I haven’t owned a truck in over 10 years and never a 4X4. It’s a guy thing. It’s a Dodge 1500 4X4 with a eight foot bed so the Razor can fit in it. It’s a 4X4 so it can be flat towed behind the motorhome. The Dodge is the only 1/2 ton truck (4X4 auto) that can be towed. It has the right options for me and a few fu fu options like cloth seats and a nice radio. It has a 390 HP engine with a 6 speed automatic. It friggin moves out with that engine. The old days are back with that horsepower. It has a tow package that includes a class IV hitch with wiring for a 7 point and a 4 point plug. It also has an extra transmission cooler plus extra engine cooling. Also a trailer brake controller. It has other “stuff” too. The sticker price with a couple of dealer options (tint, running boards (not installed yet)) was 31K. I got it for $23.5 with Texas taxes paid ($1,500) out the door. Plus, 3.09% financing (72 months) with Chase thru the dealer. I think I got a damn good deal. I did a lot of research on the internet and knew what they could go for. I had three other trucks to look at along with their internet price. I let this dealer know that up front so as not to waste their or my time. They beat the best price I could find by about $1,000+. The dealership is Larry Miller Dodge in Peoria (Phoenix). It was the most pleasurable vehicle buying experience we’ve ever had and that’s saying a lot.
Carol made them throw in a set of door step bars at the last moment to close the deal. We both have a very hard time getting into the truck with out them. They will install them Saturday.
Now I have to arrange to get Demco tow base plates and a SMI AFO tow brake installed by someone. I will try Redlands RV & Truck Service and see what kind of price I can get. They will be at the Gypsy Journal Rally in Yuma and I sent them an email. Newt will be Southwest Driveline in Yuma and they are experts. We’ve had work done there several times.
The Razor ATV ramps to get it in the truck might not arrive here in Congress, AZ before we leave Sunday. The truck can not be towed yet without the base plates. Yes, Carol is keeping her Mercury Mariner. We will be going to Yuma for a week. Then on to Hemet, CA for Carol’s line dancing rally for another week. Then four days later we have Dr’s appointments in Texas. Stay tuned. This will be interesting.