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  1. Bob V

    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    Hoss, Its a 2018, Built 4-18. It is loaded, the tow technology bundle is really impressive, I will post more on it when (if?) I get it all figured out. It has accident avoidance. What is said it will give a warning if it detects situation, and will "pre load" the brakes so you get full brakes as soon as you hit them. Don't know what all that means. has lane departure alert, and if I understand correctly, it will tell you that you are drowsy and to pullover and rest if you don't stay between the lines. Blind spot works good, its done with radar. the truck has 3 radars, one in the front and one in each tail light. It can be set to monitor blind spots for conventional trailers under 8.5' wide and 23' long. The intrigrated trailer brake controller is tied into the anti lock brakes, but you do need to be set up manually, as far as I can tell. My 2011 had 17" tires and wheels and the max tire capacity was 11,620lbs for the rear (dually). the 19.5 on the 18 are rated at15,000lbs and the DANA M300 axle is rated to 16,000lbs. Brakes are also larger. 14.3" for the F350 and 15.5" for the F450. My 2011 just had 13.4" brakes. Adaptive cruse control also does a good job keeping the space in front of you adequate, even if the car in front slows quickly. But, like I posted many times, the best thing on the f450 is the 7.5 FOOT TIGHTER turning circle. Even though this truck is way too much money, in part, I can justify some of it because it is much safer.
  2. Bob V

    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    Thank you. This one will have to!
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    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    That is the new one I am both excited and saddened. The new truck will be great all but one day each month. I am reading through all the literature that came with it. It's good I got the truck now, it will take me 8 years to understand all this stuff. The trailer blind spot and backing aids are very interesting. I will probably never fully understand the radio/navigation/apps/carplay/mood lighting stuff. Auto wipers, auto headlights, auto high/low beams, adaptive cruise (played with this on the way home, very interesting when someone ahead hit there brakes. Lane departure, 7 or 8 different cameras. Lots to learn. Interesting-max GCVWR is 42,800. That's more than the f550 c&c. Max rated bumper pull is 21,000lbs. 32,000 gooseneck. 27,500 5th wherl
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    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    I really like the looks of the 19.5 tires. And rated 3750lbs each in dual application. That's 15,000lbs tire capacity on just the rear axle.
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    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    I got a fair offer on my 2011, it's going to a great family and they are very excited.
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    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    Thanks! I know what you mean. Seen so meny scrimp and save for retirement and either not make it, or only for a few years. If I get a good offer for my truck when we get back from our mini vacation, that will force me to make the deal. But now a new wildcard. Our daughter made a left turn in front of someone last night. She is banged up but alright. It is her fault, and we have had a few claims the last few years, and she is still on our policy. Insurance might become a problem.
  7. The driveway at the house is too steep to load/unload the camper from the truck. So I have to store the camper in our lower driveway. It's a little too far to easily load our gear into the camper when we are getting ready to go on a trip, so the camper needs to be moved to the upper driveway to get ready for a trip So I have to load the camper on the truck and park them in the upper driveway. The total slope of the driveway, with the truck is about a foot down hill, and also make the camper entry steps way to high. So I picked up an inexpencinmve used tandem axle trailer and set the camper on it while it's off the truck. Now. I can just hook up to the trailer and take it and the camper to the upper driveway way in advance of the trip and keep the truck free for my errands. It will also be much easier to level on the trailer because of the young jack. And yes, I will tie down the camper to the trailer before I move it. It actually fits pretty good. Might be an alternative way to camp
  8. Bob V

    need help deciding

    MPG, and MPG claims are all over the place. A lot depends on how fast you drive. Most rigs the mpgs fo down alot at 60 to 65mph (towing) . I recomend calculating on the lower side for cost analyses. The 2013 and later trucks have more hp and get better MPGs because its tuned to use DEF. The cost of the DEF is negligible. The other option is deleted, if you can do it in you area.
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    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    Thanks! I know what you mean. Seen so meny scrimp and save for retirement and either not make it, or only for a few years. If I get a good offer for my truck when we get back from our mini vacation, that will force me to make the deal. But now a new wildcard. Our daughter made a left turn in front of someone last night. She is banged up but alright. It is her fault, and we have had a few claims the last few years, and she is still on our policy. Insurance might become a problem.
  10. Bob V

    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    I have thought of that too. That makes the most sense, but like I posted earlier, when I want something, I want it now. I am sure 5 years from now there will be a lot of new stuff on the trucks that I must have
  11. Bob V

    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    The 2011 is still home. I have it for sale, and a few bites, but nothing for sure yet. I really had a hard time with this decision. The payment was more than I wanted. I dont think we would have a problem making it, just what would we have to do without something while we are making it. Selling my truck outright will make a big difference, but even then I started looking at what I could buy for the $50k difference between my 11 and a new Platnum. Found some buildable lots in Eastern OR for 50k Can get a 08 Z06 Corvette for under 34k. Can build a shop for 30k What I decided was this If I dont buy a truck now, I can still get one in the next year or so.maybe find a low mile used one and save 20k. If I do buy now all the options are done, I start making the payments and do without some things till its paid off. A few of my friends pointed out that even though it's an older truck it's in really good shape and the first owner did excalent maintenance at ford.
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    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    Yes I do remember. Intermittent wipers was a big deal to me. Hated to two speed wipers. It's a stretch. But I remember radio, heater and hubcaps as options. I also remeber the standard cheve 350 engine was 165 hp. You couldn't pull hills at the speed limit EMPTY.
  13. Bob V

    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    That is interesting about the lights, the one I am looking at has the LED head, tail, and bed lights. Do you know if those symptoms apply to the LED headlights also? I was looking at the ford specs last night. Turning circle for the F450 4X4 is 50.4 feet. Same truck, crew cab long box in f350 and 250 is 57.8'. That is a huge difference! We made a deal on the truck, but I cant get use to the idea of a $80,000 truck. I could do so much with $80k.
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    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    I am similar here, I can take my full pension in 4 years, but would have to find another job, its not enough to retire on. A new truck will mean 7 more years for sure. With discounts the truck its $79,000. No mater how you look at it that is a lot of money. I don't know if I am trying to justify it or not, but I am also looking at the safety aspect. Bigger brakes, by a bunch, and stiffer frame, and an extra 900lbd capacity per wheel/tire., better exhaust brake, but the one on the 2011 worked fine on our trip. would slow me down even on 8% grades Also the new technology safety improvements; lane departure, blind spot monitoring, adapting cruse control, crash detection and stopping aid. All nice things to have, I hope to be Rving into my late 70s and these thing might come in handy as I age, and even now . Don't get me wrong, just because you are old means you are a bad drive, but I will take all the help I can get!
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    Thinking about a new(er) truck

    Just drove a new platinum, heated Cooled, MASSAGING Seats! Val will love it.
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