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I agree with Rich about power and dependability.
My opinion on your questions are
1) Better than what - Dodge or GM, no. Ford, about the same. Coming from GM, I found that to be one of my two biggest gripes. The turning ratio and radius is worse than competition and turbo lag is horrible on the 6.7 compared to other brands.
2) Absolutely, these things are animals!! The power and comfort will make you forget the two negatives I listed above!!
3) On par with other brands. One thing that has surfaced reading the forums about fuel usage is the gear ratio makes a lot of difference in MGP. Where the 323 gears are coming in around 20 mpg and higher, the 355s are hitting 17. My F450 with 430s is mid 13s on a good day. So as you can see, the ratio has a big impact on mileage. Unless you are going to haul a lot of massive loads, you would be better off to buy a faster axle. Don't be afraid of power, these 6,7s will amaze you there. Guys are pulling 15k 5th wheels with the 323 gear, no problem.
4) never had a 7.3 - no comment
5) Turning ratio/radius, turbo lag, lack of auto locker rear axle. The electric locker will eat tires pulling the type trailer you mentioned. Go for a limited slip over the electric locker.
6) Compared to my old GM, the Ford seems to require a lot more maintenance, , , anti freeze, fuel filters and so on. Nothing real terrible but a pain in the butt anyway
7) Brakes are awesome but will take 2k miles to seat when new. Be sure you get some break-in miles before you hook onto a big trailer!! Based on that, I expect the brakes to last a very long time. They do not soil the wheels much at all either.
8) Yes, you can handle loads like that very easily. Like we have been saying, these 6.7s are awesome pullers. The pintle hitch will not load the truck very heavy so remember what I said about the electric locker axle and tire wear. You will really NEED a limited slip for this trailer.
9) Back-up cam works very well. I had the small one in the mirror on my 2011 F250 and the guide lines on it will allow you to back into a hitch very easily. I painted the top of my trailer hitch orange so it would show up well on the camera - that worked perfect.
10) No comment, never had either
One last comment for you. The F450 has a wide front axle that WILL turn with the other brands. It has massive brakes and of course, is rated to handle much bigger loads than the 250s and 350s. The 250 and 350 trucks will suffer turning radius. The fuel mileage on a 450 will eat your wallet fast. They only offer the 430 gear in this modle. I think you can get any ratio in the SRW 250s and 350s. It all comes down to your own needs.
Bottom Line: 6.7 diesels are fantastic rigs in any configuration you get. But you can "dial in" a very sweet truck by doing your home work and know your needs. You are doing it right so keep asking questions.
2012 F450 Ultimate Lariat pkg, 4X4, FX4, 5th wheel prep, camper pkg, 40console40 seat, Ingot Silver and Black guts
Reese Elite 18k 5th wheel
DuraFlap flaps all 4 corners
60 gal aux tank in bed
7.4 mpg as shown @ 70mph and 25740 lbs gross!!
2012 Fuzion FZ310 Monster Edition Toy Hauler 12,500 dry 16,500 loaded to play. 3100/3500 pin weight
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