I think we will do a short update just so we don’t get too far behind. And we will just splash a few pictures of oddball things in the area. As I’ve mentioned before if we get behind on the blog I lose interest in trying to get caught back up and details slip through the cracks.
First off we are still in Grants Pass. We had planned to leave Grants Pass June 1st but because we were waiting for a RAM 1500 Eco-diesel to arrive at a dealership in Portland so it could then be transferred to a dealership in Medford for us to buy we extended our stay in Grants Pass until the 23rd of June. One of the good things about being a fulltime RVer is being able to be at least somewhat flexible and going with the flow to a certain extent. (there is a twist coming so buckle up)
I may have mentioned before that I’m a Ford guy when it comes to trucks but because technology has change I figured we owed it to ourselves to check out the major brands (Ford, Ram, GMC). In full disclosure I’ve owned a couple Dodges in my life and never had luck with them but in all fairness it was back in the day that I probably wasn’t buying the best of trucks to begin with in my younger years, we all remember those days I bet.
I ruled out the Chevy and GMC pretty quickly (surprised about the GMC) and it got down to Ford and Ram. Keep in mind as mentioned, I have always considered myself a Ford guy AND a guy who pretty much cussed any loud rattling Dodge (sorry Dodge lovers LOL!!) driving down the road at every chance so I was very surprised (and almost upset with myself) that I somehow liked the Ram 1500 Eco diesel. It was the combination of loving that diesel that has a darn good MPG rating and a nice ride AND the lower price compared to an equally equipped Ford (and we are talking close to $10K difference).
We would have probably just bought the Ram except we want an extended cab with a 6 ½’ bed and I’ll be darned if most trucks now a-days aren’t crew cab’s with 5 ½ ft bed’s so we were at the mercy of waiting for one to land at a dealer so a trade could be done.
Well I have never been one to stop searching and researching until money exchanges hands and I’ll be darned if we didn’t end up at a Ford dealer again and test drove yet another 2016 Lariat Crew Cab with a 6 ½ foot bed that was all loaded up thinking (I’m really a Ford guy LOL!!).
We found ourselves sitting at the salespersons desk doing a search but no real surprise that most everything found were crew cabs with short beds or if we did find an extra cab with a 6 ½ft bed it was in more of a work truck type with cloth seats and very few bells & whistles.
The reason behind us wanting a extra cab with a 6 ½ft bed instead of a crew cab with a 5 1/2ft bed is we have talked about possibly POSSIBLY getting another motorcycle or even a ATV of some sort to have a little fun with so the 6 1/2ft bed is a must in my mind. And even though I LOVE the space provided by a crew cab the extra length added to the truck just makes it too long. As it is by going with an extra cab and a 6 1/2ft bed will be almost 4ft longer than the 4 door Jeep we have been pulling around and if we went with a crew cab it would be almost 5ft longer than the Jeep. As you RVers know space at campgrounds can be a little tight at times.
After not finding a truck while searching for one online we decided to have the dealer work up a price if we ordered one to our specifications direct from the factory. Long story short we played back and forth with numbers (I hate that part of the game) and ended up within just a couple thousand dollars of what we would be buying the Ram for and went ahead with the order on a pretty loaded up 2016 Ford F150 Lariat super-cab with a 6 1/2ft bed and a 2.7L Eco-boost engine in a color that matches some colors in our motorhome pretty close (Ruby Red).
Ford misses the boat by restricting what options you can add to a truck by what engine is ordered. For example I like the 360 degree camera feature Ford has available but we would have had to order the 3.5L engine instead of the 2.7L we wanted which is a $1700 upgrade. THEN we would have needed to add the Technology pkg which was more money so we could THEN add the 360 degree camera system (of course more money). All of the adding would have been another $4000 AND we would have had to deal with worse fuel economy for years to come with the larger engine.
After a little research I found 2 shops that will add 3 cameras to the truck and give me more control over the cameras functions for well under $1000 so that’s what we will do once we get the truck in our hands. And with the other $3000 we saved by not doing the Ford upgrades we will have a Line-X spay in bed-liner applied as well as a bedcover and some nice sturdy floor mats and have a few dollars left over to go towards the base-plate and breaking system the truck will need before we move on.
We mentioned before that we normally wait until we get to Oregon for our larger purchases to avoid sales tax but GEEEEZZZZ, I think we have over done it this year LOL!!! Maybe we need to skip Oregon next year, but we won’t.
I admit I was pretty hung up on the MPG the RAM gets but after looking at our fuel costs and miles drove in the Jeep over the last 3 ½ years and taking into consideration that most of the miles driven were NOT on highways (where the Ram’s Eco-diesel would shine as far as MPG goes) I figured the average money saved for fuel would only be around $350 to $400 per year. So with that in mind I was able to get passed that mental road block.
I’m not going to bash the Ram because it sure is a darn nice truck but let me mention a few things I like about the F150 that make me a Ford guy.
#1, even though the F150 is actually ½” wider it seems like I have a better feel of where the front corners are of the truck. The combination of window size and hood style I guess creates that.
#2, the ride of the Ford (even though a plush ride) just seems more truck like and not so floaty and more stuck to the road in the turns it seems. I would guess because the shocks are mounted closer to the outside of the truck may have some to with that.
#3, the payload (amount of weight that can be carried in the bed) is 330lbs more in the F150 that we ordered over the Ram 1500 Eco-diesel. We could have opted for the extra payload pkg (changes the gearing from a 3.55 to a 3.73) and increased the difference to a 700lb difference but we won’t need the extra capacity for what our truck will be used for. ** Don’t confuse payload with towing because of course the Ram Eco-diesel has a 1100lb higher towing capacity (always depends on gear ratios of course) than the F150 but we will not be towing anything large IF anything at all with the truck so it does not atter to us.
#4, The F150 weights in 800 lbs lighter than the Ram 1500 Eco-diesel AND 800lbs lighter than the Jeep we have been towing. (These are as close to correct as I can get by research without having each one in hand and on a scale but the numbers are pretty darn close). With these numbers in mind we can tow the F150 AND put a toy in the back and not be much over the weight of what we are pulling now. FYI after putting on 35” tires, aftermarket front & rear bumpers, a winch and extra skid plates the Jeep weight’s in at a healthy 5500lbs.
So, at this point we are still in Grants Pass until the 23rd of this month. At that point we will go south about 35 miles and have a service done on our generator and then head north and probably spend the night dry camping at the 7 Feathers Casino for a night before going farther north to have our AC fixed in Eugene. The parts are waiting and should only be a ½ hour job but we all know how that can go. After Eugene we will head to Portland and spend a week visiting with Diane’s family before heading,,,,,, well we don’t know.
About the time we leave Portland we should have a good idea of when the truck will be delivered but until it is we will just bounce around,,,,, well we don’t know LOL!!! Then we will head back to Grants Pass to pick up the truck and have a few things done to it and hopefully put a few miles on it before we start our trek towards Colorado.
So there you have it. We have been enjoying some time with friends even though everyone has been extra busy this summer it seems so the gatherings have been fewer than in years gone by, we have enjoyed a few days just driving around the area seeing what changes have happened since we have been gone and enjoying the beautiful scenery the area has to offer and spending way too much money. To be honest after selling the trike and using the Prius for a trade (two things we have hardly used since going fulltime) there was not much money out of pocket (but enough!!).