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Old 07-10-2018, 02:50 AM
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F350 ride quality

We are planning to upgrade our RV to something my F150 3.5EB and max tow can no longer handle, so I'm planning to order a 350 w/6.7 and 3.55. But that also means it will be my daily driver and our long-haul vacation rig (even when we leave the RV behind).

Is my family going to hate me moving from the 150 to the 350? Ride most specifically, but anything else?
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 05:47 AM
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I went from a '04 Honda Pilot to a '18 350. The initial ride was pretty stiff, until I aired down the tires. I need to verify, but I think I'm running 55 front and 65 rear. All while unloaded of course. That made a huge improvement in ride quality.

We also have the option of swapping out the stock shocks for adjustable (Fox or Rancho). I found that wasn't really necessary in our case.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 06:33 AM
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I have a similar situation. My plan is to do Fox shocks, avoid the plow package, and sulastic springs in the rear. You can also just air down a bit and see how you feel.

Hereís a dually with sulastics on YouTube Iíd you want to learn about them:

 
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I bought a '17 F-350 DRW last year to tow our 16K pound 5th wheel. I expected a super rough ride for daily use but it's not as bad as I thought it would be. The long 176" WB and airing down tires about 5 psi front and rear helped out. Ride isn't going to be as soft as a 150 but it's smooth enough to take on a long trip. We went to Maryland this past Christmas to the wife's sister's house and once we got out of Louisiana the ride on the highway wasn't bad at all. Truck averaged 16.3 mpg for the 2300 mile round trip and with the 48 gallon fuel tank I only had to fuel up every 600 miles or so. The long wheelbase can be a pain in tight spaces but most get use to it quickly...towing it's hard to beat.

 
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:12 AM
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We take my 2017 F350 6.7 CCSB everywhere. It rides nicer than any truck we have ever have had. Including 1/2 tons.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:16 AM
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I came from a '17 F-250 to an '18 F-350 SRW w/ the 6.7, 3.55's, & 20" wheels (both trucks). The 350 has the snow plow prep which the 250 didn't have. While the 350 rides a little stiffer it is by no means uncomfortable, in my opinion. I've put 15k miles on in since 4/14 with a couple of trips to the Midwest (Iowa & Indiana/Michigan) where the roads are super crappy. I love it. We take it everywhere.
 
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The F350 is what I drive if the weather is bad or I need more than two seats. It is also our long-distance travel vehicle because my wife's X5 can't handle more than 5% biodiesel. I expect you'll notice that the ride is rougher than the F150, but it certainly isn't unbearable. My son and I just pulled our tiny camping trailer for 3000 miles in 7 days across TX, NM, AZ, and UT. We didn't feel like we'd been pummeled.
 
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I would suggest you test drive the 350 and see for yourself. Ride quality is very subjective and what I might find good you might find un-acceptable.

When I went new truck shopping last fall, I was coming out of an '07 F350 CCLB, 2WD and thought its ride was to harsh for daily driving. It was used for tow duty only. I have had two F150s, a '13 and a '15. I thought both rode reasonably well if not a little softer than necessary. However, when I looked at '17 Super Dutys I thought the 350 was more harsh than I wanted. The 250 was very good and had the GCVWR and Payload capacity I needed so I went with a '17 F250, CCSB, 6.7. I love the truck and daily it about half the time in place of my car. Its my wife's favorite vehicle and prefers it to anything else in the fleet for long distance travel. Its quiet, comfortable and eats interstate miles with abandon.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by gravedgr View Post
We are planning to upgrade our RV to something my F150 3.5EB and max tow can no longer handle, so I'm planning to order a 350 w/6.7 and 3.55. But that also means it will be my daily driver and our long-haul vacation rig (even when we leave the RV behind).

Is my family going to hate me moving from the 150 to the 350? Ride most specifically, but anything else?
I don't think it really matters, you buy a SD F350 for the capability. Do you need the capability? then buy it, and enjoy the fact you drive a capable machine.

No matter what I love taking my CC LWB on a road trip, loaded or unloaded does not matter. I really cannot think of a better machine to travel our nation's highways.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:00 AM
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Your F150 will have a softer ride than the Super Duty's but I can tell you that the ride with my current 2017 F350 is very comfortable. I did not see any difference in ride quality when I stepped up from my F250 to the F350. The F350 is also my daily driver.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 11:59 AM
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It's all very subjective but I went from an '16 F150 to '18 F350 for a tow vehicle and daily driver and don't find the ride bad at all. I actually prefer the slightly stiffer ride of the 350 and really enjoy driving it for my daily driver. It's also our family's towing and non-towing road trip vehicle... The wife has no complaints about the ride.

As someone else mentioned I'd recommend test driving the 350. For what it's worth though - I test drove one initially and thought it seemed substantially stiffer than my 150 at the time but knew it was what I needed for what we were going to tow. I got used to the ride difference really quickly.

Edit to add - I run my rear tire pressure at 75 and front at 65. I keep them upped in hopes of better gas mileage and still don't mind the ride.
 
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How do you lower the pressure without freaking out the computer? My 2018 F350 is all over the road on the washboard dirt roads we have here. On my previous Ram 3500, I was able to just lower the pressure and the computer didn't mind. Is it a dealer fix only?
 
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How do you lower the pressure without freaking out the computer? My 2018 F350 is all over the road on the washboard dirt roads we have here. On my previous Ram 3500, I was able to just lower the pressure and the computer didn't mind. Is it a dealer fix only?
No, you can do it pretty easily with Forscan. The thread in this forum describes it pretty well. Well worth the cost of an adapter.
 
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Old 07-10-2018, 12:11 PM
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I don't think it really matters, you buy a SD F350 for the capability. Do you need the capability? then buy it, and enjoy the fact you drive a capable machine.

No matter what I love taking my CC LWB on a road trip, loaded or unloaded does not matter. I really cannot think of a better machine to travel our nation's highways.
Youíre right! Itís all about capability. If ride is the deciding factor , leave the 5th wheel at the dealers lot and buy a comfy minivan.
 
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Use ForScan and you set the TPMS limits.
Most dealers won't lower the tpms limits because of fear of lawsuits
 

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