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Posted: 05/08/20 09:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 2011 F150 EB has 98K trouble free miles on her. 22K miles of that is towing either a 7500lb TT or a 9000lb FW. But it's just wife and I.

With that said, with a growing family, you are in 3/4 ton territory. Get the right tool for the job. Find a LWB 3/4 ton gasser of your choice and enjoy.


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Plenty of capable low mile 1/2 or 3/4 ton gassers in the sub $30k range with a crew cab. Not much for 1 ton gassers, but know whether its a 3/4 or 1 ton, it's the same truck and 3/4 tons outnumber 1 tons by a huge margin.

That said, a 3/4 ton is not necessary, by any stretch, but it is a luxury and never hurts to have more truck than you need.


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OP, I would encourage you to skip the half ton and go straight for a HD pickup. Your biggest issue will be payload, how much weight you can carry on the truck. That includes passengers, tongue weight and any items you pack in the truck. You are getting a bunkhouse, I assume that means you have kids. Kids are going to continue to grow and gain weight. They are going to want to bring bikes, toys, etc with them. You are going to want campfires. All those things add weight to you.

A 3/4 ton truck will give you substantially more carrying capacity than a half ton. I know that some half tons have higher carrying capacity than others... but those higher numbers leave less room for error in a half ton. A 3/4 or 1 ton truck is built with bigger, heavier and more durable components.

Very few people get a smaller camper, especially with a growing family. Your next camper will likely be bigger and heavier. If buying a truck with the intention of towing, just skip the half ton compromise and go straight to a better option.

In regards to your budget... it is FAR cheaper to buy the right truck once, instead of the wrong truck, lose value and then have to buy a second truck. In terms of price, you need to look around. I bought my used 2015 Ram diesel for $39K in 2015. It was less than a year old with less than 10K miles. At the time I was looking a new Ford and Ram gas 3/4 ton trucks in the $35-37 range. My local Ford dealer has a 2016 F250 crew cab 4WD with the 6.2 engine and a LOT of options for $28K. That is right smack in your budget range. https://www.appleford.com/used/Ford/2016-Ford-F-250SD-764adf810a0e0a1716b9777b469d29a9.htm

I'm sure you can find similar trucks down by you. Do it right the first time, its MUCH cheaper...

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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.
Are you searching by year? For kicks type in 2000-2003 f250 with the 7.3l diesel. I forget the exact years but that truck is legendary. There are still clean low mileage ones out there i see them all the time on FB. Crew cab short bed Lariat would be my choice.

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RVdreaming2020 wrote:


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

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


Your original post said 2013-2017. This is a 2019 and you are within 6k. Drop back to a 2015 and you should hit your target price.

I did a quick craigslist for NC and found lots of options in the age range. Just a matter of sifting thru to find one that has the preferred options.

If you are willing to raise the milage, there are even more options (100k miles is nothing on a modern drivetrain)


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wopachop wrote:

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.
Are you searching by year? For kicks type in 2000-2003 f250 with the 7.3l diesel. I forget the exact years but that truck is legendary. There are still clean low mileage ones out there i see them all the time on FB. Crew cab short bed Lariat would be my choice.


Which is a horrible decision for the OP who admittedly is not a “car guy” or mechanic.
Doesn’t matter if it’s the best engine block on earth. Low miles or not, 20 year old vehicles need far more routine “attention” than something newer.

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Rvdreaming -check this link used f250's

they have these in stock regularly. I imagine there should be some similar priced ones around you.


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busterja21 wrote:

Rvdreaming -check this link used f250's

they have these in stock regularly. I imagine there should be some similar priced ones around you.


Whooooah those are some good prices! I haven't found anything around here close to the 30's. I wonder if there's more pre-owned trucks out there in CO than there is here in NC.

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I am a half ton guy. But then I tow light at 5k and there is only the missus and I.
I usually scream and yell at the guys saying to buy bigger. How ever in your case you need a 3 quarter to. Starting at 7 k and adding dirt bikes? Yeah you need a 3 quarter or bigger. Just don't let these guys talk you into a diesel. No need at all for that expense!

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Skip the 6.0 Ford diesel unless you know a good mechanic and want to spend about $4k to make it dependable.

Otherwise a diesel cannot be beat for towing, period.

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