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Old 12-11-2015, 09:41 AM   #1
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Just wondering how many out there tow with a older truck (F150 V8 4WD) around 125K miles on it 1998-2004 good shape. They could be had for 3K to 5K $$$. I would maybe put 4-5 K miles a year on it. We had a 2002 ford F150 crewcab but gave it to our son, still going strong, approaching 150k on it, so i know they are good trucks and last. We only have one car now and we find that to be an inconvenience at times. I think it would help extend the life of the Rav4 as well if we had two TV. Just thinking. Carl
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:52 AM   #2
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As long as you do not need the seating capacity , a truck is always better for towing , plus you can carry all kinds of stuff in the box and not have to overload the trailer.
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:20 AM   #3
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Your vintage truck idea primarily depends on three issues: Condition, condition and condition.


Finding one in that year range with low (meaning less than 150,000) miles could be very difficult and, as vehicles age, they change hands more often and less and less routine maintenance is getting done. In short, they become "Beaters", and sudden, major, repair expenses can raise their ugly head when least expected.


When I bought a new GMC Sonoma in 2003 the first thing I did was change to synthetic oil and stared keeping a full service log. When I sold it at 150,000 miles it was almost like new and had required only minimal repairs over the 10 years I had owned it. A friend of my son's had an almost identical S-10 pick-up and it almost always needed something repaired, but his idea of maintenance was to fix things when they broke and little else.


I replaced the Sonoma with a same year Blazer with only 52,000 miles on the clock and full maintenance records, and it is proving to have the same reliability.


In short, it's a viable idea, but I wish you luck in finding a viable candidate.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:01 AM   #4
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Heading for Florida next month with our Scamp13 and our 2001 Ford Ranger.
That's a 3000 mile trip. The truck has 170000 miles on it right now, it runs like new and I still get compliments on the truck and offers to buy.
Regular maintenance matters.
That being said, even new vehicles have warranties for a reason.
Everything put together, sooner or later falls apart.
At the average age of this group, taking that old body on a trip may be as risky as taking an old vehicle.
Knowing the condition, pretrip can really help on all counts.
Prepare the best you can, set aside the fear, then hit the road!
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:08 AM   #5
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Bob,Thanks, I am aware of all the pitfalls associated with this idea, i am 71 and was a truck driver all my life and i know what a good car sounds and looks like as well of how much of a hassle a bad one can cause. And to my surprise, there are plenty of choices out there in that year range under 125K miles and below with two owners. My post was are there many people driving older higher mile trucks. It is not like I am investing 25K$$$ just a few K and I can always sell it if it goes sour. Thanks Carl
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:17 AM   #6
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A 15 year old truck is well on its way to new tires, new transmission and new electrical switches and some suspension work. Just the nature of the beast. If you find a well maintained beast that has already had these repairs done then it is a viable option. Otherwise keep an extra 4 grand allotted in the bank for some heavy maintenance. Your better off with a 6 year old truck with the same 125,000 mileage.
The only issue there is the parts are far more expensive on a newer truck.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:20 AM   #7
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Floyd, you are right on that issue,old is old. Of Course i would get it all checked out before I go anywhere. I would start off slow visiting local PA,NY state campgrounds no more then 150 miles away, till i build up confidence in the truck.If i want to go on long trips i still have the Rav under 40K miles. Thanks for your reply. Carl
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:29 AM   #8
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I use a 1996 Chevy Blazer (S10) with about 90k miles on it. I put it in the shop last year and had them replace all the hoses and belts and anything else that they thought should be replaced. Also replaced the water pump just because.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:36 AM   #9
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like this maybe ? Older is easier to fix. Rebuilt engine, standard trans, all mechanicals checked and replaced as necessary.
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:46 AM   #10
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But we use this one for longer distances. A year ago when we were looking for a used tow vehicle all the ones in my initial price range of 10K were also in the 150,000 mile range. Finally doubled my price range and got this 17,000 mile 2012 Ram that came with the extended 5 year warranty. Although I'm a retired truck mechanic I just don't want to work on them any more. And this truck is much more comfortable too.
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.....And this truck is much more comfortable too.
Every so often I miss the simpicity of my '85 F150. Then I remember the ride and my mileage. Raz
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Old 12-11-2015, 04:14 PM   #12
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I happen to think an older F150 is a terrific tow, since that is what I am stuck with anyway! I bought my truck in Feb of 2004 with 6700 miles on it and it currently has 134,000 and runs great. I put plugs and a few new coils on it a while back and other than new tires when we started venturing out farther camping that is about it. At this point I can't justify a new part-time tow vehicle and don't need one anyway. I am about seven years (maybe) from retirement and figure the old Ford will get me that far.
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Old 12-11-2015, 04:35 PM   #13
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it's all about what you like old camper old truck if it's old you have to work on it if it new some one else was to work on it ?????????? they all brake down.
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Old 12-11-2015, 05:08 PM   #14
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You might not consider my 4Runner a truck but I'm hitting 160K on my '05 4WD. Excluding tires, shocks and brakes I've probably spent less then $800 in repairs during the ten years I've owned it and it's seen some rough use. I feel confident I'll get 300K before any significant repairs show up ... that's just the nature of 4Runners. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one with 150K on the odometer.
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