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I can't answer your question directly, but give you a few pointers.
F-250 was designed to be a work horse and pull.
The Excursion was designed to haul people around.
The Excursion suspension is weak and will need to be modified to pull the weights you are looking at, to do it safely that is.
Is you do not need a pick up bed, the EX is a very nice alternative for a pulling vehicle. The springs are weak as they were designed for comfort to the passengers. There are great mods to do, especially replacing the springs with standard F250 springs in the front as a minimum. You can put F250 springs in the rear or run the Roadmasted Active Suspension (RAS) like I have to help boost the factory springs when sitting and they really kick in when loaded down. You do not notice them in when using the EX normally. You will want to add or replace the origonal rear sway if it has one with the heavier stock model or a Helwig.
Other than the suspension, the choice is if you need a truck bed. The driveline is the same and they use a truck frame.
Good luck on your choice !
2000 Excursion XLT w/ leather
Purchased stock. Now consists of PHP Gryphen Edge CTS programmer, MBRP 4" turbo back, AFE Stage II CAI and BTS valve body swap. Rear RAS load handling helpers. Helwig rear anti-roll bar. Soon to install is a 31 row 6.0 tranny cooler.
(Waiting to pull my 2 Buicks to shows and races)