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Akulahawk

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Let the "new" truck search... Begin!! Fortunately for me, (and thanks to my brother) I have a few months to search for the exactly right vehicle for me. Unfortunately, the borrowed vehicle just may end up making me want all the bells and whistles. That and my wife's car also has pretty much all that... and I'm probably skwewed and will end up having to get a very nice truck that has reasonably decent towing ability and lots of creature comforts. I suppose the one good thing is that I don't (and won't) need to tow anything more than about 9,000 lbs so there's lots of 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks to choose from. At least not until I'm much closer to retiring will I have to consider something more powerful as I won't be towing a house replacement trailer (vs a camper-ish travel trailer) until then.

Why the bells and whistles? Well, it's also going to be my daily driver that also happens to be able to tow stuff vs a tow rig that occasionally gets driven. If it were that, I could "downgrade" to something slightly nicer than a work truck and go for something with way too much power that I'd probably never need (like towing ability in excess of 15,000 lbs) for a reasonably nice price.

Wish me luck as I'm hoping to make that find in the next month or so. In the meantime, I'll be "suffering" with an F150 Limited with the Max Tow pkg and lots of bells & whistles....
 

Tigger

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Let the "new" truck search... Begin!! Fortunately for me, (and thanks to my brother) I have a few months to search for the exactly right vehicle for me. Unfortunately, the borrowed vehicle just may end up making me want all the bells and whistles. That and my wife's car also has pretty much all that... and I'm probably skwewed and will end up having to get a very nice truck that has reasonably decent towing ability and lots of creature comforts. I suppose the one good thing is that I don't (and won't) need to tow anything more than about 9,000 lbs so there's lots of 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks to choose from. At least not until I'm much closer to retiring will I have to consider something more powerful as I won't be towing a house replacement trailer (vs a camper-ish travel trailer) until then.

Why the bells and whistles? Well, it's also going to be my daily driver that also happens to be able to tow stuff vs a tow rig that occasionally gets driven. If it were that, I could "downgrade" to something slightly nicer than a work truck and go for something with way too much power that I'd probably never need (like towing ability in excess of 15,000 lbs) for a reasonably nice price.

Wish me luck as I'm hoping to make that find in the next month or so. In the meantime, I'll be "suffering" with an F150 Limited with the Max Tow pkg and lots of bells & whistles....
I have an ‘18 f150 XLT with the 2.7. It’s a great truck, plenty comfy and is great for my highway commute (my own mpg is 19.6). Upgrading to a lariat was not in my price range sadly but it would be pretty nice to have front parking sensors and a blind spot system given the truck’s size and living in pretty downtown Denver.
 

CALEMT

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Let the "new" truck search... Begin!! Fortunately for me, (and thanks to my brother) I have a few months to search for the exactly right vehicle for me. Unfortunately, the borrowed vehicle just may end up making me want all the bells and whistles. That and my wife's car also has pretty much all that... and I'm probably skwewed and will end up having to get a very nice truck that has reasonably decent towing ability and lots of creature comforts. I suppose the one good thing is that I don't (and won't) need to tow anything more than about 9,000 lbs so there's lots of 1/2 and 3/4 ton trucks to choose from. At least not until I'm much closer to retiring will I have to consider something more powerful as I won't be towing a house replacement trailer (vs a camper-ish travel trailer) until then.

Why the bells and whistles? Well, it's also going to be my daily driver that also happens to be able to tow stuff vs a tow rig that occasionally gets driven. If it were that, I could "downgrade" to something slightly nicer than a work truck and go for something with way too much power that I'd probably never need (like towing ability in excess of 15,000 lbs) for a reasonably nice price.

Wish me luck as I'm hoping to make that find in the next month or so. In the meantime, I'll be "suffering" with an F150 Limited with the Max Tow pkg and lots of bells & whistles....

I got a 18 Ram 2500 with the 6.7 Cummins. My rig is 4 wheel drive and I average anywhere from 18-20 mpg. It’s a base model truck, I don’t need bells and whistles but for a base model it’s got a 6”? touchscreen radio that has a backup camera. Granted a big horn or a Laramie has all the luxuries but it’s enough for me. Got it at a decent price too 43k.
 

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Spousal unit has a 2018 King Ranch diesel. Gets 22 mpg. Loaded, but my F=350 Lariat is more utilitarian and pulls in about 19 miles per gallon. Got one heck of a deal on it. Had been sitting on the dealer's lot for a year and they were getting ready to send it to the auction. We got it for over 20K off of list price, and it was still pretty expensive. Both are 4x4.
 

CALEMT

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Spousal unit has a 2018 King Ranch diesel. Gets 22 mpg. Loaded, but my F=350 Lariat is more utilitarian and pulls in about 19 miles per gallon. Got one heck of a deal on it. Had been sitting on the dealer's lot for a year and they were getting ready to send it to the auction. We got it for over 20K off of list price, and it was still pretty expensive. Both are 4x4.

Jeeze and I thought I practically stole my diesel. But then again 20K off is half the cost of my truck lol.
 

Jim37F

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Show up to my station, we're at full staffing, 5 guys on our Engine. Apparently we're the only station in the entire Battalion fully staffed. 4 companies are at the minimum staffing of 3... and one, is at only 2 guys today. And that's my previous Station.

So Chief broke our station bubbles and now I'm the third guy today at my old crew haha (well the two that are actually here...)
 

Old Tracker

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We fell into that deal. I was at the dealership and was talking with the sales guy we always use and told him the wife's car, which was immaculate, but had 90 some K on it was getting too small for what she was doing with it. Told him that back when we bought it I had suggested a diesel pickup. He took me out to the lot and showed that truck to me. Also had an Expedition that had like 5 miles on it that was going to the auction. They even drove up to where she works (like 5 hours away) to deliver it and pickup her car. But, like I said it was still pretty darn expensive. Even has a CD player in it, and massaging seats. Probably a once in a life time deal.
 

CALEMT

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Cooking and canning tomato soup with the tomatoes from my garden today.
 

MMiz

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How is everyone affording massive pickup trucks on paramedic salaries?
 

Jim37F

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Had one of *those* nights at work where I clocked all of 4 hrs of sleep thanks to calls... and promptly racked out when I got home for what my Fitbit tells me was another 4 hour straight nap 😴 🤪🥴🙃
 

Old Tracker

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How is everyone affording massive pickup trucks on paramedic salaries?
I came into EMS after retiring with 32+ years of working for the federal government starting at age 18. Then I did several other gigs before I took a basic emt class at age 66. I'm working as an AEMT now, basically because I get bored.
 

Fezman92

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I came into EMS after retiring with 32+ years of working for the federal government starting at age 18. Then I did several other gigs before I took a basic emt class at age 66. I'm working as an AEMT now, basically because I get bored.
So your funeral is going to be start of your retirement? 😛
 

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Haven't shot competitively in years, but went to my old gun club for the first time in a very long time. First half was a little rusty, but still decent. Last half was like I hadn't left. Think I might have to get back in, a bit of consistent work and I could probably be back at the level I was in college.
 

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