The Cost of a Truck

Just a few idle thoughts about trucks and their cost.

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Good Looking Older Truck – A Keeper!

Buying a new truck can be a real challenge. New trucks are really pricy. It has been true for many years. Also, finding a good used truck with low mileage is difficult and has its pitfalls as well. Trucks by their natural are often heavily used and abused.

Recently I have been reading that dealerships are getting backed up with truck inventories. We also see that pricing incentives are becoming generous. It may be that the manufacturers have hit an inflection point and will need to start dumping vehicles to maintain their production. This may be a time to pay close attention if you’re interested in a new pickup.

On the other hand, the high valuations for existing older trucks is likely to start dropping, so if you have a truck that’s three to five years old, and you plan to upgrade, now might make the most sense. Sell high and buy low. Even then it’s a bunch of money to spend.

For me, I am keeping my 2014 F-150 for the long haul. Here in North Florida, on the Panhandle, folks drive trucks forever. I like that. I own my truck outright, and it has less than 40,000 miles on the odometer. It should last me a long time.

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Camping Trailer Service Times

I recently wanted to have some service work done on our camping trailer. After calling a few RV dealerships I have found that wait times for service are months rather than days.

In this case I will do the work myself, but what does this tell us about the industry? It seems like there is a lot of opportunity for a new business with a sense for customer needs and wants.

Please post reasonable and respectful comments with your thoughts and service experiences.

WEATHER GUARD Truck Boxes

While running my construction business I used a WEATHER GUARD Truck Box to maintain small tools for my crews. Stuff like razor blade replacement blades, tape measures, trowels, sponges, and parts for tile cutters, in addition to having a set of tools that were my own.

That box was tough and watertight. It was lockable with a dependable mechanism. It’s aluminum diamond plate finish looked good on my black F250 XLT.

These are a premium box and cost more than those basic tool boxes you’ll find at the big box stores, but the quality makes them very worthwhile. These are sold at Home Depot and Amazon, Tractor Supply, not to mention many other locations. Recommended!

Curating Stories and Posts About Trucks, Trailers and Accessories for Both

It is my intention to offer a variety of topics that relate to the truck owner and their towed accessories, including what they have in or on those trailers. I also want to include equipment both for towing, but also equipment that makes the truck more useful for work and play.

My own personal experiences and current truck and equipment are something to mention from time-to-time, but what I am doing isn’t remotely as inclusive of the possibilities available.

For that reason more needs to be added. Hopefully we will find a few writers out there who want to share their slant on the subjects we cover. It’s also my intention to add more content that hits the mark as research is done with the manufacturers, and where we can find articles and videos that match the subject of trucks and trailers.

Hopefully this will continue to be fun for me. I am looking for these topics anyway. It makes sense to share them here too.

Just like my recent infatuation with our new trailer furniture, it may seem like too much of a single subject as I explore. I will try to get a balance and if we can add another writer’s voice, that will really make a difference. Writers, are you out there?

So let’s have fun together. Please add comments. Thanks for being here with us.

A Short Trailer Camping Trip

Beth and I just returned from a short camping trip up into Georgia. We were attending an event and so we took the camper to make the trip easier and less stressful. The drive was only 2 1/2 hours one way. That’s just enough to be too much for me round trip and with a lot of hours in between.

Our New Theatre Recliners

So we relax, went to dinners, and tried out our new theater seating in the trailer watching a movie one night, and PBS Masterpiece Theatre the next.

I like reading in the morning on my iPad and drinking coffee. The recliner and the cup holder I can report pass the comfort test that matters most to me.

The TV arm that extends and allows the screen to tilt towards us needs to be swapped with a longer version. We sit at a right angle to the screen and need to bring it out further to reduce the strain on our necks. I have one already picked out and frankly expected this problem, but I wanted to be sure it was necessary. It’s debatable, but I am striving for perfection, or something like it. That’s still alluding me.

Goodyear Endurance Tires

New to this trip was a set of new tires as well. We invested in a new set of Goodyear Endurance tires. Our OEM tires were getting old, at three years, they had 15,000 miles on them, and one had some excessive wear from a slight alignment issue. I feel a lot better knowing they are new and safe. I’ve had new tires put on my truck, Beth’s car, and now the trailer. I am feeling a little bit tire poor at the moment.

My next trailer project is to grease the hubs. I have been watching YouTube videos and think I can do it. We’ll see.