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Old 01-06-2011, 11:41 PM   #1
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Talking Ordered - 2011 F-350 MacScheck Tow Beast

Thanks to the input from my fellow Airstreamers here (and a few other forums coupled with lots of research and visits to dealerships and....) I've ordered my new "Tow Beast" to supplement the mighty "T-Rex"...

Here are the "details"....

F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab 4x4 SRW SB Power Stroke
Forrest Green with Black King Ranch Interior & 20” Rims


PACKAGES
King Ranch Chrome Package
10,000 GVWR Package
FX4 4X4 Off Road Package
Power Equipment Group

EXTERIOR
Tough Bed Spray-In Bedliner
Window - Rear, Power Sliding with Privacy Glass
Bodyside Molding
Power Sliding Moonroof
Engine Block Heater
Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly 4x4
Dual Alternators
Roof Clearance Lights
Power Scope(TM) Trailer Tow Mirrors
Two-Tone Paint
6" Angular Chrome Step Bars
20" Premium Cast Aluminum Wheels
Chrome Grille/Bumpers
Locking Removable Tailgate w/Lift Assist
Power Sliding Rear Window
Spare Tire & Wheel Lock
Front Tow Hooks/Fog Lamps

INTERIOR
Rapid-Heat Supplemental Cab Heater
Reverse Vehicle Aid Sensor
Rear View Camera
Uplifter Switches
Navigation System with Premium Sound System
SIRIUS(R) Satellite Radio
Ford SYNC(R) Communications and Entertainment System
Unique King Ranch Front Leather Seating Surfaces
SIRIUS SAT Radio N/A AK/HI
10-Way Power Driver/Passenger Seats
60/40 Flex Fold Rear Bench
Dual Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
SYNC Voice Activated System
AM/FM Single CD/MP3 Player
Color Coord Carpet & Mats
Electrochromic Mirror
Leather Steering Wheel w/Audio Controls

FUNCTIONAL
Mono Beam Coil Spring Suspension w/Stabilizer Bar
Power Windows/Locks
Powerscope TT Mirrors
Reverse Vehicle Aid Sensor
Trailer Brake Controller
Trailer Towing Package
E-Lock 3.55 axle

SAFETY
Autolamp/Rainlamp
Autolock/Unlock
Driver/Passenger Air Bags
Securicode Keyless Keypad
4-Wheel Antilock Brake System
Securilock Anti Theft Ignition
Remote Keyless Entry w/Alarm
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:53 PM   #2
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Contratulations

Very Nice!
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:56 PM   #3
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I just hope this truck lasts me for a very, very, very, long time.....
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:41 AM   #4
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I just hope this truck lasts me for a very, very, very, long time.....
Congratulations JFScheck !!
Awesome package.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:00 AM   #5
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Congratulations on your new pickup!
Are you going to have the truck undercoated?
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Nice choice. Congrats on the new baby. We can't wait to see baby pictures. What kind of time frame did they give you for delivery?

I plan to be shopping for a new tow vehicle later this year. I also plan to order a vehicle. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of percentage off of MSRP were you able to negotiate?

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:42 AM   #7
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Who's your daddy... nice rig!!
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Pretty much the same options I got on my 2011 F250 and I love it. Best truck I've ever owned. It is such a pleasure to drive.
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If it's not too late, I highly recommend the tailgate step. I have an 8' bed and use my truck for work. I carry lumber, plywood, and tools and often need to get in the bed. I'm now 65 and used to able to hop up onto the tailgate on my knees. Now I can barely clear the bed and was worried my teeth would end up on the tailgate if I missed. I thought the folding grab bar in the tailgate would get in the way of loading materials. Turns out, I don't even notice it. I love that step for ease of getting in and out of the bed. I have a canopy on the bed and sometime have to get to the front of the bed for items. With my current AS and hitch, it will even clear the power jack on the trailer.
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I agree with the tailgate step. I have a 2011 250 KR 4WD gas Bronze with a whopping 500 miles on it and just love it. My wife insisted on the tailgate step and I have found that it is really helpful and use it almost every time I get into the bed. I also got the cargo bed extender, and have found it very useful. I haven't used it as a bed extender, but used it several times in the "grocery" mode. It creates a fenced area in the bed to keep stuff from sliding forward. Very useful. Last suggestion is to get the wheel locks. Wheels supposedly cost $1100 each and are a theft item. The lock keeps them on the vehicle.
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CrispyBoy - I assumed all vehicles nowadays are undercoated - I know my german stuff is but it's been a few years since I last purchased an American vehicle - to include a truck. What do you all think - does it need aftermarket undercoating? If so I'll do it as I want this truck to be around for quite a while....

Brian - Thanks! Dealer said around two months, the order officially goes in today on the 7th, I was able to get 1/2 point off of the actual dealer cost (as per the build sheet) with a "rebate" offer as of today of $2,500.00 to be enacted upon the day I take delivery of the vehicle, and if any better or additional rebates surface between now and the time I take delivery, those too will be applied. Good time to purchase a truck - rumor has it a slight bump in 2012 pricing since the 2011's SD Diesels have been such hot sellers. I feel the deal is good for both myself and the dealership. So, Lucy may be getting a new playmate?

HHendrix & Extiger I purposely did not order the tailgate step only because I will be installing either a rigid tonneau cover or fiberglass toper and the vibe I get from my truck forums is that the tonneau covers\toppers have a problem securely closing with a “tight seal” due to the tailgate step protruding ever so slightly from the bed gate. I do hear ya about the lug locks for those 20" rims...

Also looking at an aftermarket extended replacement fuel tank from Titan to replace the current OEM if I so desire - for me the Short Bed (even though I got great feedback from "2Air") thus shorter wheelbase will help off road a little bit vice the longer wheelbase, when driving in the metro parking garage for me that little smaller wheel base also helped in getting around inside the garages (test drives) and unless I had the awesome "dually wheels", I personally like the "look" of the shorter wheel base better (I know I'm nuts). I do understand that the longer wheel base gives you 10 more gallons and is a bit more stable for when I get that 34 footer and this was the most difficult decesion I had to make when ordering my truck...

Needless to say, I'm very excited...
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:52 PM   #12
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I have a F150 with the tail gate step and a box cover. No problems at all. I wouldn't have another pick up with out it.
As for the undercoat I wouldn't bother. I think the factory does a great job on rust prevention.
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As for the undercoating I guess that would depend on how long you anticipate keeping the vehicle and what kind of weather it will be subjected too. I purchased a very low mileage 2009 Dodge CTD in September of 2010 and anticipate having it for awhile. I think Ziebart charged me approximately $300. The bad thing is that I spent the rest of the day cleaning it up from over spray.
I live in Northern Kentucky and I see many trucks here with rust holes all the way through the sheet metal when they reach about 6 years old. Not brand specific. My brother has a 2005 Ford F250 PSD with 36k miles has much flaking paint under it. Fords rust typically on the rear fenders over the wheels, Dodge along the lowest door seam and GM lower parts of the cab. We are subjected to salt and moisture in this part of the country.
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geez i can't believe u didn't grab a creeper and look at the underside...

i thought u were serious about this.

these trucks aren't undercoated.

think about it, the underside is basically OPEN, it's not a unibody thing.

so undercoating would need to be applied WAY UP into every tiny recess,

and ultimately would trap water or salty crud in the worst places.

the fx package will have skid plates under the fuel tank and tranny area, n transfer? case.

the rest of the cab is open underneath.

the bed is painted on the underside with a few bits of sealant in some locations

and a slab of heat shield for the exhaust where it bends UP toward the bed floor.

undercoating a full size truck is problematic.

the fully exposed frame rails are coated.

this used 2b a cosmoline like product but is now more paint/sealant like.

the front wheelwells have a fiber/polymer liner but the rear wheel wells are open (except on the dually).

there are oem and aftermarket liners for the rear wells which work nicely to reduce rock nicks.

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... I purposely did not order the tailgate step only because I will be installing either a rigid tonneau cover or fiberglass toper and the vibe I get from my truck forums is that the tonneau covers\toppers have a problem securely closing with a “tight seal” due to the tailgate step protruding ever so slightly from the bed gate...
the tail gate step is PART of the kingranch package of upgrades.

it can be deleted however.

i was very very against having a tailgate step 4 many reasons and initially worked hard to UNorder it.

however, NOW having used the step for a long time, it's really nice to have and very solid/secure.

btw anyone suggesting there is an issue of closing/sealing a full shell or tonneau on a truck with the step is blowing smoke.

((a common occurrence on dim diesel forums...))

all the major shell makers have adapted the lower rear window/lip to seal perfectly over the step.

as a matter of fact my 6 year old shell which was built for the NON step tail gate fits PERFECTLY.

a.r.e. made available a 40$ lip so that the original rear glass fits/seals perfectly.

as a matter of fact it actually fits/seals BETTER now over the tail gate step than it did on the older style tail gate.

ALL of the newer F trucks (150 and up) have a tail gate lip with a tiny 'dam/aero thing...

so even the NON stepped versions have this lip.

once the rear window/door is closed, one cannot TELL if the trucks gotta a tail gate step or not.
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congrats on the new truck!

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