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post #1 of 23 Old 12-22-2013, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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250 or 350 SRW for pulling a gooseneck horse trailer?

I currently drive a 2002 f350 dually with the 7.3. I am pretty certain I am about to trade it in on a new 2013 to take advantage of the 0% financing, but I am having a hard time deciding between the F250 Lariat and the F350 Lariat SRW, both in short bed. My dually is a bit big for daily use, so it was either get another car, or downsize a bit. The new truck will be diesel. I currently have a 3 horse featherlite gooseneck trailer which weighs about 3000 lbs. At max with 3 horses and gear(which is rare), maybe coming in around 7000 lbs. I understand that the only difference between these two models is the badgeing and an extra leafspring in the rear. I may upgrade to a bigger trailer down the road.

So my question is, am I better off with the F250 or F350? The pickings are very slim on Long Island with 2013's in the Lariat trim with the Diesel in a color I can tolerate. We are literally talking 5 250's and only 2 350's, so deciding between the two really narrows down my possible options greatly.

PS, just to head this of at the pass, I am aware of the limitations of a short bed pulling a gooseneck. My featherlite is a 7' wide with a tapered nose, and will not be a problem. I am aware that if I upgrade to a larger trailer, I will lose some maneuverability.
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Id go 250. It will be plenty good enough. With loads that light a 1 ton would be a waste imho

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Even if they are virtually identically priced? I think the 350 may be $100 more than the 250. The decision between which one determines which dealership I go to and what colors are available to me, thats the main reason why figuring this out is so important. I have pretty much narrowed my options down to 1 350 at one dealership, or between 2 250's at two different dealerships.

What about resale value, would one be more valuable than the other down the road?
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Now that you mention the price difference.. 350. One can infer a 350 would bring more resale but I cannot tell you for sure. Let's put it this way. The 250 is plenty enough truck for what you need, but with a 350 beingso cheap it might be wise to go that route just to possibly get more resale.

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I'd go 350 for the price especially if you may get a larger trailer in the future.
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350

rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it

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350 srw and f250 srw are basically the same truck, same frame, the f250 can be optioned with f350 springs

i believe the f350 has a higher gcwr and gvwr to legally tow heavier loads is the major difference and some states cost more to register.

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I'd go with the F350 because even though you'll have the extra support it's better to have it and not need it then to not have it and need it.

Also I agree NY is horrible for buying these trucks and I had to go to Jersey to get mine. I suggest doing the build it now thing on Ford's website and pick what you want and have Ford either build it for you or pick from related ones. I did the build it now myself as I was bored and only found about 4 F350's where 1 or 2 were Lariats within 10 dealerships. The rest were F250's and mostly XLT's.

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I'd go with the F350. I don't "need" the F350 I have...but when I want to legally tow at the max or load payload to max - I can. And, the payload is a fair difference.

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F-250 just because I have one! Someone had to stick up for the 3/4 ton's haha. If your never going to pull more than you plan to, why overkill it and pay more at registration time? Just my opinion. Good luck and keep us posted.

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