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Old 02-19-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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F250 or f350

Wondering if anyone in AZ with a one ton can chime in. Iím throwing around idea about getting a 3/4 ton or full ton truck. I test drive the f350 and was really impressed. I have also found out that the one ton trucks here in AZ have to be registered as a commercial vehicle. Can anyone tell me what the cost is? Also read you have to declare how much you would be towing or hauling when registering and if you get pulled over and your registered at the minimum weight ie no trailer but towing a trailer you get fined.



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Old 02-19-2018, 04:22 PM   #2
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Can't help you with registration, but...

If you're looking at a diesel, you're going to run out of payload on a F250 or any 2500 really fast.

For that reason, go with a F350 and pay the extra registration.

If you're going with gas, a F250 will likely fit your needs.

Best thing to do is find the 5th wheel/trailer your going to tow, figure out the pin/tongue weight when it's at GVWR and buy a truck that has enough payload for that weight plus the passengers and cargo you put in the truck.\

Since you're buying a new truck, you can buy one that matches what you tow.

Most people buy the truck first and then decide to buy a trailer that is too big for their truck's capacity.
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:49 PM   #3
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Looking at the diesel not gas. We have a 6500 gvwr trailer now and my Titan towed it slowly and was working. I donít plan on buying anything huge in future but want to get enough truck to give us options maybe in 5 years or so.
Not buying a truck any time soon just like to start planning and saving.


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Old 02-19-2018, 05:34 PM   #4
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Unless there's so reason NOT to get the F350 like insurance or state registration rules, always get the 1 ton. No mechanical downside.
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We live in Texas so I can’t help with your registration questions but I pull with an F350. From the CAT Scale my rear axle weight (Rear GAW) is 3360# and from the sticker on the truck my rear axle is rated (Rear GAWR) for 6730#. Which means that I can add 3420# in the bed before reaching the max the axle is rated for.

We tow a 39’ 5th that weighs (GVW) 12780# with 3020# on the pin so I am below the rear axle rating.

A very popular 5th is the 377 RLBH and I believe it will be in the 16000-17000# range which IMHO is dually country. I think there’s plenty of folks towing with a SRW so what I’m spouting is just opinion.

The $$ difference between 250-350 is not huge so the decision should be influenced by what you intend to tow.
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How'd the ride compare between the two? I'd go F350, but I think for daily driver use during the week it won't be the most comfortable, or when we travel without the camper behind it.
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IMHO - The only difference between the F-250 and the F-350 (SRW) are the top over load springs on the F-350. Dealer will install them on the F-250 for about $1250. I had Quad City Spring install an additional spring and Timbrens ($750). Although were are retired and full timers (8yr) we pick and choose when to pull, I.E. Calm weather. "Winter Texans".
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IMHO - The only difference between the F-250 and the F-350 (SRW) are the top over load springs on the F-350.
This! I also think a 350 may sit a touch higher but the ride should be the same.
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Yeah state of AZ I guess requires one ton to be registered commercial so donít know what that will do to insurance. I hope to call and try to find out a ball park what the insurance is.
Anyone work for geico lol


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An F250 with a diesel equipped similar to my F150 only has about 300-400lbs more payload than my F150. Crazy, because the drivetrains are vastly different, but according to the yellow payload sticker on the door, that's how it is. Diesel 250's run out of payload quickly. Now if you're going 2WD, that'll save some weight and gain you some payload.

If you go with an F350, you're going to be in the low to mid 3000lbs payload, if not higher.

I don't think you would notice an appreciable ride difference between the 250 or 350, they're both going to be pretty stiff. People who drive cars think my F150 has a harsh ride, it all depends what you're used to. That yellow sticker on the drivers door jamb is going to be what you want to look at.
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