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Replacing the F-150

Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by TheDoubleD, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. TheDoubleD

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    Well it is a new tax year and all the money I pull from the IRA now goes against 2021 tax bill.

    As Posted else where my 19 year F-150 has passed away from old age-transmission failed. A $4000 repair required of a $5000 truck

    Wife and I have been discussing and looking at a replacement. This would our home errand and outdoor recreation vehicle.

    What ever we get has to be able to pull a flat trailer with 1000 lb atv and a 850 lb bowling ball mortar. Bonus would the ability to haul sheet of plywood home from Lowes every once in a while. Current vehicle has a topper, wife doesn't want one.

    Dear Sweet Wife tossed out the idea of maybe instead of an F-150 and Explorer-either 2020 or 2021.

    I see most of those listed have 2.5L Ecoboost. Most are just listed with a automatic transmission.

    Will that combination pull my trailer? Will a sheet of plywood fit in the back of an Explorer?
     
  2. Capm_Spaulding

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    The explorer shares a platform with the Ford Taurus. I think it could do most of what you’d want of it, but really not much more. An F150s full extent would be pretty underutilized, and an explorer’s would be near max. That said, my neighbor used a newer model Ford Edge to tow his 5x7 many times with all sorts of stuff in it and never seemed to have a problem. The torque in a turbo charged engine really shines for hauling.

    You can probably find some videos on YouTube showing real world experience too. The dealers will tell you whatever you want to hear as I’m sure you know.
     
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  3. TheDoubleD

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    I have an Edge, a full sheet of plywood will not fit in the back. Will it fit in an Explorer.

    My trailer is 12 x 8.
     
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    People are finding pretty good deals on trucks right now. I bought an almost new RAM for 10k under sticker. It Is certified with a better warranty then a new one.

    ford has kinda lost favor in our family

    brothers 2018 ecoboost has had so many tranny and turbo problem he gave it back

    dads 2019 coyote engine in his truck burns a quart every 1000 miles

    Wife and I had the major problem with our 14 explorer leaking exhaust into the cabin under acceleration. Took the engine out twice in an attempt to repair. Always came back and the moment it was out of warranty that was it. Even though it is well document and a health hazard. Same problem that has killed a couple troopers. Best part.... more then one of the loaners did the same thing
     
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    The only answer is CYBERTRUCK!

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    I believe the 2020/21 Exploders can fit a full sheet. The 2.3L T4 motor is a good motor and should serve well as a daily driver.
     
  6. O4L

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    If you're asking if you can get a full 4'x8' sheet if plywood in the back and shut the tailgate, I seriously doubt it.

    Driving a SUV with the tailgate open is not a very good idea.
     
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    Manual transmissions in trucks are "old technology" and rarely if ever will you see them anymore. Autos have a higher tow rating and better mpg. Ford super duty doesn't offer a manual with either the gas or diesel engines.
     
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    I would consider purchasing what would work for most of your driving that would still pull your trailer. For those few times you need to haul your 4x8 sheet, load up the trailer (yes occasionally overkill) to get what you need. The rest of the time you have what fits you most of the time.
     
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    If the plywood don't fit inside do what I do. OIP.jpg
     
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    Not the current Explorer. It's on a new RWD unibody platform.
     

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