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Old 02-23-2021, 03:45 AM   #1
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Need bigger tow vehicle

First off we did the classic thing of our eye balls are bigger than our truck - meaning we just brought home a 2020 Keystone Springdale 27TH toy hauler. We own a 2015 F150 CC 3.5 ecoboost.
Itís too small... trailer muscles around truck pretty good. We have the Anderson WD hitch - it works, but still trailer is too much for the truck.

So now should we upgrade to the F250 or F350?
Iím looking at two 15 model years, one in 250 Ext cab long bed 4x4 and the other only difference is itís a 350 crew cab.

Trailer has stated weights of 9690lbs gvwr. Which is within my F150 stated trailer weight ratings from Ford. (That is not true as I found out)
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Old 02-23-2021, 04:47 AM   #2
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I would pick a F-350 over a F-250 all day long. I think in 2015 the F-350 has a 11,300lb GVWR and the F-250 has a 10,000lb GVWR.
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I'd go with the F-350. They are essentially the same truck but the 350 has more rear axle capacity. This won't make any difference for towing a travel trailer but if you ever wanted to switch to a 5th wheel it will come in handy.

But first check your state's registration fee schedule. Some states will charge exhorbitant rates for vehicles over 10,000 lbs. The F-250 is designed to come in at just under that.
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You already have a truck that is too light. Go for the F350 and you won't be sorry. NOBODY has ever complained that their truck does the job too well.
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Old 02-23-2021, 07:21 AM   #5
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I had a 2017 F250 Powerstroke and a toyhauler. Too much trailer, now I have a 2021 F350 longbed.

F350 is more capable and rides BETTER than my 2017 somehow.
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Get the F350. This is for the future trailer you will buy.

I have yet to hear of anyone complaining about having too much truck.

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I'd go with the F-350. They are essentially the same truck but the 350 has more rear axle capacity. This won't make any difference for towing a travel trailer but if you ever wanted to switch to a 5th wheel it will come in handy.

But first check your state's registration fee schedule. Some states will charge exhorbitant rates for vehicles over 10,000 lbs. The F-250 is designed to come in at just under that.
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Old 02-23-2021, 09:55 PM   #8
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Wow a F150 eco that's admits the trucks too small to tow! Your going to be disowned. Now the answer, the difference in the F250/350 is the spring pack other wise same truck. https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/index.php
The license requirements something you need to check IF that matters to you not sue how much difference.

I have owned 2 F250's and 2 F350's and will never go smaller again. I have never heard anyone say he had too much truck.
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link to the actual axle discussion; https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...-question.html
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I am more and more convinced the axle on a F-250 and F-350 SRW are the same. I know the rest of the truck is identical except the leaf spings and badging.

So, can you add air bags to a F-250 and have a F-350? I now am thinging 'probably'.
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Since you are buying a 15MY, if the price is very close, 350 all the way. Why not beefier rear leaf and greater payload? If 350 is significantly more expensive, 250 would do, you just won’t have the capacity to tow a 5er if you upgrade the trailer in the future, but it should handle your current trailer no problem. You could add a pair airbag to beef up the rear. 250 and 350 is the same except the rear leaf, at least for the current gen.
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I am more and more convinced the axle on a F-250 and F-350 SRW are the same. I know the rest of the truck is identical except the leaf spings and badging.

So, can you add air bags to a F-250 and have a F-350? I now am thinging 'probably'.
Physically, I guess you can. Registration and DOT-wise, certainly no. In PA, you gotta pay extra $100 per year to register a 1 ton SRW over 3/4 ton.

I’m not sure if the axle are the same for the 15MY.
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I am more and more convinced the axle on a F-250 and F-350 SRW are the same. I know the rest of the truck is identical except the leaf spings and badging.

So, can you add air bags to a F-250 and have a F-350? I now am thinging 'probably'.
If you bolt F350 rear springs onto an F250 (assuming all other things are equal - ie. engine selection) then mechanically you have an identical truck to an F350 SRW.....but as Nicky said, that doesn't change the legal numbers....so just as safe? yep.....just as legal? nope.


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I will not get in to the weight ratings on this or that but I will tell you if you ever think about a 5th wheel upgrade you going to wish you had a F350 SRW at a bare min. The F250 can only deal with about a 10~11,000lb 5th wheel. The F350 single rear wheel can haul up to about 15,000lbs 5th wheel.

I agree with you that a 10,000 lb trailer behind a 1/2 ton truck is foolish but owners do it every day. Having to much truck is never a bad thing .
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