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Thursday, March 24, 2011

He's a happy man

Amarillo,  TX

This is a picture of the Chinese Tire that was falling apart.  All four of the original tires that came on our fiver have now been replaced.

So this morning we left Tucumcari, NM headed to the nearest Ford Dealer - in Amarillo, TX to find out why our check engine light came on.    This morning the truck was really not pulling well at all. 

 They allowed us to drop the rig and they took the truck right in.   Needs a new fuel pump and two injectors.  Cost?  around $4,000.   Thankfully it is still under warranty.    We only have about 3,000 miles left of the warranty.   This truck scares us.   Three times the engine oil cooler has split.  Once it caused so much oil through the system that Ford replaced the engine and lots of other stuff.    No telling what will happen next. 

So, this is what we will be leaving with tomorrow:

This baby has everything.   It is a 2011 Ford F350  King Ranch dually.   Yea, Len is a happy camper.

We really wanted a dually - for the stability and additional weight capacity.  HEY - now we can get a BIGGER fiver.   (Just kidding).

The newer F350's come predrilled for fifth wheel hitches that Ford sells and installs.   The new hitch will arrive tomorrow.   So we are camped in their parking lot tonight.    Cheap camping tonight - only costs us the price of a new truck.

Happy camping!


Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

That is one nice truck WOW. I want one!!!

Texas Yellow Rose said...

WOWSERS! That is some nice truck! Of course, I am a wee bit prejudiced, as ours is a 2008 Ford F350 Lariat crew cab but not a dually. If I had known we were really going to full-time, I would have held out for the dually. We do have 4-wheel drive and it has come in handy several times this winter. Did not specifically want the 4x4, but I'm glad our beast of a truck has it! Enjoy the new TV!

Laurie and George said...

Holey moley, just like that! Very cool :) Nice truck!!

Happytrails said...

Wow!! She sure is a beauty!! Congratulations!!

I.M. Vayne said...

Gotta say, I likes yer attitude!

Rick and Paulette said...

Nice truck! Great campsite too and the rates are sure reasonable - just the cost of a beautiful new truck!

Donna K said...

That's a beauty! Congratulations...better to have something you can trust.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Great looking new truck, and hopefully they have the kinks worked out so you won't be bothered with the troubles the old one had. We'll see it in a month when you visit. Hope you guys have great luck with it, you deserve it. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

Beautiful truck.

Jerry / Carol said...

WOW - Great looking truck. Only problem it is still a Ford that has shown you a history of problems. I am not sure of the logic in the deal. PS - I also prefer Ford trucks but am very leary of buying one because of the engine problems you site. I wish you well.

JOJO said...

That tire is very scarey. But that new truck in a beauty Good Luck

George said...

Nice truck! You will like the stability of the dually.There is a big difference.Even though I'm a Dodge guy I think Ford hit a home run with the 2011 F350.Happy motoring.