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Rick Holly

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I decided to get a 2017 Ford F-150 Lariat. It’s my first truck. I enjoy driving it. It’s a lot of fun. We drove it to Florida (1,000 miles). It has a 36 gallon gas tank and two moon roofs. I would like to put a CB unit in it. Also, after years of trying to get TARAWA for my Ohio license plate, I finally got it.

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Go with a ham radio, get your license it's easy. unless you only want to talk to truckers. I have ham radios in all my vehicles just did a trip across the US 6500 miles. Talked to many people on simplex.
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Go with a ham radio, get your license it's easy. unless you only want to talk to truckers. I have ham radios in all my vehicles just did a trip across the US 6500 miles. Talked to many people on simplex.

I think I will start with a handheld CB and a whip antenna attached by a magnet to the roof. I will see what that is like. I bought a Corba handheld CB on Amazon. I could not hear anyone talking on it. Last Thursday I took it to a CB store and asked them why. They tested it then told me it sends but doesn’t receive! LOL. I am sending it back to Amazon this week. I noticed the CB store had a Midland handheld CB. I may try that one. Does anyone know the quality of a Midland?
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Handheld in the vehicle will be reduced range so yes to mag mount antenna. Midland use to be good have not had a cb radio for several years.
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Handheld in the vehicle will be reduced range so yes to mag mount antenna. Midland use to be good have not had a cb radio for several years.

I will get it this week and test it. I’ll let you know here later this week.
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Nice looking truck.  Which engine did you get?
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Nice looking truck.  Which engine did you get?

I don’t haul anything, so I got the 2.7 Eco Boost engine. I swear, it is faster off the blocks than any car I ever had!
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Actually, that's the tow engine for the F150. 325 hp and 400 lbs of torque. Neither the 3.3 v6 or the 5.0 v8 produce as much.
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Actually, that's the tow engine for the F150. 325 hp and 400 lbs of torque. Neither the 3.3 v6 or the 5.0 v8 produce as much.

I guess that’s a good thing even though I will never tow?
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I sent my defective Cobra handheld CB back to Amazon and purchased a Midland 75-822 hand held CB. My problem now is my Ford F-150 truck. I bought an antenna which attaches to my roof with a magnet. However, the Ford F-150 trucks are now aluminum. I’m laughing out loud, thinking what should I do now.

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When someone is driving on an interstate highway, what channel should they monitor?
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19. Channel. Can you make a bracket that will hook up at your cab backup/ cargo light
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19. Channel. Can you make a bracket that will hook up at your cab backup/ cargo light


Just make sure it gets a good ground so the body of the truck can act as the ground plain for the RF signal.  [smile]

If you want crappy range on a CB, get one on a motorcycle!!  HAHA  Range:  About 500 feet! [smile]
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Great looking truck, Rick.  Love the plate on it!!
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We pulled the trigger today.

2018 F350. 6.7 liter diesel. 16,500 lb tow rating. XLT package. Has everything the Lariat has except leather seats (wife doesn’t like them).

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Awesome looking truck, ha. It looks a little like mine, but more towing power. I don’t like to drive my truck when it rains, too much rain spatter on the paint. I guess it is a pavement princess. It is parked a lot in the garage.

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Nice looking trucks.  I'm in the market for a replacement for my F150.  I was thinking Ranger when they come out, but they don't have a bench seat from all of the articles and videos I've seen.  So it looks like another F150.  I'd prefer a Mid-sized truck from any manufacturer, but none I've seen online have a bench seat.  Or a 60/40 bench seat.
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Why would you want a bench seat for a truck? Just curious.
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Look again. My last one and this one have 40/20/40 bench seats in the front and 60/40 in the back.

Ford has a tendency to use them in the XLT/XL models nowadays with cloth seats and buckets for the leather seats in the Lariat and up packages.

This bench seat has storage in the backrest as well as under the seat. We like the bench seat because of the small dogs we have, one can lay between me and the wife no problem an if need, both can.

This truck is an XLT. We went with it to get the carpet. The XL has vinyl flooring. All of the Lariats we looked at had leather seats and maybe all but 1 had buckets.

They knocked 6k off upfront. According to the salesman, they have stoped building 2018’s and are setting up for the 19’s.

I also heard that the 150 is getting a 6cyl diesel later this year.
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I need a 60/40 bench seat so my dog can ride with us comfortably.  The new Rangers and other trucks in its class are all buckets.  I can only find the 60/40 in the Full Sized (F-150, Tundra, Silverado) trucks.  And I want to get rid of the F-150 and scale down to a mid-sized, but it looks like a new F-150 is in my future.  
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I need a 60/40 bench seat so my dog can ride with us comfortably.  The new Rangers and other trucks in its class are all buckets.  I can only find the 60/40 in the Full Sized (F-150, Tundra, Silverado) trucks.  And I want to get rid of the F-150 and scale down to a mid-sized, but it looks like a new F-150 is in my future.  

I was able to get my F-150 in my garage in Ohio but not in Florida. Is your garage in Las Vegas tall?
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Yes, I have no problem getting in, even under the door opener.  I was just wanting to get back into a Ranger as I had 2 of them over the years.  Our 2014 Fusion LE has buckets and a console, but the console is big enough for us to put a doggie crate pad on it so Rocky sleeps there when we drive back and forth to Las Vegas.  But he really loves the F-150 because he has so much room to stretch out.  Thus, the need for the 60/40 bench  😉  

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When we drive from Ohio to Florida, ~1,000 miles, Tiger our cat, loves the entire backseat area and below the seats. What a huge area for him.
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When we drive from Ohio to Florida, ~1,000 miles, Tiger our cat, loves the entire backseat area and below the seats. What a huge area for him.


I wish Rocky would do that.  But he has to sit near us.  He hates it when I'm in one room and Cris is in another!
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