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Old 12-07-2018, 04:39 PM
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What options should I get that I don't need...

I'm New to this forum and have been doing a ton of reading. So much useful information here! I'm in the process of considering a nicely optioned F250 Lariat crew cab and would likely order a truck as the selection at the local dealers isn't great (I'm in Vermont). I'm looking for suggestions as to options folks have regretted not getting after the fact. For example, I will get the plow prep package even though I have no intention of installing a plow. However, being in snow country; when it comes time to sell it might be a feature that is attractive to potential buyers. It's not an expensive option, but could make a difference for resale 5 years down the road. Any other options to consider "just because?"

Right now I have a 2012 F150 Supercrew. I do tow a 20' car hauler with it, which just about maxes it out even with the weight distribution hitch. The tow technology package looks interesting, but not sure it's something I "need." But happy to be convinced otherwise.

Thanks for any input and/or suggestions.
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:56 PM
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Tow technology is nice for the 360 view and bed/hitch views. I find the side mirror cams useless for backing. I love the adaptive cruise and LED headlights. Heated and cooled seats are nice too.
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:57 PM
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Everyone here is going to say, and think, that their options choices were perfect. I know I built the perfect truck...

My advice is recognize that it is a truck and meant for work. I say any option dealing with towing is a must, i.e. 5th wheel prep, trailer plug wiring and brake controller, cameras, and powered mirrors. As far as the suspension upgrades, they do affect the sticker numbers and adversely affect the ride to some, I say it is a good trade-off and worth the money.

The rest of the choices are a cost vs. benefit to you. The option that I have enjoyed the most is the power rear window, very useful and handy.....
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:06 PM
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The only option I ordered that I have no current use for are the Upfitter switches. For $165 it was a no brainer for me. It would cost a lot in terms of labor and money to add it later.
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:07 PM
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I wish I had

I wish I had ordered the factory in bed lighting. I regret not having this option.

The trailer tow camera package would have been nice but I can certainly live without it.

I am happy with my 3:73 gears but I always wonder what it would be like if I had ordered the 4:30
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:13 PM
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My recommendation is to go on the FORD site and play with some builds. Some options come with others, and some you cant choose with others.

After a lot of reading I didn't want to order a truck without LED lighting and 360 camera. I also need auto climate which only comes on a a Lariat.

It's really all up to you on options. I think either way, when you sell it, it will be a desirable truck.
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:18 PM
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I got an F250 Lariat Ultimate with Ultimate Trailer Tow but would've just gone Platinum if I could do it over again. My Ult is supper plush and came with everything (no plow, I'm in AZ) except Amp steps and the LED head/taillights. I think the Platinum comes with better leather quality too. I held out on purpose since I always planned to put a full up Carli pintop on it and that wasn't cheap, and then got HR Nova LED bulbs and Amp steps anyway. But all-in-all if you add it all up the Platinum would've cost another $2.5k. Then again I would've managed to creatively justify going F350 too (even though the 250 is plenty for my needs) which would've bumped it up further, so probably better I held off. Oh that and staying married, lol

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Old 12-07-2018, 05:28 PM
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If gas, absolutely get 4.3 gears and locking differential.
Absolutey get the 360 camera. Absolutey get remote start. I’d highly consider the value package.

My truck has every option other than the sunroof, including the factory Atv ramps. It’s all “nice to have” other than the GPS which adds no value once you’re up to the big screen and can plug in your cellphone. My favorite option is probably adaptive cruise / collision warning and the led headlights with dimming brights... but I don’t know that I’d buy all the packages to get there. In summary... I bought pretty much everything, but the stuff at the beginnings are the musts.
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:31 PM
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Ryebone,

Which engine are you consdiering? If diesel, then perhaps consider the F350. If gas, then consider the optional 4.30 axle ratio and the “extra-extra HD” alternator.

Have fun!
Jim / crewzer

 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:44 PM
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I did the upfitter switches, and I have zero intent of using them now. But for $165, it would cost 7-10x that to install them later.
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Bombero View Post
I did the upfitter switches, and I have zero intent of using them now. But for $165, it would cost 7-10x that to install them later.
The install is surprisingly easy. All plug and play. I added them to my 08 F-350 plow truck for a salter light and warning plow light without any issue and the kit was under $200.

I am speaking for the 08-16. I dont know about the newer trucks.

-matt
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:53 PM
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I have a 2018 Lariat Ultimate. I only wanted a truck with the LED headlights and 360 camera. It came with the Ford spray in bed liner, not sure I would do that again. I wish it had the upfitter switches and extended running boards.
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:55 PM
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I’d add to my must haves the upfitters. If you have switched gear it will never look as factory as with the upfitters.
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:05 PM
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I’ve got a lariat ultimate. My truck came optioned pretty well, but a couple things I wish it had that it didn’t.

1. Power running boards - very nice to have
2. LED lights - this is a must, wish my truck has it. You can’t install later.
3. 360 camera
 
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:10 PM
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