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#3136033 - 01/23/13 01:18 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: MUP]
10 Point

Registered: 08/22/06
Posts: 2583
Loc: Bartlett, TN

When we had our first baby 5 years ago I sold my standard cab truck and bought a cheap car off Ebay so that we could keep paying the bills and stay out of debt (that approach paid off!!).

I finally bought a used truck last spring (crew cab '06 F150 4x4).

In the time between, I loaded a couple of deer and a fair amount of small game into the trunk of my car when I couldn't borrow my dad or my brother's truck for a hunting trip.

Not having any sort of towing vehicle AND not having a truck made it pretty tough. I was borrowing vehicles pretty regularly. In '11 I got a receiver and trailer hitch installed on my wife's Ford Escape (V6), and that helped a bit.

I can honestly say that I wouldn't be 100% against getting a decent mid-sized flat bed trailer and selling my truck.

Primary reasons:
1 - gas is expensive when you are getting 15 MPG, which means that I only drive the truck on weekends anyway. Extra maintenance of a 3rd vehicle that needs a little work just adds to the expenses (insurance, oil changes, repairing stuff, tires in the next year, etc.).
2 - Most of my hunting spots are places I walk in, so the 4x4 gets very little use (that was half the reason I originally bought it)
3 - I don't own a boat, and my dad's boat is small enough that I could pull it with my wife's SUV.
4 - A trailer would replace the truck bed for those odd jobs.

All that said, I'm determined to go at least another whole year before deciding one way or the other. I keep telling myself that once I get a few things fixed on the truck, I'll like it better. It's also very nice to have a 3rd vehicle for backup that can easily carry the family around.
I'm hungry and tired. Don't poke my belly.

#3136050 - 01/23/13 01:29 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: MUP]
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Registered: 01/19/01
Posts: 3217
Loc: knoxville

Got rid of my F150 and bought me an Acura TL type S and loved it especially the gas mileage. But with my lifestyle I needed to go back to a truck especially when the kid came along 2 years ago, bending over putting him the back seat of an Acura was gonna kill me at my age lol. Traded the Acura and got a Tundra it doesnt have the bells and whistles or the gas mileage but it gets the job done. Plus its hard to pull a boat with an Acura sports car.
#3136088 - 01/23/13 01:46 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: NICHOLS3]
12 Point

Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 5895
Loc: Old Hickory/Mt.Juliet, TN

I have driven and owned a truck since before I was legally allowed to do, 28 years worth and I just can't imagine anything any different.
Team Run 'N Gunners

#3136153 - 01/23/13 02:33 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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Registered: 12/13/00
Posts: 18939
Loc: Dallas, GA. & Cookeville, TN

Have had a truck for almost all my life. Started with a 1962 Studebaker when I was 16. Only time I did not have one was for a couple years from 08 to 10.
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#3136648 - 01/23/13 09:34 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: Unicam]
16 Point

Registered: 09/18/00
Posts: 15402
Loc: Atoka ,TN - USA

I'm always in my service van, even when hunting, but do plan on getting another truck or repairing my old one soon.
I believe in the sun....even when it isn't shining

I believe in love....even when I don't feel it

I believe in GOD....even when HE is silent

#3136655 - 01/23/13 09:39 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: RutMan]
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Registered: 01/11/08
Posts: 9428
Loc: tennessee

had a o4 titan it was falling apart was looking at a ford ranger and ended up with a 2010 super sport camero only had 25,000 miles on it and listed for 28,000 ..i walked out the door after trading in truck with paying only 16,000 ..2 weeks ago i would have took 5,000 grand for my truck and it was 4x4..ill use my van to hunt out of..(haul deer and can use it for a camper)
#3136664 - 01/23/13 09:46 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: LIL JOKER]
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Registered: 12/05/06
Posts: 13991
Loc: Morgan Co

Not have a truck?? That is foriegn to me,and unthinkable..Gotta have a truck.
The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it." -Thomas Jefferson

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#3136734 - 01/23/13 11:30 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: Kevin B]
8 Point

Registered: 09/25/07
Posts: 1954
Loc: Jackson, TN

 Originally Posted By: Kevin B
I would get rid of my Wife before I would give up my Chevy Silverado 4 x 4. lol.


X2 from the original Kevin \:D
A country boy can survive.

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#3137604 - 01/24/13 02:24 PM Re: anyone got rid of their truck.. and not miss it? [Re: gator-n-buck]
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Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 14290
Loc: Clinton, TN

I went about 14 months without a truck. Had a 99 Wrangler and it just didn't cut it. Love a truck, just wish it got better gas mileage. If your shopping for trucks, do yourself a favor and avoid Chevy. My 07 Silverado was the biggest POS I ever owned. Never again will own a Chevy.
Greg Cooper

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