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Old 08-20-2010, 09:05 AM   #15
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You are a gentleman and a scholar, Sergei. Five hundred miles doesn't seem far after our traveling this summer.

My concern about the F-150 is the same I have for the Titan. A half-ton truck just isn't built for a utilty body, unless you're talking a Tundra and a light aluminum utility body (a pretty awesome combo if I had a spare $40k). As for the 4.6, I really like the 5.6 in the Titan for giddyup. Even though it's not really geared for heavy towing, it gets down the road.

I'm going to keep looking. I guess it boils down to price-versus-fit for our long-term needs. I really think the "usability" of the utility body is high. The more stuff we can get into the truck, the more open we can keep the coach.
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It was called the "midbox" and was offered by Ford in 2008 as a fleet option.
Later years offer "mid-box prep" as an option...
yep, that b it.

very cool don't ya think?

with a properly sized 'stream this would be a fine combo.

as i recall it was not available on the CREW cab, but only the supercrew as pictured.

imagine drawers on one side and a built in genset (gas or lp) on the other...

with a tonneau cover one would have a stealthy looking rvn truck or add a full shell n really carry the booty.

even the toy' drivers noticed the offering...

http://www.tundraheadquarters.com/bl...-a-smart-idea/

it turned out to be popular with outdoorsmen (hunter/fishn) for the easy carry and utility.

i really wish they had this option for the 250/350 line, but it probably would not sell in volume to justify the offering.

and most superduty buyers who NEED a service body, start with the chassis cab or bed deleted trucks.

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...My concern about the F-150 is the same I have for the Titan. A half-ton truck just isn't built for a utilty body...
not true, at least with regard to the 150.

for example, there was/is a 150 model available with a payload that approaches a F350.

it's sorta a 150 with 250 underpinnings (brakes/axles/suspension) and with payload thats DOUBLE the typical 1/2 ton.

as i recall this one only comes with a standard cab and 2x4 and a LONG bed...

so it is more like real trucks once were in terms of space.

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Old 08-20-2010, 10:27 AM   #17
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What sort of stuff do you anticipate carrying in the utility body? I guess figuring that out would narrow down exactly how much room and what sort of layout you'd need.

That Titan engine is a lovely one. The F-150 also offers a new line-up of engines for 2011, with a rather nice 5.0-liter. (At least it's really nice in the Mustang, and it's modified for truck duty.) Or I'd assume you could buy a used 5.4-liter F150, remove the bed, and order the midbox (no idea on pricing for that though)...

More interesting stuff - you can get a Truckvault and then maybe a tonneau or cap - probably could be hard sliding the drawers fully out when hitched though...
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:54 PM   #18
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Stuff for the utility body? Tools for keeping the vintage airstream operational, outdoor cooking equipment including my wife's dutch oven, outdoor clothing, hunting/fishing gear including my wife's fly pole, a generator, the outdoor chairs and table, emergency equipment such as extra Fat Tire ale, the spare tire for the trailer, my wife's canoe (if we have ladder racks), my wife's bicycle, etc.

The basic storage concept for the coach. Under the bed: linens and clothing. Bathroom: toiletries and cleaning. Galley: pots, pans, pantry goods. "Utility room (over the wh and furnace): Clothing. Under the sofa: Fresh water.
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:12 PM   #19
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Could always go with an aluminum flatbed body, then take it to a welding shop and have aluminum cabinets made to bolt onto it in any configuration you could dream up. Sort of a custom utility body. Lighter and probably cheaper too.
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:06 PM   #20
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there you go. with a flatbed, you can take the dodge too!
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:42 PM   #21
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Test drive this one. You'll be amazed at how quiet the diesel power plant is.


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Old 08-20-2010, 10:40 PM   #22
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My father-in-law drives a Mercedes that cost substantially more than my first house. I'm sure the diesel is quiet, Serg, quiet enough to hear the steam rising from my wife's forehead after I told her I just dropped a small fortune on a Mercedes tow vehicle.
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Alum-Line Trailers | Service Body: Open Middle | Alum-Line manufacturer of aluminum flatbed trailers | aluminum livestock trailers | aluminum utility trailers | aluminum truck beds | aluminum car trailers | truck utility beds | trailer tool boxes | t

Or,

http://www.knapheide.com/products/kss/dodgekss.asp

I'm in favor of utility, but decreased fuel mileage (aero resistance) is not utilitarian. That would mean a close fitting body (doesn't extend past OEM lines).

Add an Aerolid [not yet in production] for best fuel mileage (as TV and TT must be treated separately for aerodynamics). (Plenty of discussion on truck FE on EcoModder; examples of ho'made aero toppers are a great read. FE increase is genuine).


http://aerolid.com

This -- I wager -- is pretty well the conceptual ne plus ultra for those of us who'd want a truly utilitarian TV: lot's of compartments, aero design, etc, in a single, integrated package.

Just need to add onboard air (engine driven) and a big PTO mount generator to have it all.

(Plus, more fuel capacity . . and, I suppose, some additional water tankage to re-fill trailer).

And all too easy to climb right past a 1T capacity!

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i never noticed the ac up on top before. i think this would make a great tow vehicle! i wonder if the retired units are available?
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:11 AM   #25
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I looked at a retired ambulance, but it was way over the GWR. The ambulance bodies are very heavy. I like the idea of a flatbed with some truck tool boxes if I can't find a utility body.
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By the way, this looks like a great product:

Welcome to*Ute Ltd - Manufacturers of Tough Aluminum Pick-up Truck Products
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:15 AM   #27
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Ute Tope on Ute Bed W/Trundle Drawer Great idea. Plus Kayaks on Top with rollers to help loading .Will check it out when i replace my 07 TV. Thank's.
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