I thought I'd start a thread for people looking to buy one. Every vehicle I've owned for over 20 years has been big enough for me to sleep in when I go camping, one way or the other, from a Taurus wagon to a Chrysler minivan to my current mode, a F150 with a homemade wooden shell on the back. Now that I'm retired I spend at least a month a year on the road, camping out while I visit relatives scattered all over the country. In the summer of 2006 I spent 3 months camping out. I would virtually never have more than one passenger at a time. I've always wanted a panel truck for my way of life and the TC is the closest thing to that.
The basic basic TC MSRP $21730 looks ideal for my purposes, with one exception, no speed control. This is only available at the price level of an XLT which is about $1400 more. Even if I could negotiate a steep discount, I suspect the difference would still be in that range. Are there any other possibilities?
1983 F250 6.9L Diesel, bought new & have 160,000 miles on it. Still getting 22-25 mpg driving it around town. Supposed to need a new flywheel ring gear and clutch hydraulics.
2001 F150 4.2L gas, bought at 11,000 miles & have 108,000 on it. Getting 14 mpg around town & 17-21 mpg on interstates depending on wind & slopes. I replaced my rusted out radiator core support in my backyard last winter, it only too me 5 months. If I'm lucky I can use this truck another 3 or 4 years before it falls apart from rust.
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