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Old 05-31-2018, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default Anything special to look for in a truck?

Since being T-boned earlier today and my SUV likely totaled, my plan to get a truck is being moved up a bit. Hoping to find a good used F150 or something along those lines.

I am going to be getting a kayak as well, as soon as budget allows - probably something like a Predator PDL. Anything particular I should be looking for to make hauling a kayak easier? Obviously it'll have a tow-hitch for the boat, but anything else I'm looking for? Just curious. Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2018, 06:37 PM   #2
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2010 and up on F150,5.0 is good engine
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I have a 2008 GMC Sierra that I'm about to sell. V6. Regular cab. 2wd. Camper shell.
Let me know if that might be something you're looking for.
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If it's a 5.3 from 2003-2006 make sure it doesn't have a coolant leak or 706 heads. Likely cracked.

Personally I avoid ~07-2012 or so GM vehicles, corners had to be cut with the bail-out.

With that being said, I still don't prefer anything Ford.
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2010 and newer GM 5.3 with active fuel management are POS. Burn/Use oil, constantly going into V4 mode...hated that truck...wish i would have kept my 2003
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Sam;

Sorry to hear about the accident, I'm assuming everyone is ok?

The model, brand year is just a matter of taste.

I prefer a long wheel base over a step-side or short base so the longer yaks are mostly in the bed. Helps stabilize it when driving & I don't have to have a bed extender to support the frond end of the yak.

If you plan on staying to paved roads & established launch sites, then a 2-wheel drive truck would work. If you're headed to soft sand, mud roads...might consider a 4-wheel drive.

I like truck beds w/ tie-downs in the corners, both upper & lower corners, helps to secure the load.

If it has a trailer hitch, bonus!

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Truckless at present, but any I bought in the past had to have a back window that opens. Comes in handy with the dog riding in back, longer fishing rods, 8'-10' boards, etc. I almost always had an aluminum (light and easy to remove/re-install) topper w/racks.

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Ok thanks for the input.

Yes, Bruce, we're ok. Thank you for asking. I had a mild concussion and some memory loss of the few minutes immediately following, but the little guy was fine other than being scared, and I'm achy and sore on my left side but otherwise ok.

I will have a 4WD, have enjoyed that on my 4Runner especially on slick boat ramps with a heavy load.

The tie downs make sense, and the other suggestions are helpful. Thank you guys.
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I won't ever own a truck that's not 4x4 but I hunt and go to the mountains alot. So it may vary with you. I have driven GM products since 2006 (had a 2006/2010/2014)...Been screwed over by The Chevy dealer in Milton, then went to Chevy in Crestview and got screwed over there, so my next dealer will be in Ft Walton. I have even been tempted to go ahead and swap out to a F250 because of the crap service I have been through, even though I really like my GM products.



Hard to give you stuff to look for in a truck not knowing your lifestyle. Like Bruce said though, I love tie downs. I really like camper shells too.
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2000 f-150 going strong 250k miles. Thankful I bought 4x4. I needed it multiple times through the years
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