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Old 12-19-2014, 05:48 PM   #1
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Super cab or super crew ?

I am looking at TV to tow an International signature 27fb. From all the information I gathered here I think a Ford f150 would be a good option.
This truck will only serve to tow the Airstream and since it will only be my wife and I using it I thought a super cab with a 6 1/2 ' bed would be perfect. Looking closely I realise that a super crew with a 5 1/2 ' bed has the same wheelbase.
Is it just a question of personnal preference or is there a logical reason why we should choose one over the other.
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Old 12-19-2014, 05:56 PM   #2
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check the cargo carrying capacity very carefully between the different choices possible.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:05 PM   #3
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All else being equal the super cab will have a slightly greater payload. I think personal preference is the real decision though.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:17 PM   #4
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Super Cab or Super Crew

We have the F250 Super Crew and really like it for the extra room. There are just 2 of us also, but the extra space is nice for carrying things that you don't want to put in the truck bed. The Super Crew costs more initially, but has a better resale value down the road. The Super Cab weighs less overall. Mainly it boils down to what you like.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:00 PM   #5
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Check the specs...

I have a 2003 F150 Supercab, it is on the light side based on the equipment and specs, it has a 6.5' bed, it is rated to tow 7100#.

We just looked at a 2009 Super Crew that is equipped to tow 11,000#. FWIW you can get the Super Crew with a 6.5' bed but they are scarce. I also have a 1996 F350 crew cab, but that is a totally different animal.

Part of it will depend on how you use the truck when you aren't towing as well as how much cab space you need. The new Super Crews have A LOT of extra interior space and with seats folded up you could probably spend the night back there if you had to.

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Old 12-19-2014, 07:04 PM   #6
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If you think you might want to have occasional passengers (day trips, etc.), look at the crew cab.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:26 PM   #7
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My vote goes to crew cab. You may end up using it for more than towing, I know I do.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:37 PM   #8
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Crew cab, groceries, etc much better choice
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:39 PM   #9
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Super Crew 4 Two

I opted for the F150 Super Crew Cab so that I could secure gear in the back, keep groceries cool in the summer and dry if raining, and occasionally carry passengers.
I'm still able to carry campfire wood, bicycles, and camp chairs in the bed.
( one of these days I need to get on the scales!)

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Old 12-19-2014, 07:59 PM   #10
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Its just about what you like. Super cab is significantly cheaper to buy. Our trucks double as work trucks and a 6 1/2' bed is a minimum for lumber and supplies.

The extra weight of the crew cab will reduce max payload but is insignificant for Airstreaming. Nothing E load range tries won't overcome.

Rear of supercab is plenty for kids or for picking up adults at the airport or on short trips. Mostly we just use it for stuff anyway.
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:36 PM   #11
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It all depends on what you use it for as my wife and I have the ext cab and it works great for us as we do carry our 150 cc or 300 cc scooter in our 6 1/2 foot box with the tailgate closed plus our lawn chairs ,BBQ,extra 5 gallons of gas ,generator,firewood.etc and pull the airstream at the same time , also if you go to the building supply stores you can carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood with the tailgate down , and the ext cab allows us to put croceries in the back seat, and if you ever have to carry passengers it works but it's not very comfortable for the rear passengers as the crew cab , ask yourself do I carry passengers more or cargo more . I couldn't do without my 6 1/2 foot box sometimes it not big enough .

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Old 12-20-2014, 11:16 AM   #12
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If you have a garage you might want to check overall length. Also look at the truck carry capacity. Some airstreams have tongue weights that eat up a lot of capacity. Dont forget to subtract dealer supplied options.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:25 AM   #13
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If the Ford Supercab had the same rear seat space and comfort as the Toyota Tundra Supercab it would be a no brainer. I drove a new F150 EB Supercrew with the 6 1/2' bed. The truck had leather. My wife sat in the back seat and though the were uncomfortable. The front seats seemed fine. The turning radius on this 157" wheelbase wasn't very good. Maybe its better on the 145" WB but this is comparing to my 2010 Double Cab Tundra. If you are planning just to carry a dog, ice chest and similar items the Supercab will be fine. Put the front seats at the desired driving position and then see how much space is available with the back seats retracted. If you need more then the Supercrew is needed but then you have to decide if you want one with the 5 1/2 or 6 1/2 bed.

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Old 12-20-2014, 11:30 AM   #14
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It all comes down to what you need. There are people on here who will claim anything more than a front seat in a pickup is stupid; for us, a configuration like that would make the pickup useless, because we use the back seat area for our cat cages, snacks for the road, passengers, etc. Heck, we had 6 people in our Ram two days after we bought it.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:40 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Hoboplayer View Post
If you have a garage you might want to check overall length. Hobo
As with any pickup, good advice. We have the F150 Super Crew and love it. The rear seats fold up and create a very large, open area in the back. Great for dogs & gear. Iím also able to load in my drums with cases and equipment case along with a guitar player & small amp... Important in inclement weather (guitar players tend look funny all wet). Also have been able to carry dressers, end tables, chairs, etc. from vintage stores there. Those fold-up rear seats make all the difference.

Another simple thing Ford did with this truck that I hadnít seen on my other trucks is with the sun visors. When you unhook one from it's cradle, the visor can slide 2-4Ē +/- along itís rail so that when you pull it to the drivers side window, you can slide it back & forth depending upon where the sun is. Can also slide it more towards the center for when the sun is smack-dab in the middle. I remember wondering years ago why they didnít do that on cars. Such a simple thing, really. But I digress...
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:48 AM   #16
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Total length of the 2015 F150s:

Shortest is regular cab 6.5 foot box: 17'6"
Longest is super cab 8.0 foot box: 20'9"
Crew cabs come in between those numbers.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:33 PM   #17
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Crew cab if you ever have passengers, either human or four-legged-
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:14 PM   #18
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Super Crew Cab.

Hi, if you ever plan on going anywhere with adults in the back seat, for any distance at all, you need/want the Super Crew Cab. There is also much more room for stuff inside too. I bought mine with a 5.5' bed because of the wheel base and the depth of my garage. Glad that I bought the 145" wheel base model. Also my dog needs plenty of room.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:48 PM   #19
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Little difference in purchase price when new ... much larger difference in price when sold or traded in down the road ... +++for the super crew.
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:34 PM   #20
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I pull my 25' Safari with a 2012 Super Crew with ecoboost engine. I wanted a super cab but couldn't fine a newer model since most folks seem to want the crew. Now I am very glad that I got the crew. It is simply a question of whether you want to store things inside or out. I have more than enough space for things I want to keep secure, including my dog, camera equipment, groceries, other purchases, hiking gear, etc.
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