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Old 10-17-2014, 09:41 PM   #21
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Not sure the poll makes much sense other than to get a feel for the average level of redneckedness among the membership.

How do you really compare the needs of a guy who hauls excavators around vs someone who installs trim for a living?

I used to work on some pretty big projects while driving an F150 truck. Now I generally work on smaller jobs, but with a E250 cargo van, pulling an open trailer as needed. Can't say I've ever hauled more in the trailer than I used to in the truck, but I certainly carry more tools in the van.
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I'm in a Chevy van 2500 right now.
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I spent a lot of years doing new construction and driving a Triumph Spitfire to work everyday, but the only tools I carried would fit in a briefcase.
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The right vehicle for the job!

A half ton for estimating, two 3/4 tons for on the job/trailers and a One Ton box truck for all siding/repair stuff.
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I have been looking at f250's vs f350's a lot. There really isn't as much difference between the two truck as you might think. It surprised me.

I do know that I am really glad I went with a one ton van. With just my tool and shelving weight the back end was sagging. It definitely needed some beef added. If I hadn't went big from the get go I'd already be looking for a different van.
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Dodge 3500 Laramie 1 ton, fully loaded. Only has a 6' box but it fits the tidy tank and job box, with a headache and moveable ladder rack. Company truck though, my personal is a 1/2 ton Chevy
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Gmc sierra 2500 duramax. Just bought another one this week.
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I have a '69 one ton f350 flatbed dump that somehow has become my main work vehicle despite not being a very pleasant ride.
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1 ton single rear wheel crew cab short bed. Family wagon/ work vehicle.
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I have been looking at f250's vs f350's a lot. There really isn't as much difference between the two truck as you might think. It surprised me.

I do know that I am really glad I went with a one ton van. With just my tool and shelving weight the back end was sagging. It definitely needed some beef added. If I hadn't went big from the get go I'd already be looking for a different van.
I think you're right...My 2012 f250 has a 10,000 gvw where as my old one had 8800 I believe.

Anyway I think I read in the ford forum the only real difference was a 2" steel block vs. 4" on the rear suspension.

Maybe someone who knows what their talking about will chime in and confirm.

Any why is it they call them 3/4 tons when in fact I can stack 3800lbs + in the bed and legally drive away
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I think you're right...My 2012 f250 has a 10,000 gvw where as my old one had 8800 I believe.

Anyway I think I read in the ford forum the only real difference was a 2" steel block vs. 4" on the rear suspension.

Maybe someone who knows what their talking about will chime in and confirm.

Any why is it they call them 3/4 tons when in fact I can stack 3800lbs + in the bed and legally drive away
- 3 rear leaf springs on the 350 vs 2 on the 250
- 7K lbs rear axle load on the 350 vs 6K on the 250
- The GVWR number printed on the B-pillar tag.
- The number on the badges on the front fenders.
- Up til about 2004, 4 wheel drive F250s got D50s while F350s got the D60.
- F250s typically get the upper aux spring as part of a package, while F350s usually have them no matter what.
- After 2011, F250s have one fewer leaf and vacuum boosted brakes while F350s get hydroboost (diesels only).
- V10s with factory 4.30 gearing get the Dana Super 60 7000# GAWR front axle.
- Up until at least 2008, F250 2wd - no spacer, F250 4wd - 2" spacer, F350 2wd - 2" spacer, F350 4wd - 4" spacer

A big thing for some people is just simply having a truck that is rated to legally haul x amount of weight. It wouldn't take much to make the upgrades on a 250 to bring it up to parr with a 350 but it still won't matter regarding what you are legally pulling.
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3 leaf springs? Only 3?
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Yeah that can't be right. My f150 has 4 and I'm sure the 2500 has 5
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I have been looking at f250's vs f350's a lot. There really isn't as much difference between the two truck as you might think. It surprised me.

I do know that I am really glad I went with a one ton van. With just my tool and shelving weight the back end was sagging. It definitely needed some beef added. If I hadn't went big from the get go I'd already be looking for a different van.
I had the one ton extended van, like yours, for 10 years. It was a great van, but I recently switched to a 3/4 ton with a v6. I save about $150 a month just in gas. Do the math and that is $18000 over ten years. Rarely did I ever have close to a ton in the other van. I mostly miss the length, but have learned to get by with the shorter one.
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I think you're right...My 2012 f250 has a 10,000 gvw where as my old one had 8800 I believe.

Anyway I think I read in the ford forum the only real difference was a 2" steel block vs. 4" on the rear suspension.

Maybe someone who knows what their talking about will chime in and confirm.

Any why is it they call them 3/4 tons when in fact I can stack 3800lbs + in the bed and legally drive away
Sorry Spence, hope you don't take that as a dish...it does sound as though your informed here...I think I got a picture of my springs,...see if I can find it.
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Last 2 trucks were 3/4 ton and were company from my old employer. Went from my personal half ton to those. Then when I left I bought a half ton gmc 4 door which I use still. I want the cab room more than the bed.
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This is the only one I can find at the moment...not to conclusive.

I'll look tomorrow when I get a chance.
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Sorry Spence, hope you don't take that as a dish...it does sound as though your informed here...I think I got a picture of my springs,...see if I can find it.


No offense taken. That information came of the ford forum. Its fresh to me because I've been doing a lot of research into the differences.



I did just add two leaf springs to my E-350. Keep in mind they don't count the bottom leaf spring that is shorter and fatter.



My van had the bottom fat one plus 3 others. The suspension guy was surprised it didn't have four. I think they get four+one when they come from the factory with the tow package.



I had two more leafs added and how it sits nice and high. I can't even really tell a difference in ride other that feeling that the back end is higher.



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