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Old 05-31-2016, 05:06 PM   #1
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What used truck would you buy?

In need of a new DD/TV. What would you go and buy right now. And why?

Here's my needs:
Daily driver in Michigan, about 12k miles/year
4x4
Crew cab (full rear doors) must be a pickup.
Front bench seat, not the console.
Will have to be a few years old as I'm not spending over $25k
Will tow our 72 Tradewind 25ft all over, around 3k miles per year. Weighs around 6-6500 loaded up.

Thinking 3/4 ton because of payload. I have 3 kids. All their toys, bikes, gas, and sometimes firewood and a generator all in the truck bed. So using the ~800lbs tongue weight (low end), I need minimum 2k payload putting me more into the 3/4 ton I would assume. Correct me if I am wrong. Many people are under the impression. Payload only means what's in the bed not realizing it does not account for passengers or even a full tank of gas.

Right now there is a 2011 F250 with 42k miles super crew, short bed XLT for 22k locally. Leaning towards that but curious as to what others would you buy?
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:26 PM   #2
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I recently purchased a 2006 F150 4x4 Supercrew with the 5.4. It has a 9500 pound tow capacity, and we just used it to tow our 7700 pound 31' to Jackson Center, over the mountains of West Virginia. MPG not towing is 14.5, towing is 10.3. It does have 4 real doors, and seats six.
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:29 PM   #3
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I would get the 3/4 ton. Really, I do not think brand makes much difference. I would get a 3/4 ton setup the way I wanted it and pick the one that seems in the best condition.

Actually I would jump all over the one you listed. Seems like a lot of truck for that price and very low miles. I drive a 20 year Ford and a 10 year old Dodge. Both are fine trucks each in their own way. Each has 175000 miles on it with no real problems. I like the short beds for driving and towing if that suits your needs it is a plus.
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:38 PM   #4
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I think I'd jump on that F250 as well. We have been looking for a solid month and that is by far the best deal I've seen by a long shot.

We just agreed on a Ford F350 V10 47K mi for $30K, owned by a truck enthusiast who added extras and kept it pristine. We have a 25 ft as well, but do have kids, grandkids and all their do-hickeys to come along for the ride. Our truck won't be a daily driver, just for hauling the AS and farm equipment.
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:43 PM   #5
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My 2 cents is for the F150, sorry for the brand loyalty, even though I have had 1 Dodge, 2 Chevy's and 2 Fords over the years.

I live in the West and we do have mountains to go over, but I would not be afraid to use a F150 here. I would pay attention to the setup such as transmission cooler, transmission oil temperature gauge and other similar tow support part.

I do have a diesel now but I am not sure it is worth the effort to own one for towing an Airstream (all the smog add-on have ruined the diesel trucks). Just like me your main driving need is an empty daily driver. I would disagree with the front bench seat, I have had those and in the end I end up switching to aftermarket "bucket" seats.
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:47 PM   #6
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I have a F350 because of a full size Truck camper, but if it were not for the camper I'd probably have a 1/2 ton like a F150 or the new Dodge diesel half ton.

BTW, I love the F350. Smooth, comfortable, powerful, quiet.
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Old 05-31-2016, 08:21 PM   #7
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We started with a F150 initially to pull our 28ft International and found the payload limits were a problem.Have gone to a F350 and will not go back.Big difference in stability and no worries about taking something or somebody with us.


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We started with a F150 initially to pull our 28ft International and found the payload limits were a problem.Have gone to a F350 and will not go back.Big difference in stability and no worries about taking something or somebody with us.


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This is my thinking. That's why I'm going to check out that F250 with the 6.2 in it.
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The 250 would certainly give you better payload limits than the 150
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Duramax / Chevy or GMC.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:40 PM   #11
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Duramax / Chevy or GMC.


No diesels. My daily commute is only 8 miles one way. The diesel won't warm up on the drive and that's not good for them.
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Towing

Highly recommend getting a long box!!! The extra length is negligible for maneuvering while the extra space makes a world of difference. You can close the tailgate most of the time!!! Plus the longer wheelbase provides a better ride. Definitely a 3/4 or 1 ton for heavier components, better cooling and easier resale.
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:42 PM   #13
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If you can find an F250 with a V-10 from 2006 up, then you get the 3 valve engine and the bullet proof 5 speed Torqueshift transmission. I have a 2008 and have logged over 160k mostly towing a 31' Classic tower and a daily driver. It has all the power of a diesel without all of the maintenance problems of a diesel.
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For me it would be a 2014 Tundra Platinum.
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