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[*] posted on 3-31-2017 at 02:40 PM




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[*] posted on 4-7-2017 at 04:45 AM


Well, the day has come.
The ford dealer here found me a 2016 F150 4x4 that is significantly less than the 2017's.

I really wanted the longer bed F250 but I can't get it down here with 6 seats and that is a deal breaker for me as a family man.

This is a work, family play truck and, with the money I save it will outfit the tires, the new ARE shell and the other goodies here and there I want to put into it.

Finally, after 4.5 years of researching and saving.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 01:53 PM


soulpatch, Regarding your new shell I HIGHLY recommend the flip up side windows. After having them I could never go back to just the rear window.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 02:37 PM


Cool, I will look into that. Probably going to drive it north once all the money shuggles between bank wires for the final purchase and put an ARE shell on it.

I hate to put a big rack on it for carrying 4m long solar racks so I may just see what I can find for easily removable ladder supports.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 02:47 PM


Check out snugtop before settling for are or leer. Are and leer are not on the same level as snugtop.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 02:54 PM


OK, will do... not sure why but I thought hinges and fit were supposedely better on the ARE.
I have certainly been wrong before, though!
Thanks.... I have a bit of time to research it all.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 03:14 PM


They look very nice. I suppose with a roof rack on the truck combined with a rack on the shell that are both removable life would be good.

Homework.

Wish I had bought in January but the 2016's weren't so heavily discounted then.

i was still hoping for the F250 but it just didn't pencil out with my family and my work crossover needs.

Maybe I'll have enough left over for a nice panga, though!
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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 03:20 PM


I read somewhere you can get a reinforced snugtop good for 500 lbs? Mines good for 250 (stock). The rack rails are worth the xtra $.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2017 at 04:13 PM


For sure on the rack rails.... a must have.

That is good on the reinforcement. I know the ARE has that, as well with an internal aluminum skeleton.

I have been researching which truck to buy forever so this probably won't be much different.

I looked at your truck a lot very seriously but I ended up going with the V8 on the Ford.... we'll see how it all shakes out, no?

I may only keep it 4 years and see what is available then.
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