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Old 09-08-2006, 09:17 PM   #1
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Stupid truck question - for next tow vehicle

(I have a feeling this should go under "Here's your sign" but ...)

My Chevy S-10 4x4 ran afoul of a much larger vehicle a couple of weeks ago & the insurance company has totaled it, so now I need a new truck. I'm gravitating toward another extended-cab S-10 because it was small yet versatile (it's my only vehicle), big enough to haul dirt, and strong enough to tow the Bambi. On chat night, though, someone suggested that I test drive a Silverado, but I just drove by one at a dealer & it looks like MONSTER TRUCK to me. It had to be 3 feet longer than the Ford Ranger next to it & very tall & cavernous.

I just can't see piloting that tank around day to day. So, uh, is little truck/MONSTER TRUCK the only choice, or is there something in the middle?

And no giggling on the part of you folks who swap out drive trains or gears or whatever the heck it is that you do when you tinker with an engine. I won't stand for it.
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:26 PM   #2
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Hi summerkid--Silverados come in many lengths, and heights. Take a look at a 1/2 ton Silverado with an extended cab, and a short box. This is similiar to what you had with the Chevy S-10, only one size larger. Price is probably about the same.--Frank S
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:58 PM   #3
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Aha! So the model name is just a random agglomeration of amorphous truck parts? They should call them all something different then. Like, a 4WD XTcab 6ft bed could be a Silverado but a 2WD is .... a SilverBeltBuckle ... and the 8ft bed with crew cab would be a .... SilverChalice.

Or something.
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hi summerkid...

sorry to read about your bang up...hope no one was hurt.

it might be time to think way beyond the ford/ge'em options...

with your small trailers there are lots of possiblities...

gas or diesel, domestic or import. asian or european...

dodge, toyota, vw, nissan, honda and many others could work...

you need to think some and offer up a price range and other deal makers/breakers...of course IF you really liked the last ride...get another!

shopping used vehicles really IS a broad issue...no pun intended.

as for the any 1/2 truck...size and space issues and driving quirks adapt very quickly...
within a week of daily driving you will be fine with parking, turning, ride height and so on....

it may take longer to get used to the color, or finding the gas inlet...

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Old 09-08-2006, 10:10 PM   #5
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My V-6 Ranger Extended cab 4X4 and my F-150 Extended cab 4X4 short bed got the same mileage. The differance was that the F-150 was a breeze pulling my old 19 Safari. No more difficult to drive and park either.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:11 PM   #6
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My head shall explode shortly.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:22 PM   #7
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Hey Summerkid,

If you're a Chevy guy - have you thougth about the new Colorado? (or is that now the new S-10?)

If you're open to the options, I have several friends that are Toyota fanatics. They claim they'll do it all... from Hauling to towing to making toast. I am a monster truck guy personally, but the Toyota crowd enjoys passionate loyalty, probably a decent option... I have driven them and love the ride. Then again, next to a F350 a lumber-wagon has a good ride! Too small for my other uses though. FWIW loyalty usually follows logic. There is typically good reason for their passion... Probably worth some consideration.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:31 PM   #8
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Thanks, 2air, nobody was hurt, which makes me damn lucky because I was the one zoning out as I came around a blind downhill curve in the middle of the night.
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GLAD YOU'RE OK! The truck is just a pointless hunk of steel... and replaceable! Then again I think that's what my kids say about me...
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:02 PM   #10
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Sometimes ...

... a "new" truck can make you as giddy as a "new" Airstream can! I took everyone's advice (thanks especially to wahoonc for bringing up the idea during chat) and went a step bigger. Granted, the replacement S-10 I was looking at would have allowed me to pocket 3k of the insurance settlement, but for $9,500 I got a 2001 F-150 with a Triton V8 & only 68,000 miles, plus a jillion fancy touches like heated seats & a compass! (Look, I've never even had power windows before, so this truck feels like a palace.) I hope forgoing the 4WD helps offset the bigger engine when it comes to gas. The only other downside is facing the same learning curve as when I went from a subcompact to a light truck: There's a lot more weight & surface area to be aware of and, where the S-10 didn't stop on a dime, this one doesn't even stop on a quarter! Pix: http://www.premierautoauctions.com/d...px?iid=1171978

Totally off topic: I think I got a decent deal on this truck but these guys were the most lackadaisical salesmen EVER. And if you look at the dealer's ebay feedback, it's beyond wonky. Selling used cars on ebay must be even more of a minefield than Airstreams. Then again, when I first went to look at the truck, they just handed me the keys & said, "It's on the right. You can't miss it." They were correct---how do you miss a truck with its moonroof open during a downpour? If someone had made an appointment to see a vehicle, wouldn't you go over it with white gloves & make sure it's showcased out front? And that it's not filling up with rainwater? When I went back TWO DAYS LATER to pick it up, the console was STILL full of water. And they started pouting about wanting the aftermarket Polk speakers out of it. I just said, "Uh, what have you guys been doing since I called & said I'd be by Thursday at 6 o'clock sharp?" They're lucky I had my heart set on this truck, but how often can you assume that about a buyer?
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:17 PM   #11
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I went from a Ranger to a SCREW 4 years ago, never looked back. You have a very nice truck. I pull my 25' trailer with the 5.4 with no problems. I am of course thinking about a PSD.

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way2go summerkid...

looks like a lot of truck, still pretty new, plenty of features...and so on.

the one picture of tires suggests that you may need new ones soon...

and with 2 wd; living where it gets cold and snows...

i'd want real snow tires for winter...

i'm not a big fan of all seasons, i'm sure other folks may be...

i suppose there are light truck tire options that cover all bases...

just watch your tires...

looks like you could make it to a rally or 2 now...

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Old 09-13-2006, 10:13 PM   #13
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DEFINITELY new tires. They gave me $250 credit for that. And to my untrained eyes, the truck has "electrical trailer tow" parts in key places. So maybe it will be an easy job to reinstall my old brake controller? I have a '64 Globetrotter to pick up next week.

This is my favorite part of the owner's manual so far:

USING YOUR VEHICLE AS AN AMBULANCE
"Do not use this vehicle as an ambulance. Your vehicle is not equipped with the Ford Ambulance Preparation Package."

Who knew?! Now I feel like I'm missing out on something. Maybe I could use the soft tonneau cover as a stretcher, though?
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USING YOUR VEHICLE AS AN AMBULANCE
"Do not use this vehicle as an ambulance. Your vehicle is not equipped with the Ford Ambulance Preparation Package."

Who knew?! Now I feel like I'm missing out on something. Maybe I could use the soft tonneau cover as a stretcher, though?
I drove a Ford Econoline E350 for a short while with the Ambulance prep package - that was one stout vehicle.
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