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The F350 will handle that load just fine.
F350 advantage is fuel mileage because you can get a faster axle ratio than a F450 offers. The 450 only comes with a 430 gear (maybe the 2013s will change this??) so mileage is poor. Less than 14mpg empty hiway - every time. The F350 with a 373 (I think is the fast axle) will do a couple miles more. Loaded mpg will not be effected much as the 6.7 torque is awesome with any axle.
F450 advantages are larger brakes, wide front axle and better turning radius.
Depending on your relationship with the insurance agent, you could spend more for the F450 as they will automaticly think it is a commercial vehicle. I have known and done business with my agent for decades so the F450 really does not cost me more than a 350 would as they know it is personel use vehicle and only moves my RV around.
NV DVM was same story. I had to convince them this was a personel use truck and they wanted to register it as commercial. Most F450s are tow trucks, work trucks or something that works commercial every day. Getting registered for personel use takes a few minutes to explain.
I would recommend the F450 for you if you can pony up the fuel money. They are very stable towing platforms with the wide front axles and the brakes feel a lot more solid than the smaller ones do when loaded heavy. I ran 70mpg ON CRUISE CONTROL all the way to the Sturgis Rally a couple weeks ago in the Wyoming winds and never felt the effects. I was grossing very heavy as wifey seems to think we are moving, not camping, if we go for more than over night!! She had us loaded for battle since we stayed two weeks.
When I first got the F450, I kinda wished I had got a 350. After useing the truck for a few months now I am glad I got it. I saw the effects that Wyoming wind was having on smaller rigs.
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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