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Old 04-12-2007, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

Hi - sorry for the dumb question, but I've never owned a truck before. I'm thinking to buy a 2008 F350 PSD so I can get into RVing. The local dealer has an identical F250 in stock, which he allowed me to test drive (very nice!). Should I expect any noticeable difference in ride quality (or anything else) between it and an (otherwise equivalent) F350? It is uncertain when the dealer will get a comparable F350 on the lot, and so I don't want to wait forever to test drive one.

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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

Not a dumb question,but you don't say how big,or heavy the RV is you will be towing.That's where you need to start,if the truck is going to be primarily used to tow,you need to worry about tow rating differences between the F250,F350. It sounds like you have not bought the RV yet, so I would at least make that descision first.That way you will have bought enough truck to pull the RV. Good luck. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

When speaking of both trucks with single rear wheels(SRW), I cannot tell the difference with the ride. What matters most in ride comfort to me is tire pressure. Unloaded I run the rears at 60psi, when towing the fifth wheel, I air up to 80psi which stiffens the ride. I still think they are pretty much the same truck like they were in 2004. The previous poster is very correct. You need to select the rv that you intend to buy and tow, that will determine what type of truck you will need. If you are buying a travel trailer, a F-250 will probably be plenty. If you are going with a heavy fifth wheel travel trailer, you may be better served by a 350 or even a dual rear wheel(DRW) 350. You have to know the GVWR of the trailer you choose and it's hitch/pin weight. You cannot go by the manufacturers published unloaded weight. The trailer with the options you choose, full of gear for a week of camping, full propane, 1/2 tank of fresh water can and will weigh quite a bit more than that unloaded weight. Spending time in the great outdoors with the family and a rv is wonderful, but you have to do your homework to make is safe and enjoyable.
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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

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When speaking of both trucks with single rear wheels(SRW), I cannot tell the difference with the ride. What matters most in ride comfort to me is tire pressure. Unloaded I run the rears at 60psi, when towing the fifth wheel, I air up to 80psi which stiffens the ride. I still think they are pretty much the same truck like they were in 2004. The previous poster is very correct. You need to select the rv that you intend to buy and tow, that will determine what type of truck you will need. If you are buying a travel trailer, a F-250 will probably be plenty. If you are going with a heavy fifth wheel travel trailer, you may be better served by a 350 or even a dual rear wheel(DRW) 350. You have to know the GVWR of the trailer you choose and it's hitch/pin weight. You cannot go by the manufacturers published unloaded weight. The trailer with the options you choose, full of gear for a week of camping, full propane, 1/2 tank of fresh water can and will weigh quite a bit more than that unloaded weight. Spending time in the great outdoors with the family and a rv is wonderful, but you have to do your homework to make is safe and enjoyable.

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Capt makes a good point about the tire pressure. I have found on two separate occasions that the 350 rode smoother than the 250 unloaded. Then again, I didn't check the tire pressure.
Before you buy, why not test drive both? Difference in price is nil between the two equally equipped.
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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

Thanks for the advice. I forgot to mention that I plan to get a F350 SRW (not a dually). I've done quite a bit of research on weights and have concluded that the F350 SRW will be sufficient for the 5th wheel I plan to get (NuWa Hitchhiker II LS). The reason for my post is that I am curious how similar the ride of the F350 SRW will be to the (otherwise equivalent) F250 that I have already test driven. Based on Capt Skup's info, it sounds like there won't be much difference.

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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

Before you jump be sure of the pin weight on the trailer. There is a difference between the 250 and the 350.
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I'm pulled a HUGE weekend warrior 5er all over the place with my '04 F-250.... I just ordered another F-250 to replace it.... I don't tow all the time..... and I didn't want the heavier rear spring pack of the f-250 on my truck..... I did want the 37 spline axle of the f-350.... but I have pulled it just fine with my 35 spine axle for years.... so.... I opted for the 250.... and I am going to add the overload springs to my 250.... and bag it if I need too. My 5er is 10.5K dead empty.... pushing about 16K loaded.
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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

For the few extra bucks, I'd get the F350.

I've never heard anyone say that they are sorry they got the "bigger" truck...but, I know a couple of people who are sorry they got the "smaller" one!!

Get the F350, that way if you decide to tow heavy, you got it. The F250 is limited.
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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

I also pull a large toyhauler with two full size harleys. Your unit does weigh more than mine. My 250 was ordered with a camper package. The question was ride quality and there will be a difference between the two trucks based on pin weight of a 5th wheel. As you know each of us decides what risks they are willing to take. You are overweight on your truck with a 16,000 lb fiver and have made that decision. A new person not use to towing should be aware of the some of the problems he may face. Pin weight is an issue to be considered in my opinion. I love my 250 but its leaving for the 450 because I am moving up in weight on a new hauler. Sorry, If I offended you.
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I see you have the Timbrens. Me, too. I love them, about the best dang thing invented for the buck. Easy to install, maintenance free, and boy do they work. No, I didn't buy them to tow the 22klb Teton(but it helps), I got them because of the expansion joints on PA's wonderful concrete highways. I may even get them for the F-450. For me 2004, I found out part for part, save the badges on the fenders and tailgate, and the 2" difference in spacer blocks, the SRW 250 and the SRW 350 are the same truck. Same part number for the axles(and the ring and pinion gear set)leaf spring pack, brakes, everything is the same. I am starting to wonder if the frame is the exact same between the 2008 F-350 dually and the F-450 pickup. I wonder because the mounting kit for the Reese Signature Series hitch have the same part number for the 350 and the 450.
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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

I like my timbrens also Capt. In 04 if you got the camper package it was the same as a 350. But I am pretty sure the specs changed the following year. I am not sure about the frame difference on the new 350 & 450's. I am going back to a pullrite for the new hitch, I do like the way it hitches.
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DieselJem.... I totally agree.... I'm just throwing it out there... because I think alot of people don't have a trailer as heavy as mine.... and it is very rare that I have to pull mine fully loaded.....
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Re: Ride Quality Difference Between (Same) F350 and F250

Not sure as to the difference between 08's. I have an 2005 F250 CC SB SRW with camper package (see sig) and I have driven a 2005 F350 CC LB SRW of the same configuration otherwise. My 250 rides worse (more rough) than the 350 LB. AS I wanted the better ride and extra capacity, I ordered the LB in a 350.

Also note that someone looking for a 250 will generally consider buying the 350 however a buyer looking for a 350 will rarely take a 250.

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Drive both and see what you like. I'd go for the 350 just because of the added capacity. I believe the price is about $600 more which is very mininal in my opinion for the added capacity. My 350 still needs air bags for the camper and boat though. As stated above, you won't regret getting the 350...there's no difference in ride and I have both on a regular basis.
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Hi - sorry for the dumb question, but I've never owned a truck before. I'm thinking to buy a 2008 F350 PSD so I can get into RVing. The local dealer has an identical F250 in stock, which he allowed me to test drive (very nice!). Should I expect any noticeable difference in ride quality (or anything else) between it and an (otherwise equivalent) F350? It is uncertain when the dealer will get a comparable F350 on the lot, and so I don't want to wait forever to test drive one.


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Go to the dealership, and take a look at the rear leaf springs of a 250 and a 350. Both trucks don't need to be the same cab or bed configuration, so long as they both have an overload spring. I don't know if Ford still does it, but I know that at least up until the 2003 model, Ford did not use different spring packs between the 250 & 350. The ONLY difference between 250's & 350's with comparable suspension configurations was that the 250 came with 2" blocks and the 350 came with 4" blocks. GM & Dodge DO use different rear spring packs between their 3/4 & 1 ton trucks.

So if Ford is still doing as they have in the past (it saves money to purchase twice as many of the exact same springs from the manufacturer, than half of one type and half of another type), then the only difference is the sticker's load rating. Unless you live in a state that makes pickups pulling trailers hit the scales on the highway, and if you find that Ford still uses the same rear spring pack, then a 250 SRW will suit you as well as a 350 SRW as far as load carrying ability. If that is the case, and if you need/want the truck that's on the lot and waiting doesn't work out too well, a 250 would be fine. Add-on airbags will help both a 350 and a 250 to the same extent, so those are always a nice addition to increase loaded & towing stability.
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