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Old 10-15-2020, 05:16 AM   #1
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I'm trying to find F-350 with the 6.2 and 4.30 gears

I'm planning on upgrading from my 2018 White Hawk 26rk to a Eagle HT 25.5REOK (or similar). My current tow vehicle is a 2014 Tundra, so I'll have to upgrade my truck first. I do plan on occasionally towing doubles with the new rig, my 500lb utility trailer with my 1400lbs side by side. I'm looking for a used 2017 and up Ford Super Duty with the 6.2 and 4.30 gearing, I also would like the Lariat or higher trim. I do find some F-250, but they don't seem to have enough payload. Does anybody have any advice on finding them? I have been using Auto Trader and putting "4.30" in the keyword search bar. I really don't want a diesel, I understand the luxury of one, I drive semi for a living, but I really don't want the potential repairs and expenses. Any other advice on what to look for on these Super Duties?
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Not familiar with the various years or options for the Super Duty because I only looked briefly at the 2019s, but if they have an 8 or 10 speed transmission I wouldn't worry too much about the rear end ratio.

I'm a big fan of diesel, but I agree in a Super Duty you really don't need it. I would look though for the larger tank size (again not remembering the options).
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Old 10-15-2020, 02:22 PM   #3
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They are out there but you should really spring for the 7.3 Godzilla.
I had a 19 with the 6.2 and 3:73 gears pulling a 10K# ORV 24RLS. It pulled it well but it was definitely working and winding hard on hills.
Traded it in for a 20 with the 7.3 and 3:73's and it is an entirely different experience.
The 7.3 wants to pull and with the 10 spd it pulls seamlessly.
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Old 10-15-2020, 03:19 PM   #4
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How much payload do you think you need? A 2017 or newer gas powered F-250 will have around 3,200lbs of payload.

Back in late 2017 -

I tried to find a 2017/2018 F-350 upper trim level 6.2 gas but all the upper trim levels were diesel. I was able to find a 2017 2WD w/locking rear differential Lariat with the Lariat Ultimate Package which in 2017 included that panoramic sunroof. I really liked this truck until the 2020's came out...ugh

My truck has a occupant / cargo capcity of 3,497lbs. I would tow that small Jayco 5th wheel with my truck.

I do not have the 5th wheel prep package which I would have liked to have.

A F-350 is likely to have the 5th wheel prep that I would think you will want.

Agree with look at a new F-350 just to see what kind of deal you can get. I think 72 months zero interest is still in effect.
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Not familiar with the various years or options for the Super Duty because I only looked briefly at the 2019s, but if they have an 8 or 10 speed transmission I wouldn't worry too much about the rear end ratio.

I'm a big fan of diesel, but I agree in a Super Duty you really don't need it. I would look though for the larger tank size (again not remembering the options).
Thank you, the larger tank size is what I'm looking for. My biggest complaint about my Tundra is the tiny 26g tank, that reads empty with 6g left in the tank.
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They are out there but you should really spring for the 7.3 Godzilla.
I had a 19 with the 6.2 and 3:73 gears pulling a 10K# ORV 24RLS. It pulled it well but it was definitely working and winding hard on hills.
Traded it in for a 20 with the 7.3 and 3:73's and it is an entirely different experience.
The 7.3 wants to pull and with the 10 spd it pulls seamlessly.
Ya, I keep "building" F-350s with the 7.3 on the Ford website. It might come to that, but that's a lot of money.
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How much payload do you think you need? A 2017 or newer gas powered F-250 will have around 3,200lbs of payload.

Back in late 2017 -

I tried to find a 2017/2018 F-350 upper trim level 6.2 gas but all the upper trim levels were diesel. I was able to find a 2017 2WD w/locking rear differential Lariat with the Lariat Ultimate Package which in 2017 included that panoramic sunroof. I really liked this truck until the 2020's came out...ugh

My truck has a occupant / cargo capcity of 3,497lbs. I would tow that small Jayco 5th wheel with my truck.

I do not have the 5th wheel prep package which I would have liked to have.

A F-350 is likely to have the 5th wheel prep that I would think you will want.

Agree with look at a new F-350 just to see what kind of deal you can get. I think 72 months zero interest is still in effect.
Okay, thanks, maybe I'll go talk to a dealer about it.
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Old 10-15-2020, 06:12 PM   #8
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Thank you, the larger tank size is what I'm looking for. My biggest complaint about my Tundra is the tiny 26g tank, that reads empty with 6g left in the tank.
34 gallon tank in my 6.2 with 4:30s. At 7.5 - 8.5 mpg when towing, it sure doesn't miss many gas stations! I don't believe there is a larger tank available for the gasser.
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Ya, I keep "building" F-350s with the 7.3 on the Ford website. It might come to that, but that's a lot of money.


Meh, your only worth what you owe.
Why not increase your net worth?
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:20 AM   #10
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34 gallon tank in my 6.2 with 4:30s. At 7.5 - 8.5 mpg when towing, it sure doesn't miss many gas stations! I don't believe there is a larger tank available for the gasser.
One additional advantage to diesel, besides generally better fuel mileage, is it's safer to carry additional fuel. They even make some in bed larger tanks, but that obviously cuts into payload. I think some will even transfer to the main tank while on the move.
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Diesel fuel has approx. 20% more btu per gallon of fuel vs gasoline. That accounts for the mpg gain and power.

But the complex emissions system on a diesel truck imho is the weak point.
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34 gallon tank in my 6.2 with 4:30s. At 7.5 - 8.5 mpg when towing, it sure doesn't miss many gas stations! I don't believe there is a larger tank available for the gasser.
A 48g fuel tank comes on the crew cabs w/8' beds and 176" wheelbase - both gas and diesel. My SuperCab long bed has the 34g so I carry a 5g jerry can and have yet to encounter a situation where I've needed to use it except for the generator.
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A 48g fuel tank comes on the crew cabs w/8' beds and 176" wheelbase - both gas and diesel. My SuperCab long bed has the 34g so I carry a 5g jerry can and have yet to encounter a situation where I've needed to use it except for the generator.
Ahhh...ok. Did not know that. No way to get the longbed in the garage so it wasn't an option. I actually have a 4" rise landing that makes up the front 5' of my garage. I had to buy 4" high rubber curb ramps so I could pull the 6.75 bed truck up onto this landing so that I could close the garage.

Sometimes it's not easy having a truck!
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Meh, your only worth what you owe.
Why not increase your net worth?
haha I better tell my wife that.
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