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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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I have returned from our first real trip in the new truck.

This truck is going to cost me a small fortune. Not in repairs, fuel or that stuff, but I’m going to need a bigger trailer (I can see Chief Brody from JAWS saying that lol).

We had so much room while on the road, it made us realize how cramped we are in our trailer. Soooo... we are looking to upgrade before the next trip. Move from a 30’ to around 37’. It doesn’t sound like much but we’d also go from 1 small slide to 1 large slide and a 2nd small slide which will give the daughter her own room and increases the size of the common room.

We put 4K miles on it during the trip and got a trip average of 10.5 mpg. I know you think that’s low, but not for towing a trailer. It would have been higher, but the wind in Kansas seemed to always be a head wind and always blowing. That’s where we got our worst mileage.

Denver to Louisville KY via Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. While there we had lunch on an Ohio riverboat, visited Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Makers Mark distilleries and visited Mammoth Cave.

While in Louisville, we learned that a massive hail storm had hit our neighborhood. The daughters 2018 Jeep Cherokee was damaged (dents in the hood and top, but no glass damage) and our trees striped of 1/2 their leafs. We’re waiting for an inspector to come by and check the roof. Most of the neighbors have enough damage that their roofs are being replaced.

From Louisville we relocated to Nashville. I wound up with a stiff neck so bad I couldn’t turn my head to the left, so I spent the day on a hot pad with the AC blasting while everyone else went into Nashville. We also visited the Jack Danials Distilery and a civil war battlefield. While at a home that was used as a confederate hospital, my wife stepped wrong and injured her right foot. By that night, it looked like someone had stuck a golf ball under the skin on her ankle, so we canceled our reservations in Arkansas and Texas and made a beeline home via Indiana (just above the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers), Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. By the time we got home, she was able to walk on it normally and the swelling was down.
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What a vacation story! Is it easy to sell a used RV or will you trade it?
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We plan to trade it. I won’t get as much, but, I really don’t want 2 trailers and have to pay to store them both.
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Update on the Hail storm damage.

The daughters Jeep has approximately $6,500 in damage (4 out of 6 side windows need to be replaced because the chrome trim is dinged and its installed as a unit). 

We were visited by a Roofing inspector that our Insurance Agent sent by to determine if we needed to file a claim.  When he got there, he looked at my roof and said it was a total write off.  He also said that all of the gutters were dinged up, my 1 yr old grill has dings, almost all of my solar deck lights and grill cover is destroyed and my new Hot Tub cover took a beating, but didn't tear (you can run your hand across it and feel the dimples in the foam core).

Next step is for the adjuster to come by.

One good thing is that the solar panels are not cracked, but will need to be removed so the roof can be replaced.

The Roofer told me about the new Impact resistant shingles.  Minimal cost to have them installed instead of regular shingles and we'd get a break on insurance.  Plus, they are guaranteed forever with full replacement if damaged by hail. 

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Hey Steve, I’m sitting at the Ford dealership waiting for them to do an oil change on the truck, and noticed a booklet on the table about the new Ranger. Sure enough, they don’t offer it with a front bench seat, only buckets. I also found it interesting that the supercab comes with a 2 person rear bench and the Crewcab comes with a 3 person rear bench. Seems to me the only space difference should be leg room, guess the supercab is real tight.
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Yes, all of the pictures I've seen shows it with the bucket seats and the console between the seats is very narrow.  We still want tp check the Ranger out when it comes to the dealership, but it looks like we will be stuck in the F-150 world.  But it also depends on when I decide to retire.  If I bail out early next year, then there will be no driving back and forth to San Diego/Las Vegas, so the Ranger would be the right choice.  I will go with the Crew Cab, as I had one with the last F-150 I had.  I have a Super Cab now, and there is not much room in the back. Thanks for the info!!  I'm sure you are enjoying your F-150.
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I just had my 2017 Ford F-150 detailed for the second time. I was a little disappointed he did not include cleaning the engine like he did during the first detail. I will take the truck back before winter/snow.
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Yes, all of the pictures I've seen shows it with the bucket seats and the console between the seats is very narrow.  We still want tp check the Ranger out when it comes to the dealership, but it looks like we will be stuck in the F-150 world.  But it also depends on when I decide to retire.  If I bail out early next year, then there will be no driving back and forth to San Diego/Las Vegas, so the Ranger would be the right choice.  I will go with the Crew Cab, as I had one with the last F-150 I had.  I have a Super Cab now, and there is not much room in the back. Thanks for the info!!  I'm sure you are enjoying your F-150.


F-150 is too small for me, I’m driving an F-350 Superduty.
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Right Leo.  You haul a trailer.  I'm looking to downsize as my thoughts of towing a trailer are long, long gone. 
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