Bryce Canyon NP

Bryce Canyon NP
Bryce Canyon NP

Friday, October 4, 2013

Truck Research

Well it's just under 1 year until I retire and we go fulltime. So I have been doing some research on Tow Vehicles(Truck to pull the 5th wheel with) to determine the right features and price for us. Of course everyone has their favorite brand - Ford, Chevy, GMC. I prefer Ford myself so I started there. Fortunately, I work at an insurance company that participates in a national discount program. I am able to go online and build a truck with the features I want and participate in an X plan discount. Similar to a discount that an employee that works for an auto company would  get if buying a vehicle . You understand why this is important if you have done any research or have purchased a tow vehicle yourself. In order to pull a heavy 5th wheel you need a truck with some power. Because of the weight of the 5th wheel we are considering I need a 3/4 to 1 ton truck. So I am looking at the Ford F-350 Super Cab 6.7L Diesel Dual Rear Wheel(DRW) 4x4 at a local dealer that participates in the X plan program. These are just a couple of photos from the internet. These are Crew Cabs. The Super Cab(Extended Cab) is a little shorter without the second door but still with the second row seats. I'll post pictures of the actual one once we get to that stage.
 
I prefer white
 
Glenda likes the Champagne
 
We plan to order in a couple of months and there is about a 6-8 weeks build time. This will give us time to work out the finances for making a cash purchase and selling the current 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 .We'll have the truck for a short while before we purchase the 5th wheel. It may take some time getting used to driving a big rig(ha ha). Especially if I'm going to hook a 38-39 ft. rig to the back. I think it's best to have the truck BEFORE the 5th wheel. Wouldn't do much good to reverse the order. And as a side note we have changed our plans on the purchase of the 5th wheel.
 
We originally were set on getting the Prime Time Manufacturing Sanibel 3500 but have since decided on the Heartland Bighorn 3585rl. We really like the new features for 2014 and the layout. Similar to the Sanibel but just different enough. That's a discussion for another post someday. I'm going to go to Indiana(Mishawaka/ Elkhart area) tomorrow for 5 days to watch the grandkids while our younger daughter and SIL go on a very past due honeymoon vacation in Florida. I hope the weather holds up for them with the Tropical Storm in the Gulf right now. I have an opportunity to see a 3585rl in Elkhart while I am in the area so that should help solidify the decision. Anyway it should be fun with the kids since the ages range from 16 to 7 years old. I have a feeling we may be eating out a few times. Grandpa isn't exactly a gourmet chef. Well I'll let you know how it goes next week. Until then we are working toward retirement and it won't be long. Thanks for stopping by.
 


6 comments:

  1. Champagne!! We were headed to Bo Woods on Tuesday but have made arrangements in Effingham instead :( Enjoy IN, we were just looking at Big Horns yesterday, showers seemed small to us,nice rigs though. Enjoy the time with the grandkids

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    1. Faye N Dave, Thanks for your vote on the color. We will soon see what it turns out to be. I don't think Bo Wood is open since it is goverment campground. We were hoping to go next weekend but the recreation.gov website seems to indicate reservations will not be honored as long as the government is shutdown. The shower is a liitle small but the overall floorplan is to our liking. I will find out tomorrow when I go tot he dealer here in Elkhart and check it out. So far things are going well with the grandkids. Pizza tomorrow night should go over well. Curt

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  3. Sorry for the late comment but things do get hectic at times even when you're Retired.

    We had a 3/4 ton and if you got hit with a cross wind you were all over the road. The dually almost sticks to the road thus eliminating that problem. Also if you blow a rear tire you can still limp to the shoulder and still maintain control. Champagne is a nice color but many people (Not ourselves) will get a white vehicle and have graphics added to the truck to match the trailer.

    It is important to actually go inside a trailer you are interested in. Many show nice online and have good floor plans but when you are inside are very tight on space and ceiling heights. Take a plant tour of where they are being built and that will help to see if you might have warranty issues in the future. Being this will be your home on wheels you must be skeptical before buying anything. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Rick and Kathy, I have had the opportunity to talk with many others that have a dually and how stable they are even is some windy conditions. Either color would work for me so I will probably leave the color choice up to Glenda. I'm glad I was able to actually see the Heartland 3585rl in Elkhart. Hope to take a factory tour before we order but if not I feel comfortable about the choice. The company has made some nice upgrades for 2014. Thank you for your comments.

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