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#1 of 41 DenisD
Dec 08, 1998 (9:14 pm)
I like suburbans, but my wife doesn't. So she
came up with the thought of a 4-door pick-up with a
removable canopy. She can use the bed for large
garden work etc (major green thumb!), and it would
work for hauling us + 2 small kids (4 & 2)on
regular trips to the family cabins, camping,
skiing. A standard bed is huge for around town,
but a short bed is only 21" longer overall than a
suburban. Am I nuts, or is this a viable
alternative to the "everyone has a suburban".
Dec 08, 1998 (9:42 pm)
I'd take the F250 for those purposes. You're correct -- not only is it a viable alternative, its quite a nice one. They're becoming increasingly popular around here (Dallas/Fort Worth). In your position, I'd go for the V10 rather than the diesel.
Dec 09, 1998 (12:22 am)
or if you can wait a year, the Ford Excursion (based on the Super Duty Crew Cab) will be available.
Dec 09, 1998 (4:32 am)
Will the Excursions be released spring of 99? Now that I have my SD, my wife wants to trade in her 95 Lumina APV for an Expedition, but I'd like to wait and see what the Excursion is like.....
#5 of 41 betsyb
Dec 09, 1998 (5:52 am)
We have the SD CrewCab as the family vehicle that tows. The SD CC eliminated the need for a suburban(Thank you, Ford). My husband got his pickup, I get the volvo wagon. It's a win/win situation.
Dec 09, 1998 (3:37 pm)
Er, moving to the Excursion would defeat the purpose of getting the SD for the bed.
#7 of 41 DenisD
Dec 09, 1998 (9:38 pm)
I had an '88 GMC reg cab 8'bed 4x4 w/snow plow. When I bought that truck I didn't have any kids, now I have two. Now, when we would go camping with the kids I would drive my truck loaded with coolers, firewood and my 5yr old son and the wife would drive her car with our 3yr old daughter. I was going to get a suburban for around town and camping and keep the truck for plowing and hauling. I didn't like the idea of having three vehicles or loading the suburban with firewood or bringing home a dead deer in the back. Ford fixed all those concerns....I got rid of the GMC and bought an F350 crew cab short bed 4x4 and put a western snowplow and a hard tonneau cover from A.R.E. on it. Get the crew cab!
Dec 10, 1998 (6:32 pm)
Supposedly the load floor behind the rear seat of the Excursion is supposed to be damn close to the length of the short bed - the truck is reportedly much longer than a Sub. If that is true, then I would imagine an Excursion would be a little better to live/work with than a capped Crew Cab shortbed. The accessible (and lockable storage area, along with the probabllity of a split bench rear seat makes it a little more versatile.
I heard the first public viewing will be at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but I wouldn't look for one before summer 1999.
Dec 10, 1998 (6:54 pm)
More versatile, but much less useful for the garden work (or anything else messy) that was specified in the original question. Remember, a suburban was already ruled out for just that reason.
Dec 11, 1998 (1:00 am)
agreed, stanford - maybe Ford will recognize the messy market and offer an all vinyl cargo area...
I'm certainly not trying to denounce the Crew shortbox, but GM went after the luxury SUV market with the Sub. I know I'll be looking for a crew for my next truck - the stuff I tend to carry isn't messy, but would require an over-height cap, or an open bed.