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Old 08-28-2012, 02:48 PM   #15
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There is a sub culture around here that does that to all sorts of trucks. They also put little small diameter wheels on them so that they look like hot wheels. I don't think I'd tow with one. Thinking of my Dodge 3/4 ton , I think most of what makes it high is the suspension, I don't think I would want to mess with that and then tow.

I do have step bars on the sides of the cab, they help a lot.

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Old 08-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #16
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First let me say thank youfor the responses. I get significantly better advice from forum members then sales people. I believe this is because you all have lived it and they have not.

I do know there are other vehicles out there and I may have to look at them but not yet.
I could get by without a 4x4 but a couple of times they have been a life safer especially when we get an unexpected snowstorm. I also like to go on the sand at Assateaque and could not do this with a 2 wheel drive vehicle.

I also agree that most 1/2 tons whether or not they are 2 or 4 wheel drive are very high. The difference in the Ford is approximately 2 inches. Would it be enough I don't know. What I do know is: if my wife is not happy I will not be happy, but then again I do all the cooking and baking .

I suspect I might end up looking at another vehicle that is smaller but not until I exhaust all options.

Again thanks for all of the great advice
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:08 PM   #17
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urnmor - despite all the verbiage for and against 4x4s, the easiest cure to your issue is an adjustable step. Big boy trucks in the south, you know the super lifted versions, have a slick solution for a mere $100 bucks or so. I'm way over 6' but my wife is just over 5' - try a cure like this:

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #18
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we did look at adjustable steps and running boards however the challenge is that Claire likes to use the assist handle on the inside. Unless there is a way to lower that no step will work. she holds on to that handle even to help herself up to the running board but again thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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we did look at adjustable steps and running boards however the challenge is that Claire likes to use the assist handle on the inside. Unless there is a way to lower that no step will work. she holds on to that handle even to help herself up to the running board but again thanks for the suggestion.
Remember the subway - the straps hanging from the ceiling for standup passengers? OK? Now hang one of those on the end of the assist handle - instant extension.

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Old 08-28-2012, 04:59 PM   #20
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could you loop a small, wide leather belt through the existing assist handle to get up on the side step?

andy from can am rv suggests using wide profile tires to reduce sway. i have no idea if there are tires that would work on the 250 but it would be worth looking. you might also have to recalculate what gear ratio you would want.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:37 PM   #21
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I'd look into more options before committing to the expense of lowering the truck. However, I recognize those alternatives need to match your partner's particular needs and ease of use.

You didn't mention whether the truck you are considering has the assist handle above the door or on the A-pillar (or which year). There are aftermarket assist/grab handles made for either A or B pillar mounting if its equipped with an overhead. Luckily, my truck has the A pillar handle within reach.

In the end, maybe your best bet is a special product for independent living assistance like the HandyBar. This item worked wonders for my wife's 4'10" grandmother who loved to ride in my 4x4.

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I'd look into more options before committing to the expense of lowering the truck. However, I recognize those alternatives need to match your partner's particular needs and ease of use.

You didn't mention whether the truck you are considering has the assist handle above the door or on the A-pillar (or which year). There are aftermarket assist/grab handles made for either A or B pillar mounting if its equipped with an overhead. Luckily, my truck has the A pillar handle within reach.

In the end, maybe your best bet is a special product for independent living assistance like the HandyBar. This item worked wonders for my wife's 4'10" grandmother who loved to ride in my 4x4.

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That's a cool device.

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Old 08-28-2012, 05:54 PM   #23
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The good news is I will save a bunch of money. The bad news is I will not have a knew F250 for my birthday. The Ford dealer called and said any modification to lower the truck would void the warranty.

Paula I did mention the strap however the Dealer said it was not a good idea as it is unstable.

Again thaks to everyone for the great advice and ideas
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:55 PM   #24
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I want to purchase the F250 diesel however it is to difficult for my wife to get in and out of. I thought if I added different running boards that were lower to the ground that would solve the problem. It will not because the body of the vehicle is to high for Claire to reach the handle on the passenger side used to assist in entering and exiting.

The dealer recommended that I lower the truck about 2 to 3 inches by using a lowering kit. They said it would not adversely impact safety, towing, corning etc.

I have absolutely know experience in this area and do not want to purchase the vehicle if it will adversly impact towing the AS.

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:52 AM   #25
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The good news is I will save a bunch of money. The bad news is I will not have a knew F250 for my birthday. The Ford dealer called and said any modification to lower the truck would void the warranty.
Bull. They'd have to prove the modification caused the failure. They just don't want to deal with you. (And since they feel that way, I doubt you want to deal with them, either, so that's fine.)
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:34 AM   #26
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It can be done very safely and effectively. There are many variations that will depend upon the model/year of your truck. You'll want to focus your research and selection on the front axle. The rear solid axle is straight forward.

Lift/lower kits which relocate the front spindle and/or supply redesigned control arms are often stronger than OEM and will not cause alignment problems. Any 4x4 shop can do the work for you.

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You may want to try these. I have a pair on my dodge and the wife is about 4'11 and she has no problem getting in. Not overly difficult to install, takes about 3 hours.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:23 AM   #28
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The saga is not over. I looked at the Ford F150 with eco booster and they do look great however when yuo price them out they are expensive. Almost as much as new diesel. Dealers are throwing in a lot more incentives for diesel then they are for their best selling truck. So now all I have to do is convince Claire this is the way to go. I am willing to throw in the new AMP running boards and a leather strap that will assist in entering and exiting. I remember the straps in my parents cars. I believe they were used up to the late sixties.

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