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Old 04-13-2013, 23:32   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie wants to buy F-250

Hello all. I am a aspiring F-250 owner looking for advice and any input you may have. I am not new to pickups but I am to diesel. I currently own a 11 Nissan Titan CC 4WD, which I have to say I love. I primarily use it for towing, and have made many mods to it for such. We want to upgrade our travel trailer into 3/4 ton territory, so here I am. I know very little about diesel trucks, so please feel free to add anything that may help.

I would love to buy new, but it looks like pre owned will be my destiny. I know there have been some models that have had a litany of issues and would like to steer clear of them. Again, I would be using this to tow a TT or 5th wheel, upgrading from my current TT. I have researched this site for answers. However, the threads are very old. So I apologize if these questions have been asked before.

What models should I steer clear from?
What would be the year and mileage cutoff for pre owned?
What models are conducive for maximum towing capabilities?
What options should I include in a new 250 with towing in mind?
And are these trucks easily modded? If so which models?


Again, I apologize for all of the questions and if they are repetitive. As a rule of thumb, I usually stay within 3 years when buying pre owned. I am also no stranger to mods as I am a Mod Junkie.

Thank you for your time Fellas.


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Old 04-14-2013, 07:13   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Newbie wants to buy F-250

Since you have not selected a truck yet, what you need to do is work on a truck/trailer combination from a Gross Combine Weight rateing point so your safe and the truck is not over loaded.
How this is done is you find the selected truck's Gross Combine Weight Rateing in total loaded pounds, then subtract the trucks weight.
What you have left is the legal loaded trailer weightyou should not exceed.
For example:
A truck's GCWR of 12,000 lbs minus 5000 lbs = 7000 lbs left for a loaded trailer weight.
This example is low for what you want but is how it's done.
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Thank you. Yes I understand combined weights and never tow over my legal or manufacturer rated weights. The TT I want is modestly weighted in,or around 11,000. An I would prefer a diesel.


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I would check out the http://thedieselstop.com (link on left of page). Ask some questions there about specific models and problems.
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OK I will thanks. I did not know where the appropriate place was to post this thread. I will try there. Thanks.


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If you can get the newer diesel. Stay clear of the older 6.0L as they are expensive to maintain. One injector alone runs several hundred dollars.

If you only plan to put on 1000miles or less a month I would get a gas truck. The cost of the diesel isnt a good value unless you put the miles on it. Those miles include non towing miles, too.


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