Ford F350 Truck Options

We all know (and sometimes dread) those emails or blog posts that are laced with questions, some of which warrant a reply or comment. The hard part is reading the entire post while remembering what you might want to write as a reply without taking notes. Well, this is one of those posts.  I’ll apologize up front.  If you’re inclined to comment, feel free to just go after anything that’s way out of line or invokes a strong opinion. I should also add I’ll not be commenting about the F450 truck.

I can’t recall it ever being such a challenge to buy the right vehicle. Perhaps knowing the truck purchase would be a “final” decision in terms of what we live with long-term, caused the decision to take on a new meaning. And of course, adding on the need to tow a huge fifth wheel safely, eventually over thousands of miles in all kinds of weather has a little bit to do with overthinking the purchase. After years of owning two vehicles, we are moving to just one to share as a tow vehicle and daily driver.

I had planned a couple times to post in detail about selecting a gear ratio but decided not to bore you with it. I parked those notes over on this truck page and included a few brief comments below. If you know what a “gear ratio” is then some of what follows in this post might be elementary. For me, it’s been a learning curve for sure.

I’ve had quit the dialog via email with several readers that have been very helpful. Thank you!

As you may recall, I’ve already decided to look at 2017/2018 Ford F350 and Ram 3500 trucks. If I had an unlimited budget, selecting options would be easier. For this post I’ll cover the Ford truck options I’m considering. Should we decide on the Ford, I’ll let our budget dictate if we buy the very popular Lariat model or less popular XLT. If we can’t find a truck equipped with most of what we want, we may have to order it new. With the options I’d want, there is about a $6,000 difference between the XLT (cloth seats) and Lariat (leather seats) trim packages.

2017 Ford Trucks

Before getting into the list of options to consider, here are a few Ford questions for the benefit of us soon to be new – first time diesel truck owners.

  1. Heavy Service Front Suspension Package? Yes or no when pulling trailers under 19,000 pounds? I understand the option is for heavy-service front springs that will degrade ride quality. I’ve read a few forum posts but still don’t understand when one might want this option. Seems like this option is geared towards snow plows and truck campers or when you expect to tow a trailer that is near the capacity the truck is rated to pull.
  2. Individual Trailer TPMS/Trailer Camera Prep Kit? At $750/$1375 this option adds tire pressure monitoring for your trailer tires. This option forces you to also add a high mounted camera option (if not already equipped) that has a view of the truck bed that could be handy for hitching up the fifth wheel. It also upgrades the screen display size on the center of the dash to Sync 3 (if not already equipped). I’m thinking it might be nice to limit the number of gadgets one has attached to the truck dashboard or wherever. This includes a standalone system for monitoring trailer tire pressure which is 100% something one needs to monitor. But, some of the aftermarket devises also monitor tire temperature so you know a problem is coming as the tires heat up. I jumped on Amazon to price out a system for the 10 tires a dually truck and double axle fifth wheel would need and generally found they start at $405 with temperature monitoring. Another confusing option. Just a quick reminder. Get metal valve stems that are more durable!
  3. Skid plates for fuel tank and transfer case protection? It’s only $100 but do you really need it if you are not figuring on any heavy off-road travel?
  4. Engine ideal shut down? Okay, what the heck is this all about. The option comes in three values ranging from five to 20 minutes. Is it okay to idle diesel engines for long periods? Does this option just turn the truck off in case you forget? And if so, when would you want it shut down in 5 minutes, 10, 15 or 20 minutes?
  5. Operator command regeneration? I added this question because it’s yet another diesel engine thingy for those of us who never owned a diesel can find confusing. I understand regeneration burns off soot in the particulate filter. I read this is button you can push if a warning light comes on. It also has a feature to prevent regeneration if you’re sitting on grass and you don’t want to burn your truck. The Ford website says contact the dealership for details. Okay.. I’ve read it’s a bad thing to allow the soot to build up. The filters are expensive and the truck limps along if there is a problem. Thank goodness for owner’s manuals, I for one am going to need to read it!

 

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2018 Ford Options: (If we were to buy a Ford)

  • Crew cab vs shorter super cab: (Yes – crew cab) We decided as it’s our only vehicle and we have pets to transport we will go with the longer crew cab with increased back seat space. Also, with the crew cab and 8’ truck bed you can get the 48-gallon fuel tank capacity. That should cut down on the chances of having to find a fuel stop with the trailer attached. And, perhaps avoiding the need to add an aftermarket auxiliary tank in the truck bed. The Ram equivalent truck comes with a 31-gallon capacity. Fuel tank size is a major selling point for the Ford in my opinion.
  • Diesel engine, dual rear wheels with 4×4: (Yes) The 4×4 decision is highly debated in the forums. What sold me was having always purchased a truck with 4×4 and knowing already how often I’ve used it in the past. A theme Karen and I have maintained when considering which trailer we want has been to not limit where we stay any more than necessary such as when choosing trailer length. We don’t want to limit where we drive or park either any more than necessary. I’ve read that even slick grass can sometimes be an issue when parking the trailer. Yes, a 4×4 truck weighs more than a 4×2 and cuts down on it’s cargo capacity. With best in class cargo capacity that’s not an issue for the Ford. And for that matter, given the pin weights we are looking at, not an issue with the Ram either.
  • Camper Package: (No) This is not an option I’m thinking about selecting. My understanding is the package is intended for a slide in truck camper and adds heavy duty springs on the trucks front end while degrading the ride quality.
  • FX4 Off-Road Package: (Maybe) I understand this option comes with hill descent control, Rancho brand shocks, transfer case and fuel tank skid plates. Ford says you want this option if you travel off road in earnest. So far, I don’t see a need for it at $600 but would not pass on a truck that’s on the lot equipped with the option. If I’m reading about options correctly, hill descent control has to do with braking at lower speeds going down a hill in off-road conditions compared to diesel engine braking (comes standard) which is for descending mountains in normal traffic. Boondocking in remote areas will require a road capable of handing the fifth wheel anyway.
  • Power adjustable pedals with memory: (Yes) Had this on a past Ford Lariat we owned and was useful for shorter drivers (Karen). And another setting to adjust for comfort otherwise. Remember – as a full timer we will be driving a lot. Along with telescoping/tilt steering wheel/column controls. Maybe a reason to order a Lariat with the ultimate package over the XLT. Although the adjustable pedals are available otherwise in both the Lariat and XLT.
  • Folding and telescoping mirrors: (Yes) XLT’s are manual but there is an option for power. Lariats come standard with power. Ford has awesome towing mirrors and is one of several reasons this truck might be preferred over the Ram. Although the rumor is Ram is changing their mirrors in the new designed 2020 heavy duty truck.
  • Navigation System: (Maybe) If it’s a Lariat for resale purposes, (No) if it’s an XLT truck. I’m planning to purchase the best RV specific GPS unit I can find but could see the in-truck navigation system being usable for driving around in town after the fifth wheel is parked while leaving the GPS unit at home.
  • Heated and/or cooled seats: (Maybe) We have this in our family car now and truly appreciate the feature even though the car is parked inside the garage most of the time. But when left out in the cold and heat (like the truck will be) the feature makes a huge difference. Another reason for the Lariat is the available cooled and heated front leather seats. The XLT is available with heated front cloth seats.
  • Tow Technology Package: (No way) The feature bundle includes adaptive steering which adjusts steering controls based on the trucks speed, automatic high beams with rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane-keeping alert and a bunch of cameras that help you back up a travel trailer. At $2,150 that’s a third of the difference between the Lariat truck and XLT truck we would want.
  • 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package: (Yes – Absolutely) This is among the features that make up the super tow ratings of up to a 27,500-pound fifth wheel. This is a puck system where more modern hitches can be removed from the truck bed with relative ease in case you want to haul something flat. And, avoids having to pay for expensive hitch installation without it.
  • Alternator Options: (No) I’m just sticking with the standard alternator setup that come standard with the Ford F350 super duty truck rather than adding dual extra heavy-duty alternators. Someone I trust breaks the decision down. I’m copying most of what he said here because it’s an involved decision. “Unless you run additional heavy (like 2/0) cable to the trailer battery bank the charge rate through the 7-pin standard connector is only about 8 amps. That’s all the OEM wiring in the truck can take.  Now, if you were planning on installing a true trailer battery charging system from the truck then naturally the dual alternator with much higher capacity would be needed and appropriate. Or if in the truck itself one needed a lot of 12-volt amps due to inverters in the truck, etc.  But that’s not something most would undertake nor, in most situations, is it necessary.  Solar is actually more functionally easier except in the most unusual circumstances where one would need to fully recharge a trailer battery bank during a day of travel after a large overnight depletion… So the short version is: no.”
  • Bed liner – Tough Bed spray-in: (Yes) At $540 from the factory I’m doubting you can find it done any less expensively for a long bed truck and for sure it looks perfect from the factory. Why hassle with getting it done later if you’re already ordering the truck. I read where a guy called around for a short bed truck application. Average cost for Line -X installation was $481.77 and a Rino bed installed was on average $470.41. I’m doubting Karen is reading this blog post, at least not this far along. Wish she was, because the guy that put together the cost comparisons for bed liners I read about is way more ate-up with the research bug then she has ever accused me of.
  • Blind Spot Information System: (Heck Yes): Another reason to buy a Ford over a Ram. Although rumor has it the 2020 Ram heavy duty is adding the option. I’ve read it works with a standard 8’ wide trailer. Although a blog reader says he has it and it does not work with his fifth wheel. I’m wondering if he has a wide-body fifth wheel? Anyway, the system warns you if someone is in your truck AND trailers blind spot, extending 35’ down the side of the trailer. In other words, before you change lanes you will have more than just your truck mirrors to warn you a car is beside you. And the systems cross-traffic alert for the truck only detects a vehicle passing behind when you’re slowly backing out of a driveway or parking place. These heavy-duty trucks are monsters in size. Why not have an additional warning device. Karen has it on her Ford Fusion car and it’s wonderful. A small yellow light displays on her outside mirrors when a car is in the lane next to her on either side.
  • Engine block heater: (Yes) If I’m reading this correctly, I don’t see how you can get away without having one on a diesel engine. Here is what Ford says: To ensure optimum cold weather starting performance, and improve cabin heating, the 120-volt engine block heater should be used during any cold weather operation. The engine block heater is required when the vehicle is to be started at temperatures below -10F. Although 10 below is an extreme you might never find yourself in. I’d hate to think you could not drive the truck should you find yourself in that kind of weather.
  • Exterior backup and front alarms (Ford does not offer front alarms): (Yes) I’d also want the backup camera. Again, these trucks are huge and every edge we can get to avoid hitting something would be nice. I also noticed where the switch is in the truck to shut off the backup alarm when towing a trailer.
  • Rear window power sliding: (No) Had it on my last truck and rarely used it. I could see if you optioned in a sunroof this rear window would add air flow through the truck. I’m not planning on a sunroof either as the budget is tight. However, I’d think going with the optional rear window defrost is something usable.
  • Remote start system: (Yes) At $250 I understand this option is keyless entry. And turns on outside lights. It appears to have a security system that locks out the starter. I had to read the manual to figure this option out and don’t know why they include “remote start” in the option because it does not remotely start the truck which fortunately is not a feature I’m interested in anyway. True remote starting could be handy if one ever intended to leave the truck unattended to heat up. Although I’ve read it’s not a good idea to idle diesel engines for too long.
  • Tailgate step: (Yes) At $350 it’s a great option especially for us old folks. Of course, it’s useless with a fifth wheel hitched. Chevy has a better option – maybe – which is a step built into the corner of the rear bumper. The tailgate step on the Ford is built into the tailgate. When I tried it out I did not think it added that much weight to an already light tailgate.
  • Front wheel liner: (Yes) But am I missing something here. Why don’t they offer the option for the rear wheels also? I’ll have to check it out at the dealership. Maybe the liner is standard on the rear wheels? Maybe because dually tires are under fenders? I’d not want mud flung up into the engine area. I watched some Youtube videos where you can install aftermarket rear liners. Not as big a problem with the Ford as the truck bed is aluminum and will not rust.
  • Tire Options: (No – I think) The standard is an all season. Other’s are all terrain. If you have ever had off road or hard tires on a truck, then you know the road noise is terrible.
  • Limited slip differential: (Yes) Compared to non-limited slip. A $350 option. I’ve always understood this feature improves tire rotation, so you don’t get stuck or slide as often. For lack of better words.
  • Rapid heat supplemental cab heater: (Yes) Seems to be a popular option for trucks I’ve looked up parked on dealer’s lots. This feature allows the cab heater to work until the diesel engine heats up enough to provide the heat. Hmm.. Another diesel engine idiosyncrasy I suppose.
  • Upfitter switches: (Yes) Upfitter is not even a real word according to my spell checker. These switches are what you can wire aftermarket features into such as supplemental lighting, a dash cam or whatever. I’d have to think they are important for resale.

 

3.55 or 4.10 gear ratio: I’ve got a chart that shows the max tow rating depending on which ratio you have. Technically speaking, the Ford F350 dually diesel has a max fifth wheel rating of 27,500 pounds. The 3.55 geared trucks are rated at 27,300 and the 4.10 gets you the 27,500. Their advertised 31,800-pound max is for a goose neck trailer/hitch.

For the sake of saving time on the next post regarding Ram options I’ll include my combined notes. You read this far so I assume you’re interested. In the Ram, the transmission you select makes a difference. Fact is, you can’t get the highest capacity version of the Cummins engine (the high-output) without the Aisin transmission option. And the Ram has three gear ratio options. Get a chart and look because the gear ratio and engine combinations span max towing weights between 16,600 and 30,320 pounds with the automatic transmissions. You could easily buy the wrong combination in a Ram. When asked about gear ratios many refer back to the effects on miles per gallon and ability to climb hills. Not to get off topic much, but when you add Ram’s Aisin transmission then the debate moves further into transmission heat. The Aisin runs cool up mountains but has better than twice the costs for transmission maintenance.

To oversimplify the gear ratio effects on fuel mileage I’ll just say folks are suggesting, when averaged, there is not much difference when you tow heavy trailers a lot.  Or some folks say the following about gear ratio selection:

  • Some say just don’t exceed the trucks capacity as the truck is already designed to safely tow up to a specific weight.
  • Or, some say you want the extra 20% for times you are in the mountains. – Get the 4.10 gears.
  • Or, some say the increased capacity makes for a more pleasurable drive such as for those times you need to merge into traffic by accelerating. Get the 4.10.
  • Or, some say get a truck that can handle more in case you upgrade your trailer.
  • Or, some say get 50% more truck than you need.
  • Or, some say when you drive into high winds, especially with a full profile fifth wheel, you will appreciate having the extra tow capacity. Get a 4.10
  • And finally, some say set the truck up for towing with the best engine, transmission and the 4.10 gear ratio.

I suppose in the end, I could live with the Fords 3.55 or 4.10 gearing. And maybe the 3.73 in the Ram is a happy medium as it can handle trailers weights up to 25,020 pounds. But most of all, if the truck comes standard with a certain gear ratio that can handle 20 percent more trailer weight than I’d want to pull, then why not just take the stock gear ratio which the engineers put in the truck on purpose. Get a copy of the trailer tow capacity charts for whatever truck you are considering so you make an informed decision.

I’ll write about the options that are different in the Ram 3500 truck compared to the Ford in a future post. This should be a shorter post as many of the Ram options would be the same as those found in the Ford.

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14 thoughts on “Ford F350 Truck Options

  1. Wow…a lot to comment on here, Mark. As you know, a lot will depend on the weight of the rig you are hauling. Ours comes in at just under 15K loaded, so my thoughts are geared to our 2008 F350 Lariat SRW 4×4 diesel and how it has performed for us over the years. We bought it used in 2011. And remember, our daily driver is a Ford Escape, so the truck is used mostly for pulling the rig. So here goes:

    1&3. We don’t have heavy duty front suspension. We drove our truck off-road one time and cut up our tires, so we don’t use the truck for that anymore….way too risky for the vehicle that hauls our house. Haven’t missed doing that one bit. If the road is too bad for the Escape, we will rent a Jeep.

    2. We have a TST purchased through Techno RV. Love it. The system has temperature readings, and we chose the standard (not color) monitor. We don’t have a backup bed camera, but I could see where that would be nice when hitching.

    4. I never idle the truck, as it is totally unnecessary to do so…plus I don’t want to wake the neighbors in the campground.

    5. Ours is auto regeneration, and I sometimes shut the truck off halfway through the cycle. My understanding is that it will just cause it to regen sooner the next time. And since I don’t idle it, it won’t be regenning in the grass.

    We love not having the dual rear wheels. Hauling a fifth wheel is much easier than a bumper pull of similar length, and stability has never been an issue. Its bad enough that I take up two spaces in a parking lot with my crew cab/long box. A duelly would make that four spaces. Also, power mirrors are a must. I use them all the time. I’ve never used our block heater, even when we wintered in Michigan. The glow plugs have always come through, even at 25 below. Tailgate step is a must also…I use it all the time. And 4×4? I rarely use it, but it’s a godsend when I need it. I would get it.

    As always, feel free to ask me questions as you think of them.

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    • Thanks for the comments Jim.

      I assume your tire monitoring by Techno is for the truck and trailer so if the truck does have it built in for the truck itself then you have that covered.

      I’ll bounce a few questions off you when I come up with them. Think you sold me on the power mirrors which is something I’ve been thinking about.

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  2. I am temporarily (for the next two years) working with this truck. I tow a very small travel trailer with it for now. I ordered a 38′ Cedar Creek and it will arrive in a month or so. Wife is a travel nurse. We will share it like you will.

    When we decided to go full timing I upgraded my 2015 F150 to an 2017 F350 DRW Lariat Super Cab custom ordered by someone else but their deal went awry. I had to travel for it. It sat on the dealer lot for 10 months until I got it for a great price. It is loaded. Here is what I know.

    Heated and cooled seats, a must for my wife. OK, me too…..
    Cross traffic alert, excellent option.
    Supplemental heater, a must in New England.
    Block heater, a huge help. Not to start the truck (as low as -3F so far) but in terms of initial drivability when cold.
    Navigation system, the best I have ever used. Voice recognition is the best as well. Still need RV GPS for towing.
    Moon roof / rear window combination, meh, it’s there so I like it. Change of environment when on long haul.
    FX4, like the stickers. This will be useful in Moab, for instance. Not so useful yet.
    4WD, it is a pickup truck. There is no weight back there. I would not ever consider one without 4WD. Ever.
    Dual Alt option. I will wire an inverter and charge my large lithium house bank with it while driving. No solar just yet.
    BLIS is da bomb. When backing onto a road it will see 90 degrees down the road for at least 75 yards. Get it.
    Upfitters, Useful for turning off the L-O-U-D exterior backup alarm with a relay. Did I mention loud?
    Regen switch, wish I had this. Must be a 2018 option. It will regen while driving around town. I would prefer highway.
    360 cameras, Very useful for parking. I swear some of those “parking engineers” wear skinny jeans….
    Power adjust pedals. They rock.
    Power Telescopic tow mirrors. They also rock.
    4:10 gears, I could have settled for less but this truck was a Max so….
    Tow Tech Package, I like the adaptive steering.
    Heavy front springs, whatever, it had it so….
    Bedliner, I agree, a must.
    Tailgate step, I challenge you to get in that tall bed without it. It’s what they offer so it is a must IMO.

    5th Wheel/ Gooseneck Prep Package. This is the ONE thing the truck did not have and I paid dearly to add this. That OEM P/N is hard to find. Nationwide backorder with no ETA. I had to call dozens of dealers and eventually found it 1000 miles away. It was $600 for the part and another $500 for a local Ford dealer to install it. Couple that with a $950 B&W Companion hitch and OUCH. Get it, of course….

    This truck is a rocket ship. My gawd the pep it has around town. For a daily driver it sure is fun and the ride is not too bad. It has softened in the last 6 months, or, I have hardened.

    Oh, I got the PMP and ESP for 8/150,000 too online.

    Be well!

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    • Stephen, is the PMP or ESP and extended maintenance plan and warranty?

      Too bad about the puck system/fifth wheel prep not being factory installed. I’m trying to make the point as clear as possible to readers that these newer trucks come with it and it’s worth the money.

      Seriously considering the B&W Companion is the way to go with a hitch, compared against the Curt. I was scheduled to drive a friend’s 2018 F350 next Saturday and check out his B&W. But looks like he will be rescheduling that. He wants me to keep the truck for a weekend. I’m not going to take another guy up on the offer to take a Chevy home for the weekend. The Chevy/GMC is a nice truck but the lack of cargo capacity worries me.

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      • Hi Mark,
        Yes PMP is the premium maintenance plan and ESP is the extended service plan. I am able to wrench on many things now in my shop but I will not have that while on the road. The combination of the two covers most everything through 8 years 150,000 miles.

        I stressed about the hitch. B&W won for a couple reasons. The most important one was the two piece build making on and off less of a chore. It mates with the puck system, no rails or spring loaded under bed doohickeys.. It exceeds my new factory ordered 34RL2 by some 5000 lbs. The release is such that it cannot jamb closed for an easier detach.

        So yes, we are getting pretty far along. We are doing it a bit different than yourselves. We wanted to purchase and use for a couple years before we hit the road permanently. A shake down of sorts.

        Thanks for the great blog!

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  3. I so get agonizing over selecting the right truck. Recent changes in the Ford certainly warrant a second look, but so far, for us(well mostly me as I’m doing all the initial research), the Ram is still winning the race. Yes it has higher drive train ongoing maintenance costs but the hugely lower upfront cost more than mitigates that concern in my book. Any of the big three are more than competent for our application and I believe you as well, so it will boil down to personal preference, and as you are leaning to Ford v RAM both are good picks. Historically, Fords have been denigrated for their engine, Rams for the body, GM for electrical but all have made huge strides to overcome those deficiencies. Having recently discovered the higher RAWR on the new Fords has put it back in the running, but I’m not sufficiently lured into the Ford camp so far mostly because the cab interior just doesn’t “feel” right to me.

    Cindi has not seen either the Ford or GM products, neither of us has experienced the DRW versions of any of the three so they both have to get her seal of approval before we make the final pick. Jims thoughts are interesting but SRW, which works for his application, is simply not in the cards for us. Everything else is certainly relevant.

    We will follow your sweet torture as you divine the path to the promised land. LOL

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    • I looked at the 2019 Ram interior at the last car show and wondered if the new 3500 will come out in 2020. Ram set a pretty high bar for interior with the 2019 Laramie and above. I agree with you on the Ford interior, it’s the least appealing compared to the Chevy and Ram.

      For me the Ford is under consideration because they have already released their next generation truck as of 2017. Ram’s current generation came out in 2009 for the 3500 models and I’ve heard it’s to be replaced in 2020. Also, Ford wins for tow mirrors, FUEL TANK SIZE, cargo capacity, electronics and I’m a supporter of their aluminum bed that does not rust. I’ve also heard the Ford is the quietest inside the cab.

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  4. I’m sure the newer ones have improvements. We still love, love LOVE our 2013 Dodge 4×4 Laramie Longhorn. Def love the heated/air cond seats. We have the 3.73. Steve says best power and gas mileage medium. You’d have to ask him about any questions. We also love our B&W hitch. You do have to let a diesel engine heat up a bit before driving, especially when cold, so not sure why everyone is concerned with idling? Ours came with a plug in engine block heater which we have used many times. Not sure what you mean about a bumper step? I’m only 5’4 and I can step onto the rear bumper in 2 places and have no problem getting in back of truck. I didn’t care about rear window or sun roof either. It came with it and while we don’t usually keep the sun slider open to see out (sun roof) we have used both to open to let cooler air in when dog is inside. That’s about it.

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    • Debbie, I’m not sure but I think you told me in the past you guys did get the Aisin transmission option?

      The 2017/2018 trucks can tow up to a 18,660 fifth wheel with a 3.73 gear and no Aisin transmission upgrade ($2,500). I’ll write about that in my next blog post.

      Also by the step bumper (in the Chevy) I was describing a cut out on the corner of both sides of their rear bumper where you can put your foot to step up. I’m not aware of any step option in the ram. Personally, I’ve always stepped up on a tire and over into the bed.

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  5. Mark,

    We have the 2016 350 DRW Lariat with the 3.73 and in the last 3 weeks have put on about 3,000 miles and I run pretty hard at times and get about 9 average, bucking the wind and I mean a 50 mph wind pulling 14,000 at 65 was 6.5 mph. We have the B&W turnover ball and the Anderson and I have no regrets about that. Who wouldn’t want a 37 pound hitch ( wife can take it in and out and that is a fact). Also the heated and AC seats a must and the Nav system. I use the step and the tail gate a lot and something I haven’t seen is the mention of the extra full tank in the bed. I have an extra 55 gallons and with the 37.5 with fuel prices I can run on cheaper full when I can. I have run 1400 miles without fueling and of course that is not loaded and of course that doesn’t mean you have to run that without stopping LOL. Also running empty and driving 65 I get 16 to 17 pretty steady. I went with the DRW because at some point we might up grade to something bigger then 14,400 gross and didn’t want to have to upgrade the truck again. One more thing about the DRW is when you get in heavy wind’s ( and you will ) you will really be glad you have the extra rubber on the ground. Yes the can be a pain to park but IMO it is worth walking a little further.
    Good luck with the shopping and I got mine in Canton NC they were the only one’s that had 10 or more to look at in my area.

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    • Saw a 2016 Ford Lariat dually on a local dealership lot a few months ago, well before we are ready to buy. Very low mileage at one of those prices where you ask “wonder if something is wrong with the truck?” Can’t wait to be in the buying position so I don’t miss another one of those deals. Nice truck.

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