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Old 01-28-2014, 04:37 AM   #1
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I currently have an 07 Avalanche Ltz which I love. To me it's the perfect truck, infinitely usable, perfect for my family and fits in my garage. Problem is that it will be at the limit with our new trailer and even though I've done everything I can to upgrade it you can't cheat physics nor will I put my family at risk.

Enter the F250, it's the only large truck I like, BUT I can't decide between the Gas and going all the way in getting the diesel. I've spent months reading the forums about these trucks, know all about the regen issues extra costs etc The MPG difference is negligible when my avalanche struggles to do 16 mpg in mixed driving.

I guess what I want is a truck that I never have to worry about the load again. If we want pull to Florida or British Columbia I don't want to worry about anything other than the fuel bill.

I know that most 1500's will tow near 10,000 lbs but I'm honesty not convinced how well they do that. I guess I've bought into the weight police.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:00 AM   #2
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I currently have an 07 Avalanche Ltz which I love. To me it's the perfect truck, infinitely usable, perfect for my family and fits in my garage. Problem is that it will be at the limit with our new trailer and even though I've done everything I can to upgrade it you can't cheat physics nor will I put my family at risk.

Enter the F250, it's the only large truck I like, BUT I can't decide between the Gas and going all the way in getting the diesel. I've spent months reading the forums about these trucks, know all about the regen issues extra costs etc The MPG difference is negligible when my avalanche struggles to do 16 mpg in mixed driving.

I guess what I want is a truck that I never have to worry about the load again. If we want pull to Florida or British Columbia I don't want to worry about anything other than the fuel bill.

I know that most 1500's will tow near 10,000 lbs but I'm honesty not convinced how well they do that. I guess I've bought into the weight police.
My f150 is rated for 11,300#, and it handles our rig just fine.
If you ever figure on going to a bigger rig you should probably look at the 250s. Diesel or gas would be your choice. Just make sure before you buy one that it's rated for, or above what you want/need.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:05 AM   #3
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I have always towed fifth wheels due to the improved stability. So I've always used pickups, first 1500, then 2500HD and now the 3500 (1st tow is this week). My crew cab still fits in my garage, just barely, and that is important. Ford was just a few inches too long and Dodge has several inches less clearance for a fifth wheel.

Diesel is not a cost effective answer for many RVers, but I prefer the effortless power and greater range between fuel stops. Towing 11-12K lbs, even I could "get by" without the diesel, but hopefully I won't need to make the choice again for at least 10 yrs.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:34 AM   #4
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THAT is the $64,000 questions (dating myselfaren't I)

What will you tow in the near (or far) future?
Is it a daily driver or primarily a tow vehicle?

IF you decide to go to the 250,
I suggest you do a 350 with the highest gvwr possible, the difference in price is negligible...

I did the 250 and ended up trading it in about a year after "she who must be obeyed" said we HAD to have a new 5er !


the gas or deezle debate has lit up many a forum and I, for one, would rather not indulge, but I decided on the deezle for my own reasons and glad I did --- the new 6.7 from ford is head and shoulders above anything they've offered before...

My ONLY issue with it is the EPA mandated "processing plant" of an exhaust system that makes it sound like a leaf blower or hair drier when towing heavy and powering off with it's 800 lbft of torque. The engine sounds strong, but the exhaust note, not so much - especially for a muscle car raised gear head !
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:21 AM   #5
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We bought an F250 gasoline quad cab. We love it.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:05 AM   #6
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My 2-cents is moot compared to the experience on this forum...but...

We plan on going 3/4-ton gas. I would LOOOVE a diesel, but as a daily driver and for what we need, gas is a better, more cost-effective option. Our Zinger is same layout as your 290QB, but a little heavier. I expect to tip around 8000# loaded.

We've considered 1/2-ton, but lean towards 3/4 ton so there is no guess work.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:35 AM   #7
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there are a few things you should think about when you make you choice one is how much you are going to use the truck if using a lot diesel will pay for it self and if not going to use a lot gas is way to go I pull RVs from IN. and all of the guys I work with have diesel no gas if you are going to travel a lot with camper it will cost you less with diesel good luck and happy camping Jim&Carol
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:54 AM   #8
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Have you towed with your new trailer yet? I'm betting your avalanche will be fine. You have a fairly light weight trailer and anything built on a 1/4 ton should be fine depending on how you load it. The Avalanche was my 1st choice for a vehicle and the only reason I don't have one is that I don't trust the teeny tiny cross bars with my 16' kayak.
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I started with a 3/4 gas and didn't like how it would hunt for a gear and down shift a lot at overpasses and highway speeds, which burned more gas. Then went to a diesel 3/4 then onto a 1 ton. Had I done that 1st I'd be just about paid for.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:32 PM   #10
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We tow our 5th ( loaded 9200 lbs.) with a dodge 3/4 ton diesel and driving down the freeway at 60 mph I still get 17 mpg. Along with the ease that it does it we love it.
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