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Thinking about upgrading the truck... - February 6, 2014, 09:43 PM

So I'm contemplating upgrading my truck. I've got an 06 F150 XLT. The trim level is fine for me. I'm more interested in the towing capacity (looking for around 15K+ or so.

I'm not averse to lightly used, or new. Just not even remotely interested in paying 50K for a truck.

Suggestions? Truck? Dealer? Engine?

Whatcha got for me to contemplate?

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15k towing ability? Yep, you ain't looking for a new truck if you don't like a 50k price tag.

Diesel is really the only way to go for that kind of towing weight, which sucks because diesels suck unless they are being used for their intended purpose. But hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.


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What percentage of its life will be towing? If it is less than 20%, you could just get a gas HD truck. The extra maintenance and cost of a used diesel probably won't make up for the fuel mileage difference if you don't tow a lot.

Modern diesels are high tech temperamental things that need a lot of care and are expensive to repair and keep maintained. With that being said I love my 2013 TDI Touareg. Got torque?


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The issue for me is the sheer weight for what I need to tow. Think and a 30 foot trailer and riding/racing gear. My gas F150 can pull my 8X16 trailer fully loaded, but it's not happy. Double it and add water and fuel tanks and it gets into the ridiculous territory. Hence the truck upgrade.

My other option is to go for a smaller fun mover. (I've got a pretty decent deal on the fun mover going.) Possible, but then it's just a trade-off. More for fun mover, less for truck. Just moving the money from one vehicle to the other.

Maybe find a lightly used diesel f250? Just a thought...


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If it's going to be used primarily for hauling bikes/gear/people I would go with the "fun mover". It will be a lot more comfortable if you are staying places for a few days and will get the same mileage as a truck and trailer. The downside I see with that would then be if you need something also for everyday use and trips to taskers and back.

My next "upgrade" will be a small motorhome or toy hauler depending on the deal.


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If it's going to be used primarily for hauling bikes/gear/people I would go with the "fun mover". It will be a lot more comfortable if you are staying places for a few days and will get the same mileage as a truck and trailer. The downside I see with that would then be if you need something also for everyday use and trips to taskers and back.

My next "upgrade" will be a small motorhome or toy hauler depending on the deal.

Fun mover > RV in my opinion. The RV costs are just too high from what I've seen. Unless you have family and spend a ton of time in it.

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The issue for me is the sheer weight for what I need to tow. Think and a 30 foot trailer and riding/racing gear. My gas F150 can pull my 8X16 trailer fully loaded, but it's not happy. Double it and add water and fuel tanks and it gets into the ridiculous territory. Hence the truck upgrade.

My other option is to go for a smaller fun mover. (I've got a pretty decent deal on the fun mover going.) Possible, but then it's just a trade-off. More for fun mover, less for truck. Just moving the money from one vehicle to the other.

Maybe find a lightly used diesel f250? Just a thought...
Just depends how much you want to spend. F250 is fine if your looking at a 2011 or newer if not make sure you buy a good extended warranty because you will defiantly need it.


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Just depends how much you want to spend. F250 is fine if your looking at a 2011 or newer if not make sure you buy a good extended warranty because you will defiantly need it.

Why the extended warranty? That can be said of most vehicles eventually. I'm a typical light user for truck stuff. But when I do need it, the truck needs to be able to preform as per the towing & hauling specifications. In other words - 10-15 times a year I will likely be hauling heavy. Much of the rest of the time it's in my driveway as I work from home a lot. If it weren't for longer trips, I would likely drive maybe 8K a year. Maybe.

What are you suggesting will fail on the truck?


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Fun mover > RV in my opinion. The RV costs are just too high from what I've seen. Unless you have family and spend a ton of time in it.

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Forgive my ignorance here, but what is a fun mover?

I know there is a toy hauler which basically is a RV with garage. But "fun mover"? I googled that term up and all images came up as a toy hauler.


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Forgive my ignorance here, but what is a fun mover?

I know there is a toy hauler which basically is a RV with garage. But "fun mover"? I googled that term up and all images came up as a toy hauler.
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