Originally Posted by klc317
What do you tow that you need a F-250/350 diesel? It would be nice to have, but maybe just would be overkill. I would like to have a large truck too, but when I really think about it getting a decent newer model F250 with a few bells and whistles really goes over the $30K mark really quickly. Even the used late model ones hold their value well and aren't cheap. I guess this is only my situation so I certainlu can't tell you what to do or tell you what you want...lol! I have a trailer that I use to haul large or dirty stuff with my Ranger and it's alot cheaper and fuel efficient than buying, insuring, and daily driving a big truck.
I know what you mean for a long time when I was younger I thought it would be cool to have a big truck just to have a big truck but I actually need one now.
I have never said I need a diesel. My brother's company is getting rid of one of their company trucks(94 250 diesel) and offered it to me for "nothing to next to nothing"(whatever that means). I do need something that can tow a car trailer with a trail truck or mustang on it. I also have a pop up camper which is only like 4,000 lbs.
What I have said all along is I don't want my tow vehicle and trail truck to be the same vehicle. Which is what I was doing for the past year until I wrecked my ranger. It always made me nervous to tow the camper to Wharton and then go wheeling and hope I didn't break something, even though i am sure I could have got somebody to get both the trail truck and camper home.
The other thing I am thinking is I want to get another trail truck one day and I don't want that to be the tow vehicle, so it only makes sense to buy something big enough to tow a trail truck on a trailer. Bottom line my ranger is totaled and I need to buy something to at least tow the camper, and I want to get another trail truck and I don't want that to have to tow the camper so I need a big truck that can tow at least 6,000 lbs worth of trail truck and trailer.
Having a trail truck double as a tow vehicle is like having a trail truck double as your daily driver, if it breaks on the trails your screwed. Its not so much that I worry about it breaking and not beable to get them both home its that I worry about it breaking and not being to use the camper the next weekend. I just really want/need 2 vehicles 1. a reliable tow vehicle 2. a fun little trail toy.
Yeah I agree I would not think about buying a brand new F250 or even a 150 because they are just way too much money. I have found many used(2002-2004) F250 EXT cab 4x4 auto 5.4L V8 for less the $20K with less then 30K miles. I think that's pretty reasonable and defiantly something I can afford. I mean really I think the sticker on my 03 ranger was something like $20K.
Also this would not be my daily driver. I have 2 mustangs and a Ford Focus. The Focus has 120K miles on it or close to it so I don't know how much longer its going to be around. The one mustang is a 98 V6 and get killer mileage, the other is a 97 cobra and believe it or not gets good mileage if I keep foot out of it, I think it averages 20-25 and higher on long distances.