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Old 06-07-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Curious... average age of tow vehicles and what triggers a trade in

My TV, a 2004 f150 4x4 5.4 l screw only has 68,000.

it has a lot of life left in , can tow my 233s, and has everything but an iphone integrated head unit and back up camera that i plan on installing in it very soon.

i have no plans to upgrade until "the wheels fall off".

what are your "rules" that you follow to determine when to upgrade, besides buying a bigger camper?
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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Good question.

Well, my vehicles are family units first so I keep them as long as it works for us. My last TV (an F-150) ran well at 110,000 miles but the family of 5 plus dog didn't fit anymore. Hence the Sequoia. We'll keep this until it starts acting up (which means when my gut tells me it's unreliable). I guess that's my answer.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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I've only had 2 TV's.
I bought a 2006 Ranger late in 2006 because we bought our house and I needed it to haul stuff. A couple years later, we decided to buy a Popup and the Ranger worked very well for towing it.
During our last Popup trip in Aug of last year, we decided that we wanted to buy a TT and the little Ranger just wasn't going to be able to cut it.
Less than one month later I traded in the Ranger toward the F150 I have now.
We have the supercrew and we can put our dogs in a crate inside the cab instead of on Laurel's lap or in the bed.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:56 PM   #4
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2005 silverado 2500 hd 6.0L 180,586 miles.
Pulls like a peterbilt and does not use one oz of oil.

It'll have to blow I'm not tradin.
Love this truck
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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06 F350 6.0 diesel 206k miles on her... It's nothing fancy but its paid for. It's a XL work truck perfect for kids and camping. I don't care if it gets dirty or scratch. I'll keep it at least 100-200k more miles.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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2005 Silverado 1500 Ext. Cab Short Bed w/ 74,000 miles. Like f1100turbo, I love the truck. Even if the 5.3 blows, I will just get a GM Crate and go some more.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:26 PM   #7
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I get to drive a company vehicle so my '04 Dodge seldom gets used unless it is towing. It is almost due for its 36,000 mile spark plug change!
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I get to drive a company vehicle so my '04 Dodge seldom gets used unless it is towing. It is almost due for its 36,000 mile spark plug change!
Doesn't that truck have iridium plugs?
There good for 100,000 easy!
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Doesn't that truck have iridium plugs?
There good for 100,000 easy!
I changed the plugs in my 2000 Silverado at 99,9?? miles and just threw about $70 away. The plugs I finally got out looked just as good as the new iridium ones I put in. Two weeks later I traded for the 05. Remember when I changed plugs, points, condenser, rotor & cap every 10-12,000 miles. BIG improvement.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:44 PM   #10
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As long as you maintain it, and keep it in top shape, it should last as long as you need it. Like Triguy said, keep it until it doesnt serve your needs anymore. The only reason I traded the 05 Trailblazer in was TT purchase.

I do plan on trading up to a 3/4 oil burner in the next few years, but that's just so we can get a 5er down the road hopefully.
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