Dream Truck and starting a new chapter in our live
written on 01-18-2016
We bought our 2016 Ford F-250 King Ranch Diesel 4x4 last week, in 8 days we put almost 800 miles on it. We were averaging the same or more MPG as we were with my 2005 Dodge SLT 4x2 with the 4.7 engine. We were averaging 17.0 mpg driving back roads and highways in Arizona. Absolutely love the comfort of this truck. We purchased this truck to haul our trailer across country. My wife is starting as a Traveling Nurse and just retired from the Army, we are really looking forward to this truck giving us the reliability and comfort we are sure it will exceed or expectations.
This is the basic XL F250 4x4 with no automatic no fancy electric do-dads, etc... but for the price .....we were able to purchase this vehicle brand new & we preferred not to have all the fancy gadgets & do-dads as we wanted a useful work truck & that is exactly what we got & loving it.
Our 2016 is a used fully loaded 6.7 diesel Platinum Crewcab 4x4 with a 6" lift on 35" Nitto Terra Grapplers/Gear rims (bought with 4000 miles). Every bit as luxurious as a premium sedan, great ride quality/low noise for a big truck, and surprisingly good MPG thus far (15mpg city/19mpg hwy). Towing our RV or boat is effortless. The short bed allows my wife and I to camp out in the bed with an air mattress and sleeping bags--we like the outdoors. Too early to comment on long term reliability, but the 6.7 has a good reputation thus far. Love this truck. Well done Ford!
I purchased off the lot a new 2016 Ford F250 SuperDuty Lariat 4 door crew cab short box, 4 x4. I was looking for a pickup to replace my 2006 HD2500 Chevy Durmax. This F250 had everything supposedly needed to tow a 5th wheel camper and pull my fishing boat behind the camper. This pickup was listed as having the camper package and the towing package and it had the Ford 6.7 Powerstroke diesel. The Ford booklet on SuperDuty pickups listed this package as having a 5th wheel towing capacity of just over 15,000 pounds. This was over 3,000 pounds more than my camper weighs. I bought the truck, had a B&W 5th wheel turnover ball installed and installed the B&W 5th wheel companion system. The first time I took the pickup with the camper out on the interstate, I almost wrecked. The back end of the truck sagged way down and the front end was light. I swayed all over the road at 70 mph. I had to drive 60 mph to keep it in my lane. Long story short I found out I have the lightest rear leaf springs ford makes for their trucks, 2700 pound springs (a local truck place ran the leaf spring serial numbers for me). They make 4 different weight of springs up to 4400 pounds. The dealership could not explain why I had light duty springs on a 3/4 diesel truck with towing and camper packages. My dealership did pay to put in air bags to resolve the towing issue but I had to pay for the onboard compressor and gauge. Ford corporate blew me off. Informed me this was the correct leaf spring setup for the truck. I have ran across other Ford SuperDuty owners in my area who have experienced the same towing issue with their trucks. If you look at an F250 or F350 and there are only two main leafs, a light helper on top and a shorter leaf spring on the bottom, you probably have the light leaf spring system. Do not expect that light leaf spring setup to work for pulling.