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Hunting Vehicles

Since I'm a 4x4 freak and tool freak just as much as I am a gun nut and hunting nut I thought I'd get a topic going about what you all drive and what your prefered vehicle for the outdoors is.

I've had only a few over the years, all 4x4 vehicles.  Bought a new 2010 Ford F150 XLT SuperCrew 4x4 pickup truck earlier this past summer for my outdoor and hunting needs.  Actually like all my previous vehicles it's my everyday vehicle too.  I love it, but it does have way more features and luxuries than I'm used to in a truck.  Prior to that I owned a '02 Jeep Grand Cherokee Loredo, a '99 Dodge Ram 1500, and an old '87 Jeep Wrangler YJ.  The old Jeep YJ was geat for most of my outdoor needs except for biggame hunting.  That old YJ didn't have nearly the space capacity for bringing home any large mule deer or elk so until I got the Dodge I always had to resort to my dads old F-250 Ford for biggame. 

Never owned a Chevy or GMC, but I do tend to like the look of the newer Silverado/Sierra line of pickups.  Anyone have any experience with those?  So far the Ford has turned out to be very much to my liking.  I didn't draw any biggame tags this year, so I'll have to wait until next season to really test it out on biggame hunts.  So far it's perform just like a truck for camping, fishing, and waterfowl.  It's gotten me to the remote places I need to go so far.  Maybe when my son turns 16 I'll let him use the F-150 and I'll get myself either an F-250 Powerstroke Diesel or a Chevy 2500 Duramax Diesel.  But who knows, maybe I'll be going through a midlife crisis by then and will have given up hunting and be more into geting a Chevy Camero or a Dodge Challenger.lol

Anyone else?

 

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All of the trucks that you

All of the trucks that you mentioned are good vehicles but I prefer the Fords.  The Chevey trucks are getting to where they are more like a highway vehicle than a real 4x4.  They have the best ride out of all of them but have a lower ground cleareance from what I have seen.  As far as the newer trucks with diesel engines they are starting to put out some unbelievieble horsepower and torque.  The 2011 Ford Powerstroke is pushing 500 horses and 800 lbft of torque and will pull anything that you connect to the hitch and it will do it with athority.  But with a price tag pushing $50,000 for the base truck it makes you wonder.  Now the base truck without the diesel is still pushing $40,000 witch is still a lot of money. 

I myself have a 1996 Ford F250 Powerstroke and plan on keeping it for at least another 5 years or so before I even think of tradeing it in.  One nice thing about it is that it will get 18 mpg unloader and the worst that I havae seen with it is 12 mpg loaded down with a camper and pulling a 16' trailer full of playtoys.  It has taken me into some places that I really shouldn't of been and that was with 4 wheel drive only.  Now put chains on all 4 wheels and you have a tank as long as you don't worry about body damage.  Any more I'll leave the truck parked at base camp or on a diecent dirt road while hunting and then take my 4 wheeler onto the 4x4 tracks and then start to hike.  I just don't see any reason to tear up my truck when I have a wheeler sitting in the back of it.

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Yeah I agree with you on the Chevys.  I think they are a nice looking truck, but they have the lowest ground clearance of all the three, that was a big factor for me.  To me a 4x4 vehicle should also have higher ground clearance.  I test drove a Chevy 1500 and it drove nice, but I thought that GM used some pretty cheap materials on the interior, everything just felt shoddy, like it wouldn't hold up for very long.  Plus I don't like the fact that GM has On-Star on board their vehicles.  Nothing bothers me more than a system where someone else can disable your vehicle without your input or permission.  The very last but minor thing was the idea that it's made by Government Motors Corp., but that really wasn't a big deal to me or the deal breaker. 

I like my Ford.  I've never owned a deisel, but was seriously considering it when I made the purchase.  The big drawback now was the price as you mensioned for the F-250 or F-350 and the higher cost of deisel fuel now.  You will get way more power with those deisels, but a good V8 gasoline engine has always given me all the power I've ever needed.  Truthfully I had considered a Toyota Tacoma as a smaller sized pickup more nimble and fuel efficient offroad vehicle, but I wanted more space capacity for elk and camping equipment so I opted for the fullsized truck.  The Toyota Tundra was just more than I was willing to pay for a full sized truck.  Jeep and Dodge alway were relaible for me and I liked them.  I just hope this new F150 turns out to be just as good or better.  As much a I may try to keep it looking new, to me a truck is a truck, it's a utilitarian vehicle.  I treat them, drive my vehicles carefully and do all the required regular maintenance on my vehicles when it should be done.  One thing no one has ever accused me of is being a car wash freak.  I find that the paint gets better protection when it has a layer of grime on it all the time Big smile .  Except for the windows and the interior I wash my vehicles exterior about twice a year at the most. Yes

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My buddy that I hunted in

My buddy that I hunted in Canada for mountain goat just bought a new Chevy 2500 diesel truck.  We stay on road, but we drove their in style and luxury.  It is a nice truck that rivals a luxury car for comfort.

I have a 1/2 ton two wheel drive Dodge ram and I need to get a four wheel drive vehicle, but my wife wants me to get something other than a truck so she can drive it.  I think I have it narrowed down to the Nissan Xterra.  I think it willl be small enough for my wife to drive, but big enough to hunt out of it, especially if I use one of those racks that slide into the towing hitch.

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She can drive a truck

My wife is 5'2" and she's able to get in and out of the truck just fine.  I'm sure she'd be able to drive my truck.  I still don't let her, but physically she should be capable of driving it Big smile .   Actually my Ford has adjustable pedels too, but I kid of hid that fact from her for the first couple months after I bought it.lol

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It is not my wife's physical

It is not my wife's physical size, but the fact that she has a hard time judging distances and just a perception that she could not drive the truck.  I am sure she could as she can do anything she sets her mind to, but driving a truck is not one of them.  i am happy to get a vehicle that we can both drive, but will miss having a truck.

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She's used to it

My wife grew up riding around in pickup trucks in rural Oregon, so that's mostly what she knows.  Her dad has only ever owned full sized diesel trucks.  To my surprise she still doesn't understand why guys need to have trucks though.Confused She's mostly been more of an SUV or Jeep type woman though before we had kids.  More recently she's a minivan mom.

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I tell my wife it is because

I tell my wife it is because I have to haul stuff and being the smart wife that she is she points out that I've actually hauled very little since getting the truck.  Not to be outdone, I point out that yes, I haven't hauled a lot of stuff, but I have hauled stuff we needed hauled and that is all that matters.

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02 4X4 F150 is what i

02 4X4 F150 is what i have,it's been a good truck got just over 230 thousand on it...But after haul'n my travel trailer up to Ga i'd like to go one up, 3/4 ton...half ton did the job wood just like to have a lil more ace...When i get there it's four wheeler time....

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American vehicles

chrisp wrote:

02 4X4 F150 is what i have,it's been a good truck got just over 230 thousand on it...But after haul'n my travel trailer up to Ga i'd like to go one up, 3/4 ton...half ton did the job wood just like to have a lil more ace...When i get there it's four wheeler time....

230K miles on it eh?  And everyone these days says American vehicles don't last lol

I know people who own older Ford and Chevy trucks with well over 200K miles on them and they seem to keep running just fine. I even know people with Expeditions, Suburbans, Tahoes, and Yukons that have well over 200K mile on them, those things just keep on running. 

My old YJ Jeep had just a tad over 300K on it before I finally sold it for parts.  That thing had been driven hard by it's original owner and I put it through some good off-road use in my time with it.  My '02 Grand Cherokee had close to 175K before I finally made the decision (reluctantly) to use it as trade on the new Ford.  It was a great vehicle for me and I had done a lot of work to it before trading it, so it will be a good reliable vehicle for who ever got lucky enough to end up with it.  I only got rid of it because it was reaching that point where the drive train and suspension was wearing and replacing all those parts was getting pretty expensive and time consuming, then to make things worse the fan blade separated and destroyed the radiator, that was more time and money.  What I put into that Cherokee in three months basically was getting close to the cost of a new truck payment.  The 4.0L I6 engine was totally reliable and ran great, no problems there.  In fact I kept that Cherokee in such great condition that the dealership was impressed enough to give me more than it was worth in addition to the amount of money I'd put into it in repairs in the three month prior, so I was happy.  The Dodge was pretty good truck too, but not fuel efficient nor powerful enough for a V8, plus the new F150 is roomier than the '99 Ram 1500.  I sold the Ram last spring and applied that money to use as a down payment for the new F-150 this past summer.

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F-250, V8

I've preferred Fords & my current 250 has never left me wanting in the hills.  The V8 engine isn't the strongest but highway towing isn't the most important issue for me. The short bed extended cab has gotten me into places that hind sight said I shouldn't have been but that's half the fun.

A couple of buddies drive Chevy/GMC.  They are comfortable on pavement but maybe a little too soft on dirt trails.  I like to style of the new 3/4 tons but since they have been "bought out" by Obama, I have a hard time considering buying one.

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