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Old 01-20-2014, 10:03 AM   #31
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I had a 1/2 ton truck pulling a 29BHS and hated it. On the flats it was fine but going up and down mountains it was a white knuckle affair. I started looking at 3/4 ton trucks but found a 1 ton SRW and got that. It had an 8.1L gas motor. It barely noticed the trailer. I also found that by the time I added all of our gear to the bed of the truck (generator, blocks, chocks hoses, extension cords, bikes etc.) we were close to our GVWR on the truck fully loaded. I could have never done that with the 1/2 ton truck. I would have been way over. I did try to "fix" the 1/2 ton truck by adding timberens, rancho 9000 shocks, E rated tires etc. No dice didn't help the real problems. BTW the 1/2 ton trucks weigh much more unloaded than the door sticker says they do. This means you may have little payload left. I would take any truck I was test driving across a weigh scale and see what it really weighs! GM says my 2007 Tahoe weighs 5500# but it really weighs 6500#! Don't buy the window sticker as to weight!
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:52 PM   #32
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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.
I can't speak to the F150 hd package, but we drive my f350 on the weekend and any trip (empty and towing)we go on. My wife has one of those KIA Cadensa which is their luxury car and we still go in my truck (I also have a '13 Honda Accord that I drive back and forth to work, I run @65 miles a day). You can get a lariat with the 40/20/40 bench also.
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:50 AM   #33
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I did go to the auto show yesterday. There was one gentleman who works at the Kentucky truck (the plant they make the the F250 and up at). We has pretty knowledgable and helped answer a lot of my questions. The other "experts" they had on hand knew less about the trucks than I did.

I was surprised to see the bed of the F250/350 is not as deep as the F150. I have some custom made gear that fits under the tonneau cover in my F150 that I would have to remake for a F250. Bummer! Now I am more confused than convinced on which way to go. I'm really torn. I would love the payload of the F250, but the bed and the gas milage really have me on the fence. On the other hand I hear all the advice from the old pro's here on the forum and there is nothing like experiance and wisdom.

The guy from Kentucky truck said if I want a 2014 I need to order it now as they will go into change over soon and their production schedule is pretty booked up.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:26 AM   #34
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I did go to the auto show yesterday. There was one gentleman who works at the Kentucky truck (the plant they make the the F250 and up at). We has pretty knowledgable and helped answer a lot of my questions. The other "experts" they had on hand knew less about the trucks than I did.

I was surprised to see the bed of the F250/350 is not as deep as the F150. I have some custom made gear that fits under the tonneau cover in my F150 that I would have to remake for a F250. Bummer! Now I am more confused than convinced on which way to go. I'm really torn. I would love the payload of the F250, but the bed and the gas milage really have me on the fence. On the other hand I hear all the advice from the old pro's here on the forum and there is nothing like experiance and wisdom.

The guy from Kentucky truck said if I want a 2014 I need to order it now as they will go into change over soon and their production schedule is pretty booked up.
It's not even a contest for me. The 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks are much more stable and much less likely to be overloaded. I have direct experience in this.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:27 PM   #35
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Agreed, no comparison with the heavier frame, brakes, suspension etc
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:12 PM   #36
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I went from a 3/4 ton gasser to a 1/2 ton gasser and couldn't be happier. I do miss the stability while towing heavy loads but that rarely ever happens. My 26BH tows very well behind my Tundra but the wimpy P rated tires are gonna go in the spring. I did upgrade to a Propride 3P hitch for stability but that was needed with the 3/4 Ram I had as well. I would get sway with that too. (I had no sway control on my old WDH) The decision should be made based on what you want…do you tow heavy most of the time or do you run empty most of the time. For me I run about 15k miles a year. I tow between 3.5k and 4k a year so most is empty running around to work and trips. I get 30% better empty mileage than my old Ram did. I save about $1,000 a year just in fuel costs. I keep very strict mileage accounts.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:35 PM   #37
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Just brought home my new F250 6.2l!! Won't get to go on a trip with the TT until May, but looking forward to it. Sticker on the door has a 2799 payload rating. Should have no issues putting whatever I want in the trailer or the truck and still have some payload to spare. Got about 15 mpg on the way home from the dealer really babying the throttle. Will see how it does on the highway on a trip coming up.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:32 PM   #38
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Congrats on your new truck !!! Post some pics of your new bad boy
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Just brought home my new F250 6.2l!! Won't get to go on a trip with the TT until May, but looking forward to it. Sticker on the door has a 2799 payload rating. Should have no issues putting whatever I want in the trailer or the truck and still have some payload to spare. Got about 15 mpg on the way home from the dealer really babying the throttle. Will see how it does on the highway on a trip coming up.
Well? Whats the verdict? Two months with no update?
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Your eco-boost engine will be working much harder than the diesel.. this will cause it to fail sooner...
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