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cptqueeg

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Posted: 05/07/20 08:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lots of high quality advice here, hopefully the OP will realize that. It makes no sense to go w less than a 250/2500 and a 350/3500 is about the same money as a 250 anyway.

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Posted: 05/07/20 08:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You should check used f250's. Near me I see several 2017 CC 4x4 gassers xl's and xlt's with 30-40k miles for listed for around $30k.


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Lots of awesome replies. Thanks all! So I've been looking around for f250's. I'm not sure I;; be able to stretch my budget up that far. In my area it's looking like the used ones fall in 37k range. I was already stretching a bit to spend 30k. I'll keep looking around to see what I can find.

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jerem0621 wrote:

If I was waking into a 7,000 lb trailer and didn’t already have a TV I would opt for a 3/4 ton truck. The 7,000 lb dry trailer will be 8,000-8,500 lbs. loaded.

That being said, if you can find a F-150 with 1700-2,000 lbs of payload and the 5.0 Coyote (the 3.5 EcoBoost is a fine engine, and I would not be afraid of it at all) and 3:55 sir better axle ratios you should be okay.

JMHO based on experience.

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Jeremiah


Said it was 7000 loaded. And as you said, would be fine with a 5.0, and 3.73. That is what I have, and it does GREAT. Problem is. they are few and far between. Most 150s now come with high MPG gearing, and low GVWRs. I looked at every new F150 on my dealers lot last trip, and the highest GVWR I could find was a 7050lb. There was not one 3.73 on the lot. And the only 3.55 came with a EcoBoost. The rest were all 3.35, 3.15, and higher. They wanted to trade.
I told them they didn't have a truck on the lot as good as mine.
BYW. i was there for a oil change


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Another question is where do you plan on towing. Being from eastern NC myself, I've made several trips to the NC mountains with a 1500 Chevy (5.3) pulling a 28' Bunkhouse (6000#). That's border line in my opinion. That combo in the flat areas going to Myrtle Beach is fine. When I took a cross country trip I up-sized to an F-250. My current TT is a 26' (couples trailer now that kids are out of the house) that weighs 5500#. I pull it with a F-150 3.5EB (long wheel base). I would not go any bigger than that for a long trip on a half ton truck. Agree with others, find the camper first. Also think you should be headed to looking in the 3/4 ton area. I've had them all (Chevy, Ford and Ram) and they are all good. Stay away from a few bad apples (Ford 6.0 for example).
A few more thoughts:
Long wheel base (Crew with 6.5' bed) tends to lessen the sway and will carry your motor cycles better, but can be a pain in the a$$ to park in some urban areas.
Gas vs diesel, it's always easier to pull into a truck stop and get diesel than to pull up at a station a fight for a good spot at the gas pumps.
Larger tanks - Ram and Ford can be found with 35+/- gallon tanks in a half ton, helps in the previous issue.
Watch the payload, with growing kids, your payload will increase (as will the need for room in the back seat). Another 3/4+ ton benefit.

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RVdreaming2020 wrote:

Lots of awesome replies. Thanks all! So I've been looking around for f250's. I'm not sure I;; be able to stretch my budget up that far. In my area it's looking like the used ones fall in 37k range. I was already stretching a bit to spend 30k. I'll keep looking around to see what I can find.


That's high if you're looking at gas powered trucks with the mileage you put in your original post. Try looking for a little lower trim levels. I would think you'd get a good deal right now but then again some industries are booming right now despite all of what's happening, maybe including used trucks. I haven't been following it so I don't know. I do think you're very wise to look for an HD model over a half ton for your stated uses. I daily drive my diesel truck and it's perfectly comfortable and I prefer the way it drives compared to a half ton.


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packpe89 wrote:

Stay away from a few bad apples (Ford 6.0 for example).


What makes the ford 6.0 a bad apple?

I found this one. Its 6k over my budget though.

https://www.carmax.com/car/18638151

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Lwiddis wrote:

Don’t violate the rule! Buy or select the travel trailer first. Match an appropriate tow vehicle to the trailer.


That's not a rule, silly...


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Posted: 05/08/20 08:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

6.0 Diesel from the 2003 to 2007 or so.

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RVdreaming2020 wrote:

packpe89 wrote:

Stay away from a few bad apples (Ford 6.0 for example).


What makes the ford 6.0 a bad apple?

I found this one. Its 6k over my budget though.

https://www.carmax.com/car/18638151


The truck in the link is a 6.2 gas. Looks like a really nice, clean low mileage plain-Janeish truck. The older 6.0 diesel is inexpensive (to buy), readily available engine with a great snarly sound and is a strong puller. I wish my stock 7.3 pulled like one. However, they are also a ticking time bomb of a money pit and probably the least reliable truck diesel engine out there. Do a little Google research and steer clear of them unless you like to spend time under the hood (or with the cab removed). [emoticon]

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