School me on full size trucks...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Timmy Tucker, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

    Nov 26, 2006
    los angeles. ca.
    With the amount of driving you do annually and the need for towing it really sounds like you should get a diesel.
  2. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

    Aug 6, 2009

    I have a 2006 5.4 F-150

    Other than a snafu with the cam phasers (supposedly bad oil...that the dealer put in :lol3) at like 6,000 miles the ONLY other issue I had was a window switch died....and was replaced under warranty.

    Other than the fact that it needs a tranny temp gauge and its a bitch to park its been damn near the perfect truck.

    ....and I've had some heavy shit both in it, and behind it. Like a 1960s vintage 4 horse trailer, may as well just towed a couple more trucks that time.
  3. Tinfish

    Tinfish Long timer

    Oct 17, 2003
    Eastern Washington / Utah
    Heavy loads and constant towing generally means you want a heavy duty truck, not a half ton. If you are driving 40k miles a year, it would be worth a few minutes to compare the total costs (including maintenance, fuel, etc) between gas and diesel; you might be at the point where a diesel rig would pay for itself.

    Right now I have an F250 with the 5.4 gas engine, pretty much bare bones (stick shift, regular cab, etc) but at least it has AC and four wheel drive. It's more truck than I really need, but like others have said having a stronger truck is a nice luxury. There's a huge difference between towing with this compared to the lighter trucks I've owned before, just in terms of braking and handling. The 5.4 feels kind of slow, but it seems to get the job done just fine. MPG is about what you'd expect, 16 on the highway and 12 around town.
  4. _anatic

    _anatic Plated

    Oct 15, 2009
    trUSt, NC
    So what ruled that out? For me, not having to deal with a trailer is a BIG plus.
  5. Timmy Tucker

    Timmy Tucker So Fresh. Too Def.

    May 23, 2007
    It would be a HUGE plus for me as well. But there were a few different factors that played into that decision.

    Several mechanics that I trust told me to stay away from them... that they constantly need something fixed and parts are apparently pretty expensive.

    I'm a carpenter, and it's bad enough dragging my 110# table saw in and out of a (low to the ground) trailer every day. The Sprinter is quite a bit higher off the ground from what I can tell.

    This will also be my personal vehicle. I don't really want to have my tools w/ me everywhere I go. Too much crime where I live to leave my tools in the mall parking lot, etc.