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Old 06-25-2021, 06:46 AM   #1
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F250 Crew or Super Cab

Still in my research phase and looking at trucks. Weíre a retired couple looking to pull small fifth wheel and Iím trying to keep the truck as small in length as possible to make the truck more maneuverable in town when not pulling the RV.

My question is, with just two people in the vehicle and no pets, do I compromise much by going with the slightly shorter Super Cab vs the longer Crew Cab? Maybe a dumb question but Iím sure someone out there has used or owned both types.

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Old 06-25-2021, 06:48 AM   #2
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You will probably gain payload and not have the space for a ton of extra crud that the back seat will accumulate! Test drive and see!
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Old 06-25-2021, 07:00 AM   #3
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We went from a 1500 crew cab to the F-250 SuperCab and so far the smaller space hasn't caused us any issues. The vast majority of the time it is just the 2 of us and no pets. On occasion one of our adult daughter's comes along. No complaints from her at this point so from my perspective it's not an unreasonable compromise. I would second some test drives and spending a little time in the cab. We are very happy with the switch and it is working well for us. Best of luck!
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Old 06-25-2021, 07:02 AM   #4
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I have a F-250 crew cab short bed that I use the back seat area all the time to keep things dry.

To be honest the F-250 is clumsy when trying to park. Probably both model will be clumsy.

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Old 06-25-2021, 07:55 AM   #5
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I have an F-150 Supercab w/ the 8' bed, 163" wheelbase. ALL these trucks are a pita to park in congested parking lots. The key to parking in these situations though is to simply back into spots. I can back into a spot in a congested Costco parking lot almost as quickly as a person can drive into. It's also easy with your big mirrors and backup cameras.

Or walking is good for you, just park a little further out where there's multiple free spaces that you can just drive into. It's honestly never been a problem, unless you think you can just drive into a spot, you will be frustrated as you see saw back and forth trying to get into a tight spot.

Only other issue with a Super cab (suicide doors) vs a Super Crew (regular doors) is the door dance you do, again only in a tight congested parking lot. To get to the back seat, you have to open your front door, then open your back door, but now you're "trapped" between both doors. Now close the front door, lightly, as there's no catch. Or open your back door fully so it's next to the box. Place items in back seat, then do the door dance again to close both doors. I don't mind doing this the few times a year we find ourselves boxed in, but my wife absolutely hates it. Again eliminated by parking a little further out.

The back seat in my truck is pretty cramped for a full size adult on a longer trip without much leg room, our two small dogs typically ride back there and they've never complained. FIL has same truck as me but in the SuperCrew format with 6.5' bed and his back seat room is cavernous compared to mine.

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Old 06-25-2021, 08:10 AM   #6
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Check the overall length and wheel base difference between the two. I bet it’s only a few inches, and you wouldn’t notice any significant difference when parking.
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Iíve owned both a super cab and a crew cab. My last four trucks have been crew cabs and they are my preference. We use the back for storage and find the normal doors make access easier. As far as parking goes I canít say that Iíve noticed any difference. They both are not fun in busy tight parking lots. I just park further out where there is generally more parking spots and walk. As a side note my latest truck has the 360 degree camera system which I thought was gimmicky. Well I thought wrong as I find it very useful when in those tight parking spots.
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Old 06-25-2021, 08:53 AM   #8
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Just FYI, if you get a diesel F250 you may find the payload rating to be low/marginal for many 5th wheels. Diesel engine is heavy and takes a large bite out of the payload. F350's are the same length, don't cost much more, and have a better payload rating to handle the pin weights of 5th wheels.

Suggest you find the 5th wheel you want, Look at the GVWR of the 5th wheel, assume 20% of the GVWR will be the pin weight. Then select a pickup with enough payload to handle the pin weight PLUS the weight of all passengers and items you wil carry anywhere in the truck.

As far as parking lots, IMHO there isn't much difference between Extended Cab and Crew Cab... nor F250 vs F350.

Ironically, the F450 Dually Pickup with the "wide track" front axle actually turns tighter and is easier to manuever than a F250 or F350.
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Old 06-25-2021, 09:35 AM   #9
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I have had both a F-450 8' bed and now F-250. The F-450 was much easier to park. I got spoiled.

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Old 06-25-2021, 09:51 AM   #10
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Look at F350's. Price is comparable and if you're full timing you'll want more payload since you'll be hauling more than the average weekend warrior types.

You'll lose 12" in OAL with a Scab 6.5" box vs the Screw with 6.5" box. Bed size is the same. 12'x5'x3' is 15 cu.ft of lost volume behind the drivers seat.
The thing that turns me off about Scabs is when parked in parking lots like getting grocery's etc, you always have to open the front door to open the rear door then swing the rear door open all the way to get access to the rear seating area.
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Old 06-25-2021, 10:08 AM   #11
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I'm in the same boat and would definitely go with the Supercab to lessen the OA length; harder to find though, unfortunately.

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Old 06-26-2021, 06:22 AM   #12
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You're gonna sell that truck one day.

I'm in the used car business, don't recall anyone ever asking for a extended cab.

It's regular cab or crew cab.
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Old 06-26-2021, 06:42 AM   #13
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If retired and going fulltime I would want the most truck I could get. Retired - I would not go out with the general public (working people) very often. No rush hour or weekends for example. I would shop while others are at work so parking would not be a big deal.

To pull a 5th wheel I would want a 8' bed. Just easier the whole way around with an 8' bed.

Agree with get a F-350. But with a crew cab and 8' bed and pull a mid sized 5th wheel. I was a snowbird for 6 years with a Ford dually and 5th wheel. I never felt like I had too much truck. My hobby was kayaking so the 8' bed came in handy hauling multiple kayaks.

A F-250 will limit your 5th wheel selection way too much. Get a F-350 with the extra GVWR package. I am thinking it is a 12,200lb GVWR package. A F-250 with only have a 10,000lb. GVWR.
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Old 06-26-2021, 06:58 AM   #14
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taking it one step further.... Ford super duty Crew Cab/long bed gets you the 48 gallon fuel tank. The shorter variants have 36 gallons. That's an extra 100 miles when towing. Yes, I park far out in the lot, and my turning radius is larger than the shorter truck.
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