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ShinerBock

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Posted: 07/12/18 01:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are going with an F250, at the very least get the camper package with a better suspension and stabilizer bar . The base F250 springs sag a lot when loaded.

You don't really need a 1 ton to tow a fifth wheel, but if you do go to an F350, check the GAWR because some have the same ratings as the F250 as I ponted out here.....(LINK)

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ShinerBock wrote:

If you are going with an F250, at the very least get the camper package with a better suspension and stabilizer bar . The base F250 springs sag a lot when loaded.

You don't really need a 1 ton to tow a fifth wheel, but if you do go to an F350, check the GAWR because some have the same ratings as the F250 as I ponted out here.....(LINK)



Shiner is exactly right and I won’t argue his point as it’s well founded in the link.
But when buying new, why get a package on an F-250 that essentially makes it an
F-350 when you can just get the 350? The only exception I can see to this is if the truck is located in an area where 1 ton registrations would be an issue. Which is exactly why that package exists in the first place.


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IdaD wrote:

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).


I just went through this. I got rid of all the extras. I dropped to XLT trim. I have 2 cameras for tailgate and the cab. I have the locker only cause it was on the truck. It also had the 10000lb rating and truck camper package. I went 6.7 diesel. I love this truck. All the other stuff is for drivers that are not driving. The new fords are also so sick looking. Yes. It cost a penny or two. I agree with IdaD.

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Skip the cameras and the adaptive steering and cruise control and drive your own truck.
What the heck is a tow technology bundle?
I bet the salesman LOVES the way you are containing costs.

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I will say the adaptive cruise is one of the best features you can have on a truck towing in my opinion. It is truly a game changer the way Ford has implemented it. The 360 degree camera is a must as well. The Adaptive Cruise is Lariat only though.


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Iraqvet05 wrote:

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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rjstractor wrote:

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.


Ditto on this, get the F350


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Artsville wrote:

IdaD wrote:

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).


I just went through this. I got rid of all the extras. I dropped to XLT trim. I have 2 cameras for tailgate and the cab. I have the locker only cause it was on the truck. It also had the 10000lb rating and truck camper package. I went 6.7 diesel. I love this truck. All the other stuff is for drivers that are not driving. The new fords are also so sick looking. Yes. It cost a penny or two. I agree with IdaD.

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You raise an interest point that I hadn't considered. My focus has been to keep the truck as small as possible, and as safe as possible. Our current truck has an extended cab (small back seat) that feels huge. We wanted another "super cab" with all the safety features we listed. However the ford ordering maze initially conceals the facts that you have to order a crew cab and the Lariat with the ultimate package in order to get the adaptive cruise control. This pumps the cost over $4K. But Ford is essentially the only game in town right now if you want adaptive cruise control. There is little in the Ultimate package that we want. We won't and haven't used what equivalents we have now. The upgrade to a 350 we hadn’t considered. We don’t want a dully but one with just the two rear wheels, if it’s the same physical dimensions and ride is a definitely worth consideration.now.
Is this the case?
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Tyler0215 wrote:

Skip the cameras and the adaptive steering and cruise control and drive your own truck.
What the heck is a tow technology bundle?
I bet the salesman LOVES the way you are containing costs.


Tow Technology Bundle
• Adaptive Steering
• Lane-Keeping Alert
• Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System
• Rear CHMSL Camera
• Display in center stack screen. Includes LED Center High-Mounted Stop Lamp (CHMSL) with cargo light and rear video camera.
Includes 360 degree camera system and trailer reverse guidance. Display appears in center-stack screen

I knew this was going to be an expensive experience going in. Were not newbies and this is not our first rodeo. I first encountered this technology at Consumers Electronics in Vegas several years ago. I do resent the way ford has bundled it to extract the maximum revenue to get it. All this other bling is not necessary, and in some cases redundant. But it is what it is.

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I would definitely go to the F-350. If you don't have a problem with hips I would do a dually. By doing the dually further down the road you can go heavier with your fiver. You will want a bigger fiver eventually we all do whether we admit it or not. I don't care for the power running boards I have the chrome pkg on mine. My wife is short too and she can use them just fine.


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