I knew it was a good idea to get some opinions here!
Regarding a 3/4 ton --- YES every time when you're pulling a horse trailer. Better to be a little over-trucked than under trucked.
Along with better brakes, the radiator is bigger, thus better cooling for the truck.
My Swiss self was sometimes struggling with the "bigger is better" mantra... Until I started hauling myself
Between the potholes in which my Subaru Baja disappears and ppl driving like they won their licence in the lottery - I just don't want to contribute to the madness, lol
Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons View Post
My initial gut response was diesel. But... diesels don't like to sit and the 300k+ would give me pause. If it's only going to be driven a few times a month and 50-100 miles tops, I'd go gas. Mileage is going to be crap in a gas f 250 but you're talking maybe an additional $50-100/ year for such limited use.
If you are buying a dedicated hauling/ farm truck don't look at anything smaller than an f 250.
Yes, it would only get used about weekly, hauling out to the trails - most of which are withing 10 miles... So no long hauling distances - at least until the kiddos are bigger and are game for camping...
yeah, the gas one gets only about 14 mpg highway *gulp*
the 300k on the diesel may be ok, may not be.. its the engine to have.. bulletproof as all get out.. IF MAINTAINED, you would have to have someone give it a once over, if it has blowby or excessive oil consumption etc, low compression, I would pass.. it would be super expensive to fix.. then on the other hand the 5.4 3v engine is a great one to boot except for the multi coil pack system and cam phasers.. if those stay working as should, its a 300-500k engine with routine tune ups etc, its fords go to gas commercial engine
Funny you mention the coil packs in the gas engine! When I inquired about the gas truck, the owner mentioned at the very beginning that probably a coil pack is out... So that would need fixed.
Both engines are extremely reliable as is the F250 for towing oomph as you need...more important it can handle the stop of trailer and the shift of horses in the trailer....
My concern is not the engines but the truck itself.
Have someone check the frame and all welds and "important" stuff very carefully for rust....
I would be doing a background report searching for any serious accidents and that the truck was fixed correctly and from certified repair/autobody shops.
The engines have a reputation of long life with good maintenance but you need a truck worthy of those fine engines to hold together till you finally "kill" those engines with use.
I am not truck savvy enough (you would have never guessed, right?
) to even think I want to do this by myself. So my friend kindly agreed to come with me when I am looking at trucks and give them a thorough check...
Funny side note: DH really starts to get a kick out of truck shopping as well and while he was initially favoring smaller trucks, he suddenly is all for a big mean machine