. The F-250 comes in at 9800 lbs and I think this is done deliberately by Ford to get around the problem. You can get an F-250 with an optional spring package which will essentially turn it into an F-350 but it still comes in below 10,000 lbs.
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Note that there are some states that charge exorbitant registration fees for trucks over 10,000 lbs GVWR. The F-250 comes in at 9800 lbs and I think this is done deliberately by Ford to get around the problem. You can get an F-250 with an optional spring package which will essentially turn it into an F-350 but it still comes in below 10,000 lbs.


The F250 has a 9900 lbs That’s 11500 lbs less then a F350 capacity rating of 11,500 lbs
which is a considerable difference.And makes a big difference when you subtract the weight of the truck from these numbers especially a 6.7 Platinum or KR diesel variant.
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