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Old 10-13-2016, 09:08 AM   #11
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Dangit Mike....stop being right. It's costing me money.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:21 AM   #12
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Dangit Mike....stop being right. It's costing me money.
I am very good at spending other people's money.

Ask my boss, her boss and my parents.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:27 AM   #13
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In the Ford lineup there is very little difference between the 250 vs 350 for the years you are considering. There used to be a lot more difference between a 3/4 ton 250 and a one ton 350. A search on the Ford forums will give you the exact differences. An F250 with camper package has nearly identical ratings as an F350. When ordering new there is about an $800-$1000 difference for trucks with the same equipment but there are less F350's one the road. Given that you are looking at used, I would get the F250 or F350 truck with best documented maintenance history and look for one with the factory installed 5th wheel package in case you decide to upgrade to a 5th or it may increase your re-sale potential.

Crazy would be saying you would not enjoy double the torque while towing.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:40 AM   #14
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The only difference between an identically equipped 250 and 350 is:
1 - The GVWR on the door pillar (for legal reasons only).
2 - The 250 has 2" blocks on the rear axle, the 350 has 4" blocks.
3 - The price, at least when new.
4 - You will pay more in certain states at the DMV for the 350 due to the increased (but meaningless) weight rating, ask me how I know.


Yes, you can legally haul more with a 350, but as far as the actual truck is concerned they are both equally capable because the hardware is identical. The 350 can take a bit more weight before hitting the bump stops, due to starting 2" higher...but if you are doing that while towing that is the least of your concerns. With all that said, like was already mentioned, look for the best truck for your money and don't worry too much whether it is a 250 or 350. Good luck!
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:43 AM   #15
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Minor differences between the two. You'll get very little as far as cargo capability with the F350 as opposed to the F250. Not enough to justify the lengthy search for the F350. If you could compare, you'd feel no differences in towing ability with either truck. They'd both tow identical with that trailer. Regardless of truck, I'd suggest some kind of auxiliary spring assist in the rear. Be it Timbrens or bags. Same tranny, same power plant, same rears (unless you upgrade), just about everything but the rear spring stack is the same. Same amount of leafs, the F350's are just thicker than the 250's. Good call staying away from the first generation 6.7.


Oh..and btw..I won't be getting the new 2017. Believe it or not, Ford has reduced towing capacities on the 17's. 2012-2016 is your best bet.
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The only thing I'm not clear on is the differences in the braking system between the two. I get that they'll both tow the same (or similar at least) with our camper. But is there a significant difference in stopping power during those years?
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The only thing I'm not clear on is the differences in the braking system between the two. I get that they'll both tow the same (or similar at least) with our camper. But is there a significant difference in stopping power during those years?
No, nothing significant. There is however, an increase in engine back pressure through the exhaust with the Integrated exhaust brake when you touch the brake. This applies to BOTH 250's and 350's. Big difference in towing.
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I'm towing an Eagle 318RETS that's around 9,000lbs. loaded with a 2013 F250 with the 6.7 and have never felt the truck was too small or that the trailer was too big for the truck. Mine is a 4 wheel drive and has the the 3:71 axle. I have towed in many conditions to include interstates and back roads in and around the Ozarks and am very comfortable with the performance, braking, etc. Hope this helps.
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What will you be using the TV for other than towing the camper? If it is a daily driver, the F250 will provide a better ride when you're not towing. Much better on the kidneys.
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Go dually and settle everything. Not available in a 250/2500.
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