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Old 06-06-2007, 01:51 PM   #1
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F-250 Long or Short Bed

Our little Chevy Tahoe can no longer handle the abuse of our 2007 30' Classic so I am looking at an 07 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel Long Bed. I like the fact of having a much larger wheel base, a much larger gas tank and the option of carrying future 4 wheelers. It is only 1.75ft longer than the short bed, but wanted to get some opinions if I am going to have significant issues backing this baby up.

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Old 06-06-2007, 01:59 PM   #2
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Is it a standard cab, or SuperCab, or CrewCab? Long bed and a standard cab is good, as is club (super) cab and short bed. Long bed and Supercab starts getting really long, and tough to manuever into parking spaces at your local shopping center. I recently traded out long bed supercab F250 in on an F250 long bed standard cab. It is much more manueverable, and I have had no issues with sway towing our 31' with it.
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Old 06-06-2007, 02:04 PM   #3
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Short Bed is fine by me

No complaints on my 99 extended cab short bed. The extended cab works great for dogs, grandkids and extra stuff. If you are not aware Ford says not to mount a pickup camper on a short bed.
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Long bed is good choice

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Our little Chevy Tahoe can no longer handle the abuse of our 2007 30' Classic so I am looking at an 07 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel Long Bed. I like the fact of having a much larger wheel base, a much larger gas tank and the option of carrying future 4 wheelers. It is only 1.75ft longer than the short bed, but wanted to get some opinions if I am going to have significant issues backing this baby up.

Thanks,

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Scott,

I don't think you will be impacted by a long bed in regards to maneuvering, since 2005, Ford improved the front end geometry that improved the ride and turning radius. The extra length can be a problem in short parking spaces, but not usually an issue, only in tight parking lots. The larger fuel tank and the longer wheel base will make a positive difference. Longer range is always a plus when you are pulling a trailer.

If you are going to load the bed, you should be looking at the F350. The F250 and F350 have the same conventional tow rating, but the F350 has a superior carrying capacity which is important if you are carrying ATVs. The price difference is nominal. Stay with the single rear wheels, you dont need a dually and it will make parking in regular spots a true challenge when unhitched.

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Scott,
I agree with John. there is little $ difference between the F250/F350 and you gain a lot...not to mention better resale value. Ditto on the bed...take the long one. I just went for the F350, crew cab, long bed, 4wd. The turn rate on the new designed front ends is unbelievable!!!..not the usual 40 acres to turn around.(this 4wd actually turns about the same as my '04 model F150, crew cab, short bed!!) Also concur with the single rear wheels vs dually. Enjoy the best TV on the market, IMHO!
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I would also consider the '08 vice the '07 as you get the 6.4 vice 6.0 engine and newer year.

Plus make sure you get the tow command/brake controller package. Makes life real easy!

I recently bought an '08 F250.

Some other options you may consider:

1. Heavy duty alternator or better yet the dual alternator option

2. If you consider the '08, the tailgate option/bed extender
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I agree the long bed would be best, but I am not sure you'll need a 1 ton. The 3/4 (250) will be way more than you need and have a softer ride for the Airstream which is something to consider.
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If you are going to load the bed, you should be looking at the F350. The F250 and F350 have the same conventional tow rating, but the F350 has a superior carrying capacity which is important if you are carrying ATVs. John
Silvertwinkie,

The recommendation to go with an F350 (1ton) is qualified by the desire to "load the bed." Otherwise I would agree with you that the F250 is sufficient.

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The recommendation to go with an F350 (1ton) is qualified by the desire to "load the bed." Otherwise I would agree with you that the F250 is sufficient.

John
My bad, I must have just glossed over that....adding cargo to the bed, a 1 ton might be a better idea. Thanks for pointing that out!
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Scott,
I went form a standard cab, long bed F-250 to a extended cab, long bed F-250. No problems. The room behind the seat and being able to put 4X8 sheets of plywood in and close the gate is nice.
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I have a 2007 F250 Supercab Short Bed...for me and our 25-foot Airstream, it's just right.

I gotta say, even with this combo I had enough trouble backing into a spot at Disney's Fort Wilderness. Adding another 7 feet (trailer + TV) would be a daunting challenge for some of these tight camping sites.
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fuel...

Look at the fuel tank size and go with the long bed, you will enjoy the ride and fewer fuel stops.
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Go with the long bed. I just put a 91 gal. fuel tank in the bed this past fall and when it is full it makes the truck ride real smooth. My next one will be a crew cab long box. The longer the better, you can learn to back anything.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:55 PM   #14
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Thanks for everyone's feedback! Terry to answer you question it is a crewcab, need something to haul the kids. Decided to stick with the 07 F-250 Super Duty Extend Cab Long Bed as 4 wheelers are a quite a few years down the road, drove it home this afternoon, can't wait to try it out! Thanks again

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