Dirt Road Drive

Here’s a link to a good read. A set of thoughts about simple living and appreciating the experience of life here in the south. Enjoy! Thank you Jeff Rab!

Dirt Road Drive

Living with a Truck & Its Accessories

Expressing a few thoughts about having, using, and driving a pickup truck seems like a good way to open my ideas up about my business plans for FP4T, LLC.

  • The trucks of today are impressive.
  • There is a diverse assortment of complementary attachments and tools that aren’t available without a truck.
  • It’s a way to change your living experience.

Let’s get into these thoughts and consider them in more depth.

2009 Ford F150 Reg Cab STX 4X4

Current Truck Design & Technology

Where to begin? Certainly all current automotive design is a vast improvement when we look back at what was available a decade or more in the past. But there seems to be more involved concerning light truck development, as compared to a standard car. Both have the safety advances and the driver assistance features that we already expect. A recent pickup truck from any of the automakers has new features that really augment a truck and that reduces the negatives of owning a truck, while amping up the advantage that a truck has to carry a load, tow, and to do so in comfort and style.

Improvements

We are already used to some features and they are ubiquitous since trucks and SUV’s are so popular. Having a four door crew cab for example, and GPS Mapping Systems. Multiple USB ports, Bluetooth, and a dozen cup holders for comfort. Fuel mileage is greatly improved, while tow capacity and performance are much better. I used to get 10-12 MPG in my 1996 F250. It had dual fuel tanks with a switch to change tanks. My current F150 with an EcoBoost 3.5 averages between 18-19 MPG. It also has more torque and tow capacity.

There are many more positives. The point is that a truck is both nice to have for utility purposes, and it extremely comfortable, easy to drive, and is fun.

Trucks Fit Our Lifestyle

There are so many opportunities for recreation that requires equipment to enjoy. Quads, motorcycles, bicycles, gear for climbing, boats and other forms of watersports. Add to those my favorites involving camping. Camping trailers, tents, and all the stuff we carry to enjoy our truck camping experiences. Glamping – as they say.

And that’s just the fun stuff. We’re also a society of DIY remodelers and builders. We spend a lot of time and money at the big box retailers buying two-by-fours, plywood, cabinets and appliances to improve our homes. It all has to be carted home.

It’s no wonder that we feel a special attachment to our pickups. They are the key to much of what we consider our happy and productive free time.

The Direction of My Narrative

With all that said, I want to explore this world of stuff. The trucks, the trailers, and the equipment that is tied into this lifestyle. There is just so much to consider and to enjoy. We can look into sports, into businesses, and into travel topics. We can fantasize about the vehicles that are simply out of our financial reach, but at the same time find solutions that we can afford.

There are a lot of ways to enjoy our trucks. Let’s not eliminate any of them. I can start us off with what pushes my buttons, but I am hoping that some of you will want to share your ideas and experiences to. I would welcome your contributions to the topics related to trucks, trailers, tools, and toys.

I hope we can have some fun exploring these truck related topics together.