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Old 04-09-2015, 05:05 PM   #71
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Splurge for the F350 if buying new anyway, it's about $600 more than the F250 and has higher payload and towing capacities. It will be the best $600 you ever spent
F-350 only has 1000 lbs heavier payload and exactly the same towing capacity as an F-250 per Ford specs. I was told by a Ford mechanic that the only difference is a 4" spacer and one extra spring. You can buy airbags to put on the F-250 for far less than 600 dollars.
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Check out Dodge, or Chevy/GMC with a dually or even a single rear wheel you won't need the Air Bags. I have a 2300 pin weight on my FW and pulled it with a 3/4 ton
GMC. It did great but I did upgrade to a 1 ton single wheel GMC last year. Now I don't have to worry about being over payload.
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F-350 only has 1000 lbs heavier payload and exactly the same towing capacity as an F-250 per Ford specs. I was told by a Ford mechanic that the only difference is a 4" spacer and one extra spring. You can buy airbags to put on the F-250 for far less than 600 dollars.
That's nearly 1/3 more payload, well worth it in my opinion. Especially if you care about being within legal weight limits. I find it highly unlikely you could get quality airbags with a compressor installed for less than $600, but even so on a $70,000 truck another $600 to not have that extra hassle of bags seems like a no brainer to me.
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Air bags can make a huge difference no matter what truck you have or what you are pulling.
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Air Bags

I have Air Bags on my hitch and I know they make a world of difference but with the trailer loaded with our "Stuff" our truck is level and handles extremely well, both trucks had the Z71 off road package and I'm sure that helped also, especially the 2015 because the package appears to be beefed up.
I just feel the more you add the more that can go wrong - or cause problems, I like to keep it simple which is hard to do these days.
Go with a 1 ton and don't look back.
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"You can buy airbags to put on the F-250 for far less than 600 dollars"

Not if you want to do it right. Bags, compressor, air tank and in cab controls are much more than $600
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F-350 only has 1000 lbs heavier payload and exactly the same towing capacity as an F-250 per Ford specs. I was told by a Ford mechanic that the only difference is a 4" spacer and one extra spring. You can buy airbags to put on the F-250 for far less than 600 dollars.
I would like to update this comment I made earlier. Actually the increase in payload is only 860 lbs.

Also to reply to "If you want to do it right" saying to add in cab controls, air compressor, air tank, etc. I carry one of the emergency jump batteries which also has a compressor. I bought it at Wally Land for around 85 dollars. It takes less than 5 minutes to air the bags and you don't constantly change the air pressure so all that extra expense can be easily justified to be spent elsewhere. Everyone needs to carry an emergency jump battery anyway. JMHO
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Why? Never needed one ever. Jumper cables are far cheaper and i never use those either except to help others.

860 pounds is only 140 less than 1000, still quite a significant increase. I've never heard of anyone complaining about having too much payload and if $600 is a bank breaker on a $32,000-70,000 truck purchase then you probably can't afford it at all. Your payments might go up by $2, haha!
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Only difference between F250 and F350 is a riser block and one additional leaf spring. Air bags can do the same thing. Exactly the same rear axle. Been discussed many many times on the super duty forums and the mechanics that work on them all agree they are the same. Oh yeah, and the badge says 350 instead of 250! Bahahaha!
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Won't get a dually in a 2500 though. Not near the payload. Tires are the only limit really. I also run bags on my 3500. Want my truck level towing
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Only difference between F250 and F350 is a riser block and one additional leaf spring. Air bags can do the same thing. Exactly the same rear axle. Been discussed many many times on the super duty forums and the mechanics that work on them all agree they are the same. Oh yeah, and the badge says 350 instead of 250! Bahahaha!
Regardless if thats accurate or not I'd rather have springs than bags and $600 is nothing on a 70,000k truck. If nothing else it gets you higher legal limits in case you cause an accident and it becomes an issue. Well worth it at any rate I'd say. If you're worried about $600 you might wanna rethink the whole purchase cause you probably won't be able to afford the fuel to pull anything with it anyways if that tiny amount of money had you all worked up.
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I have to worn that the SRW F350 has no more safety limits than an F250. One must realize that the rear springs will not give the stability required to tow more. I have more springs then the dually and mine is solid loaded and great unloaded. The taller spacers allows more spring travel to keep the drive line in spec. with same load.
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It's actually $895.00 more for an F350. Regardless it's well worth it. Unless you have to pay a higher registration fee.
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