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Old 08-10-2016, 04:16 PM   #1
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TV dilemma and questions

Okay here is my dilemma. I have a 2004 F150 with 175k miles on it and tow 25' 5th wheel with a UVW 6k GVW 8k and pin weight of 1k. So not only is my truck high in mileage but overloaded and need a 3/4 ton truck. My plan is to use this 5th wheel four or five years and upgrade to a class A MH. With that in mind I don't wish to spend $25 or $30k on the upgrade when that money can be used for the MH and will not need a big truck then. So that has me looking at used 250-2500 trucks in the 2010 model range, But they all have 100k miles on them.

I don't have a preference on gas,diesel or brand and don't need a fully loaded truck like a ford king ranch for example. Just need electric windows and AC, lol. Considering a basic F250 EL if I can get power windows.

If you were facing this decision what would you look for? I don't recall the years but heard ford had major problems with one of the diesel motors, think it was the 6.4? i could be wrong on the engine but want to avoid a model with a history of major issues!


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Old 08-10-2016, 05:08 PM   #2
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Modern engines can easily go more than 100,000 miles without issue. In the early days, once a vehicle got near 100,000 miles, it was 'worthless' and no one wanted it. Machining, lubrication, metallurgy, has made that a thing of the past. Diesels turn at a slower RPM, and are built to handle the higher pressures needed to ignite the fuel, so they can last many miles past the 100,000 mile mark.


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Old 08-10-2016, 05:40 PM   #3
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There are so many things to consider...

To spend low dollars on a diesel puts you in the age when the emissions systems are troublesome and expensive. Stay away from Ford Diesel engines built from 2004-2010. These are the 6.0 and 6.4L engines. Unless deleted and bullet proofed they are expensive to fix!

Since you pull with a gasser now, perhaps a low dollar gas 250 or 2500 would suite you best. They generally are less costly to repair and maintain and might get you by in the interim. They also provide a greater payload over a diesel.

You might want to look into buying a slightly used truck now and plan on having a vehicle of value 5 years from now when you move to a class "A". Don't forget to look at the estimated sale price of you TV down the road. You will recoup some of today's purchase price.

How handy are you with the wrenches? Can you perform maintenance/repairs on your own or do you have to rely on someone else? An older TV will come with more frequent breakdowns...

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