I've decided to replace my 2005 F-350 diesel truck and got to wondering what most of you use as a tow rig. Since I only tow a few times a year and the truck doesn't get a lot of miles, I've decided to go with a gas truck and am leaning toward the F-250 XLT 4x4 with the 6.2L engine and 3.73 locking rear end. I know some are using the 4.30 gears but I don't think that ratio is necessary for my purposes, especially here in the East.
Ken, I'm initially talking to the two Ford dealers in our area who are also good customers of ours but I may come your way if they can't make the numbers work.
I'm interested in all opinions on the newer trucks and especially those who've purchased new trucks recently and have some insight on what to order and why.
I know this might be a really late responce but i tow alot with my 5.4l with i believe 3.73 gears im not sure i gotta figure that out lol but i have had no issues with it i pull a 16ft landscaping trailer, idk the weight but it makes my dads 1500 squat like its its job though lol. what exactly do you tow? i havnt heard anything bad abou the new 6.2l engines either.
Thanks for the response. I ended up ordering a new F-350 XLT with the 6.2 gas engine and 3.73 electronic locking gears.
I tow a 26' enclosed car trailer. It's a V-nose aluminum frame, dual-axle trailer. When I first got the trailer, my tow vehicle was a 2003 F-150 with the 5.4. The combined weight of the trailer and my '67 Mercury Cougar is about 6,200 lbs, so that truck had to work some in the steeper grades in NY and PA.
When I got my current F-350, I wasn't willing to go to a much heavier truck running the same motor, so I got a diesel. That worked well for towing but not for the infrequent and short-distance use the truck gets most of the time. So now I'm going back to gas power, but only because the 6.2 has gotten good reviews from people who tow larger trailers.