Originally Posted by Brooklynkid
What year is your F-150 and what is it's towing capacity and payload capacity ratings? I noticed it said 2013 on your profile, is this correct? Seems like the new 2021 F-150's have increased both max payload capacities and towing significantly over the past 8 years with the new 2021's with twin turbo V6 pulling up to 14,000 pounds. I just purchased a 2021 25FB International and have been deciding between the new 2021 F-150 and the F-250. I've had many people tell me the new F-150 would be the better overall vehicle choice. Definitely a decision that I am taking serious so would love to hear thoughts. Thanks!
I tow a 28í with a 2020 F150 3.5 XLT ecoBoost. Tows great. This is why I chose the F150 and not the F250.
1) F250 is big. I have to get in and out of driveways as an appraiser. Itís hard enough with an F150. The turning radius on F250 is horrible and the truck is longer. It is also 4 inches higher making getting into the bed etc more difficult.
2) Terrible gas mileage when not towing. The best mileage to expect is about 15mpgs on the highway with an F250 when not towing. Compare that to 22mpgs with an F150, and it was a no brainer. Since I am driving without the trailer far more than with the trailer the economics didnít warrant an F250.
3) Better ride in the F150. I know people will say hardly notice the difference. But I did. Maybe not so much while towing (I didnít get a chance to try), but while not towing I could definitely tell the difference when I tested it. It took me about 1 mile to say, ďNo thanks.Ē
4) I towed my 28í with a 2017 F150, and it was just fine.
So now the question is payload. Yes the payload on an F250 is more. But again, we donít pack heavy enough to warrant it. So maybe I might be over 100lbs once in a while. Is that justification for buying an F250 for the few times I might be a bit over. I didnít think so. I just pack the light bulky stuff in the bed of the pickup. Itís just me, my wife, and our 50lb dog. Wife weighs 110lbs wet, and I am about 188lbs. 150lbs is excluded for driver weight as well as full tank of gas. My payload is about 1700lbs. My tongue weight is 1100lbs. So Iím good. Close enough.
But if you are the kind of person that is taking a 4 wheeler and the ďkitchen sinkĒ and 2 other people with you then an F250 might be essential. I donít know. I just know for what we use the trailer for it made no sense.
Thatís where everyone has to kind of make a personal decision. I can only tell you my process.