|What We Do With Our F-150s
|Remember back in the days when 1/2-ton trucks were used for work? I do. When I was a kid, my dad always had these trucks on the farm. In the 1970s and 1980s, everyone I knew who had
a full size pickup truck used it for one of two things: Making money or off-roading. Then came the 1990's and our nation became obsessed with size. We super-sized our Big Macs, our
houses, our toys, and our trucks. Gasoline was cheap, and suburban boat pullers traded their S-10's and Rangers for 1/2 tons. My dad's current full-size farm truck is a 1995 GMC Sierra.
Why so old?
Well, over time the manufacturers modified their trucks to accommodate our nation's new preferred use for full size pickups: Daily driving. What used to be the domain of compact trucks was
now taken over by the big trucks. As kids and dogs became the most common cargo, truck dimensions gradually increased. Half-tons today are not the work trucks they were 20 years ago.
Compare the Ford F-150 SuperCab with a 6.5 foot bed in 1993 and 2013:
(Inches) 1993 2013
Wheelbase 139 145
Overall Length 219 232
Width 79 79
So in 20 years, Ford added over a foot to the overall length. Most of this came in an expanded size of the rear seating area. My 2013 F-150 would not have fit in the garage of the first home I
owned. I certainly never would have brought it to my Chicago condo garage. As of June of 2013, I still can't park the thing worth a damn. But I am like many others who made the decision to
part ways with compact trucks so that I can haul a dirt bike or dump a yard of mulch in the bed (usually works better to do those separately) and still fit the whole family inside.
The F-150 forums are great reflections of the groups Ford has been marketing to over the past 20 years. The 1/2 ton truck market isn't much of a work truck market anymore. Below are
some examples of what we use our F-150's for these days.
|Driving to the outdoor mall.
|Driving to the car wash.
|Driving on retaining walls.
|Finding the only rock within many miles and
driving over it.
|Getting some gas.
|Getting some clothes.
|Getting some Panda.
|Getting some Domino's.
|Going to the strip mall and parking enviously next
to vehicles moderately capable of traversing
mountain roads without extensive modification.
|Parking on inclines.
|Parking on declines (simulated).
|Making your own parking space.
|Getting some new tires to replace the already new tires.
|Attending Confederate pirate rallies. 'Merica.