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Old 10-22-2014, 08:09 PM   #1
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Please advise. Can't decide on a tow vehicle.

I had my eye on a 2004 Ford F-250 with a 6L diesel motor but was told on another forum that those trucks are problematic. Thing is, I know little about diesel trucks so I am hoping someone here can chime in about the F250. Lastly, what do you guys pull with? I am buying a 28' FC.

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Old 10-22-2014, 08:34 PM   #2
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Well, there are still a bunch of them on the road...

We have a 2012 Chevy.. Duramax... 4x4.. 2500.. pulling our 34' 1999.. very nice..

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Old 10-22-2014, 09:09 PM   #3
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I'm a fan of the F250/350. Had 4 of them up through a 2008 6.4. Had 2004 6.0 but glad I traded it at 27K miles. Now back in a 1997 7.3 that I wouldn't trade for anything. If you can find a 7.3 turbo diesel, you would be lucky but it won't be fancy. If a nicer truck is what you want, look beyond the 6.0.
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Old 10-22-2014, 09:44 PM   #4
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Can't decide on a tow vehicle

We have a 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty that we tow our new 2015 28ft Flying Cloud with. It has the 6.7 diesel and has not been a problem. The 6.7 seemed to fix the problems of the 6.0 It is dependable, has good power and fuel economy. We are getting around 14.5 mpg towing the 28ft.
It does use DEF (fluid) to help manage the emissions, which some people do not like. I think Ford hit a home run with this model. This year I had the Ford dealership change the OEM fuel tank, which is only 26 gallons, with a Titon 50 gallon replacement fuel tank It is engineered to fit in the space occupied by the OEM tank. I now have a driving range of 650-700 miles per tank.
As a previous poster said, the 7.3 is a great motor. They are hard to find and command a premium price. My brother-in-law has a 2001 7.3 350 with over 125,000 miles on it. He uses it to pull a 34 ft horse trailer and has never had any problems with the engine.
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:37 PM   #5
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Ditto on Silverbee post. We just drove 504 miles one way to pick up a 2012 Ford F250 XLT with towing package. Sway control & brake control built in. Nice plug in with seven way and 4 way on bumper with one unit. The truck had 13800 miles. It is by all means not all loaded but has more than I can understand at this point with all the steering wheel controls etc.
My 06 Ram 2500 Cumins had good fuel mileage and range. Unfortunately the Cumins was still too much for an automatic trans. Get a standard. Original trans rebuilt at 97000 miles, rebuilt again at 147000 and again at 170000. Front end literally fell out at 137000. AC replaced twice. Loved it even with all the problems. Easy puller.
Really like the Ford. Tremendously easier to drive and the turning radius feels very tight.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:39 AM   #6
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For work I've driven the F-450 (2010) and the F-550, both with the 6.0. Both great motors at first, tons of power, pulled a 51 ft Dominator trailer that was about 20,000 lbs. both trucks blew head gaskets. Both trucks had to have the fuel injection rebuilt... We sold the F-550, still have the 450, about 125,000 miles, and runs like crap. Just my experience.

I tow The LoveStream (tm) with a 2000 F-250 5.7L gasser, 130,000 miles so far, no troubles.

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Old 10-23-2014, 09:51 AM   #7
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The 6.0L diesel did have some problems - many related to emission systems/solutions.

If I recall, the EGR cooler and the head bolts were the worst - not big deals in themselves but failure led to engine damage. There are known, well proven fixes. There is a chance some of these fixes have already been done to the truck you are looking at.

Common 6.0L Power Stroke Problems

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Old 10-23-2014, 10:05 AM   #8
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We have a 2013 Ram 2500 to pull our 30' Classic. We average about 14mpg + towing, and 21mpg not towing with two kayaks on top. Engine only has 16k miles...technically "not broken in"....Love it.

With a tail wind we had 15mpg!!!
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:09 AM   #9
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I bought a 2001 F250 7.3 Diesel with 320000 Miles on it and had no Problem with the Motor at all ....
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:20 AM   #10
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We have a 2015 F-250 diesel (6.7 liters) and wouldn't trade it for anything else! In my opinion, it's the perfect tow vehicle.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:25 AM   #11
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My choice would be a big block Suburban. Any style. As long as the vehicle itself is in good shape, you can't beat it. Tows anything, drives nice, is comfortable. Lots of parts available. When my BB Suburban is running again it will tow my Airstream instead of my BB Silverado. Which in and of itself is an excellent tow vehicle.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:39 AM   #12
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Before you drop a dime on a towing vehicle, know this: you DO NOT need a hulking rig to tow that 28' Airstream. I tow my 34' Panamerica just fine with my V8 2010 Tundra! Go to CanAm RV (Canada) and view their articles on safe towing. I'm just saying, you can keep some cash in you pockets!
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:49 AM   #13
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We are towing a 28 Intl with this 2014 Ram 1500 ecodiesel. Absolutely no problems or hesitations. ... and we do like the 30 mpg without the 'Stream ... and the 18-20 mpg when pulling it. We never owned a diesel before but this one is very nice ... and lastly, we like that the emissions are gone because of the Blue DEF.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:52 AM   #14
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Towing is only part of the issue, don't forget payload on your rear axle, braking, and how it drives. I had a Ford f 150 and loved the truck. Because of the payload factor, we up sized to the 6.7 super duty.

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