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Old 05-12-2016, 08:34 AM   #15
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I was amused that the current crop of big trucks have mirrors that fold in against the doors when you park.....
Thats a feature found on many vehicles these days.

Trust me if you ever travel on a ferry or park in city parking lots its one feature you will use a lot!
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:40 AM   #16
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Thats a feature found on many vehicles these days.

Trust me if you ever travel on a ferry or park in city parking lots its one feature you will use a lot!
Both my trucks have them, and I love them. At the touch of a button, they are right out of the way, instead of blocking peoples walking path, both in parking lots, and along sidewalks.

Plus, both trucks have trailering mirrors, that extend at the touch of a button. This feature is so much better than the add-on mirrors used for towing. I specifically looked for that when I bought my F-150.

One job we are doing now is in an apartment building, and if I couldn't fold my mirrors in, it sure would be a tight squeeze to get through doors, and into tight parking spots in the underground parking.

Have I said yet how much I appreciate my folding, extendible mirrors.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:15 AM   #17
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Big pickups are pretty standard status symbol requirements here in rural Wyoming. My first truck decades ago was a 72 Datsun, but that would have made me a heretic around here. Then I had a series of half ton Fords for many years. I recently purchased a 3/4 ton Chevy Silverado that is so huge to me that I need a stool to climb over the tailgate. But it tows the Bigfoot 25 with some authority, so I can live with it.

Nancy drives a Toyota Prius and I have an old beater Suzuki SX4 for general running around. These cars are not viewed favorably by the local cowboys, probably questioning our political leanings.

But when we go out for dinner at the Buffalo Jump Saloon and Steakhouse, we always arrive in style with the truck. Generally, 90% of the vehicles in the parking lot are pickup trucks. Many of them are even bigger than mine.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:26 AM   #18
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Yup there oughtta be a law.... Against the tiny size of parking spots :-)
Not trying to start a war against large trucks, really!

These weren't "compact" spaces. My not-exactly-compact 8-passenger SUV fit with plenty of length and width to spare.

But I do believe that if you don't fit in a parking space without impeding the flow of traffic, you find another place to park. When I'm pulling my trailer, I have to look for a double spot. Sometimes it means a long hike. Why should an oversized truck be different?

Over the last 40 years I watched as regular cabs begat extended cabs begat crew cabs. Crew cabs have become the best-selling configuration. Combined with an 8' box (the default choice of contractors, ranchers, and fifth wheel owners), the number of vehicles on the road that do not fit into standard parking spaces has multiplied quickly. I see this as a fairly recent problem that has yet to be addressed by ordinances or parking lot designers.

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Old 05-12-2016, 09:43 AM   #19
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I really like my 2003 F-150 and wish I could buy a new truck of similar size. I refuse to carry around a step stool just to reach over the bedside. I have a camper shell with side doors and use the whole truck bed and access it from three sides when camping. I will probably be looking at a "mid" size truck as a replacement, when I retire in six or seven years.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:21 AM   #20
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I still own three cars with foot activated dimmer switches. Had one BAD experience with one in a 1967 Mustang. Remember, it's connected to the headlights and when that switch goes out so do the headlights! That never happens during daylight hours I had to drive home about 25 miles with my emergency flashers only.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:23 AM   #21
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Offender or victim?

You do have to allow for the possibility of near sighted, depth perception-challenged yahoos who insist on driving their vehicles two feet across the front yellow line, reducing the space available for the driver on the other side, that could be the case here Those clowns don’t stop until the yellow line is right next to their driver’s door or they think they will feel the yellow line when it’s time to stop! I'm of the opinion that they all go to Golden Corral to practice their technique.

Also, it appears the guy in the navy blue truck solved the height problem by installing much smaller wheels. That can effect a mess of electronic sensor readings, but hey, he probably likes seeing the speedometer maxed out and still not get a speeding ticket.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:38 AM   #22
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I like my 2011 Toyota Tundra double cab. Only issue is the gas tank is too small. Also would like diesel. I have had many trucks, and much prefer the new ones; better running, better quality, better amenities, and fun to drive. I doubt that I will ever own another small truck.

In 1975 I bought a Dodge van new, immediately customized it, then upon completion, took a month off work and went out west with my girl friend. Could not get the heater to work in the mountains. Very uncomfortable. Twisted the knob this way and that way, got under the dash to check it out...no heat.

Great van otherwise. Got home and that fall when it started to get cold sold it to a friend (yes, I told him about the heater). A week later he told me the heater worked just fine, plenty of heat. I asked how he fixed it. He said he pulled the knob out.

Who knew?
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Old 05-12-2016, 11:03 AM   #23
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I'm 6 ft tall and I refuse to own a truck which is soo tall that I can barely see into the box, let alone reach into the box for something.
If they don't bring back the Ranger, I'll be driving my 2001 for another 15 years.
I guess Floyd that a GM truck with a step built into the bumper is not a an option for you?
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Old 05-12-2016, 11:28 AM   #24
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If you are talking about pickups as a TV, what kind of towing capacity are you wanting?
My Ridgeline has a capacity of 5,000 lb, plenty for most eggs up to 17', and has driving, seating, and handling characteristics of a medium SUV. I've really never wanted a pickup, but this is a satisfactory compromise for me.

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Old 05-12-2016, 11:33 AM   #25
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I loved my Pilot for towing my Escape 19, but now getting the 5.0TA I needed a pickup. I would have loved something smaller, but the issue is not at all the tow capacity, but the payload, and with a dry 600 lb pin weight, along with the passengers and cargo, it quickly adds up.
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Old 05-12-2016, 11:39 AM   #26
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Vehicles today overall provide WAY more ease of use and efficiency. It is a good thing for progress, or we would be all still driving Model T's.
I'm not a Luddite when it comes to technology, but I do resent the ersatz technology provided by electronics which has completely stifled any progress in real mechanical improvements and taken the driver out of the equation.
Electronics are an important element (still overused) in engine control technology but the rampant and excessive use of electronics for peripherals is nothing short of obscene.
A vehicle should do the same exact thing with the same input every time, and drivers should go back to learning how to drive and paying attention to the task at hand.
The least that should be done is for each manufacturer to offer a vehicle based on good mechanical engineering without a big screen digital windshield and dozens of electronic substitutes for competence, both their's and the driver's.

While I'm on my rant...
There is no excuse for the excessive charges for the electronics which are used in these new vehicles. The profit margin at point of sale is often in the thousands of percentile range.
In the repair shop the abuse starts all over again and the buyer is once again the victim.
One example...
I recently witnessed a Knock Sensor replacement on a Scion. The dealer wanted $1200 dollars for the job including over $200 for the part plus labor.
They had just moved the sensor from the front corner of the head to INSIDE of the intake on the back of the head.
The part should be around $15 at retail (like other makes)with about 2 minutes labor if it was properly located.
The example was an actual part replacement. Many others are simple programming applications for which thousands of dollars are charged to provide a few pennies worth of product.
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I guess Floyd that a GM truck with a step built into the bumper is not a an option for you?
Ford also offers such stupid bandaids for poor design. All that proves is that they acknowledge the problem but refuse to fix it.
Of course you could build them even taller if you provide rocker mounted escalators for access to the box and the cab.
Just think of the poor bastard stuck on the escalator halfway up when the battery fails! Of course he would still have his smart phone to call for the rescue squad before starving to death ( providing he could get some towers!)
Of course there is always the logic of 110 pound woman driving a 6000 pound truck to the store for a one pound loaf of bread...

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The least that should be done is for each manufacturer to offer a vehicle based on good mechanical engineering without a big screen digital windshield and dozens of electronic substitutes for competence, both their's and the driver's.

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The good news is as I discovered after having recently using a courtesy car is that many of the extra features can be shut off. I found the one that generated a red flashing light on the instrument panel anytime you came remotely close to the side line on the road to be very annoying and distracting particularly when driving on narrow back road at night! :lout talked to the service manager about it and he indicated it was one that people most frequently ask to be turned off.

The other good news is that you are not permitted to use many of the electronic/automatic features when taking your drivers licence. So new drivers do need to know how to actually do it the old fashion way When taking a drivers test they can not use the auto parking assistance, No use of the back up camera (they need to turn their head around and look), No depending on the light in the side mirror to tell you if someone is in your blind spot before changing lanes (still got to turn their head and look). There may be more no no's when taking a drivers test regrind the use of electronics.
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