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Old 02-12-2015, 01:21 PM   #99
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Your input is noted, Carol. Thank you.
I forgot to mention I do traveling in the winter months into the Canadian Rockies fairly often. You indicated that you thinking that you may need a full sized truck due to windy and snowy conditions. I don't know anyone in these parts who owns a truck full-size or mid size that would suggest for a minute that a truck is going to preform as well &/or better than an All Wheel Drive SUV, in the snow or windy conditions - just not going to happen, even when you have the back of the truck loaded up with lots of heavy sand bags during the winter months.
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:33 PM   #100
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Good to know. :-)
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Old 02-12-2015, 01:43 PM   #101
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And a note to all: Buying a TV for that worst case scenario, that one might see 1% of the time, and enjoying the fuel economy you aren't getting 100% of the time, doesn't ring my bell either. After five 4 cylinder mini-motorhomes and several years with 4 cylinder TV's, I learned that less was fine, that the end of the trip would always be at the end off the trip, and that passing gas stations was it's own reward. I only moved up to a V6 because I wanted the additional towing capacity for future use and got a super deal to boot.


My rule of thumb on most grades is that 45 is fine and, if I can't make 45, it's usually because the semi's I am going to be behind anyway are driving 25.


But driving 65-75, much less in a rain/wind storm, will never appear in any of my posts, period.


From Sunny California, where we "Stay Alive, Drive 55" (when towing)
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:09 PM   #102
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Sounds like you're a wise man, Bob.

My rule of thumb is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

My second rule of thumb is Be Prepared.

My third rule of thumb is to obey the Law of the 7 P's: Proper Previous Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.

My fourth rule of thumb is to keep enough hands on hand so I have enough thumbs to accomodate all my rules.

My fifth rule of thumb is Rules Rule!

From sunny Florida, where we shout Banzai! and drive like kamikazes!
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:35 PM   #103
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I'm thinking something like this might meet the criteria.

Cars for Sale: 2014 Ford F150 FX4 in Tampa, FL 33619: Truck Details - 390736720 - AutoTrader.com
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:47 PM   #104
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Too good to be true if it is really 5.0L V8 with all listed options. Get it immediately!
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:50 PM   #105
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I'd love to, but I can't. Still working on getting down payment money saved up. But that looks like a wicked good deal!
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Too good to be true if it is really 5.0L V8 with all listed options. Get it immediately!
I would also check the prices on the 2014 Ram 1500 . I picked up a new 2014 Ram that listed for $44K (Minus my $19,500 trade in) , for $14,500 OTD. The Ram dealer was offering $10 to $12K off MSRP . Selection was limited but most of the trucks were set up for towing and had some nice option packages. Ford has a nice truck too but they we're not giving as big a discount
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:39 PM   #107
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Steve,

When it's time to shop, I will definitely look at the Dodges, too. There is a program called Treadlightly.org, and if you join they send you a letter with a code that is supposed to get you something like 1% under invoice, although when they are trying to close out last years trucks you can prolly beat that pretty easy.

They key elements are having the options I want and being able to afford it. I would have no qualms about buying a Dodge or a Ford. I have seen some hefty discounts on last years model truck.
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Old 02-12-2015, 09:59 PM   #108
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Isn't "dealer invoice" another word for "manufacturer's suggested retail"? In other words, full price.
As I understand it, that's not what the dealer pays, after subtracting numerous incentive payments, rebates and discounts to the dealer.

Just saw yet another Dodge Ram commercial and was wondering if you drive one, do you have to talk like the guy in the commercial?
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Old 02-12-2015, 10:46 PM   #109
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Yes, 'dealer invoice' ain't what it used to be. But it's a better starting point for bargaining than full price!

There are a couple of Jeep dealers in the country (TX and DC area) that will sell for about 5%-6% below invoice, if a person is willing to go that far to pick up their new vehicle.

A big strong V8 is a great thing to have. I would love to have one! But when economizing, an engine with less HP will still get you there if you are willing to accept a slower pace up the grades. And if retired, one has time for that. A retired traveler can also sit out strong headwinds; just pull off the road and find a spot to camp until the weather turns favorable.

BTW, although we aren't inclined to encourage purchase of a stick built trailer, one who does so is best off buying an old, cheap one that is already pretty much depreciated out. That way when selling time comes the loss is very minimal. But if you buy a decent used FG egg to start with, you're set! No need to trade for something else when retirement begins (unless you get an incurable itch for a different FG egg, LOL).
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Wayne, Have you searched the "Classifieds" tab on this forum and looked through the "fiberglass trailers for sale" or posted your interest in the "Fiberglass trailer wanted" sections? I just did a quick look, and there is a 1972 Hunter Compact for sale in Georgia listed for around $4K, and a 1977 Scamp Deluxe for sale in North Carolina for about the same. Keep an eye on it, and you will likely see something come up for sale in your area. The less expensive ones are usually older models that become available when owners, who still love them for the memories, decide to upgrade to something larger or with more amenities and don't have enough parking space on their driveway for both. Most sellers will post photos (inside and out) so you get a good idea of what's for sale. And most on this forum are honest if there are problems. If you post your interest on the "wanted" site, you might start getting private messages from people who have what you're looking for but don't want to openly advertise it because they only want to communicate with serious buyers. There are also people on this forum who buy older "fixer-upper" fiberglass campers as a hobby, get them road worthy again (re-wire, replace the axle, redo cabinets, etc)., then sell them fairly cheap so they can buy the next fixer-upper, and they are always looking for people interested in buying the one they just finished. Some have even been known to deliver fairly long distances just so they get a chance to "field test" their handy-work on the way. So if you haven't visited the Classifieds tab on this forum, check it out.
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Old 02-13-2015, 02:44 PM   #111
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Change of plans. Montana is out.

Not sure where.

Rethinking everything at this point.
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Wayne,

We like Montana, my brother lives in Columbia Falls but we like virtually every state. We joke that there are at least 10,000 places we could live.

Good luck in your search.
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