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    Default F250 6.2 V8 vs F150 Ecoboost

    My current tractor with heaviest single implement weighs around 9000 lbs. I use a 82" x 22' 12K bumper pull equipment trailer when I move it. Total combined weight of tractor, implement and trailer is approximately 11,500 lbs. I don't know the exact weight on the trailer but estimated 2500 lbs. I usually tow this set up three or four times each year approximately 30 miles to the hunting lease. My current daily driver and tow vehicle is a 2004 F150 with the 5.4 V8 and 3.73 gears. I am not currently in the market to buy, but like to plan ahead for major purchases. I have been torn over whether to consider a F250 for my next vehicle or stay with the F150. I typically keep a truck 10 years so want to make the right decision. I like the idea of the diesel, but see them as too much maintenance and cost. I currently get around 14-16 mpg with the average closer to 14 mpg. I think the F250 gas burner would be very close so mileage not a deal breaker. Curious to hear thoughts on this and why.

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    Default Re: F250 6.2 V8 vs F150 Ecoboost

    I think I would go with a f250 or f350 with a 6.2 or maybe a 6.7. A Ecoboost would do the job but a I think a F250 would hold up better towing that much weight. The 6.2 should not be much harder on gas than your current truck.
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    Default Re: F250 6.2 V8 vs F150 Ecoboost

    At 11,500 lbs. for loaded trailer weight you are over the GCWR for the F150. Pulling is not the problem it is stopping and suspension. You should look at the F250 as I am

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    I also believe you'd be better off with an F250, it is better equipped to tow that kind of load.
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    Default Re: F250 6.2 V8 vs F150 Ecoboost

    If you are wondering whether or not to go bigger, the answer is yes, go bigger. You rarely wish you'd gone smaller... plus at 3.7 liters, that's not a lot of displacement turning, despite the power it's generating. If you want a vehicle for towing 4 tons plus with regularity you should get out of the 1/2 ton range. My .02 anyways.

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    Default Re: F250 6.2 V8 vs F150 Ecoboost

    You won't have a problem power wise with the ecoboost but will be over the legal limit. I was really impressed with the power my 3.5L f150 had when I pulled out of the quarry and had to go up a pretty decent hill from a dead stop with 5 tons behind me. My old 98 ram would not of been happy. Even with the max tow package you will be overweight though.

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    Default Re: F250 6.2 V8 vs F150 Ecoboost

    60 miles x4 =240 x 10 yrs 2400 miles. in 30 mile trips...... Id say get what ever you want. If that is the majority of your need go with the f150 as it will ride better and possibly get better mileage.
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    Default Re: F250 6.2 V8 vs F150 Ecoboost

    3-4 times a year? Unless you have to travel in heavy traffic at the speed limit I'd be happy with an F150. I usually tow my 16,000 lb loads of hay 100 miles monthly with our F350 but had to borrow my brother in laws 4.6 F150 last week, took the load down to 13,000 lb and it towed fine but I was only going 30 mph as its an unbraked hay wagon.

    I wouldn't have been able to use our 27 ft flatbed with the F150, its too much tongue weight.

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    All good comments and hits the difficult to decide on questions head on.

    The trips with this kind of load are pretty much just what was stated. On occasion they will increase in frequency due to moving a second tractor, but the weight would not likely go up. It will likely be 12 months plus before I do anything. I have been looking and contemplating this issue for a long time. When I purchased the current tractor I trailered the trade in 400 miles one way and the current tractor the 400 mile return. I used my current F150 and a borrowed trailer. The borrowed trailer was a bad experience and prompted me to invest in the current 12K 22' trailer with brakes on both axles.

    I suppose the real question remains if the occasional overloading of the 1/2 ton will result in damage. When loading with an implement on I am having to pull forward further than preferred which is likely placing more than the optimal tongue weight. The other thing I learned recently is that when building on the Ford website there was only $400 difference in the trucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deere5105 View Post
    My current tractor with heaviest single implement weighs around 9000 lbs. I use a 82" x 22' 12K bumper pull equipment trailer when I move it. Total combined weight of tractor, implement and trailer is approximately 11,500 lbs. I don't know the exact weight on the trailer but estimated 2500 lbs. I usually tow this set up three or four times each year approximately 30 miles to the hunting lease. My current daily driver and tow vehicle is a 2004 F150 with the 5.4 V8 and 3.73 gears. I am not currently in the market to buy, but like to plan ahead for major purchases. I have been torn over whether to consider a F250 for my next vehicle or stay with the F150. I typically keep a truck 10 years so want to make the right decision. I like the idea of the diesel, but see them as too much maintenance and cost. I currently get around 14-16 mpg with the average closer to 14 mpg. I think the F250 gas burner would be very close so mileage not a deal breaker. Curious to hear thoughts on this and why.
    A new Eco Boost is a night and day difference from your 5.4 truck. The EB F150 is about as much truck as a gas 2004 F250 if you want to look at it that way.

    You do not need a diesel. You may want one and that's fine but gas is all you need.

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