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Old 03-03-2015, 01:25 PM   #15
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You can take a look at the Ford Super Duty Forum ( Super Duty & Heavy Duty - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums ) to search for differences between an F-250 and an F-350. IIRC the major differences are 1) the label and 2) the rear suspension bumper size. I tow ~8,000 pounds of trailer and boat and junk with an '11 F-250 xl with the gas engine satisfactorily.

I've heard it said that in some states the tax or licensing can be very different for 3/4 vs. 1 ton trucks. You may want to check that.
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:23 AM   #16
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Pulling a 25' FC now with a 2015 F350 Crew Cab 6.7L Diesel. Having had many of these trucks over the years, one more thing to consider is short bed vs. long bed. I prefer the long bed because it is harder to get it sideways on slick roads and it improves the ride a bit. (Not to mention, more room.) I wouldn't change a thing on my tow vehicle. Tows in and out of the mountains all day long with little effort. Averaging around 11 to 13 MPG with the trailer, 16 to 17 MPG without.
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:44 AM   #17
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We have had a 2012 F250 Diesel and now have a 2015 F350 Diesel. Love them both. Both towed a 30' FC. No issues with towing on either. F350 a little stiffer when not towing and a little more stable when towing. I also transfer the trailer from storage to our driveway for loading etc without bars, only hook up and go. Much easier as it rides just a little higher and does not hit my driveway when backing in. We ordered the Platinum as we like creature comforts and it has them. Ordered almost every option, not the gooseneck as I saw no need and my wife was concerned if I did I'd want to buy a 5th wheel.

We have the crew cab as we take dog(s) with us. We are adding the Titan 50 gallon fuel tank next week. Main reason is I don't want to have to hunt for fuel stops in little out of the way diesel spots. I like having the option of waiting until I find a truck stop type stop. We get 21.5 on the interstate, 13.5 around hilly Western PA and 13.8 towing the 30' loaded. Truck knows it is towing, but with Equalizer hitch set up no sway etc., a little on the F250 but we were running Reese on that set up, so not a fair comparison.

That's about it, the engine etc are all identical on both trucks. Make sure you get tow package, I have two alternators, and Bed Rug in back. Other than that just about everything is standard on Platinum. Oh, we did order quick can heater, love it. Start the truck from the house, within three minutes cab is warm, steering wheel heater is on, seat heaters are on and bingo ready to roll. We also got the AC plug for the front in cold weather, plugs into the house and keeps oil etc warm - it works.

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Old 03-04-2015, 08:40 AM   #18
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In Indiana, truck plates get surcharged as the GVW exceeds the base 7,000 pounds. We acquire 12,000 pound plates to cover any possible over weight situation since the truck is rated 9,600, pounds and the axles are rated 11,510 pounds.
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:53 AM   #19
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In Indiana, truck plates get surcharged as the GVW exceeds the base 7,000 pounds. We acquire 12,000 pound plates to cover any possible over weight situation since the truck is rated 9,600, pounds and the axles are rated 11,510 pounds.

What Switz posted is correct for PA as well, however, one has the option to move down one weight class, ie from 1 ton to 3/4 ton and thereby save some money. We do have have a truck license plate on our truck, we have a specialty plate, Veteran. Can't do it on a 1 Ton in PA so we moved down to a 3/4 Ton.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:06 AM   #20
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Ford diesel 250 vs 350

For the small difference in money I have gone with the F350 6.7 Supercrew 4x4 long box in 2012 than again in 2015.We pull a 28ft international.The ride is the same as the F250 due to both using the same primary leaf spring when unloaded.I use a Airsafe hitch and my trailer rides smooth now also.I have pulled the same trailer with F150 and can say I will never go back.The F350 Platinum is a wonderful tow vehicle.The 2015 is better than 2012 in all respects.


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Old 03-05-2015, 10:59 AM   #21
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I had an F250, extended cab with 8' bed. The extended cab didn't have the passenger room we wanted. Now a F350, crew cab with 6.5' bed. Difference in turning radius is notable and in the PNW an important consideration. Ride quality is a bit stiffer with the 1 ton but so what, its a truck not an SUV. Then consider ferry travel where you pay by overall length with over 50' taking a big hit.
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:57 AM   #22
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F250 or F350

F250 or F350??
I own a dealership so I have had the great fortune of trying both. The 2011 and up F250 with a 6.7l diesel will pull a hole in the wind. Great truck...quiet, easy to drive but a little weak in the back. The F350 with dual rear wheels is much more stable. This truck will not wiggle in the back..even when a tractor trailer sneaks up from behind. I have towed 16 different Airstreams, anywhere from a 23 foot Flying Cloud to a 30 foot Classic without sway bars and absolutely no problem. On the other hand the F250 with a 23 foot Flying Cloud tended to mis-behave in a cross wind and required pretty constant attention in curvy, mountain driving.
The downside to the F350 with DWR's is obvious....it is a bear to park, a little awkward in city driving and without 4WD will get stuck easily.
If you use it for towing primarily, the F350 would work best and you will not believe the difference in stability.
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I have never driven a F 350 however I can attest to the pulling power of the F250 with the 6.7 diesel. At least to me it is more then ample to pull the 25 foot front bedroom FC. Just came back from Florida and got caught in sleet and rain in NC. The truck was extremely stabled at 60 MPH and did not sway when 18 whelers past me bye. It is also quite powerful going up grades
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Our F350 makes a great tow vehicle. The one ton option is very low cost adder as it simply adds the additional overload springs. The license fees are much cheaper for a one ton truck in Minnesota, so the 3/4 tons are rather rare up here. One ton resale may be better as they are good fifth wheel pullers. I recommend the 4wd option for pulling out of wet, muddy campgrounds and sand or snow of course. The electronic locking differential is not worth it unless you are a farmer or contractor that traverses deep mud now and then. It truly locks the rear axles together and is only good for 20mph. I have only tried mine a couple of times.

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Welcome, tbstill. I predict that you will become a very welcome resource for many of us here.
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Our F350 makes a great tow vehicle. The one ton option is very low cost adder as it simply adds the additional overload springs. The license fees are much cheaper for a one ton truck in Minnesota, so the 3/4 tons are rather rare up here. One ton resale may be better as they are good fifth wheel pullers. I recommend the 4wd option for pulling out of wet, muddy campgrounds and sand or snow of course. The electronic locking differential is not worth it unless you are a farmer or contractor that traverses deep mud now and then. It truly locks the rear axles together and is only good for 20mph. I have only tried mine a couple of times.



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The electronic locking diff can also be activated when in 2wd (actually only 1wd).When you put your right rear wheel onto a wet or soft shoulder simply pull switch and go.

A four wheel drive is actually only 2 wheel drive( LF & RR).Locking diff gives you 3 wheel drive which will save you on occasion.Priceless when needed.


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Moflash, you are correct. My old E-350 van was a "one wheel drive wonder". I would get it stuck every winter. It was helpless in low traction situations. I even had trouble backing up my Airstream up the hill on my gravel lane. I remember my father in law saying how he stopped at a red light in San Francisco and had smoky wheel spin when trying to get started again on a steep grade.

The e-lock would solve these situations. 4wd is even better. You might as well equip your new Super Duty with the equipment that will get you out of low traction situations.

I would say folks in the lower half of the USA don't have as many low traction situations and 2wd open differential is probably very adequate.

And yes, welcome tbstill! There's nothing more controversial than tow vehicle threads and you can inject some facts in the conversation based on your background. We get pretty passionate about our favorite brands.

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"There's nothing more controversial than tow vehicle threads"

I would also add coffeemakers and grills to your sentence.
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