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Old 01-19-2014, 11:30 AM   #21
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I think the biggest difference between a F250 and a F350 is the payload. I got the F350 because a larger fifth wheel uses a lot of the usable payload with the high pin weight.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:15 PM   #22
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Sailor is correct. The payload capacity on my 2012 F-250 is around 2300lbs. I believe the 350 is around 3300lbs. We've been looking at 5th wheels also but the models we liked had pin weights that would exceed payload capacity before we were even in the truck.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:29 PM   #23
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I was looking for a left over '12 lariat crew and the one we found was a 350 which i am glad I did. My cargo capacity is close to 3800 lbs which will be good if we ever upgrade to a 5th wheel which I just saw the 34.5bhts but my wife would kill me having just bought our 314bds a year ago. Either 250 or 350 will do the job!!
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:22 PM   #24
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agreed on going with a 3500 vs 2500...for the price difference the large increase in payload capacity is worth it imo.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:21 PM   #25
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The prices are usually really close between the 2500 & 3500's, actually when I purchased mine, most of the 2500's were actually more!!! Mine is a loaded 3500 Ram Mega Cab Laramie 3500 short bed with the Cummins 6.7 Turbo Diesel, it was actually a bit cheaper, not much, but towing our 31.5 Eagle 5er it doesn't even know its back there but I did have to get the sliding Curt Q20k hitch to keep the back of the truck cab intact on 90 degree or more jack nifes, lol!!! The 16K Curt hitch was sufficient but if we ever decide to go bigger were already set, but what we really like about the Curt hitch is that it not only tilts side to side and back and forth but roatates a full 360 degrees which will never try to twist the truck frame or 5er frame!!!
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:59 PM   #26
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Since I bought a White Hawk 33BHBS last fall, I have been considering upgrading my truck. Interestingly engough I priced out an F150 XLT Ecoboost SCREW 6.5' box HD payload package vs a comparably equiped F250 XLT 6.2 l SCREW 6.75' box and they are essentially the same price. This is not really a 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton question as the F150 will give me 2200 lbs of payload vs about 3200 lbs on the F250. Besides the fact the F250 6.2 l will give me lousy gas milage I would like to hear from the experience of the towing community the pro's or Con's of selecting either option.

My existing truck tows the trailer really well, but I want some more payload to put more in the bed of the truck when on long trips.

Diesel would be great (800 ft-lbs of torque), but it's a $8k option!! so I'm not really considering it.

Any comments on ride quality?

My dad worked for Ford so I get Z plan so not considering other than Ford.
I am in the same position. My lease is up soon and I am thinking of going with the F250, just to get that more payload option, but then I will loose the mileage that I get with the F150 Eco as my daily driver. Wish there was a way to just try a vehicle out for like 6 months with out much expense.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:44 PM   #27
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The prices are usually really close between the 2500 & 3500's, actually when I purchased mine, most of the 2500's were actually more!!! Mine is a loaded 3500 Ram Mega Cab Laramie 3500 short bed with the Cummins 6.7 Turbo Diesel, it was actually a bit cheaper, not much, but towing our 31.5 Eagle 5er it doesn't even know its back there but I did have to get the sliding Curt Q20k hitch to keep the back of the truck cab intact on 90 degree or more jack nifes, lol!!! The 16K Curt hitch was sufficient but if we ever decide to go bigger were already set, but what we really like about the Curt hitch is that it not only tilts side to side and back and forth but roatates a full 360 degrees which will never try to twist the truck frame or 5er frame!!!
Seeing the same thing here. Equally equipped 3500s have been within $500, or less with incentives. I think most people aren't willing to go to the ride quality of the 1-ton since the current crop of 3/4s ride better than the 10-15 yr old 1/2s.
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I've always bought a truck for its capability not its fuel economy. That being said I've got an 05 F250 4wdext cab short bed and am averaging between 11 & 12 towing. We have been through 8 hours of mountains going to TN twice and I did about 9mpg at 65.
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Any feedback on ride quality out there from those withe F150 HD payload or a newer model F250/350? Do your kidneys start to hurt in any of these after a long drive? I'm sure the ride is different empty vs towing.

I wont go above an XLT so I'll have the standard 40/20/40 bench seat no matter which truck I buy. I need the seating for 6.
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Seeing the same thing here. Equally equipped 3500s have been within $500, or less with incentives. I think most people aren't willing to go to the ride quality of the 1-ton since the current crop of 3/4s ride better than the 10-15 yr old 1/2s.
That and, you can add Timberns to the 3/4 ton and BINGO it's a 1-ton in effect.
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