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Old 01-12-2012, 01:31 PM   #71
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With the 34',be sure to get the maximun tow pkg. with brake controller. Also the 8200 gvw pxg which includes heavier springs and larger brakes. At this point it might be cheaper to buy f250 /6.2l eng
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:56 PM   #72
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thanks herrick.

yes, i knew about the 8200 gvw pkg. and i understand the frame is thicker. i just wish it was offered on the short screw too.

i'm trying to keep the curb weight in the non-commercial range. ny limits that to 5500 pounds unless i add a cap that i have no need for.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:09 PM   #73
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:13 PM   #74
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thanks herrick.

yes, i knew about the 8200 gvw pkg. and i understand the frame is thicker. i just wish it was offered on the short screw too.

i'm trying to keep the curb weight in the non-commercial range. ny limits that to 5500 pounds unless i add a cap that i have no need for.
Let me know how it works for you...I am pricing a new F250 to tow mine.
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Understood about pricing the F-250. If you are considering the pulling torque available with a diesel unit, suggest to also look at the whole spectrum of 3/4 tons out there. Some require DieselExhaustFluid (DEF) / urea and others don't ...

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Hi, I have worked at new car dealers since 1968 and I don't know of, and never heard of, or even seen, a dealer let someone hitch up a trailer for a test drive. Yet alone take it to the mountains???????
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Understood about pricing the F-250. If you are considering the pulling torque available with a diesel unit, suggest to also look at the whole spectrum of 3/4 tons out there. Some require DieselExhaustFluid (DEF) / urea and others don't ...


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What is DEF? never heard of it. What does it do, do Ford F250s need it?
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the final configuration is:
2012 F-150 XLT Super Crew 5.5' bed
color - Blue Flame
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Automatic trans. w/tow haul
3.73 electronic locking rear axle
XLT convenience
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XLT plus package (8200 # GVWR)
max trailer tow package
max payload package
keyless entry keypad
rear view camera
LT 245/75R/17E tires
tailgate step
California emissions pkg. (NY registration)

We got a 2011 XL, 4Door, 4WD ecoboost, auto, 3.73, all the same packages in the XL line (except the emmissions pkg), and they threw in the rear view camera because they messed up what they told us it came with. However, we got the 6.5' bed and while I don't like parking this big long truck, I wanted the wheelbase and she wanted the bigger bed for hauling stuff.

I know 4WD and the longer bed/wheelbase add a lot of weight. However, couple of years ago at a scout camping trip we were all down in a meadow. It started to rain and no one without 4WD could climb out of the meadow in the mud. One person pulled 11 cars and trucks out with his 4WD - one at a time of course. So since this will be used for camping and towing (someday) - we don't plan on getting stuck ever again.
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Cheaper on all fronts to be pulled out. We go through it often enough in the oil field. 4WD doesn't pay for the miles not needed.
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Question 4wd???

Really depends...up here it's a big help, especially during the Winter when the Burb is used occasionally for peace-of-mind travel.

Camping, what kind? We are not "pad campers", never camped with hook-up's, the fact that we just may be by ourselves in an area with very few services,
4wd has saved our butts at quite a few remote sites.
To be a pulled you need a puller.

For us...wouldn't/never have had a TV w/o 4wd.

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Cheaper on all fronts to be pulled out. We go through it often enough in the oil field. 4WD doesn't pay for the miles not needed.
I guess you have never experienced going sideways with an empty 2WD pickup in the snow or tried to go uphill on a slick road. Or been stuck somewhere alone where there is no one to pull you out. I think it pays for itself in the few miles when it is needed.
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I guess you have never experienced going sideways with an empty 2WD pickup in the snow or tried to go uphill on a slick road. Or been stuck somewhere alone where there is no one to pull you out. I think it pays for itself in the few miles when it is needed.
Looks like you might be surprised, in turn, what an ordinary truck can do. After all, pickup trucks were around a half-century or more before 4WD became available on the retail market. Somehow, way back when all those guys found a way to get where they were going.

Someone who needs it can justify it by it's near-constant use. Those who can't will pay an unnecessarily high price up front and every mile past that for a "convenience" . . not a necessity.
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Looks like you might be surprised, in turn, what an ordinary truck can do. After all, pickup trucks were around a half-century or more before 4WD became available on the retail market. Somehow, way back when all those guys found a way to get where they were going.

Someone who needs it can justify it by it's near-constant use. Those who can't will pay an unnecessarily high price up front and every mile past that for a "convenience" . . not a necessity.
Do not forget the cool factor of 4x4!
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Looks like you might be surprised, in turn, what an ordinary truck can do. After all, pickup trucks were around a half-century or more before 4WD became available on the retail market. Somehow, way back when all those guys found a way to get where they were going.

Someone who needs it can justify it by it's near-constant use. Those who can't will pay an unnecessarily high price up front and every mile past that for a "convenience" . . not a necessity.
I have always believed that having a 4WD will only enable you to get stuck where a tow truck can't get to you.
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