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Old 10-13-2016, 03:58 PM   #21
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Mainly what's your planning down the road, for ours need a 250 is okay, but if I had a big 5th wheel or a big toy hauler well maybe a 350 will be right. Only you know what's is your plan is later, the 250 can tow/haul a lot of weight, you can tow some 5th wheel setup. Good luck on whatever you go with.
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Old 10-13-2016, 05:36 PM   #22
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Size matters....

You don't want your truck to have feelings of inadequacy when it's at the truck wash with all the other trucks. Don't be that truck....
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Old 10-13-2016, 05:51 PM   #23
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I tow my 26BH with my Ram 1500 Ecodiesel. It's pulls it perfectly.
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:38 PM   #24
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I pull 8000 lbs with a 2012 f250. Works very well. When looking used, I am an advocate for the certified pre owned program through Ford. The extra warranty protection is nice. I have replace a Nox sensor and trans pump under the program. Just my opinion. I would do it again. Bought the truck with only 22000 miles.
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:40 PM   #25
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The op was up-front about this being a personal preference and not a claim that his/her 1500 was not capable enough.

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Old 10-13-2016, 08:16 PM   #26
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I've an opinion and a question: firstly, a truck with 2WD is kinda like kissing your sister - you just shouldn't do that, and my question: how 'bout weighing in on the lighter (aluminum?) beds on the Fords versus the steel beds on many other trucks? The Chevy commercial notwithstanding, I read a "Truck Camper" article about the Dodge's significantly more carrying capacity BECAUSE of the sturdier, albeit heavier, steel bed.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:20 PM   #27
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I've faced that same problem twice: wanting a dually Ford 350 - and both times I settled on a single F250. In my case it was principally settling for what was available in the used market; BUT they've both been fully up to the task (first one V10 gas, second one diesel).

However I still want a dually F450; go big or stay at home mentality.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:45 PM   #28
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I went through this decision process earlier this year, and decided on the -350, gas. The only difference with the '16 -250 and -350 is in the suspension. The -350 has around 1000# additional payload in the rear, via at least one additional leafs. So the cost difference was about $1 per pound. However, I would say it was well worth the premium. I have an Eagle 314BHDS, with a tongue weight of nearly 1000#'s, which equates to around a 3000# moment at the tow hitch. I have an Equalizer hitch, and don't use any air bags, and she sits nice and level.
As others have advised, you won't regret too much truck when towing. Ever.
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:13 AM   #29
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The truck won't end up being a daily driver. I have a 52 mile commute one way every day. So, while I do drive the Sierra every day (and love it), I likely won't drive the 250/350 just because of the additional size in Atlanta traffic. I'll end up buying a cheap car to drive to work.

Obviously, I think my decision will probably be a 350 if I can find one in the next month or so. Right now, I'm trying to find a 12-14 with 50-60K miles on it. But they are few and far between. If I can't find one, I feel comfortable that the 250 will more than do the job and I can add air bags or something if I just really need them for some reason.

What are our future plans? I have no idea. This is our first camper. I don't THINK we'll end up with a 5th wheel any time soon. It just doesn't seem to fit us. But who knows?
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The truck won't end up being a daily driver. I have a 52 mile commute one way every day. So, while I do drive the Sierra every day (and love it), I likely won't drive the 250/350 just because of the additional size in Atlanta traffic. I'll end up buying a cheap car to drive to work.

Obviously, I think my decision will probably be a 350 if I can find one in the next month or so. Right now, I'm trying to find a 12-14 with 50-60K miles on it. But they are few and far between. If I can't find one, I feel comfortable that the 250 will more than do the job and I can add air bags or something if I just really need them for some reason.

What are our future plans? I have no idea. This is our first camper. I don't THINK we'll end up with a 5th wheel any time soon. It just doesn't seem to fit us. But who knows?
Enjoy the process of looking for a truck, and driving other people's stuff!
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