Originally Posted by Captainkoop
Awesome..based on your info the DW and are going to find a truck with the factory installed prep kit option.
Your best bet is to factory order your new F-250. Then you get exactly what you are willing to pay for, including choice of color and numerous odds and ends, such as the bed steps. If you order now you could be driving the new truck by about 22 July, and almost certainly by the end of July if the creek don't rise.
However, any decent Ford fleet manager can do a "dealer search" looking for your truck in stock or on the way to another dealer. Maybe a dealer not too far down the road already has your truck in stock or scheduled to be delivered soon. But it's doubtful you'll find one with the fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep pkg and the trim and color and other options you want.
I had to order my '99.5 F-250 to get even close to my choices of options. Later I also had to order my 2012 F-150 to get my choices of options. I even had to factory order my 2013 Toyota Venza. Long, long ago, I ordered my new 1965 Corvette Stingray coupe. Last year Darling Daughter wanted an F-150 with the special heavy duty payload pkg, but there were none in captivity, so she found an F-250 on the lot that was close to her desires.
If you order one, your dealer should be willing to sell it to you for invoice price, plus TT&L, minus Ford rebate.
You can "build and price" on Ford.com, get the MSRP price and know what options are available with what, then check on Edmunds.com or KBB.com to get the invoice price of the truck with those exact options.
If you hate haggling over price, you can get a Ford X-Plan Pin from any FoMoCo employee (not a dealership employee). Do a search on X-Plan to learn more.
But if you must be driving the new truck by July 4th, then it's too late to order one.