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Old 10-31-2019, 07:18 PM   #57
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You will like towing as the ride gets better when towing. Alot better.
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Old 10-31-2019, 07:51 PM   #58
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Oh I know, I use a 450 and 550 at work to tow boats, I cringe when I take the 550 empty, swear the trucks look like they are 10 ft long lol regular cab with aluminum flat beds. They are great for manuvering around inside buildings when we set up boat shows or delivering boats to people's yards but if you don't have 20k in tow, the 550 will kill you, the 450 is no joy, but not as bad
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Old 11-01-2019, 09:39 AM   #59
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My 2012 F-450 solo was ok driving at 55 mph but it did not going highway speeds without a trailer. I could not imagine how painful it would be driving a F-550 solo.

The F-450/550 will really be better with a 10 speed transmission.
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:12 AM   #60
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My 2012 F-450 solo was ok driving at 55 mph but it did not going highway speeds without a trailer. I could not imagine how painful it would be driving a F-550 solo.

The F-450/550 will really be better with a 10 speed transmission.
You had the 450 that was a 350 on steroids. More of a tow boss package. The 08-10 450s and some point around 15 they beefed them back up like the c&c trucks. I would have to imagine that yours drove better than the other iterations of the 450 with its 19.5 wheels. I dont know if the suspension was different or not. Either way, theyre all a miserable ride.
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Old 11-03-2019, 06:44 AM   #61
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GMC 4500 here. i put bilsteins on the front and found through searching of extended and retracted shock lengths a monroe that works well on the rear. does it ride like a car or 350 no. its a truck. always a truck and will always ride like a truck. it has improved greatly. But when it comes time to put the 5ver on it. No sweat. No squat no worries. Got enough truck under me and it turns so much better then any 3500 i ever had. With rewards there are the not so fun things. you get use to it. and you dont get many that choose to ride along. so no back seat drivers.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:15 PM   #62
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Got the truck Friday night, drove around Friday and Saturday, put the hitch in it and tool box before my parents headed home ( they bought my other truck to pull my other camper they just bought also, win win) Hitched up at noon today, dropped my wife off at the outlets to shop while I went for a ride in the hills. I couldnt be more happy with everything, besides trying to figure out the cockpit, thank Christ my wife is good with computers! One thing that I do have to figure out is, while waiting in the parking lot of the outlet stores I was looking for the door keypad code behind the passengers side kick panel, I still havent found it, but I was moving wires around and the truck shut off, I believe it was because it was idling for 30 minutes ( i know its not good) so when I went and started it back up I now have a check engine light, any ideas? I will scan it after work tomorrow and see what it is. Other than that the truck is Awesome! Thanks again for everyones input.
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:47 PM   #63
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My understanding the F-450 was neutered model years 2011 thru 2016. In 2017 model year it was beefed again up similar to the 2010 with 19.5" wheels.
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The key pad code should be on a card in the owners manual packet. Else maybe a Ford Dealer can get it for you.

Hey, wipe that smile off your face when driving that truck.

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My understanding the F-450 was neutered model years 2011 thru 2016. In 2017 model year it was beefed again up similar to the 2010 with 19.5" wheels.
The 08-10 trucks had an s110 rearend instead of the d80. I dont know if the newer trucks got that one or not. Theres a 15 f450 with the 29.5s at woltz and wind ford in carnegie.
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Old 11-07-2019, 04:30 PM   #66
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I have a 2011 F-350 6.7 turbo SRW pulling a 38ft DRV mobil suites. No problems at all and I figured I didn't want to drive a dulley for 345 days a year not pulling anything so I could have double wheels for 20 days a year pulling my rig. No regrets.
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:05 PM   #67
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I went through some of the same math and bought a class 6 4 door..
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I've fulltimed for 10 years now & started out with a 2008 F450 King Ranch diesel dually with 4:88 rear end. Loved the truck & it towed beautifully, but only got around 8mpg towing & 10mpg when not. Last year upgraded to a 2017 F350 Platinum diesel dually with 3:55 rear end. I can tell the difference in power when towing, but the 2017 still does a fine job & I get 9-10mpg towing & 15mpg when not.
BUT A MUCH BIGGER CONCERN should be the insurance. The F450 is classified differently than the F350 for insurance purposes. My F450, at the time I traded it in, was costing $781. The day I picked up the 2017 F350 & called the insurance co. I was quoted over $3,300 dollars per year. The difference is partly due to the difference in classification of the two vehicles. Also, because of the popularity of the F350 for towing 5ers, there are a lot of accident claims, so the insurance rates have skyrocketed on the F350s. Just make sure you're aware of the insurance cost before you buy.
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:53 PM   #69
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You would be wise to check out the 2020 GMC or Chevy 3500 ARE. They are rated at 21000 lbs. The transmission is 10 speed Allison. The truck is 2 1/2 " wider and 3 1/2 " longer so you do not need a slider. I drove a 2500 but have to wait for a 3500 are because of the strike. I have had several GMC diesels and the 2020 is worth waiting. MSRP on the Denali is approaching $ 80,000.
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Get the dually.

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