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Old 03-09-2013, 09:25 PM   #1
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Trade '12 F150 Eco? For GMC 2500HD 6.0 or 12' Ford F-250 6.2 gas

Well after weighing my TV and TT I was good on all my numbers except I am only left with less than 400lbs before I go over my GVWR of my truck (just me in the truck, I have 2kids 8&12,my wife an a 100lb lab) My F150 tows it well but don't want to be illegal and unsafe.
First vehicle is a GMC Seirra 2500hd 2013 SLE with the 6L gas Stickers for $45,500 and can get it for $37,233
Second vehicle is a 2012 Ford F250 XLT 6.2L gas stickers for $47,350 and can get it for $39,000
My dad is retired from GM and my father-in-law runs a ford dealer so I can get a good deal either way, also getting $35,000 for my F150.
My TT is a 2013 Jayco Eagle 314BDS dry @8000 and a hitch weight of @1030.
Any suggestions or comments would be great!
I also found a 2010 F350 king ranch 6.4L diesel with 48k for $37,000 but my father-in-law keeps trying to talk me out of a diesel. The truck will only be used for camping and towing my mower around and vacations.
Thank again
Eric
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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Eric, the GM guys will say to go with the GMC. The Ford guys will say to go with the Ford. I would say take the good deal on the Sierra, however if you want a truck that will really pull that 314BDS anywhere in the USA and especially in higher altitudes and mountains, consider the diesel. I imagine your dad in law is talking you out of the diesel because of the higher maintenance costs but for towing, you would never go wrong with it. Whichever of these three you end up choosing, you will have a good truck that will do the job.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #3
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Clearly you have access to some nice prices and a good trade value so really it's what you like more. Both a 2500HD and F250 are up to the task. Personally I'm a Chevy guy and would want a diesel to pull that Eagle.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:54 PM   #4
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I want the diesel too but the difference in spending $2500-5000 vs spending an additional $10k is the deal breaker.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:20 PM   #5
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Well it's your money and you get to decide how much of it you want to spend.

Something to consider, diesel are typically worth more used too. You may want to price out comparable used trucks gas vs diesel and see what the difference is. It stands to reason that a similar difference will exist when you go to sell this next truck down the road. So it may cost you $5K more now but be worth at least that much more over a gasser when it's time to sell.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:39 AM   #6
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I am a Chevy man but will admit that either truck will be great for you... HOWEVER I would get the diesel... it is soooo much better than either of the others.. light years better...
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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As for the diesel vs gasser, we had a choice to make some years back, and had a friend who owned identical F350 Fords in his business, one with a V-10 gas, the other with a diesel. His experience was that the V-10 would out-pull the diesel in most cases, with the exception of very steep hills under a heavy load. We went with the V-10 and about $6,000 cheaper, and have never looked back. We pull our 11,000# 5th wheel with the F350 V-10, and most of the time we can't even feel the 5er back there. Mileage is about 9-11. We got a lot of gas for the $6,000 difference, and don't have to worry about water in the diesel fuel, and the fact that most repairs on a diesel cost 2-3 times as much as a similar repair on the gasser. Just our 2 cents worth.
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Eric, my loaded Eagle weighs 9200lbs with a hitch weight of 1400lbs. I tow with a 2012 F-250 crew cab with the 6.7l diesel. For me, the biggest reason I went with a diesel is the torque. At 400hp and 800 ft.lbs of torque, it pulls effortlessly here in the hills of southern Indiana, probably similar terrain there in PA. Any truck you have listed will do a good job, it's just a matter of preference [and maybe a few extra bucks]. I'm getting between 12-14 mpg towing with the diesel, the gas engines can't touch this pulling that load. Everything has it's pros & cons, weigh everything and make the decision that's right for you. One important thing to remember though," real trucks don't have spark plugs." lol! Good luck, Terry
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I'd opt for the Ford 6.2 because I like the specs on it.

Unless your are going to be a fulltimer, I'd stay with the gasser. Why... re read Tinlizze23's reply.
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Being a GM guy, I'd still choose Ford. So much more space in the Ford crew cabs. Either will be up to the task though.
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