My girl (future finance at this rate), does some barrel racing and is wanting to trade in her car on an 5.4L F-250 but I am trying to convince her that she needs to get a diesel F-250 or just stick with the 5.4L F-150 because there wont be an advantage to a 5.4 250. (and she cant park as it is.) We would be pulling around twice a month, once minimum a smallish two horse trailer as well as an occasional Jeep pull, and I would like to be getting an in bed camper deal in a couple of years. So not to crazy of a load. It would also be her DD.
So is there any drive ability/towing differences between the 5.4L F150/f250?
What kind of mileage can I expect out of a low mileage 3-4 year diesel F-250?
Sounds like the best bet would be a standard cab or extended cab (not a Crew Cab) F250 with a V10 or diesel; I would stay away from the 5.4L F250's simply because the resale value is crap. You can get them cheap but you'll have a hard time selling it when the time comes. I've heard the V10 gets as good, or better, gas mileage when not towing; but if you plan on towing a lot then I'd say go with the diesel as the mileage is about 3-4 mpg better when towing.
As far as mileage goes...I've got an '04 F250 Crew Cab short box with diesel and in town we get about 15mpg or less (depends on who's driving ), on the interstate we get approx. 17-19 mpg (depends on head wind/who's driving). I can't say much for towing because I don't have a trailer yet but I've heard anywhere between 10mpg and 14mpg - depending on the load of course.
I am towing with a 2005 F-350 Diesel. I have an 18 foot car trailer. I would say if the Tahoe is a full size you would be fine. You just dont want to be pulling a massive load with it. The tahoe are made for work to some reason. Just make sure of the hauling specs on it. And how heavy your load will be. Good luck
Here's my tow rig and one of the toys:
07 Powerwagon - auto tranny -- lovely gas mileage when empty or towing - lol. About 9.5mpg when towing the XJ @ 75mpg, and only 11.5 average when towing the quads 500 miles. course empty only gets around 13.5.
One of these years I need to buy a trailer for all this stuff. Just don't have the room in my current house to park anything and not have the home owners association complain, or neighbors - lol.
easy install. hardest part about it is finding a good spot to mount it all and making the mount brackets. other than that is is simple. took me about 4 hours to install, but 2 hours of that was moving things and getting it all mounted up.