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Old 09-17-2018, 04:18 PM   #1
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Trade in for newer truck or not - help!

Needs some help deciding on whether a potential new truck is worth it. Our current truck pulls fine around Texas but we do want to start heading up to Colorado and concerned the current truck will struggle.
Current truck - 2015 F150 Lariat 5.0 V8, 385 HP, 387 lb torque, GVW 7,000lbs, max towing 9,000lbs , paid off
Potential truck - 2017 F250 Lariat 6.2 V8, 385 HP, 430 lb torque, GVW 10,000lbs, max towing pckg 17,600lbs, $20k investment.
Towing - 2018 Jayco Whitehawk 24mbh @ 6500lbs.

A few questions - is the extra torque, payload and towing capabilities worth investing? Will I see a noticeable difference in towing or ease of towing from the truck on hills/mountains?

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Old 09-17-2018, 04:44 PM   #2
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Have you been through the TX hill country?
That's as big a challenge as I experienced when going to Chama NM (9000') and back.

I'd give the f150 a run at it.
The non turbo gassers are going to suffer a little at altitude regardless of displacement.
Honestly, the speed limits in the mountain areas are pretty easy to maintain anyway.

If the 1st trip isn't satisfactory, go for the upgrade.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:50 PM   #3
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Have you been through the TX hill country?
That's as big a challenge as I experienced when going to Chama NM (9000') and back.

I'd give the f150 a run at it.
The non turbo gassers are going to suffer a little at altitude regardless of displacement.
Honestly, the speed limits in the mountain areas are pretty easy to maintain anyway.

If the 1st trip isn't satisfactory, go for the upgrade.

Very sound advice. See what it can do first.
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Old 09-17-2018, 05:03 PM   #4
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Yes. We went down to Caynon Lake and took 281 from DFW area. The truck kept speed but on a several of the hills, it dropped to 3rd even 2nd a twice or two. Decided on way back to go 35 back north and was a much more easy drive vs listening to the motor work
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:50 PM   #5
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I'd keep the current one. I would not expect for you to notice much difference between the two trucks unless one has a different transmission (ie, more gears).
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:19 AM   #6
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Needs some help deciding on whether a potential new truck is worth it. Our current truck pulls fine around Texas but we do want to start heading up to Colorado and concerned the current truck will struggle.
Current truck - 2015 F150 Lariat 5.0 V8, 385 HP, 387 lb torque, GVW 7,000lbs, max towing 9,000lbs , paid off
Potential truck - 2017 F250 Lariat 6.2 V8, 385 HP, 430 lb torque, GVW 10,000lbs, max towing pckg 17,600lbs, $20k investment.
Towing - 2018 Jayco Whitehawk 24mbh @ 6500lbs.

A few questions - is the extra torque, payload and towing capabilities worth investing? Will I see a noticeable difference in towing or ease of towing from the truck on hills/mountains?

Help?
Funny that you call your truck the OLDER one as it is 5 years newer than mine. Suspect you are speaking more about the drive train than the age of the truck. In either regard I would stick with what you own.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:11 AM   #7
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YOLO, no one ever said they have too much truck.
Get that new truck.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:41 AM   #8
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New truck only new until first payment, keep old truck!Got 12 years on 06 Ram dully.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:21 AM   #9
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Will the truck be the daily driver? If yes, a 6.2 will eat the gas badly.
If not, I would go for the bigger truck
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:00 PM   #10
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Will the truck be the daily driver? If yes, a 6.2 will eat the gas badly.
Yeah the 6.2l will pass everything but a gas station but it's not really that bad. My '17 gets 9 mpg pulling our 9200lb Eagle and around 15 overall. Starting in '17 they increased the torque value on the 6.2l to 430 ft.lbs.
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