I'm Thankful For: My friend's pickup truck


Pickup trucks are a bit like boats. The best ones are owned by a good friend. My pal Sam bought a 2017 Ram 1500 about a year ago. At the time he got a great deal on the truck thanks to the the all-new-ish 2018 looming ahead. This pickup is almost fully loaded, with V8 power, air-suspension, heated/ventilated seats, a big infotainment unit, great audio, huge sunroof, and a number of other things. Most importantly, he loves it. 
When I had to move a fridge and an old couch from from my apartment to my new house, I had a choice to make: rent a truck or ask a friend for help. I chose the latter. With the help of another friend, we loaded up the truck and brought both of those bulky items to my new house in one swift move. The truck performed flawlessly. It even lowered itself when we were loading it. The cabin is huge and comfortable, and it’s easy to drive. 
I didn’t grow up around pickup trucks. I cannot think of one person I knew who had a pickup truck until I was in my thirties. But man did I develop an appreciation for them. Between Sam’s truck or towing the Lada across the state with the Nissan, or just hauling ass in the Raptor, I love them all. I’m thankful that these awesome vehicles exists and I am thankful for the awesome people who have them and can lend them to me. 

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  1. My dad always had a truck, from the first one I remember, an early 50’s Studebaker when I was 5-6 to the mid 90’s Ford F100 4×4 that he used to haul his trailer, the last one he had towards the end of his life. He had a 1949 Dodge that was the first one I drove, a 1960 Ford, white and turquoise that I remember most. He bought a 1970 Dodge Dude (advertised on TV by Don Knotts) but didn’t like it much because it was advertised by Don Knotts 🙂 He had a 1973 Ford that he bought about the time I got married and I used it lots to move etc. In about 1983, I was driving it home to do something, wearing plastic sandals in the heat and my foot slipped, ran into my garage door at home. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a56b88a69d02039173910c03fc74956d9a25fca7470f12be35d090c82d6159ff.jpg

  2. Given the high purchase and running costs of a pickup, and the capability added to a car with a receiver hitch, I personally can’t justify owning a truck. But I sure can get behind renting one a couple times a year. In the 18 months I’ve rented V6-powered 4X4 Rams twice and a 3.5 Ecoboost F150 once. Always good times.
    Will I ever OWN a truck? Kinda doubt it when rentals are so easy and affordable.

    1. Pickup trucks don’t have to be expensive to purchase, if you don’t care about shiny and new. On separate occasions I’ve bought three (if you count the one I found for a friend and loaned him the purchase price that never got repaid) for less than $500 COMBINED. All of them were in operable condition, with lots of remaining life.

      1. Bought a Ford fleet E- 250 van for my offer of $1000. Just to have one on hand , use it a couple times a week . Really carries a heavy load has the 4/ 6 truck engine with a lot of torque .

  3. Is that a refrigerator on its side ? Did it work right after the move ? Always been told to move them standing upright.

    1. Just make sure you stand it up for a while before plugging it back in. You just need to give the oil time to find its way back down to where it should be. I’ll usually leave it unplugged for at least 24 hours out of an abundance of caution, but the odds are pretty good that it would be fine after just a few minutes. That’s just not a gamble worth taking.

        1. If you choose to transport it laying down, you also want to avoid really bumpy roads if you don’t know what kind of compressor it has. Scroll and rotary compressors are fine being jostled in any direction, but most refrigerators use reciprocating compressors, which are typically just resting on springs inside their housings. The shock loop will do an okay job of keeping it in place (so it lands back on the springs when you stand it back up) but it’s not really designed to support the compressor while it gets banged around.

          1. Hi all… Yes, on its side, we couldn’t get it in there otherwise. I did let it stand for some time. It was fine. And the total distance was about two miles.

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