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Old 07-11-2014, 07:32 PM   #1
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F250 vs F350

We have an F150 now, and it pulls our 24 footer just fine.

However, we will probably want to upgrade the truck in a couple of years and move into a 28 to 31 foot fifth wheel. So we visited a local Ford dealership today, not in our home town as we are on vacation. But we thought we'd snoop around some lots to check out prices of a larger truck. Our thought was to go to a 3/4 ton -- F250

We were a bit surprised that none of the local dealers carried them. Just 1/2 and one tons. The sales folk all told us that the difference in price between the 3/4 and the one ton is not that much; and they have the same diesel engine. As such, they don't hardly ever sell any 3/4 tons. They all recommended just going to to a one ton. I asked about gas mileage and was told, again, the difference between the two is negligible. But the one ton will provide more overall payload and towing ability.

I admit, I was quite surprised by this. Any thoughts on this from those who have had both? Thanks.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:56 PM   #2
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I've never owned either, but it makes sense to me. Just a beefier rear suspension to support the extra payload in the bed. I say do it and start looking at fifth wheels!
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:58 PM   #3
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Difference between 2500 & 3500 Chevy is an extra leaf spring, therefore more payload..............that's it. If you are comparing single rear wheel (SRW) trucks the above holds true. I have had several 3/4 tons and the difference between the previous trucks and my current 3500 SRW is zero other than a bit of a stiffer ride. I purchaed the 3500 I have now for the same reason as you stated, dealer had the truck I wanted in a 3500, but not a 2500. I have no regrets with the 3500, great truck and all the same operating gear as the 2500s
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:51 PM   #4
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F350

We selected the F350 diesel in 2013. For the less than $1000 difference for the 250 we've got a heck of a truck. I'm told that the 350 has a different front suspension that rides better than the 250. All I can say is ours rides very nice. It was also good to see so little set down on the rear when thay first put my 5er on it.
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When I was shopping, the only difference was a taller block in the rear and a higher GVWR. Though you could get the 350 with the 10k limit.

I went with the 350 because I didn't like how the 250s rear sagged & I needed the extra cargo for our truck camper. I doubt it has changed from that.

BTW: This is for the SRW.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:37 AM   #6
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I'll be the counterpoint. I just purchased an F250. The dealers near me all had several to look at and drive. We liked the ride of the 250. The price was lower. The F250 is all I need and more for my trailer and neither my wife nor I want to move to a new or larger trailer.

My 250 tows my 26RLS like a dream.
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When I was shopping, the only difference was a taller block in the rear and a higher GVWR. Though you could get the 350 with the 10k limit.

I went with the 350 because I didn't like how the 250s rear sagged & I needed the extra cargo for our truck camper. I doubt it has changed from that.

BTW: This is for the SRW.
That is correct, the difference is the rear block (unless it's a DRW then a LOT of difference). The cost difference is only the increased GVWR since the cost of the block is small. The 250's / 350's have the same engine, trans, brakes, exhaust, trim level's etc.
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Have the same setup as Hbravo but I added Timbrens and it's perfect for us. Sure like the 265RLS as well, headed to San Diego for a week very soon, can't wait! If they give you a deal mine as well go with the 350. Good Luck!
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That is correct, the difference is the rear block (unless it's a DRW then a LOT of difference). The cost difference is only the increased GVWR since the cost of the block is small. The 250's / 350's have the same engine, trans, brakes, exhaust, trim level's etc.
That's also my understanding. I love our 350, does it ride like a car? No, it's a truck. A dang fine one too.
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Depending on the weight rating, the F350 also has helper springs on the rear leaf springs that the F250 does not have.
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