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Old 10-12-2021, 07:46 PM   #1
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I Got Lucky

I had discussed the fact that I have a Ford F-250 Diesel on order in various other threads. While working in Del Rio, TX, I thought I would check with he local Ford dealer, just for grins, to see if they had a F-250.

Well what do you know? They had a 2021 loaded out XLT that had just arrived the day before. This truck had every single option that I had ordered except for the color. After what seemed like all day, I drove off in the 2021. To top it off, the dealer had already put on Ranch Hand bumpers front and rear and that was part of the deal. You can't really buy a truck down here with out the RH bumpers because there are so many deer.

I saved about $7k over the 2022. Very pleased.

These photos are not totally representative of my truck, but close.



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Old 10-12-2021, 07:49 PM   #2
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Yes you did get lucky. And congrats on your new ride. The F-250 is a great truck. You'll love it even more when towing.

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Old 10-13-2021, 12:02 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new truck. We "talked" on the other forum regarding your decision on the diesel. Your timing was perfect. Would be interesting to know how it was possible for the truck to be in dealer inventory and not sold. You were in the right place at the right time. Mine is "in transit" and should arrive in the next week or so. Congrats!
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Congrats on the new truck. We "talked" on the other forum regarding your decision on the diesel. Your timing was perfect. Would be interesting to know how it was possible for the truck to be in dealer inventory and not sold. You were in the right place at the right time. Mine is "in transit" and should arrive in the next week or so. Congrats!
You are exactly right. I called the dealership and the sales guy said "Nope, no F-250's on the lot. Oh, wait! let me take a look." So he walked outside and saw the one that had been delivered the day before.

It is a 2021, it had not even been prepped yet. It has almost the same options as the one I have on order. Need to cancel that order.

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Great find! Enjoy the new truck.
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I stopped in to a big Houston dealer a week ago just to ask how long it would take to order, and to see if there was anything on the lot that would let me see one of the upholstery colors.
The guy said if I can't decide on the interior color, I should order both trucks because its a no-cost ordering and they would sell it instantly upon arrival anyway.

And... I'm being told that a 'good deal' is MSRP without any premium. I guess it'll be a wash because my 2012 F250 with 85k miles looks to command a premium price.
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I think there are regional differences with respect to truck availability. I prefer GMC trucks, and I just took a look at my local GMC dealership. They have 2 brand new 2022 GMC 2500s and 3 brand new 2022 GMC 3500s on the lot. I could go up there and buy one today without any issues.
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I stopped in to a big Houston dealer a week ago just to ask how long it would take to order, and to see if there was anything on the lot that would let me see one of the upholstery colors.
The guy said if I can't decide on the interior color, I should order both trucks because its a no-cost ordering and they would sell it instantly upon arrival anyway.

And... I'm being told that a 'good deal' is MSRP without any premium. I guess it'll be a wash because my 2012 F250 with 85k miles looks to command a premium price.
If that is the case, why don't the dealers order the trucks?
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I have the same truck but in white, I also found it on the lot back in Jan. and even got a little off MSRP. Mine is a 2020, I think you will be be very happy with it. We just finished a 7 week trip out west 5800 miles towing and about 2100 miles not towing, 15.7 MPG for the trip.
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I have the same truck but in white, I also found it on the lot back in Jan. and even got a little off MSRP. Mine is a 2020, I think you will be be very happy with it. We just finished a 7 week trip out west 5800 miles towing and about 2100 miles not towing, 15.7 MPG for the trip.
So nice to be back in a 250 again. The 150 was just not cutting it for me. Sticker on this one was a little over $64k. I got $500 off for veterans discount and negotiated a spray in Linex bed liner. Best I could do. I feel good about it under the circumstances.

I have not done any heavy towing yet. Getting 14.1 mpg on the first tank of diesel, in and around town. It has a 10 speed and 3.31 rear end. SWR drive 4x4 with selectable posi-track.

First road trip will be this weekend.

You are towing a 25 footer?

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If that is the case, why don't the dealers order the trucks?
I believe Ford special order trucks have to have a customer's name attached to it in they system at the time of ordering.
.....I know special order trucks have a different colored window sticker.
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Yes 25' FC RBT. So far I have not used any WDH or sway control and don't see the need as the truck and trailer sit level and I haven't noticed any sway. I have only towed this trailer 8-9,000 miles. I only tow around 65 mph and that may be one reason I don't have any issues.
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I have a F350. I have towed my 25 ft. trailer with and without the WDH and friction sway control. I feel like drives better with the WDH. I can certainly tell the difference when I go across a rough place like a bridge expansion.
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CRH, I do use a Gen-y Torsion flex hitch and it does a good job smoothing out the ride on rough roads and things like bridge joints.
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Tell me more about the Ranch Hand bumpers "because of deer." I see them all over where deer or other large critters are plentiful, but do not see much about their effectiveness.
Are they a must-have?
Do they void the vehicle warranty?
How do the insurance companies feel about them?
Do they really work?
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:32 AM   #17
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Special Order Super Duties for 2% Under Invoice

This is my first post here. I've been lurking on the forums for a couple months because I have a 2022 FC 25FBT on order with hatch, solar, awnings, 2nd AC, and lithium

I signed up to share information about my F350 on order and how Fords special order system works. Hopefully this helps someone here.

Ford has a newish special order program -- COVP (customer order verification program) -- that prioritizes production of any retail special order vehicle over a dealer inventory order. This is why they don't care if you order two vehicles, because if they get to keep one for inventory they can turn around and sell it for a nice profit. For these COVP orders Ford is requiring a copy of the ordering person's driver license to be submitted for verification so that dealers can't game the system with retail orders to get inventory.

There are a few places that are offering under invoice pricing on special order Ford Super Duty trucks with a 4-6 month lead time or less (depending on options ordered). Contact Granger Ford in IA and ask for a quote. They're offering 2% under invoice on Super Duties and 3% under invoice on F150s. There's more information on the full deal at the Ford Truck forums (https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...uty-order.html)

I have no affiliation with Granger but I do have an 2022 F350 on special order through them.
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Tell me more about the Ranch Hand bumpers "because of deer." I see them all over where deer or other large critters are plentiful, but do not see much about their effectiveness.
Are they a must-have?
Do they void the vehicle warranty?
How do the insurance companies feel about them?
Do they really work?
There are more brands that make these bumpers other than Ranch Hand.

- Not a must have but a 250 lb deer (or larger) hit at 75 mph could come close to totaling your truck. If it comes through the windshield, it could seriously injure or kill the occupants.

- They do not void the warranty. The dealer had already installed mine when the truck arrived. I did not ask for it.

- Yes, the good strong ones work well. Like most else, you get what you pay for.

There are several videos on the internet that show how well they work. Here is one of them. GRAPHIC WARNING:

https://youtu.be/TZ2zTL9bLH8

A lot of country folks who live in deer and hog country have had encounters.
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Pleased with New TV. Great Mileage!

I posted about stumbling onto and, buying a new F-250 Diesel a few days back. That thread is here:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f46...ky-228486.html

Today, I drove about 360 miles from Del Rio to Montgomery, TX. I think that traveling at speeds between 70 and 81 mph and getting 19.6 mpg is phenomenal for a 6.7 Power Stroke!

Folks, that is just about what I was getting with my old F-150 with 10 speed and 5.0 V8. When I hooked onto my boat with the F-150, mileage dropped to 8-9 mpg.

I don't know what the 6.7 Diesel will do when I put a load back there but I bet it will do a lot better than that. Funny thing about the 6.7, it got the best mileage at about 77 mph in 10th gear. Slow down, and the mileage drops slightly.

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I posted about stumbling onto and, buying a new F-250 Diesel a few days back. That thread is here:

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f46...ky-228486.html

Today, I drove about 360 miles from Del Rio to Montgomery, TX. I think that traveling at speeds between 70 and 81 mph and getting 19.6 mpg is phenomenal for a 6.7 Power Stroke!

Folks, that is just about what I was getting with my old F-150 with 10 speed and 5.0 V8. When I hooked onto my boat with the F-150, mileage dropped to 8-9 mpg.

I don't know what the 6.7 Diesel will do when I put a load back there but I bet it will do a lot better than that. Funny thing about the 6.7, it got the best mileage at about 77 mph in 10th gear. Slow down, and the mileage drops slightly.

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Right now your instrument cluster has a display in the upper right hand area showing "turbo boost".(just barely visible in the picture above). There probably is an obscure menu you can get to that lets you change this to "DEF level". At least to me DEF is the more useful thing to watch. It also shows you if the dealer filled the tank or not ..... wish I'd known this about 3,000 miles ago. Maybe one should read the manual .... never ....

Does yours work the same as mine? No idea. Mine is a KR and the display is a little different ....

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