If new, your talking about a very expensive truck there. Your use as described really doesn't demand a diesel. And choosing a gas motor will lower the price some 7 grand. Then you might not need block heaters and other diesel related goodies. Of course if you WANT a diesel, then forget what I said above.
The other thing is this is a very tall truck. Mine is about 7' 2" tall. Will that fit through your garage door? Mine won't. So the garage issue may not be only length related.
'12 F350 SB, CC, SRW, 6.7 PSD, 3.55 RAR, 6 spd auto, Ultimate Lariat pkg
2011 Open Range 393RLS 14,250 GVWR
Pullrite Super Glide 18K
I like my short bed. With a crew cab, the long bed is too long. Tough enough with a short bed to find a place to turn around in the woods. Four wheel drive is also handy. I got the standard ratio for better fuel economy since I rarely tow and don't tow over 5000 lbs. Limited slip is good. So's the camper package and any payload upgrade. Moon roofs and clearance lights look like leaks to me. Running boards protect the paint while steps don't.
'98 Bigfoot 1500
with low loss control on the Fantastic, Dino board on the Dometic.
Torklifts and Fastguns
'04 F350 V10 Crew SRW SB 4X4 6 speed
with tow hook replacement, dual rate charging, Line-X, Timbrens.
Diesel is a very expensive item, $7,000 for the initial cost, then there is the 15 quart oil changes and mondo priced diesel and oil filter changes, the $0.60 cent a gallon over regular gas prices. I have a 2008 Ford F250 with the 6.4 diesel and I have had nothing but problems to the point of retaining a lemon law attorney against Ford for a purchase back. The diesel particulate filter DPF that the stupid EPA forced onto the diesel powered fleet after 2008 is an abomination and I will never own another diesel. Ford has a three year old in production 6.2 gas that has replaced the old standard 5.4 & V 10 and this is now their largest gas engine and it is hooked up with the SAME 6 SPEED AUTO.TRANSMISSION AS THE NEW 6.7 DIESEL. THE FUEL MILEAGE MAY BE 2 TO 3 MILES LESS THAN THE DIESEL BUT GAS IS $0.60 PER Gallon Cheaper. Just my humble opinion.
Still kicking...just not as high.
2003 Chevy. Duramax,4WD,SB,CC,SB, White with all the bells and whistles.2002 Komfort 26T with pop out.
Two Suzukie KQ 700 for our adventures.
Now, as far as not needing heat in CA, do keep in mind we don't plan on staying in the bay area--the whole point of this is to travel. While we will mostly be staying on the west coast, it does get a bit chilly in the mountains and deserts out here. We will also be wearing coats so we won't freeze either way.
I need to do some research on the GVWR packages and what they actually mean and how it impacts registration etc.
We won't be towing anything significant, so don't want to make any decisions based on that--just whether or not the controller is okay.
The Lariat does have the split bench available but nobody stocks it--I guess the four (count 'em!) cupholders between the front bucket seats is just too appealing. I'd be happy to "downgrade" to an XLT if I could get it with leather or vinyl seating but cloth is a no-go around here. We NEED to be able to wipe things down. We will have to nail down what our musthave options are and see what trim level we can get away with. I prefer cheaper by nature.
The gear thing. Total clueless newbie here. But going by the ordering guide, I can only get the 3.31 or 3.55 with a SRW diesel. What is more economical or performs better loaded? Unloaded? Going up grades? Getting out of mud?
Our parking problems are width more than length or height so we COULD go longer. But I'd prefer to drive and park something shorter since we'll use it locally (without a camper). That's where the 6th seat comes in--shuttling visitors around (and hoping they don't want us to truck 'em in to SF).
Why diesel over gasser? Diesel makes sense only if you tow really heavy, alot. Otherwise you never make up the cost differance. Maintance costs are much higher, fuel costs are also much higher, these extras will negate MPG savings.
Go over to FORDTRUCKENTUSIASTS.COM , scroll down to the 6.7 diesel forum and scroll to the 6.2 gasser forum. Read what actual owners say about their trucks. I replaced a diesel ford with a new 6.2 gasser and am very happy.
Dont forget that running boards are an option, you have to order them.
Good Luck, and research!!
Personally I always like to go fully loaded, longbed, snow plow prep, camper packages, dual alt or heavy duty alt, lowest gears possible and diesel. Its a truck But I'm crazy, I tow enclosed trailers with toys and/or haul a 5k camper almost every weekend. I daily drive it too a whole 6 miles each way to work. Spend your kids money....
2011 Dodge Ram 3500 4*4 Black dually Laramie 4.10 gears
2011 Arctic Fox 1150 Drybath
2009 Polaris RZR w/fun parts
2011 Polaris Sportsman 550 XP EPS w/stuff
2006 Polaris Sportsman 500 w/stuff
1977 K5 Blazer 1 ton modified
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid (her car)
When you get the FX4, Camper package and or the snow plow package, the computer automatically selects the highest GVWR.
As far as the gear ration goes, there is very little difference between the two, I always am look for the lowest, so I would go 3:55. If you get the 20" wheels, you have to get the 3:55.
It cost me $995 for registration on my truck, so yours would be a little less.