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Old 02-15-2020, 08:39 PM   #1
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3/4 Ton - Any Regrets?

What this forum needs is another ½ ton -vs- ¾ ton thread… but seriously… I’ve read a LOT (maybe too much) about how, and why, folks love their 250/2500 TV’s after moving up from a 150/1500. However, in all the reading, I’ve not come across anyone who regretted the move.


So, here is my question: Does anyone regret the move? If so, why?
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:14 PM   #2
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Nope, more payload is never a bad idea in my opinion.
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:19 PM   #3
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Old 02-15-2020, 09:51 PM   #4
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My only regret w our F250 diesel is we didn’t get the F350 SRW. The tongue weight of the 25FB is really high so we’re near the limits. The 4x4 diesel eats up too much payload in the 3/4 ton.

A 2wd 3/4 ton gasser has more payload so that would be OK , but I would never go away from diesel, so next truck will either be 1 ton diesel, or electric.

Never even considered a half ton.

BTW I might feel differently about a 1/2 ton if I lived somewhere flat. Our driveway is a 22% grade and the roads nearby are similarly mountainous. Factory exhaust brake is so great.

Also, our 3/4 ton is NOT a daily driver. It has its function at which it is excellent.

Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:32 AM   #5
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:44 AM   #6
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I loved our 1500 for everything except towing in mountains or hilly terrain. It had a 10 speed transmission and the constant changes in RPM's annoyed me.

The 2500 runs at a constant RPM and "feels" so much better.

No regrets here!
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Old 02-16-2020, 05:51 AM   #7
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No regret. 3/4T works great for me too.

I bought truck before the AS was in the pic, now I wish it was the 8' bed rather than SB but glad I have it.
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:08 AM   #8
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So, I recently sold my Ram 2500. I LOVED the truck but...
In the end I grew tired of parking it.
As a tow vehicle, as a hauler of stuff it was amazing.
It was far more confidence inspiring than my previous F-150 by the way.
I ended up replacing it with an Audi Q7 that has 400 pounds more payload capacity than my F-150 did by the way and I am fine with the swap.
3/4 ton trucks are awesome at what they do. Living with one as a daily driver takes some adjusting... even coming from a 1/2 ton.
The other thing that I found interesting is that although the trailer “feels” better behaved behind a truck, it is still moving around back there. You slowly become aware that the truck simply isolates you from what is happening a bit.
Eventually you learn to interpret the muted signs for what they really are...
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Old 02-16-2020, 06:42 AM   #9
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Thirteen years and 245000 miles later I do not regret going to the 3/4 ton diesel.

But that is me. You might be different.
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Our 2500 is no longer being made.
I can't speak for P/U's, but no regrets here.👍


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What this forum needs is another ½ ton -vs- ¾ ton thread… but seriously… I’ve read a LOT (maybe too much) about how, and why, folks love their 250/2500 TV’s after moving up from a 150/1500. However, in all the reading, I’ve not come across anyone who regretted the move.


So, here is my question: Does anyone regret the move? If so, why?
Hi

Sure, probably should have spent the $800 and gone from a F-250 to an F-350 .... More is better.

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Old 02-16-2020, 09:50 AM   #12
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What Bob said
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Old 02-16-2020, 10:49 AM   #13
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Had F150 towing 25'FC for 5 years with never a problem 35000 miles of towing. Went to the F250 Lariat Diesel now towing a 30' Classic. The F250 cruises at 70 mph at 1600 rpm meaning no strain what so ever and gets 10.5 to 12.4 mpg depending on terrain, can't complain.

My only adjustment has been parking the truck. The turn radius is wider and my 4'11" wife has more difficulty getting out of the truck. I feel very comfortable towing with the F250.
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Old 02-16-2020, 11:39 AM   #14
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Just the pleasure of driving a 3/4 diesel

There are many factors you can consider when making this decision, but for me, in the end it’s the pleasure of being able to safely drive our rig on any road grade without stress. We love mountains and with our Sierra 2500 diesel, I just can’t help blurting out to DW when we are towing our 28’ on hilly roads, “I just love this truck!”

You put it in tow/haul mode, turn on the exhaust brake, set a reasonable cruise control speed and let the Duramax-Allison combo do its thing. The truck was not designed to be a daily driver, it was built to tow and haul and that is what we use it for. I have noticed that when the cruise control is activated the management of the gear shifting and the engine RPM is a lot smoother, most noticeably in hilly terrain (in our neck of the woods we deal with grades which can reach 18-20%). Rarely need to apply the brakes and it's a lot more relaxing than the Dodge Caravan I used to drive towing a Coleman camper!

As for towing power, I can overtake trucks while driving up a hill on a highway! Got a 6 year extended warranty, free oil changes in the first two years (4 in total). So far not a single glitch, we are happy campers.
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Old 02-16-2020, 11:41 AM   #15
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I had regrets for buying the F250 instead of the F350. I didn't know the only difference was the extra leaf in the leaf pack. So I added another leaf! I also added the sulastic shocks to smooth it out.

http://www.sulastic.com/sa-01-f-sula...-for-rear-axle

Effectively gives you 1100 lbs. more payload (and yea I know legally it's not exactly kosher). But I now love my 350 truck.

Cost: $200 for two leaves. $399 for sulastic Shocks (looks like they raised the price to $420). $300 labor at my nearby shop. This requires a lift and "long" hydraulic support jacks to install these properly. Also, a cutting torch to cut the bolts short and a trip back in a week to re-torque all the bolts on the leaf pack and wheels.
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Old 02-16-2020, 11:54 AM   #16
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Nope, more payload is never a bad idea in my opinion.
Couldn't agree more.
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Old 02-16-2020, 11:57 AM   #17
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I just made the move in September. I have zero regrets. I would have gotten an F350 instead of a 250 but I could not find one with the options I wanted and I needed it relatively soon. The 250 with the diesel was absolutely wonderful on our nearly 3000 mile trip up and down the east coast at Christmas. I daily drive it in the winter (20 miles each way to work) and it isn't much different than the 150. A bit more stiffly sprung but less than my Miata that I drive in the winter. Small parking lots are tough but again, not much different than with the F150.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:17 PM   #18
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I own 3/4 one of many 3/4 Tons, several 1/2 ton, 1 full cab 8ft box 350 [1ton] very long but didn't have any prob w/parking even when so called experts said no way. Now have 3/4 has camper spec, [tow pkg.] off rd. 4 wheel, drive great for my use as I pull 31 ft. AS flat bed imp. trailers & var. other towables. What you spec. makes dif. for usage. IMO 350 w/dual wheels over kill for AS horse trailer ok. My exp. [legal 71 yrs] towing, spotting semi tr. farm wagons etc. is 75 yrs plus & do not hesitate to tow or drive trucks of any kind. Pur. what ever suits your need, do not listen to many so called experts they are not using your veh. The only thing dif. now would be extra cab or 4 door cab, nice to have groc. etc. inside instead of in bed but have suv. for these things.
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Years ago I had a 1970 Chevy CST-10 (1500). Didn’t tow at the time and likely wouldn’t have. I use a 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel for towing and absolutely love it for that purpose.

I do not love it as a daily driver. Just too big and bulky.

I also went with the extended cab and suicide half doors to access the rear. I think I’d go with 4-doors if ever buying another. Then again - with only a little over 100K miles on it I don’t see that happening in the near future.

No right or wrong here. I think I’m just a fan of having more than is needed so there’s lots of headroom rather than trying to get by with just enough which I fear puts more stress on the system.
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I tow with a Chevy van, started with a 1500, moved up to a 3500, it’s a world of difference, so my answer is—— no regrets! Bonus things: better brakes more horses same or better gasoline consumption. Plenty of dry secure space inside the van too.
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