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Old 01-11-2011, 06:37 PM
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f250 or f350

is there any differences between the f250 and f350 when specced the same?
im looking at getting a pretty loaded truck, with the lariat package.
and to be honest i wont be towing or hauling big loads. this is going to be more of a family vehicle and my daily commuter.

i know the super duty trucks are overkill for my needs, but i like them a lot more than the 1/2 tons. love diesel, and they will in theory last better and hold their value.

so, other than the payload, are the 250's and 350's the same?

also, is the 9,900 GVWR package just to bring the truck in under the 10k figure for insurance reasons?

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Old 01-11-2011, 07:29 PM
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I don't know all the spec's, I went with an F 350 after watching all the F 250s with thier hind ends sagging pulling a medium weight trailer, mostly mine! A F 350 was $650.00 more, hydraulic brakes and I can hook up to anything I need or want to pull. I cannot tell a real difference between the F 250's and the F 350's ride. The 2011 rides real good, cannot tell a substantial difference from my F 250's.

Insurance reason's??? Not to my knowledge....
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I don't know all the spec's, I went with an F 350 after watching all the F 250s with thier hind ends sagging pulling a medium weight trailer, mostly mine! A F 350 was $650.00 more, hydraulic brakes and I can hook up to anything I need or want to pull. I cannot tell a real difference between the F 250's and the F 350's ride. The 2011 rides real good, cannot tell a substantial difference from my F 250's.

Insurance reason's??? Not to my knowledge....
thanks, i wonder why you can get the 9,900lbs package on both the 350 and 250?

the 250 works out about $2500 less here in Canada for the same options.

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F250 or F350

I have a 2011 F250 and it pulls a loaded (8000 plus pound bumper pull horse trailer with no sag. With that load you should use a equalizing hitch with either a 250 or 350. The running gear including brakes is exactly the same according to the dealers. The F350 rides rougher because of the heavier springs. The 350 has more load bearing capacity and sits higher but the towing ability of the two trucks is the same. I also tow a 10,000 5th wheel with very little sag.
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Brake systems are different on the 350 vs the 250. The 250 has a vacuum booster, the 350 has a HydroBoost system which is much better. My 350 rides better than my 08 250 did.

The 9,900 lbs GVWR is for the DMV. It's cheaper to register a vehicle that is under 10k GVWR. It doesn't make a difference on insurance for the GVWRs.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:09 PM
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The brake system on a F 350 is better. Also, I recall seeing that the axles are uprated. Yes, you can carry more and it should be able to handle tow loads better. Most of all (IMO), the F350 will keep its value better since it is a higher capacity work truck and that appeals to anyone who wants to buy it down the road and use the truck for business. That said, in some states (NJ) the weight rating classifies it as a commercial vehicle. Get the F 350!
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not able to even think about buying another truck at the moment, but if I could....f350. I dont come close to maxing out my 96 f250, but would still rather have the F350.
I'd prefer a dually over a SRW also, especially if towing a 5th wheel camper or trailer...
Just my 2 cents....
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DROVE A 2011 F250, THE RIDE WAS BETTER THAN MY 2008. ORDERED F350 AND IT RIDES JUST AS GOOD. GET THE F350 FOR BRAKES AND HAULING.
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not able to even think about buying another truck at the moment, but if I could....f350. I dont come close to maxing out my 96 f250, but would still rather have the F350.
I'd prefer a dually over a SRW also, especially if towing a 5th wheel camper or trailer...
Just my 2 cents....
Like I said I won't be towing or hauling anything really. 99% of the time it will just be a big family car.
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:42 PM
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I have a 2011 F250 and it pulls a loaded (8000 plus pound bumper pull horse trailer with no sag. With that load you should use a equalizing hitch with either a 250 or 350. The running gear including brakes is exactly the same according to the dealers. The F350 rides rougher because of the heavier springs. The 350 has more load bearing capacity and sits higher but the towing ability of the two trucks is the same. I also tow a 10,000 5th wheel with very little sag.
With the 07/09 F 250 I HAD to use an equalizing hitch, and adjust it so I didn't get bright light flashed at night for my sagging hiney (not the britches) at night. With the F 350, no equalizer hitch, pulled the same trailer without the sag....my 15k fifth wheel will squat it about 2-3 inches at the rear axle, 22,500 truck/trailer.

Having had a srw 2 wheel drive F 350, the F 250's never seemed able to match the old 7.3 truck. Apples/oranges I know, but the 2011 seems to be every bit as good as the old workhorse 7.3 and is quite a bit stronger.. I think my Viper and F 350 had about 400 lbs of torque each if memory serves (Viper 390), both could haul real good!!!
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