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People ask me why I don't just trade the truck in on a little car.

I'll tell you why: There are idiots out there. There is an inexhaustible supply of them and if you drive enough you WILL find one.

Needless to say, I had a close one this morning. Driving down a slushy road two cars pass me (I'm going about 50). Up ahead they catch two more cars. Suddenly, lots of brake lights. One of them does a nice 540 and winds up in my lane driving toward me.

Long story short, the anti-locks saved this guy's butt. I stopped 20ft short of him. If I had hit that Corolla, I would have walked away and had to scrape crone & codger goo out of my AC condensor. With belts, air bag and 7500 lbs, no way I get the worst of the encounter.

I'll stick with my econo-tank. I'm not ready for the Promised Land just yet.

But you guys already know that.
 

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good thing your ok. i just got a letter in the mail from the insurance company saying my premium would be reduced due to a lack of bodily injury claims in ford f250's.

I hope I get one of those, lol.

In response to Dave, This is why my vehicles get progressively bigger. I don't feel safe in anything smaller than my Lincoln Town Car. It gets good enough mileage anyway, a couple more MPG's aren't worth my life. It's either a full framed car or a truck for me. :ford:
 

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I don't feel safe in a car period...
And this week I'm 400 miles from home, in a little kia. That stupid little foreign POS has absolutely no traction on anything worse than perfectly clean pavement. And most of the roads are not perfectly clean around here. The ABS kicks in if anyone so much as farts. Lord help us if someone sneezed, we'd go skating around the road like a ballerina squirrel on caffeine.
OHHHH I MISS MY TRUCK!
 

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"ballerina squirrel on caffeine"

LOL!! That is one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time.
 

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In my job I go to MVC's (motor vehicle crashes) all the time and see the outcomes of many different scenarios. My wife and I both drive 8000 lb 4x4 CC, LB Super duties for daily drivers with the kids. Any questions?

(BTW, we do tow trailers on a regular basis but even if we didn't, I would drive my "econo-tank" anyway!)
 

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Back when I turned 18 (on my birthday too mind you) I pulled over for a first responder (fireman) coming towards me to let him go by. Well the three people behind me stopped but a 83 year old man who shouldn't have been on the road missed them & rear ended me at about 50mph with a buick le saber when I was at a dead stop. He busted the driver's side leafs, bent the frame, busted the axle, destroyed the bed, put a huge crack on the sideway of the tire, rear bumper, sent the fan into the radiator, warped the drive shaft. He rolled his car & it was totaled. Both him & his wife survived but it took them about half an hour to get his wife out with the jaws of life. The truck was out of action for a month getting fixed. But we got it fixed & she's back on the road still running strong! :ford:


The way I look at it was if I had been in some eco 2 door car I would either be dead or very banged up. Also think about when Elmo got rear ended by that rice burner at about 60mph. He was just fine, the truck was banged up but was fixed & is still running great.
I had some kid tailgating me today while I was driving the Superduty around. What was he in....a Geo Metro! :doh: I guess he didn't relize that if I had to stop quick for something he would have seen a trailer hitch coming right at him! Some people just don't think....:poke: :badidea:
 

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The Geo is probably trying to draft you.

If he had seen how fast these things can stop - given good ABS and a lot of adrenaline in the right leg - he'd back off.

I was a Chevy guy for 35 years and this truck has flat-out the best brakes I've ever seen on anything. My old Chevy would have spun me into them.
 

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Man! I'm like Rodney Dangerfield. I can't get no respect.

The Diesel Garage types get on me because I don't drive a lifted show truck on 38s and the hypermilers dog me becauser I don't drive a Japanese beercan.

I tellya! I don't no respect!
 

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Thats why I love my truck. I dont really have to fear for my life if some idiot was to slam into doing a decent speed. I dont really care about fuel milage pretty much because I didnt buy the truck for that I bought it cuz diesels are the SH*T and to snowplow with. Now I will never buy anything but for myself to drive.
 

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Man! I'm like Rodney Dangerfield. I can't get no respect.

The Diesel Garage types get on me because I don't drive a lifted show truck on 38s and the hypermilers dog me becauser I don't drive a Japanese beercan.

I tellya! I don't no respect!
We like you around here Dave, you have very pratical ideas & you keep trying new things. I like how you don't get too impractical & resort to going to a "Beer can on wheels" eco car. But instead keep coming up with ways to improve the Superduty's MPG. We may not use all the ideas you have but one guy might try this & another one might try that...
Keep the ideas coming Dave, your always welcome around here! :ford:
 

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We like you around here Dave, you have very pratical ideas & you keep trying new things. I like how you don't get too impractical & resort to going to a "Beer can on wheels" eco car. But instead keep coming up with ways to improve the Superduty's MPG. We may not use all the ideas you have but one guy might try this & another one might try that...
Keep the ideas coming Dave, your always welcome around here! :ford:
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To add one thing, I've thought about a roll bar, becasue these trucks fare well in everything but a rollover. Then my concern is hitting my head on the rollbar. Haven't decided either way yet, but a rollbar could add alot of additional protection to a very stout platform.
 

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in 02, two drunk teenagers almost rear ended me doing 100+ mph. At the last minute, the passenger of the other vehicle reached over and yanked the steering wheel sending the car off the road instead of into the back of my jeep. obviously, I stopped and the scene was not good. Not sure if they both survived. The next day I went out and bought my first Superduty. I figured I can always do everything right, but that does not save me from stupid people. I have not looked back since and I have owened 1 250, 1 Excursion, and now a brand new 08 350. All Diesels.
 

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in 02, two drunk teenagers almost rear ended me doing 100+ mph. At the last minute, the passenger of the other vehicle reached over and yanked the steering wheel sending the car off the road instead of into the back of my jeep. obviously, I stopped and the scene was not good. Not sure if they both survived. The next day I went out and bought my first Superduty. I figured I can always do everything right, but that does not save me from stupid people. I have not looked back since and I have owened 1 250, 1 Excursion, and now a brand new 08 350. All Diesels.
I found that one out too, you can follow every speed limit to the mark & stop at every light but you never know when some moron might come along & rear end you. Hence why I also drive around with heavy duty bumpers front & rear. I know if I can make the truck drive away from an wreak I'll be able to drive it away unharmed too.
 

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The Geo is probably trying to draft you.

If he had seen how fast these things can stop - given good ABS and a lot of adrenaline in the right leg - he'd back off.

I was a Chevy guy for 35 years and this truck has flat-out the best brakes I've ever seen on anything. My old Chevy would have spun me into them.
They do have the best stopping power. I will give ya that all day. I drive my dodge and get on it alittle when messing with the ricers and I have to push it to the floor to stop it anywhere close to quick.
 

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Here's a thought:

What has worked for me would work on a Excursion or a H2 Hummer. Not cheap, but doable.
 
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