On Christmas, Ginny & I became the happy owners of Linda & Jimís 1987 20í Bigfoot
Fifth Wheel. (My first post is in the Introductions forum.)
Iíll pick up my new baby in Oregon in early February, beginning a six-week journey back to Houston. I plan to stop en route for RV Driver Training classes and then the RV Boot Camp at Escapade.
But how do I get it home? As Donna D posted, ďGet the camper, then choose the tugĒ (my words; her wisdom). I've taken care of Part 1; how do I decide which truck is right for us? (Despite being Texans, we've never owned such a thing.)
After multiple outings to look at trucks and researching prices, ratings, and Consumer Reports, Iím bug-eyed! Can you spell ďanalysis peristalsisĒ?
I highly value the new safety features that are appearing on vehicles: backup cameras, lane departure alarms, adaptive cruise control, remote tire pressure readings, and many more. A few can be gotten after market, but only a few. The more advanced features only seem to be available on the 2015 F150 and the 2015 Colorado/Canyon. Iím not wise in things trucky, but I suspect these two are game changers and will transform the light
But I need a truck by the end of January and the Colorado/Canyon didn't strike my fancy. It's a small truck that drives like a big truck. The salesman couldn't believe that I thought that was bad. He's young, I'm old; maybe it's a testosterone thing.
This morning, Ginny went out with me to test drive trucks. We've narrowed our list down to a used 2011 Ford F150 and a new Nissan Frontier. Note to Self: What's the BF's hitch clearance requirements for level towing? I can't afford to have the trailer raised if my tug is too high. Second Note to Self: Send a note to Linda to find out.
As a TV, I like the F150 better because it's bigger, heavier, has a much higher payload and is simply a lot more truck. I think more reserve power, more breaking, etc. translates to more security to a new driver. But, I'm not happy driving it when not towing.
Ginny is leaning toward the Frontier because it's smaller, more agile, and she thinks the 1,400+ lb payload is adequate for our needs. She wants a vehicle that's more usable when not towing.
The trucks are so different that it seems like a lifestyle choice.
The F150 has none of my desired safety features, but is much cheaper. The Frontier has only a few of these features and is more expensive. In the end, the F150 may win as a ďstarter truckĒ. Trading in a six-year old F150 seems easier on the wallet than a two-year old Frontier.
What are your thoughts?