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Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Versailles, KY
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Like any business, do a cost/benefit study.
The big question is: gas or diesel? Gas engine will cost less initially. Oil changes are cheaper - it's about $100 to change the oil on a PS using Rotella synthetic. Diesel uses less fuel, it's safe to say about 25% less, while right now diesel is maybe 5-10% more than gas. Diesel uses a bit less fuel at idle, too.
Consider weight of the trailer. If you're towing a lot and the trailer weighs more than 6k pounds, the F250 or F350 will pay off. Just better towing platforms.
Small point, but something to think about: you look a bit more professional with a larger truck if you're using it for business.
In 05, they tightened the turning circle of the PS. Something to think about if you want to put a snowplow on the truck.
"Big Duke": 06 F350 King Ranch
long bed, crew cab, dualies