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  1. Do you anticipate using the trailer for anything else, like lumber, mulch, gravel? How about putting gear and stuff back there with the toys? Personally, I'd rather have side walls on a trailer but I use mine primarily for hauling firewood, topsoil and mulch, and hauling bikes was a secondary consideration.
  2. I thought they were all reliable too, but the heater blower went out on my truck this morning! Of course it was the day I decided not to wear a coat and just put on a sweater. 28° isn't going to give me frostbite, but damn it was a cold 50 minute drive to work with just my heated seats trying to warm me (1st world problems). Hopefully it's a cheap and easy fix.
  3. I'm pretty active on the F150 forums, pitting aluminum hasn't been a problem yet. I've also had aluminum wheels on every vehicle I've owned since 98 and never had an issue.
  4. I have a 12th gen F150, which is the last year they used steel. Honestly, the steel is so darned thin it's easier to get dings in my truck than the newer aluminum bodies. There's some independent video's out there of guys taking hammers and doing damage tests on both, the aluminum almost always resists denting better since it's so much thicker than the steel panels. The difference of course is when you do get damage, then you often do have to replace the entire panel since aluminum is much harder to re-work and repair.
  5. I agree. It all started in 94 with the redesigned Ram, and eventually everyone else followed with the "big rig" look. I'm not necessarily a GM fan, but I think the best looking modern truck on the road is the 2014-18 Silverado/Sierra, with it's more traditional boxy look. They really screwed the pooch 2019 though, they went from best looking to most fugly.
  6. That's typically how the GM twins are represented...as a whole number, because they are basically an identical truck. Ford: 909k GM: 805k Ram: 537k That's a better representation and shows how much Ram is still lagging in sales. GM, as always, is nipping at Ford's heels.
  7. I replace my vehicles when I have to start working on them monthly. It doesn’t matter the cost of parts for me, I just get pretty sick of spending a couple hours replacing $50-100 sensors and small parts every month on an older vehicle. I’ve found the used market is still the way to go. Both my last 2 trucks I bought with 33k miles and 2 years old in pristine condition and paid around $10k less than what they sold for new. And that’s not MSRP, sticker on my F150 was a full $20k higher. If your Dodge is at that point, if it were me I’d replace it. In your situation I’d probably also be looking at something like a T100 or first gen Tundra. Maybe even a Nissan Titan. They’ll all have the towing capacity you need, but even if it has 100,000 miles on it’ll be good to go for another 15-20 years if you’re only putting 3,000 miles a year on it. And with that many miles, don’t even concern yourself about fuel economy. Insurance on a newer truck could easily be more than the added fuel costs. And since you're only driving the truck to go hunting, in the snow, or when towing/hauling you're probably never going to see 20 mpg in a Tacoma anyway.
  8. The Ecoboost has only been in the F150 since 2011, but you're starting to see several hit 200,000 miles. There's even a couple guys on the F150 forums with 250,000 and 300,000 miles. And yeah, mine EB get's decent fuel economy, 18-19 mpg mixed driving. But it drops quickly if I cruise over 75 mph, tow, or just drive very spirited at all. I just rolled over to 70,000 miles so not really high mileage yet, but knock on wood it's been trouble free. Hopefully it stays that way, I like to keep my trucks for 10 years & 200,000 miles.
  9. Um, no. Car manufactures still know how to make safe, small vehicles. The Rav4 and CRV are pretty tiny SUV's that are still safe. It's just that truck buyers wanted more capability than compacts offered, so the manufacturers created the midsized market. Not to mention, around the time midsized trucks began showing up is also when the single cab truck started dying and the crew cab started to become the most popular configuration. A midsized truck makes for a better platform for a full backseat than a compact truck. And if you noticed, while compact trucks were turning into midsized, 1/2 tons were basically morphing into 3/4 tons in size, weight, and capability.
  10. I'm sure that's in their minds. If Ford wanted, they probably could have stuffed the 2.7 ecoboost in the Ranger. It would have had class leading power and probably picked up another 2 mpg, but that would have bled even more sales from their F150 cash cow.
  11. We probably won't ever get a diesel option, and if we did I doubt it'll be the same one you get. Same for the gearbox, it'll only be offered a 10-speed auto. Very few American's will ever buy a stick shift so it's not worth it for automakers to even offer one in most vehicles anymore.
  12. I must be the minority that’s excited to go test drive a new Ranger. I owned 3 in the past, and they were all decent enough trucks (except for the one with the POS 3.0 Vulcan). I switched to an 05 Frontier when they became “midsized” and loved that truck. It had much more capability than my Rangers, had much more power, handled and drove better, but got about the same mpg’s. Now I’m in an F150. Sure, it gets better fuel economy than any of the smaller trucks I had, and can tow and haul more than I’ll ever need to, but I hate driving a large boring appliance every day that’s too large to fit down any trails, so I’m wanting to eventually get back to a midsized once I don’t have to haul around kids in the back seat. Out of what’s available today, I think the aging Frontier is still the best midsized. Maybe the Ranger will change that.
  13. bassjam

    GM 5.3 or 6.2 liter?

    No, Chevy only puts the 6.0 in the 3/4 and 1 ton trucks and vans. In half ton Chevy's the biggest engine you can get is the 6.2, but only in the higher trims like High Country and LTZ and the GMC SLT & Denali. The 6.2 is the Corvette engine, so while it certainly makes enough power to tow it really isn't designed to tow day after day after day like the 6.0 work horse is. But half tons aren't really meant to tow heavy loads daily anyway.
  14. bassjam

    GM 5.3 or 6.2 liter?

    That's exactly how it is. If you want to start a fight on a Ford F150 forum, don't even bother starting a thread saying "Chevy is the best". All you have to do is ask if you should get the 5.0 V8 or the ecoboost and a flame war will start soon after. No data, no real information, just "well, turbos are unreliable" and "my cousin knows a guy who's boss's ecoboost caught on fire" and "real men drive trucks with V8's".
  15. bassjam

    GM 5.3 or 6.2 liter?

    Ford did their homework on the 3.5 EB, it's been out 7-8 years now so there's enough historical data that it's easily be a 200,000+ mile engine. But I just said it's in a different league than the 5.3 because of the power it makes, it's more comparable to the 6.2. The low end torque is phenomenal, and I can be going 30 mph, floor it and will bust the tires loose if I'm not careful. Towing is crazy too, I'll have 7,000 lbs behind me and the tach never really climbs above 3,000 rpm and I'm easily staying with traffic. I test drove several Chevy's, even had one with the 5.3 as a rental for a week. I would have never even known when it was switching from 8 to 4 cylinders except for an indicator on the dash. Some people do get a tuner and disable it but I'm not sure why, it seems to work very seamlessly.