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BillandCarole

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Posted: 07/12/18 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Everyone
I’m in the process of buying/ordering a new F250 Turbo Diesel Lariat Crew Cab. It will primarily be used for towing our 30 ft., 8K lbs 5th whl. The 8K figure is scale weight as it rolls down the road with a 10K gross, 1900 lb pin wt. Occasionally I have to do this alone which I find challenging, particularly the backing up. I am seeking the best possible combination of features to tow with. I am trying to contain costs (what a joke at Ford) as the base price explodes as you add towing features. My current ideas include:

Tow Technology Bundle
Blind Spot Information System
Adaptive Steering
Adaptive Cruise Control
5th Wheel Package
Rear CHMSL Camera
Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System
Customer Placed Camera System
Lariat Ultimate Package
Spray in bed Liner (order or Aftermarket?)
Power running Boards (my wife is short)

Chrome package???
Suggestions and Comments are Welcomed
Regards and Thanks
Bill

* This post was edited 07/12/18 02:52pm by BillandCarole *


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Gas or diesel? I'm not sure what gear ratio is offered in the diesel but if you are ordering a gasser, get the 4:30 gear.


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I'd order an F350, there's minimal difference in price and a significant increase in payload numbers. A 250 can likely handle a small, light trailer such as yours without exceeding any numbers, but for hardly any more money you'd have the ability to get a significantly bigger trailer without worrying about exceeding specs.

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Posted: 07/12/18 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With all those cameras, will you have a chance to glance out the windshield? Isn't the power running boards about the same height as the standard ones?





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Lynnmor wrote:

With all those cameras, will you have a chance to glance out the windshield? Isn't the power running boards about the same height as the standard ones?


No, the power running boards are a bit closer to the ground.. I think possibly 1 - 2 inches... and a whole lot easier to step on..


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Good afternoon....

1st off, I agree that IF ordering a new 250, look at the 1 tons. The price difference is not that huge.

As far as options,
the Blind Spot Info System is great
Adaptive steering is a NO for me
Adaptive Cruise is great for me as I travel a lot without the camper
5th wheel package - compare to what you will pay for after market
Rear CHMSL camera - I like mine
Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera - I do not have, but would like it if it works as advertised
Customer Placed Camera System - not sure
Lariat Ultimate Package - I have on both my trucks
Spray bed liner - check pricing aftermarket
Power running boards.. If you were to want them after, they can be had for around $1200.00... use that as a comparison
Chrome Package - depends on what you like

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Any gas or diesel SRW HD truck would be a great match for that small of a fifth wheel. Pick your poison and go camping.

If you're trying to contain cost you could skip the high trim and most of the extra goodies on your list. My preference is to put money towards performance items and skip most of the fluff. I would spring for diesel, 4wd, spray in liner and enough options to get some basic comfort features like AC, bluetuth hands-free, keyless, etc. Drop from the Lariat down to an XL or XLT (or equivalent if GM/Ram).


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Posted: 07/12/18 11:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BillandCarole wrote:

Hi Everyone
I’m in the process of buying/ordering a new F250 Lariat Crew Cab. It will primarily be used for towing our 30 ft., 8K lbs 5th whl. The 8K figure is scale weight as it rolls down the road. Occasionally I have to do this alone which I find challenging, particularly the backing up. I am seeking the best possible combination of features to tow with. I am trying to contain costs (what a joke at Ford) as the base price explodes as you add towing features. My current ideas

Tow Technology Bundle
Blind Spot Information System
Adaptive Steering
Adaptive Cruise Control
5th Wheel Package
Rear CHMSL Camera
Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System
Customer Placed Camera System
Lariat Ultimate Package
Spray in bed Liner (order or Aftermarket?)
Power running Boards (my wife is short)

Chrome package???
Suggestions and Comments are Welcomed
Regards and Thanks
Bill


Lol @ trying to contain costs while trying to buy a luxury truck, and then adding frivolous luxury features.

I do understand why Ford nickel and dime buyer with every little thing, because buyers actually think they have to have these frivolous features.

I'd pick your pockets too...lol.

* This post was edited 07/12/18 01:16pm by Maury82 *

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I've been specing out a Ford and I'd skip the BLIS, Customer placed camera and Ford's own bedliner. I'd skip the chrome package too. All the other options I like.

Get an aftermarket bed liner. It will be thicker and adhere better than Fords.

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I agree with IdaD and Maury 82.
Based off your list, you are hardly trying to contain costs. First, with any fifth wheel, go 1 ton. Probably less than $1200 difference. Next, check out the XLT's optioned out. And the chrome pakage is just way to much bling IMO. But with that said, it's your truck and choice. None of those camera's will take the place of good old fashioned practice and situational awareness. They just will give you a false sense of security and more things to quit working down the road.


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