Monday, April 02, 2007
New tow vehicle
After looking for over a year, we decided it was time to upgrade the tow vehicle. There was an article in the January issue of Trailer Life on the 2008 F450. It looked like maybe this could be the best truck for our needs.
We decided to stop in at a Ford dealership in Bremen, GA on our way to WalMart for the weekly groceries. We were looking for a brochure on the 2008 F450 & hoping they might have one to look at. They had the brochure, but their F450's were still 6-8 weeks away from being shipped. They had a few F250's & F350's. We only looked at the F250. Sat inside, ran the motor, checked over the storage, upgraded features & went home. Much improved from the 1999 F350 model. Engine was extemely quiet. Seats more comfortable & great looking tow mirrors.
At home, I began to do some more online research. It only took us a couple of days to decide. David stopped in at the dealership on his way home from work & asked about doing a search. The power went out just as he pulled up. But after about 20 calls, our salesman found a White 2-tone one in TN. But unfortunately, they couldn't coax them to give it up. So David came home & just after dinner we got a phone call from the salesman. Who knows how many more phone calls were made, but they had located one in the Dark Stone Metallic in AL. It even had a Navigation system, which we've come to rely on during traveling. So we made the deal over the phone. Took delivery on Friday, March 2.
After the purchase, we added remote start, ceiling DVD player, bed liner, tonneau cover & 22k Reese hitch. Time was short as we were heading for the next project before the end of the month.
We put on over 2500 miles on the odometer before we did our first towing. Towing the 18.5k Suite was quite comfortable. No bucking even on the rough roads. David could go 65 easily. In the Silverado, at 65 or higher it made an uncomfortable bucking. I did miss my leather seats in the Silverado at first. But David didn't hear me complain once during our trip. It took us two days & 650 miles to get to our current destination. Quite a good test for the new truck.
Getting the ULSD 15ppm fuel was more stressful than taking the long trip. It was a hit & miss on some parts of our route.
We still think we made "A GREAT DEAL".