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Old 01-11-2018, 04:03 PM
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Daily driving a super duty

So been looking at a newer used truck. Probably 2017 model year. Have had mostly half tons in my life, and they haul my small trailer just fine. (7500 lb TT). Thing is, I really like the big trailer mirrors which are hard to find used.

I tow ten times a year, the rest of the time it's mostly short trips inside the city of 5-20 minutes.

Given that the crew cab 6.5 box f250 and F150 are basically the same. Size, how happy would I be with the 6.2L engine and the platform on the f250 over the F150?

I have driven both, and I have my own thoughts, but wanted to hear other perspectives.
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:13 PM
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Not a 2017, but my 2011 with long box isnt terribly difficult. Hell I live in the city. It's my DD. My only problems Ive run into is winter time when cars park both side of streets. Tight fit, but never had to backtrack. I doubt youd be disappointed in an F250. If anything, you like it better and never go back.
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:30 PM
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It'll have a stiffer ride and be a bit more truckish in tight turns. The 250 has a few tricks that make it more forgiving every day than the 350.

If you lay off the option packages, you can actually save a bit of weight, which helps, from a 150 guy point of view.

Do it, and don't look back. The 250's rule. The 6.2L is a darn good engine, you won't be disappointed by it.
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:43 PM
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I went from a 2013 F150 FX4 Screw to a 2017 F250 Lariat CCSB 6.2L and even with the 4mpg hit on fuel economy and reduced turning radius (it's a bigger truck) I'm happy and not looking back....
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Sorry, misunderstood the post. Disregard.
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Not sure if it matters to you but the gas mileage could be double with the right engine choice in a F150. A nice little bonus on a F250 is the ability to run 35's without a lift if you choose to change wheels/tires.
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I'll never lift or put larger tires on. Fuel economy matters only a little. Most distance driving will be with trailer attached or in our other vehicle. Big gas V8 will use more than ecoboost around town for sure, but I can factor that in easy enough.
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I went from a F150 CCLB (6.5' bed) to a F350 CCLB (8' bed) and yes it is longer and taller and feels less like a car and more like a actual truck. The only thing I miss from the 150 is the turning radius. I still fit in all drive throughs only in some I use the curb as an extension of the road :-) With the 360 camera system this thing is a breeze to park (always back in). I will never go back to a 1/2 ton unless I buy myself that fancy Shelby Raptor and thats not happening anytime soon.
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I unloaded a '15 F150 ccsb 4x4 3.5 ecoboost and now drive a '17 F250 ccsb 4x4 6.2 gasser and have no complaints. The F250 gives a stiffer ride but I'm good with that. I tow some times too and that's when the big truck really shines.

I have no desire to go back to a half ton.
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A properly equipped F-150, and all the F250s, will have no trouble towing a 7500 pound trailer. However, the huge difference is the cargo capacity of the 250 over the 150. My 7000 pound trailer when loaded actually has 1000 lb of tongue weight. With any other cargo it's easy to overload an F-150's rating as specified on the door pillar tire and loading information sticker cargo capacity number... That's why I ordered a 250 gasser instead of a 150.
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My 2017 F250 6.2 Is mostly daily driver. I hardly tow at all. I just didnít like the F150 engine options. I donít want a turbo that shuts off when I come to a rolling stop. 17K miles later, Iím still loving the 6.2. Previously had a 2008 F150.
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I went from a 2000 F150 Lariat 5.3L Supercab (7700) 6.5ft bed to a 17 F250 XLT Supercab 6.2L with the 8ft bed, daily drive to and from work is about 12 miles each way. Not much difference in gas mileage still in the 12-13 for both, except for the obvious differences in packages(17 years of new gadgets and the usual parking challenges, mainly getting in and out of parking spots, I'm glad we went to the Super Duty, pulls the 5000lb camper around like its not there and there is room for upgrading the camper. Thinking of a small 5th wheel(30ft) would be great addition to the household. Oh and I was the original owner of the F150, 17 years(215K miles) with one truck looking forward to doing the same again.
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Itís like anything else, after a few weeks in the saddle you will appreciate the room. Back up cam helps for city parking. Coming from a half ton myself, these larger trucks feel safer and more planted to the ground...especially if your towing and an 18 wheeler comes flying past you at highway speeds.
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My truck spends >90% of its time on the pavement and I wouldn't trade it for a 1/2 ton any day. Love the tough feeling of a 1-ton and how solid it feels.
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F150's are great for what they are, a vehicle that feels like an everyday driver with the ability to tow the average families stuff. But when I ask an F150 driver what they like most about their truck they say it "handles like a car". Rarely do they mention it's truck qualities.

F250 owners are the complete opposite, they are proud of its truck qualities. Oh yeah, the 6.2L rocks.
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