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An F450 towing Myths and fairy tales part one:

We just lemon Lawed our 5th wheel and I had to stop by our RV dealer to get the refund on the extended warranty. Probably get $500 eventually. That's another thread for later.

We recently ordered another new, different brand 5th wheel and the owner of the RV dealer spotted me and asked me what we're going to tow the new 5th wheel with?
I mentioned we'll be ordering the 2014 F450 when ordering "opens up" in late June.


The guy that owns the RV dealer is a pretty sharp guy,, but then he hit me with: "If you plan to tow it with an F450, you have to lift the RV because the F450 is too tall. The RV suspension is removed and a 4" metal box frame is installed between the suspension and the coach. The last guy we sold this RV to had to do that because he had a new F450."

I was pretty crestfallen,, no way was I going that route. I'm a bone-stock, plug and play person. I hate radical mods to anything. The farther ya get from stock, the farther ya get from reliable and warranty coverage. The F450 is as close to plug and play as you can get. Comes with the 5th wheel hitch, has the suspension ya need, brake controller, wireing on and on. Yeah,, with the 6.7,, the F450 is the way to roll this time around.

So,, I tracked that customer down that did the metal box frame mod to his 5th wheel. I was determined to bust this latest fairytale.

"You'll be fine stock" he told me. Then added " I did a lift on the truck, and replaced the 18" wheels with 22" and much higher profile tires that added 3 more inches to the height of the F450. On top of that, I extended the RV 6 more feet with a platform on the back to carry more ATV's. I had to box frame the RV chassis for the RV lift, it comes "flipped from the factory" and had to change the pin hitch. You'll be fine stock" went his story.

So I stopped off at Ford and measured the bed height, the stopped by the dealer and measure the pin height with the RV level,, added the hitch height,, and it's dead on perfect bone stock.

So now, after dealing with one childs Lymphatic cancer for the past 3 years and beating it twice,, life must be good if all I have to worry about what color new F450 to buy.



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Glad you took it upon yourself to figure it out for sure, just Kause people sell something does not mean they know much about it

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I think the salesman was just trying to help but he had no idea what he was saying.
I like the color on the trailer though
Get the F450 paint matched.



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I think the salesman was just trying to help but he had no idea what he was saying.
I like the color on the trailer though
Get the F450 paint matched.
Yep, either the Red or the Grey.
The 450 looks correct in grey. Goes well with the trucks trim.
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I will be following this thread to see which color you decide on and congrats to your little one.

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Smart man! Nice work doing your research. Sales people are always so uneducated on their product it's amazing. You need to know what want and have done your research before you go down to the lot or you will get hosed.

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There are two different F450s available. The Chassis Cab models are (I believe) higher than the ones with pickup beds. Perhaps that was the source of the salesperson's confusion? My 450's bed deck is much taller than that of a regular pickup bed.
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