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Are you wanting the 6.0 because you can get one cheap? If so I guess that makes some sense, if not you can do a lot better in a used diesel.


I guess Ford is all I've run. The 7.3 for a while and now the 6.0. I have a good buddy who is a certified Ford Diesel mechanic, so that makes life easier.
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The 6.0 is junk. I am honestly surprised every single one wasn't recalled. I almost bought one, too, in 2005. If you're used to 7.3 reliability, you're not going to be happy with a 6.0 at all.


I've had my 2006 6.0 for 4 years now. It is a virgin. No issues, none, zip, zilch, nata, zero.
If you could share your experience on switching from a dually to a SWR or a long box to a short box I would be interested.


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I've had my 2006 6.0 for 4 years now. It is a virgin. No issues, none, zip, zilch, nata, zero.
If you could share your experience on switching from a dually to a SWR or a long box to a short box I would be interested.

As long as you have your friend to help you with the 6.0 you'll should be OK. Don't be naive to think the 6.0 is not a troubled motor with a notorious past. Don't be surprised if you are not as fortunate with your next 6.0. I'm just saying Beware the concerns are real.

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MN Ben wrote:

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The 6.0 is junk. I am honestly surprised every single one wasn't recalled. I almost bought one, too, in 2005. If you're used to 7.3 reliability, you're not going to be happy with a 6.0 at all.


I've had my 2006 6.0 for 4 years now. It is a virgin. No issues, none, zip, zilch, nata, zero.
If you could share your experience on switching from a dually to a SWR or a long box to a short box I would be interested.


The OP has stated that he has a mechanic friend that is a certified Ford diesel mechanic, the 6.0 is not the issue being discussed.

I would think that going back to a SRW to tow a 5er of 10,900# GVWR would be fine. He might feel a slight loss of stability. I enjoyed the gain in stability going from our 2001 Ram 2500 to our 2016 Ram 3500 DRW towing our 12,500# 5er. The 2500 felt solid, but the 3500 DRW is like a ROCK.

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I would think that going back to a SRW to tow a 5er of 10,900# GVWR would be fine. He might feel a slight loss of stability. I enjoyed the gain in stability going from our 2001 Ram 2500 to our 2016 Ram 3500 DRW towing our 12,500# 5er. The 2500 felt solid, but the 3500 DRW is like a ROCK.


Not saying I agree, but many manufacturers consider a FW with 10,000 GVWR 1/2 ton tow able.

Russ is giving a good example of his experience in this post, but not really a fair comparison IMO. While his 2001 2500 was a good/capable tow vehicle, he is comparing it to a 2016 DRW great TV. A 2016 SRW is also a great TV, and would be a more fair comparison. No question the same year DRW will carry more rear axle weight, but the stability of the two would be less obvious in most conditions.

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Keep in mind also that in 2005 and possible the two following years there was little difference in towing or carrying capacity between a F250 and an F350. My 2005 6.0 F250 crew cab short bed pulled my 40' FW TH flawlessly.

With your FW any of the 6.0 Fords should be fine. I have always had SB but if I ever go back to a FW I will probable go long bed just to eliminate the possible need for a sliding hitch.

On a side note I like people talking bad about the 6.0 so it keeps the price of the trucks somewhat reasonable. A few upgrades and they make great towing and hauling trucks.

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Keep in mind also that in 2005 and possible the two following years there was little difference in towing or carrying capacity between a F250 and an F350. My 2005 6.0 F250 crew cab short bed pulled my 40' FW TH flawlessly.

With your FW any of the 6.0 Fords should be fine. I have always had SB but if I ever go back to a FW I will probable go long bed just to eliminate the possible need for a sliding hitch.

On a side note I like people talking bad about the 6.0 so it keeps the price of the trucks somewhat reasonable. A few upgrades and they make great towing and hauling trucks.



Although the reliability of the 6.0 was terrible, their power, and towing ability was significant compared to the 7.3 Also the 5 speed 5R100 transmission was a great improvement , and much more reliable then that crappy 4R100 they put behind the 7.3. Apparently the 6.0 bulletproofed can't be beat.

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Or get a Duramax and don't worry about the engine. [emoticon]

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Well the older Duramax certainly had their share of injector problems, which was not a cheap fix .

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Halmfamily wrote:

We started with a 2007 F350 6.0 SRW pulling our 14000 fifth wheel. The truck pulled fine but handling was not. You could feel the truck being pushed around corners and in windy conditions. We traded out when the truck was costing us to much in repairs and now drive a 2008 GMC Duramax DRW and wow what a difference especially in handling. No more wiggle from.winds, corners much better and ride is overall better.


I couldn't agree more!! World of difference!!

I had a SWB SRW F-350 before my dually, but will not have anything but a dually now.

As others have said...a SRW can and will do just fine, but the DRW is WAY better!!

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This subject is always so predictable. The SRW people say the truck pulls just fine & mumble something about the truck being a daily driver along with parking a DRW. The people who have come across to the dark side & bought a DRW swear they are never going back to SRW. Those who have never had a SRW don't know any different & don't want to. They just deal with those extra tires & not being able to put it in the compact car spots.


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