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Old 10-16-2015, 05:56 PM   #11
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As mentioned, to get the highest payload you need the MAX/ HD Payload package (whatever it's called!). Even then, the hitch may still be the weak link. The 32 BHDS "Dry Brochure" tw is listed as 910lbs, before the battery and 2-30lbs propane tanks are on the tongue, adding about 160lbs for a tw of of about 1070lbs before even loading the tt! We have a tw of about 1400lbs, total trailer weight of about 9200lbs, all water tanks were empty (was 1400lbs tw, 8860lbs total without our boys "stuff" in the bunkroom and before adding the rear cargo hitch, bike rack, and bikes on the rear of the trailer).

Big question is how much does the family weigh, and about how much do you load in the bed of the truck? IF you decide to go the 150 route if the receiver hitch is up to the task, plan on an empty bed unless you can get the HD Payload....

BUT.... that is not a trailer I would want to tow with a 1500/150.... Having towed our previous tt with a '10-1500 and also our current '13-2500HD, there is a noticable difference....

The 8400lb dry trailer weight, is that from the yellow sticker on a specific trailer? Ours (Aluminum sided) has a yellow sticker dry weight of just under 8k lbs....
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:45 PM   #12
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If I were in your shoes I would go with the 250 gas 6.2 liter.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:51 PM   #13
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if you were full timing I would vote for 250, since your not you will be more than fine with the f150 with max tow/HD. Those truck specs are very close to the 250 and the f150 is a much better daily driver and certainly less expensive to maintain. (diesel)

I am very pleased with mine and how it handles the trailer.

A good wdh is a huge factor for comfortable towing experience. I recommend Equalizer 4 point sway control 1400lbs bars.
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:38 PM   #14
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Numbers may be similar but the 250 with the 6.2 is a much more capable truck. The 250 will have better HD brakes, stronger transmission, etc. To me, it would depend on how much you plan to tow, where you live/camp, and how long you hope to keep the truck. The F150 is a great truck, but constantly pushing it to the max will cause it to wear much faster.

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Old 10-16-2015, 10:02 PM   #15
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From what I have found online, the F150 factory receiver hitch is only rated for 1150lbs through '14 Max Tow trucks, and 1220lbs for the '15 (unknown if Max Tow only or all). Not enough for the 32 BHDS, or any trailer with a higher tongue weight.

Can't remember where I read it, but a recent post concerning the same 150 vs 250 comparison, the thread starter priced both with the same model and options (Eco vs 6.2), and found the price to be almost the exact same. A 250 does not have to be a diesel, saving the initial cost and higher maintenance cost as some say (never owned a diesel so can't say from personal experience).
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:03 PM   #16
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I was in the same desicion fork, every number that I did I was under the max ( not by much) in the 150. And like you also a daily driver, but after a 2000 miles trip I am convinced that getting the 250 was the best desicion we could ever made.

Today we tow and most important stop very effortlessly. .... and that safety make us very happy campers...

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Old 10-17-2015, 09:32 AM   #17
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Go 3/4 ton. If you price out the F150 with the Heavy Duty payload option it will be almost exactly the same as an equally trimmed F250.
The F150 with the HD option is a great truck but it's not a 3/4 ton. You'll get 3000lbs +/- for payload with the F250. Ride will be similar because of the HD components added to the F150. MPG will drop with the 6.2 empty, but will be the same when towing.
JMO but I don't like being maxed out. You come across as a Ford guy but you might take a look at the other 2 trucks. Chevy 2500 and Ram 2500.


Another thing to look at is the actual payload on the F150 HD when delivered. You need to check the door sticker to get the actual CCC. Your trim level will determine the final outcome.
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Thank you for everyone's input. We have decided that the F250 is the way to go for us. I am over my concern of using it as a daily driver and as mentioned too much truck is better than too much trailer. Now the only decision is whether or not we can hold out for the 2017 250. My dealer says he thinks it will actually be available end of Q1, early Q2. Someone mentioned to look at other trucks and I have. The main issue is I have 4 kids and both GM and Dodge middle front seats have only lap belts. GM does not even lock the middle seat back. So for safety reasons that leaves only the Ford as there middle section locks and has a full seat belt with shoulder strap. Thanks again and happy camping!
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I think you have made the right decision on going with the F250. Congratulations and happy camping.
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:50 PM   #20
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Great choice for the F250!!!! Understand the reasoning of the Ford vs GM vs Dodge.... If GM had the new 'Burb 2500/3500 available for everyone besides fleet that may have been an option.

Tough call on waiting or not. The two features I think are an awesome idea of the new '17 F SD is the tpms option for the trailer, and the remote camera you could stick on the rear of the trailer!!!

Check my Mods Link to see what we have done to our 32 BHDS so far.

Good luck deciding!!!!
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