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Old 08-24-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Smile TV part 3 the Saga Continues

I was ready to pull the trigger today on a Ford 250 diesel. I had driven it, liked it especially the interior, however, I promised to show my wife before I bought. She also liked the interior and how it road but it is to high for her.

She has bad knees and found it extremely difficult to get in and out of the passenger seat without grimacing. She is not tall and the floor even with the step is almost 18 inches off the ground. So it appears to be a no go unless the team has some viable suggestions. I already mentioned a small step ladder but lets just say a lead ballon will fly higher then that idea.

So just wondering what you all do especially seniors like us.

Should I look at GMC

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Old 08-24-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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OK, since you start a new thread rather than continue your old ones, I'm relying on memory instead of checking out what you are shopping for. As I recall, you are looking at 4WD trucks, right?

Maybe you should consider 2WD ones. They typically aren't as high off the ground.

If I'm wrong about that, never mind.

Of course you could also consider aftermarket running boards to provide a step.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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My neighbor had the same problem, He went with a one ton GMC as he has a fifth wheel.. It is lower to get into..
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:01 AM   #4
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By thanks to both of you.

We will look at the GMC to see if they are lower. I do want four wheel drive but will also look at the supercap in 2 wheel.

I did look at some aftermarket steps however they did not look like they would work.

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Old 08-25-2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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Would something like this help?

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Old 08-25-2012, 09:03 AM   #6
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She also liked the interior and how it road but it is to high for her.
She has bad knees and found it extremely difficult to get in and out of the passenger seat without grimacing.
Your not the 1st to come across this problem with "sitting high" vehicles. We find our Mini Van the perfect height for entering and exiting. Our car ( main vehicle and TV) takes a bit more effort getting out, but not so much getting in, because it sits low. The 2WD pickup may be a good height for your wife. There may be other options too. Got to keep those girls happy.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:23 PM   #7
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After looking at the pros and cons of the F 250 diesel and the F150 ecobooster I will go with the 150. I am looking at the lariet F150 4X4 with the ecobooster with the 3.73 limited slip axle along with both the HD payload and max tow package
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:58 PM   #8
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There you have a great setup in the F-150, but I would urge you also look at the 5.0 V-8 along with the Ecoboost.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:38 AM   #9
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I also looked at an F250 Diesel, four wheel drive, and noticed the added height over my GMC of simular specs. I also noticed the smaller seat in the Ford, but other than those objections, it was a nice truck. With my back in the condition it's in, the seat is a show stopper for me.
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With my back in the condition it's in, the seat is a show stopper for me

There is the aftermarket: ROHO, Oregon Aero and maybe some others to help with posture, pressure points, etc.
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2013 Ram 1500 can be equipped with an air suspension that allows the truck to reduce its height by 2 inches for easier entry/exit to/from the cab as well as easier loading of the bed area - details available on their website.

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There is the aftermarket: ROHO, Oregon Aero and maybe some others to help with posture, pressure points, etc.
I have no problems what so ever with my GMC's seat. I can drive it all day long in comfort, but a Ford truck kills me if I drive it around the block.

So, why would I go aftermarket when my GMC seat is good?
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New solutions have new problems. Your Jeep GC may allow for easy entry and exit and may have a 7200 lb towing capacity, but how about the GVWR spec and the rear axle spec. My 08 Tundra has over a 10,000 lb trailer towing spec, but after I hookup my 66 Tradewind that weighs 4,700 lbs and load my TV with 2 adults, dog, full gas, full water, full propane, bed cap, generator, bicycle, tools, camping stuff and hitch, I am slightly over the GVWR of 6,900 lbs (1,680 payload) and only 300 lbs under the rear axle rating (4,100 lbs)

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