Hi folks, been a member here for about a year researching a replacement for my Chevy 2500HD 6.0L w/4.10s.
I have decided on either a 2011 6.7L F250 XLT or a similar optioned 2011 3.5L Ecoboost F150.
I will mostly use the truck for daily communting and family road trips. However, I have a 26' Enclosed race trailer that has a max gross weight of 10,400 lbs. I use it a couple times a year but I want to make sure the truck I purchase can tow the trailer.
For comparision my 2500HD is rated to tow 12K lbs and it needs to downshift and strain going up any slight incline at freeway speeds.
Previously the F150 was not available in crew cab with a full 6.5' box. Ford has fixed this with the 2010/2011 model years.
Everyone has been saying the Ecoboost has a Diesel-Like torque curve and 420ft/lbs may be plenty as my 2500HD only had 325 ft/lbs.
MPG's seem comprable between the two trucks, 18-19 for the 6.7L and about the same for the Ecoboost. Oil changes and routine MTX will be cheaper with the Eco-Boost than the 6.7L. Longevity is a question on both.
Price, 10K more for the SD (similar options on both trucks). However the SD will hold resale value better than the F150. However I plan to keep the truck for at LEAST five years (probably longer).
Basically I'm looking for opinions on which way to go and if I really need a SD.
A few of my buddies have 6.0L GMC 2500HD's. Until I looked it up for them they thought since their trucks had been new that they were rated for 12k towing.
Only the 8100V8 and 6.6L is rated for 12k. Google any brochure for the GMC's and you'll see that the highest rating you can get for a 2500HD is 10,600 for a Reg cab long box 2wd. And all the other 4x4 2500HD's depending on cab and box size are max'd at about 10,300lbs. So you've been under the assumption you were rated well over what you'd been pulling. So if you went with the Eco I think it would surprise you.
But yes the SD 6.7L would be heavier and control the weight a little better but I think you'd be fine with the F-150 Eco. If you don't get the Max tow package you'll be right on the line since it's rated at appr 10k depending on cab etc. With the max tow you'll be at 11,300.
Either way two great trucks. Congrats!
Trailer towing maximum (lbs / kg):
2500HD alt fuel with 6.0L V8,
auto trans: 8200 / 3718.8 with weight-distributing hitch and sway bar. Alt-fuel vehiclesare neither designed nor intended to tow 5th wheel or gooseneck trailers.
2500HD with 6.0L V8,
manual or auto trans: 10600 / 4807.3 with weight-distributing hitch and sway control or with 5th wheel or gooseneck trailer
2500HD with Vortec 8100 8.1L V8
or Duramax 6600 6.6L Turbo Diesel,
manual or auto trans: 12000 / 5442 with weight-distributing hitch and sway control. Increases to 16100 / 7302.8 for 8.1L and 16000 / 7257.5 for Duramax 6600 with 5th wheel or gooseneck trailer
3500 with Vortec 6000 6.0L V8,manual or auto trans: 9900 / 4489.8 with weight-distributing hitch and sway control or 5th wheel or gooseneck trailers.