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Old 08-24-2013, 07:31 AM
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Tough Decision 08-10 F450 or 11 F350 DRW

I currently have a 2011 F250 Lariat CC SB I tow my 25' toy hauler with but I am planning on upgrading to a much larger trailer.

The fifth wheels I am looking at have 18k-21k GVWR's thus the need for a bigger truck.

My wife and I love the '11 and we only tow with it so it will never be a daily driver. We are trying to stay in the low $30's so my options are a '08-'10 F450 or an '11 F350 DRW. The '08-'10 trucks have 40-80k miles in that price range but the '11's have 120-140k. Is the Scorpion worth going with a higher mileage truck.

I have read about the 6.4 issues as well as some 6.7 issues. I have also heard that most of the issues could be caused by not having the truck under load most of the time. This is not a commuter. 90% of the time it will have the trailer attached to it.

What do you guys think?? Need some good advice. Thanks.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:09 PM
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Nobody?? The '11 F250 is for sale as of today and I'm lookin.

No advice for me. I've gone from 08 f450 to Dodge, to Chevy, but my wife really likes the Ford as do I. I'm just scared of possible repair costs.

Should I be looking for one that towed in the past (fifth wheel or gooseneck) or not. I've heard the ones that towed didn't have as many DPF issues due to the truck being under load.

Give me something to work with......
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:33 PM
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Well if you plan on running it stock I would say go with the 6.7, if your going to remove the DPF and tune it then go with the 6.4.

That being said I know the 08-10 F450's seem very sturdy, heck the rear axle is a dana 110, which is a square tube heavy heavy duty axle. But the gearing is 4:30 or 4:88 and when mated to the 6.4 equals really really really ****ting mileage. And they have 19.5" wheels which use commercial tires which last longer but ride stiff. I hear the 6.7's get substantially better mileage.

I think the 08-10 F450's are a heavier duty than the 11+ F350's, the question is do you really need the F450?

You say the GVWR of your next tow hauler will be 18-21K, but what do you expect it to weigh?

Also, depending on the states you will be traveling through, you may need a CDL. I know RV's are supposed to be exempt from 26K combined GVWR rules but some states dont seem to think a toy hauler is an RV. Just something to look into, talk to the DMV/DOT of the states you'll be going through.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:15 PM
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I'm jealous, I want to be able to purchase a newer truck just to pull the camp trailer around! IMO I'd get the 2010 6.4 f450 and delete the exhaust junk and get a good tow tune... Possibly one that only tunes the trans but deletes the dpf and egr. Good luck man and make sure to post some pics of your new toys once you purchase.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:28 AM
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Def. the F450
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For that kinda load you have, a 450 is a better match........and also you will get alot more life of a truck with your budget if you go with a 6.4. I would say deleting is a MUST. Good luck to you.


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f450 with a delete and tune, you will be glad you did, alot more life in the truck also
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6.4 if you are going to delete. If not go 6.7 and plan on a turbo soon.
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6.4 f450 with dpf delete and tune. Good luck to whatever you get.
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