Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-20-2015, 10:48 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
1987 34' Limited
Sioux Falls , South Dakota
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 9
New 2015 Ford F-250

We are about to purchase a used airstream and wanted to get the truck first so that we can haul it away when we find the right one. We are looking in the 27' to 34' range.

We hit a stumbling block when it came to trucks as we can not afford a new diesel vehicle, and all of the used ones are pretty expensive as well unless they already have 150,000+ Miles on them. We are very weary of used trucks with that kind of mileage on them since we have heard many horror stories from people.

Imagine our excitement when we found that Ford's website claims that we can tow 12,500 lbs with their brand new 6.2L 2 Valve Flex Fuel V8 Gas Engine and is right in the sweet spot of our budget.

Do you think this would be a smart decision, or do you think it won't be a strong enough truck to pull that long of a trailer full-time?

Thank you SO much for your help everyone, we are very green at this!
__________________

__________________
saranautilus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 11:36 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Currently Looking...
Nowhere , Somewhere
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,417
Blog Entries: 2
Should do the job. Check the payload features and if it has towpackage. Peace, jim
__________________

__________________
avionstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 11:48 AM   #3
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,401
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
First off, the 6.2 isn't truly a new engine so there's probably less concern about new-engine teething problems. They used it in the Raptor on the previous generation of F150s, and while I confess I haven't followed that particular powerplant closely I haven't heard of big problems with it.

The biggest differences you'll see from the diesel crowd are that a naturally-aspirated spark-ignition engine will need some RPM to make its rated power, and you'll see a bigger reduction in available power at higher altitudes than a turbocharged vehicle experiences.

As long as you're not afraid to let the engine turn higher RPM when you need big power (short freeway ramps, climbing steep inclines, etc.) it should do fine. Some people are afraid their going to "hurt it" by climbing in the 3k-4k RPM range, but as long as you do the maintenance and you're not running the truck all day every day at 4k RPM you'll do fine.
__________________
David

Zero Gravitas 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 11:52 AM   #4
1987 Avion 34W owner
 
PaulnGina's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Good Ol' , USA
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,889
From what I'm reading on the Ford web site 2015 Ford Super Duty | View Towing Specifications | Ford.com
I would think you would do well with the F250 and the 6.2L gas engine. They've done a lot with their trucks since mine was made (1995 model year, 7.3L PowerStroke). Mine has a 10K lb. max. trailer weight rating and does well with our 1987 Avion 34W.
I will ALWAYS recommend the 3/4-ton trucks for that range of trailer. Good choice!

Good luck with your search!
__________________
"Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth"
1987 Avion 34W
1995 Ford F250 7.3L PowerStroke
PaulnGina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 11:56 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
KJRitchie's Avatar

 
2008 25' Classic
Wichita Falls , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 4,217
I don't particularly like the specs of the 6.2L V8. High rpms to get maximum torque and HP, only 2 valves per cylinder and two spark plugs per cylinder. If you are looking for a new F250 I think you could find a GMC/Chevy 2500 diesel in the mid $40k with under 60k miles. My brother-in-law bought a Silverado diesel 2500 that has 100k miles and kept it a couple of years to tow a 5th wheel before switching to a Class C motorhome and never had any issues with the truck. Maybe look out of state.

Kelvin
__________________
KJRitchie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 12:11 PM   #6
1987 Avion 34W owner
 
PaulnGina's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Good Ol' , USA
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,889
Quote:
Originally Posted by KJRitchie View Post
I don't particularly like the specs of the 6.2L V8. High rpms to get maximum torque, only 2 valves per cylinder and two spark plugs per cylinder. The fuel tank is 26 gallons on the 157" wheel base. If you are looking for a new F250 I think you could find a GMC/Chevy 2500 diesel in the mid $40k with under 60k miles. My brother-in-law bought a Silverado diesel 2500 that has 100k miles and kept it a couple of years to tow a 5th wheel before switching to a Class C motorhome and never had any issues with the truck. Maybe look out of state.

Kelvin
Heck, for that matter you could find a nicely-kept, low-mileage used diesel truck from ANY of the "big three" makers for what you're considering spending on the gas F250. I'm not biased or anything (well..... not much!) but I REALLY like the Fords, and I especially like the smell of diesel!!

If you're patient, you will find a nice used truck. As mentioned, don't be afraid of travelling to get a good deal. But, KNOW what you're looking for and KNOW what questions to ask. Feel free to ask here...... Lots of knowledgeable folks on this forum!
__________________
"Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth"
1987 Avion 34W
1995 Ford F250 7.3L PowerStroke
PaulnGina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 12:22 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
ROBERTSUNRUS's Avatar

 
2005 25' Safari
Salem , Oregon
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,266
Images: 18
Blog Entries: 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulnGina View Post

And I especially like the smell of diesel!!

Hi,
__________________
Bob

2005 Safari 25-B
"Le Petit Chateau Argent"
[ Small Silver Castle ]
2000 Navigator / 2014 F-150 Eco-Boost / Equal-i-zer / P-3
YAMAHA 2400 / AIR #12144
ROBERTSUNRUS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 01:33 PM   #8
1 Rivet Member
 
1987 34' Limited
Sioux Falls , South Dakota
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 9
Budget

I would love to say that our budget was in the mid $40k but the F250 we found is $33k and is looking pretty hard to beat!

Thank you guys so much for all the input!
__________________
saranautilus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 01:37 PM   #9
1987 Avion 34W owner
 
PaulnGina's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Good Ol' , USA
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 1,889
Quote:
Originally Posted by saranautilus View Post
I would love to say that our budget was in the mid $40k but the F250 we found is $33k and is looking pretty hard to beat!

Thank you guys so much for all the input!

You'll be happy with it! Good luck! Keep us posted!
__________________
"Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth"
1987 Avion 34W
1995 Ford F250 7.3L PowerStroke
PaulnGina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 01:45 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
RamblinManGa's Avatar

 
2016 28' Pendleton
Currently Looking...
Scottsdale , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 840
Images: 2
Hi from AZ. . . I had a 250 with the 6.2 when it was a V10. . . great truck for towing, but got 10 mpg with just me & NO trailer ! 9 mpg towing, was fine but. . . may be some improved now with V8. As others have said, look for the best buy you can find on a used 3/4 ton with diesel, in your price range. seem to be lots available around here ! regards, Craig
__________________
WBCCI 2851,4CU
RamblinManGa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 04:06 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
paiceman's Avatar

 
2017 30' Classic
Upper St Clair , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,433
Images: 1
Once I went to Diesel I will not go back. That said if you've never had one the 6.2 Ford F250 can handle the trailers you are looking at. RPMs will be high, it will make some noise, but it will run and run. Your gas mileage will probably not exceed 10 or 12 MPG without the trailer and will be sub 10 with the trailer, where I get about 15 around town in my F350 Diesel - about 21 MPG on the highway with my wife, dog and some luggage and towing the 30' As we average 13.54 MPG. We use the computer and the old fill and calculate formula to calculate. Now that we know we don't bother. One point is though, the F250 and F350 Diesels come stock with only a 26 Gallon fuel tank, so we stop every two hours and fill up, but my back doctor says to do that anyway. If I remember the 6.2 F250 comes with a 40 gallon tank.

I had a 2012 that I sold to Ansley RV in Altoona PA in July of this year. They were trying to sell it, but I think they turned it into one of their own trucks, but might still sell it if someone called and asked. It is a 2012 F250 6.7 Diesel and when I sold it she had about 11,000 miles on her, nothing wrong at all, we simply made a big expensive mistake and now are back into an AS. The truck never had an issue at all. I think when they were actively trying to sell it they were asking about $48,000

Good luck and enjoy. Buy what you and your wife decide on, don't regret the decision and get going.
__________________
SAFE TRAVELS
2017 30' Classic - F350 6.7 Diesel Crew
USAF - Military Training Instructor (TI) - 68-72
paiceman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 04:41 PM   #12
4 Rivet Member
 
2012 30' Classic
Homosassa , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 452
I have a friend with a new F350 ordered. His 11 F350 SRW has 17000 miles on it with no problems. He just wants a new one. So good used vehicles are out there if you shop around. It should retail for around 37k I would guess. I have a 15 Silverado Diesel and as others have said I won't go back to gas for towing.
__________________
Tater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2015, 04:53 PM   #13
Firedog1
 
Firedog1's Avatar
 
2015 30' Classic
Woodbridge Connecticut & , Venice Florida
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 206
We recently purchased F250 diesel and absolutely love it. Will never go back. Only problem is the 26 gallon fuel tank had to go. Had the ford dealer install 50 Titan fuel tank in its place and reprogram the computer
__________________
Russ and Lisa
2015 Classic 30
2015 F250 King Ranch 4x4 turbo diesel

Sold but not forgotten: 2005 Classic 25 Limited
Firedog1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2015, 12:17 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
m.hony's Avatar
 
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 11,828
I manage a fleet of 400 vehicles. We have purchased many Chevy/GMC Duramax/Allison crew cab pickups, both 3/4 ton and 1 ton, single rear wheel and dual rear wheel. We have bought used ones from 2005-2010 year models for anywhere from $11,000 for a 2007 with 300,000 miles to $26,000 for a 2010 with 80,000 miles. Most of them are super clean like brand new, even the 300,000 mile one. Keep Looking. You'll find your truck. For me it was a used Tundra with 6,000 miles for $30,000, but it ain't no 3/4 ton. I tow a 30' trailer with it, though.
__________________

__________________
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NorCal : 2015 Jackson Rancheria Fally Rally October 9-11, 2015 Coastalview Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 48 05-30-2017 02:49 PM
2015 F-250 6.2 vs 6.7 keith49090 Tow Vehicles 71 02-16-2015 08:21 PM
2015 MOUNTAIN AIR Rally April 17-20 2015 shermantic Forum Rallies & Meet Ups 2 01-13-2015 08:43 AM
250 MH :: 1990 Airstream 250 barend Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 09:32 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.