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Old 12-28-2014, 02:52 PM   #15
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60 grands is an overkill :-) I bought 2013 F150 XLT Supercrew v8 5.0L with 22K miles for $24800. Added hitch receiver (bumper hitch ball is too hight for Scamp), brake controller, 7-pin connector and wiring for about $300 total.
You can always find a deal, even on one you order. My F150 cost me 5 grand and I love it. 60 grand would buy me the F150 I dream about, that's all. I priced one out a while back.

I could always find a deal, and still do! Though I doubt there's a new truck in my future, what future there is left to me anyways!

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Old 12-28-2014, 05:33 PM   #16
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I love, love, love my 2014 Ford F-150 w/Ecoboost. As someone mentioned, they come with a "mortgage."
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:17 PM   #17
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I tow a Bigfoot 21RB with a 2007 Toyota Tundra with a 5.7V8. I owned a Bigfoot TW20 5th wheel some years back and pulled it with a 2005 Tundra Double Cab with a 4.7V8. It had plenty of power towing.
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:38 AM   #18
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Some of the newer trucks have side mirrors that can be extended outward. Because of the width of a Bigfoot (8 foot plus) this would be a real advantage. I tow with a Toyota Tacoma and have to strap on additional mirrors to see behind the trailer.
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:29 AM   #19
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I can see the benefit of not having to bother with strap-on extended mirrors. Unfortunately, I don't think Ginny will buy, "I need a 2015 so I can have extended mirrors!" Ha!

When looking at Ford's "Build your 2015 F150" there appears to be an incompatibility between their blind spot alert system (BLIS?) and towing mirrors. I'm guessing that BLIS needs a sensor in the mirror. If I were ordering my dream truck, it would have BLIS.

I hoped to use a rear view camera on the trailer rather than strap-on mirrors. Do you think this is a bad idea?


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Old 12-29-2014, 11:02 PM   #20
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I hoped to use a rear view camera on the trailer rather than strap-on mirrors. Do you think this is a bad idea?


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Bad idea Rich. Learn to use your mirrors as truckers have been using for millions of miles. A camera at the rear of your trailer will only show you what's behind you, not what's at your 3/4 side blind spots or if you have room to merge. It's pretty easy to learn. Using the shadow of your rig on the ground for a reference to a vehicle you're passing for clearence is one trick. Move into the lane you need long before it comes up ( my wife hates when I do that but old trucker habits die hard). Worse case, if your not sure, stay where your at until it's clear.
A rear view camera has its place but not as a replacement for mirrors. One loose wire, no picture...........
Don't over think it Rich, just some common sence, good old mirrors and some practice and you'll be fine.
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:12 AM   #21
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Dave, this sounds like excellent advice. Learn to do it right and then add technology to make it safer and easier. Like learning on a stick shift before getting an automatic.

I'll do it your way.

Changing lanes early is more good advice. It forces me to think about where I'm going and how I'll get there. Thinking ahead is rarely a bad thing!


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Old 12-30-2014, 07:17 AM   #22
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Good morning y'all!

I ruled out 2015 because the dealers weren't willing to dicker on price. But they were offering great deals on the 14's. I was just about to go for one when a young lady called about 2013 F150 XLT Supercrew 4x2 3.5L ecoboost with 4,500 miles. CarFax was clean.

I told her my price for 2014 and her price wasn't good enough. Her sales manger would "work with once I got there". Nope. I need a better price to justify the drive. She said she'd talk to her manager.

She called an hour later with "he wants you to come in. He won't let leave without a great price." No! "What price would get you to come?" $25k. She put me on hold, came back in two minutes with a Yes.

Month-end, year-end, major model changeover, a fire in their showroom over Thanksgiving weekend... they were desperate to make their numbers. The stars were aligned.

I went, I looked, I liked. But I wanted my mechanic to check it over. He fit me in, he liked the truck, I closed the deal.

It doesn't have everything I wanted but it has everything I need at a delightful price! They're putting on LoJack today, then I'll drive it home.

I'll ask what they want to upgrade the mirrors.

I'm set to go. Retire Jan 15; honey dos for a week; hit the road for Oregon. It will be a long, leisurely trip home.

Maybe I'll see you at Escapade. Look for the Fire Blue F150 with an 87 Bigfoot. Stop in and check it out. I'll make you a cup of my home roasted, hand ground, brewed a cup at a time coffee. (I can do tea too, but it's ordinary.)

Thanks for all your wonderful advice!


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Old 12-30-2014, 11:13 AM   #23
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I can see the benefit of not having to bother with strap-on extended mirrors. Unfortunately, I don't think Ginny will buy, "I need a 2015 so I can have extended mirrors!" Ha!
No need to buy a new truck in order to get extended mirrors! There are lots of after market options out there that are not strap on!

Alf posted a great option for extended mirrors for our trucks and supplier of his has them for other makes as well. The link to the actual mirror part 1AMRP01310 Alf Used is here. Also AutoAnwhere has a number of mirror replacement options as well.

But then again if you want to try and tell Ginny there is no option but a new truck I fully understand!
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:41 PM   #24
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Hi Carol,

Those mirrors Alf put on his Nissan are handsome! Unfortunately that company doesn't have for my truck. But I can order very nice Ford OEM towing mirrors that are plug and play. They're quite reasonable.

Somehow I don't think Ginny would fall for "gotta have a new truck for the mirrors".

Well my new truck is home. I'll order the mirrors tomorrow.



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Old 12-31-2014, 07:13 AM   #25
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I am not surprised that the dealer would not budge on the price of a new 2015. Congrats on the deal you got on the 2013.

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Good morning y'all!

I ruled out 2015 because the dealers weren't willing to dicker on price. But they were offering great deals on the 14's. I was just about to go for one when a young lady called about 2013 F150 XLT Supercrew 4x2 3.5L ecoboost with 4,500 miles. CarFax was clean.

I told her my price for 2014 and her price wasn't good enough. Her sales manger would "work with once I got there". Nope. I need a better price to justify the drive. She said she'd talk to her manager.

She called an hour later with "he wants you to come in. He won't let leave without a great price." No! "What price would get you to come?" $25k. She put me on hold, came back in two minutes with a Yes.

Month-end, year-end, major model changeover, a fire in their showroom over Thanksgiving weekend... they were desperate to make their numbers. The stars were aligned.

I went, I looked, I liked. But I wanted my mechanic to check it over. He fit me in, he liked the truck, I closed the deal.

It doesn't have everything I wanted but it has everything I need at a delightful price! They're putting on LoJack today, then I'll drive it home.

I'll ask what they want to upgrade the mirrors.

I'm set to go. Retire Jan 15; honey dos for a week; hit the road for Oregon. It will be a long, leisurely trip home.

Maybe I'll see you at Escapade. Look for the Fire Blue F150 with an 87 Bigfoot. Stop in and check it out. I'll make you a cup of my home roasted, hand ground, brewed a cup at a time coffee. (I can do tea too, but it's ordinary.)

Thanks for all your wonderful advice!


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