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Old 07-22-2015, 07:47 AM   #15
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I have a F250 Lariat with one of the last 7.3 motors--with an 80 hp econo tuner. At 13 years old and 125K miles, it looks like new. And it's still worth a bunch on the used truck market.

The F series truck was just a fantastic design, with great interiors, trim and suspension. Competition has pushed Ford to come up with a new design F250 in 2017--after a 18 year run.

My truck came with a 100K engine warranty, however my truck never has seen a Ford dealership. I had a tie rod end and a joint in the tie rod wear out--inexpensive repairs. I got my first wheel alignment at 115K miles. The 3/4 ton/1 ton trucks are just so durable and truly trouble free.

All the modern diesel engines are very, very strong and the mid range power of diesels unloaded makes them perform so well. Mine will run 60-80 mph in 4 seconds flat--strong passing gear.

I can see keeping my truck another 10 years, and turning it over to my grandson who'll be 17 years old. I would say that my truck's been quite a value in transportation.

Costs scaring you? Go with an XLT cab instead of a Lariat and it'll just about offset the cost of the diesel engine.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:51 PM   #16
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Costs scaring you? Go with an XLT cab instead of a Lariat and it'll just about offset the cost of the diesel engine.

X2, Also if budget is an issue you could get a 2wd F250 and save a few grand.
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Old 07-22-2015, 01:12 PM   #17
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If the truck cannot handle that weight, why does Ford put those numbers on it.
I assume your asking about the huge 2750 lb payload Ford gave the truck.

We as RVers put just about all of our load in the trucks bed over the rear axles or sometimes behind.

Other F150HD owners don't.
Joe Smith is a plumber and has the same truck with a overhead rack that sits on the trucks frame in front of the truck and in the bed. He can load his rack so the 2750 lbs is spread over the trucks front axle and its rear axle. So sure this truck because of the OH rack could carry 2750 lbs.

Keep in mind Fords doesn't make these trucks just for RV folks to pull or carry a RV.

The F150 HD EB engine won't have any issues pulling its tow ratings or carrying its max 4800 RAWR .
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I assume your asking about the huge 2750 lb payload Ford gave the truck.

We as RVers put just about all of our load in the trucks bed over the rear axles or sometimes behind.

Other F150HD owners don't.
Joe Smith is a plumber and has the same truck with a overhead rack that sits on the trucks frame in front of the truck and in the bed. He can load his rack so the 2750 lbs is spread over the trucks front axle and its rear axle. So sure this truck because of the OH rack could carry 2750 lbs.

Keep in mind Fords doesn't make these trucks just for RV folks to pull or carry a RV.

The F150 HD EB engine won't have any issues pulling its tow ratings or carrying its max 4800 RAWR .
Bear in mind that they're talking about the F150 with the camper package and the maximum weight package--about $2K combined. Most 1/2 ton trucks you find on dealer lots have springs and shocks out of an old Crown Victoria , and they will not be configured for RV'ing. You might have to special order one equipped properly.
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:25 PM   #19
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Thanks for the replies. Most of you are saying much of what I thought but you read around and everybody talks about the F150 HD having no problem pulling what I am looking at.

If the truck cannot handle that weight, why does Ford put those numbers on it. If I am within weight specs for GVWR, RAWR, GCWR, etc then would not ford be liable if something happened to the truck?

I also have read that wheel base is important ... the wheel base of the 150 and 250 are the same. So the only big difference I see is the weight of the truck along with the larger axle and maybe brakes (not even sure here).

For the 6.2l gasser I have read that the towing gas mileage is horrible, around 6-7 mpg since it has to rev up to 5000 rpm to get the torque/hp needed. Would think I would pay for the diesel fairly quickly at that rate. Any thoughts on that?

Also the trailer is 31' box, 35.5' tongue to spare tire.
What was your miliage pulling this thing with your current EB? From what I understand the ecoboosts get aweful milage when towing????

Looking under the 150 and 250... Look at the frame and the axle... Tell me which one you want pulling a 36' monster TT.

Except I forgot.. its a super magic Ecoboost... they can tow anything!
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A 2500 or SRW 3500 will be a better choice than any 1/2 ton.
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This was a great post with great questions and answers. A lot of people have these questions and I am a women who has been researching this very thing for a while now as the dream for a 35 ' trailer is coming closer to reality...It makes me so furious at each RV show when the dealer or salesman there says'... "this trailer can easily be towed with a 1/2 ton truck". My response now ...after researching and reading and listening to all the experienced drivers in these forums are " sure if you just want to go up the road on flat surface... when there is no wind, rain or speed involved.... sure it will pull it". I think it's very irresponsible of dealers to say this to people... because the uneducated person who does not know the skinny on this thinks... I have a truck it has a hitch... I can pull that.... NO PROBLEM.... and now they have invested in a trailer that is not safe as it follows behind the truck. ..... I know it's all about the sale for dealerships, but it puts many people in danger every day. Just my opinion... Thanks for all the information from all of you experienced drivers. It's very helpful to hear what others have and know.
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If you are towing anything substantial, a lot of the time, go bigger. We own a F150 Ecoboost and a F250 PSD, and there is no comparison. The F150 does tow quiet nicely behingd our DP, and the 250 does not. So that's a plus.
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This was a great post with great questions and answers. A lot of people have these questions and I am a women who has been researching this very thing for a while now as the dream for a 35 ' trailer is coming closer to reality...It makes me so furious at each RV show when the dealer or salesman there says'... "this trailer can easily be towed with a 1/2 ton truck". My response now ...after researching and reading and listening to all the experienced drivers in these forums are " sure if you just want to go up the road on flat surface... when there is no wind, rain or speed involved.... sure it will pull it". I think it's very irresponsible of dealers to say this to people... because the uneducated person who does not know the skinny on this thinks... I have a truck it has a hitch... I can pull that.... NO PROBLEM.... and now they have invested in a trailer that is not safe as it follows behind the truck. ..... I know it's all about the sale for dealerships, but it puts many people in danger every day. Just my opinion... Thanks for all the information from all of you experienced drivers. It's very helpful to hear what others have and know.
I wish your reply could be read by all the dealers and manufactures of RV's and trucks. It's 100% correct and states the problem simply.

Thanks for your insight.
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X2, Also if budget is an issue you could get a 2wd F250 and save a few grand.
X3 if you buy one slightly used. My 2wd Ram 2500 Cummins HO had 28,000 miles on it and it was a STEAL.

More importantly on a used diesel, it makes the residual resale value even more in your favor. I know I could sell my truck tomorrow for about what I paid for it two years ago. The premium you pay for a diesel is not just an upfront cost. That value stays with the vehicle.

Try to find a cheap, used VW diesel car... they have almost no depreciation in the first 10 years. To the point where it makes more sense to buy a new one if you adjust for inflation.
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I've had both. My trailer weighs approximately 7000 pounds unloaded. Get the F250 6.7 Power Stroke diesel and never look back. There is absolutely no comparison between the two trucks. The F250 diesel is worth every extra cent.
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