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Old 12-03-2018, 04:44 PM
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F-450 regrets?

I'm about 3 months out from ordering a 2019. My only real hesitation about jumping from a F-350 SRW to a F-450 is the gearing. The MSRP price difference between a F-350 SRW and F-450 DRW KR Ultimate is $3590.

The truck will be a daily driver and probably only used 5% of the time for towing, but we'd like to get a larger 5th wheel, probably in the 15-16K lb range in a year or two. For the 95% of the time I'll be empty, does the higher engine RPM's at 75-80 mph bother anyone?

Said another way, does anyone ever think they bought too much truck with an F-450 and wish they'd gone with a SRW F-350?

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Old 12-03-2018, 04:56 PM
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The turning radius will just put a smile on your face. If you can afford a 350/450 the 500$ in extra fuel will never be a factor if the 450 does get worse mileage. Sounds like you are going to be very happy with the truck.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 04:57 PM
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I've never heard of anyone unhappy with an F450. When I upgrade, that's what I plan to go to - F450 KR or better.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 05:36 PM
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I don't drive as fast as you, but really like the 4.30 gears in my F450. At 65 it purrs along at 2000 RPMs, 2200 at 72, 2460 at 80. I have daily driven mine for 20k miles in beltway traffic without issue. It has great throttle response, tows fantastically, and gets 15 MPG with my driving style. It'll surely be lower with your 75-80 speed.

One thing to keep in mind though. If you really drive at 80, it will likely be annoying to stomp on the throttle just to be limited 7 MPH higher.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:02 PM
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Went from a 03 350 to a 17 450 and have zero regrets. It's a daily driver and I've never had any issues getting around town in it. It's actually easier to park and maneuver with the wide track front axel. I doubt you'll regret moving into a 450.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:32 PM
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No regrets going from a 350drw to a 450. 68 to 70 mph with our 40' toyhauler is a pleasure to tow. I don't ever see going back to a 350.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:02 PM
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2002 V10 f250>2004 F350SB>2007 F350 dually>2009 F450 (cratered)>2010 F450 (cratered)>2017 F450KR. Best Ford I have ever owned. Tows at 30500gross with no strain. 14-14.5 solo; 9-9.5 towing. Would never go back to wider turning radius of the 350s.
The 350 will tow just about anything the 450 will, just won't turn as sharp---consider that when backing a long fiver into a campsite. CONS: the 19.5 tires/ride/cost; PROS: the 19.5 tires/life of tires/fewer flats?
Mileage difference--I think minimal. And the wow factor when you you talk trucks is priceless....lots of people think the 450 is way bigger than the 350.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:08 PM
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I used to occasionally tow with an '07 F450. I had an '07 F350 at the time. Now these are not the '17+ chassis but the 450 ride was significantly harsher, mostly due to the tires. I would suggest driving both a 450 and a 350 dually and see how you like the ride quality. Since you are daily driving it 95% of the time you might want the improved ride over the turning radius.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:22 PM
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I will be going 450 on my next one...
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:40 PM
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Solid advice above. I recently drove both an F350 and F450 back to back. The F450 is a harsher ride no question. I'm going with the 350
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:05 PM
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Solid advice above. I recently drove both an F350 and F450 back to back. The F450 is a harsher ride no question. I'm going with the 350
This is a big decision, and the daily parking benefits, as well as benefits backing a trailer, are very significant with the F450. I strongly recommend doing this comparison again, but bring a tire pressure gauge with you. I find that some dealers have way wrong tire pressures, which makes a ride comparison test meaningless.

When my family did this test, on multiple occasions, we found the ride of the SRW short bed, F350 DRW, and F450 to be very similar (with correct tire pressure) and the SRW long bed to be markedly superior. If you are passing up the F450 for a DRW F350 due to the ride, I think you are making a mistake. For sure, an F450 with 70/80 tire pressure and upgraded RS9000xl shocks (set to 4 or 5) rides nicer than a stock F350 DRW.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:14 PM
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Had a 2011 and now a 2018. would not go back. the tighter turning is worth it!
 
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Old 12-04-2018, 01:26 AM
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Part of my problem is that I won't be able to test drive a F-450 before ordering one. I'm living overseas and my return plans include having a truck ready for me to pickup upon my return.

I was able to test drive a few SRW trucks last month during a short return to Virginia, but there were no F-450's on dealer lots within 100 miles of Norfolk. Nothing I could find used either to drive.

I did find that the long bed truck to drove smoother than the short bed truck, but that was the extent of my comparison and no big surprise.

We'll be living out west where the speed limits are up to 80 mph in places and if running empty, why not run with the traffic. Over here, running with the traffic sometime has you doing over 100 mph.

Thanks for the input so far.
 
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My Neighbor had a F450 for awhile... He loved it.. only thing he didnt enjoy with it was because it was classified as a Commercial class vehicle due to the weight rating by the state he didnt get a break on the property taxes like he did with his F350... If it hadnt been for that he would have kept it... his was an 08 and had a re-occurring problem with the gauge cluster the dealer couldnt figure out... but other that he loved the truck... his favorite saying was he could pass everything on the road except the fuel stations lol
 
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:57 AM
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I bought a 17' F-350 DRW, and didn't like the 350's brakes, and turning radius. The F-450 is much better in both categories. Bought a 18' F-450 off the lot and loved it, I really thought of it as "better" F-350. (I think it's physically the same size.) I ordered a 19' F-450 spec'd out the way I wanted it and couldn't be happier with it. I should have bought the 450 first. I drive 65-70 mph and it's not a daily driver for me. If possible, test drive both trucks before ordering.
 

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