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Old 07-21-2015, 09:44 AM   #15
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I've considered the F250 with 6.2L but when I look at the specs of the engine it doesn't seem as advanced as my Tundra's 5.7L. The 6.2L has 2 valves/cylinder and 2 spark plugs per cylinder. Peak torque is at higher RPMs with the 6.2L. So given similar performance of the engines the issue I have is that engine is hauling 1000lbs more in truck weight before you even load and hitch up. 2017 should see a redesign of the F250 with aluminum body and supposedly with a 5.0L turbo engine. If you can afford to wait.

The payload on the 6.2 F250 is around 2400lbs

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I just found a diesel 250 XLT with the few options I want (I know it's petty, but I want a center console not the 6th seat). Payload per the door sticker is 1893#. Low. And the build date on the truck is 8/14. It's been sitting on the lot for a year! UGH.

There is another that has options I don't want, like a tailgate step, but it was built in 5/15. Much better. But it's $1,000 more.

I see why Ford is offering $4k discounts.

Having the dealer get me payload info for some 6.2's...
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:21 AM   #17
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^^^^ I'm waiting on someone to just take the wheels off their Airstream and mount it to a semi trucks flatbed. Just skip all the 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton mess altogether.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:34 AM   #18
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I just found a diesel 250 XLT with the few options I want (I know it's petty, but I want a center console not the 6th seat). Payload per the door sticker is 1893#. Low. And the build date on the truck is 8/14. It's been sitting on the lot for a year! UGH.

There is another that has options I don't want, like a tailgate step, but it was built in 5/15. Much better. But it's $1,000 more.

I see why Ford is offering $4k discounts.

Having the dealer get me payload info for some 6.2's...
One option I want on my next tow vehicle is rear view camera even if it is in the rear view mirror. The XLT diesels and gas around here don't have them, why?

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Old 07-21-2015, 11:38 AM   #19
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One option I want on my next tow vehicle is rear view camera even if it is in the rear view mirror. The XLT diesels and gas around here don't have them, why?

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That is one option I listed as "very nice to have but not necessary," but only because it's one more limitation on finding a truck. That said, there are a few XLT's around here with them. And it would be really great not to have to bother my wife to hitch up...
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:45 AM   #20
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Just checked the Canadian Hanna dealership for XLT F250 gas Supercrew. It has a rear view camera and console. Payload is between 2500 and 2600lbs.

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Old 07-21-2015, 12:17 PM   #21
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Hi, We're pulling a 2005 Classic 30 with a 2004 F-250 XLT gas. It's a SuperDuty which means it has a 1 ton suspension. No sag at all. We had a Reese hitch but just put a Hensley on it for stability reasons, the Reese was fine for WD. It is a V10 gas which pulls fine on the flats but gets a little slow on the hills. I knew that going in but went with gas for cost reasons and am happy with it.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:20 PM   #22
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I too had a F150 that was too small for the 30' AS. I went with a 3/4 ton GMC, it does a great job. Any 3/4 ton truck should be ample.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:40 PM   #23
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I was offered identically specced F250 and F350 trucks by the dealer and the price difference at the time was only $200 or $300. I opted for the F350 and whilst I am sure that the F250 would have been perfectly OK for towing my 30 International I don't have to agonise over loaded weights etc and the truck has proved useful when not pulling the trailer in helping out carry various family members heavy loads...... so far over 30,000miles of towing,the trailer does not seem to have been beaten up by the stiffness of the truck and having ridden in both the 250 and 350 the difference in ride to me seemed negligible.
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:43 PM   #24
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F250 or F350

I have had both, a 2008 F250 and now have 2014 F350, both diesels. Had no problem with F250 sag. However, the F350/crewcap with 6.5" bed did handle the 30' FC better. I love the diesel. I mentioned in an earlier post that I just finished a 2800 mile trip from Oregon to Jackson Wy and thought the Tetons several times photographing animals. Over all, average mpg was 16.5 on the road without trailer, 19.5 plus. Remember, diesel engine needs to brake in, 5 to 8k to get better mpg's.
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:52 PM   #25
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We traded our 2500 Suburban with a 4.10 rear end for a Silverado 2500HD Duramax. We have not regretted the move. The Duramax, even when fully loaded, pulls our 30' FC with ease. We generally travel at 65 mph and experienced 13-14 mph on a 10,800 mile trip this past spring to California/Oregon and back. Good luck. I don't think you can go wrong with either a 3/4 or 1 ton truck.
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Well, I went to the dealer today. Didn't make a deal, but it looks like if I do it will be the 250 with the 6.2. Can't justify the cost of the diesel right now and with the 6.2 the 250 should have plenty of payload. I'm seeing about 2500# for 6.2 and under 2000# for the diesel. I'm concerned the 350 might just be too much truck with the 6.2. If I were inclined to get the diesel I'd more consider the 350.

Will see what tomorrow brings.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:31 PM   #27
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2014 30' FC - Go with 2015 F250 or F350?

1.The 6.7 diesel will cost much less to own than a 6.2 gas due to resale value.
2.The standard axle ratio 3:55 will pull anything you can hook to it.Do not choose a lower ratio.
3.The F350 and the F250 ride the same but the F250 sags on some applications for $600 get the F350 and don't look back.
4.Maintenance cost on the 6.7 diesel is not a issue as non owners keep bringing up. I have had two.
5.Navigation system and backup camera are essential as in this day and age most people will not buy a vehicle if it does not have nav.
6.Without the bed step you cannot get into the bed of your truck safely.Unless you are over 7ft tall.
7.A loaded truck will cost less to drive than a basic unit over 3-5 years of ownership.Keeping it forever is foolish as you can drive a new one under warranty every 3 years for less than u might imagine if you are savvy.
8.The FX4 package is a joke As the cheap Rancho shocks need replacing the day you drive it home.Skid plates (aluminum) are also included but not needed as the ground clearance is huge.
9.The Lariat seat covering is Pleather (does not wear well) only the King Ranch and Platinum come with real leather.
10.Supercrew 8ft box comes with a 36 gal tank.
11.Get the supplemental heater it's cheap and without it takes 20 mins for Diesel engine to provide heat in cold weather.Worth the money!


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Old 07-22-2015, 04:30 AM   #28
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Every 3/4 ton tuck ive ever had pulled my 79 31 footer like it wasn't there. I now own a 1 ton v-10 ford and I am really digging the V-10 and the rougher ride is fine with me. The GIT UP and go is a FINE trade off as far as im concerned. My 92 dodge cummins had the rear bags and they are real nice for tweeking the ride when you own multiple rigs like a 30 foot flat bed trailer, 14 foot cargo and the AS! Its amazing how an inch in height can change the way the tower and towee relate to each other!

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