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Business/Hunting Truck #8224260 04/03/21 03:12 PM
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For 44 years I have had a furnished company vehicle. My company is going to a vehicle allowance here in next few months.
I started with a 1978 Chevy Nova and last 10 years it’s been Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee.
I plan to drive a truck now that I get to choose. I plan to buy new drive it 4 years which is the limit allowed and it should have 150K by then sell and get another.
Here is what I am thinking at this time.
Buy a Tacoma outfit it similar to what Nagalus Prairie did below with the Tundra. My question is will it be comfortable as a everyday highway driving vehicle.
The reason for the Tacoma is highest resale and halfway decent gas mileage since I have to buy now.
I have a like New 2018 Tundra sitting in the garage with 9880 miles on it..... it was supposed to be my retirement vehicle but with the change in policy that may change. Don’t want to use it due to gas mileage.

Been pondering my options so thought I would pose the question for thoughts. Oh and I have “ friend” at Toyota place.


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A two wheel drive F-150 with the 2.7 ecoboost will get excellent fuel economy. It also has a very generous interior. It may rival a Taco for fuel mileage and be full size.

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Will the 2018 be for sale?
Also, are you getting the camper so you can haul that monster 8 point around? I would.


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Originally Posted by freerange
Will the 2018 be for sale?
Also, are you getting the camper so you can haul that monster 8 point around? I would.


I haven’t decided on the 2018 yet. The New 2021/22 Tundra is probably what I should get instead of Tacoma but they will not be available until probably December. One part of me wants to sell but the other says hold on to the proven reliable engine as my long term personal use since it’s paid for.
LOL been carrying the 8 point everywhere... they were n Lufkin yesterday as I have a close friend who is Wildlife biologist who I helped Get a few rifles tuned up yesterday and he wanted to see them.
I just love seeing the look on folks face when they grab 18+lbs of antler. cheers

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"Anyone taking up handloading necessarily plays with unknown factors and takes chances. But so does anyone who drives a car,goes to a cocktail party,eats in a restaurant,or gets married."

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Originally Posted by DStroud
For 44 years I have had a furnished company vehicle. My company is going to a vehicle allowance here in next few months.
I started with a 1978 Chevy Nova and last 10 years it’s been Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee.
I plan to drive a truck now that I get to choose. I plan to buy new drive it 4 years which is the limit allowed and it should have 150K by then sell and get another.
Here is what I am thinking at this time.
Buy a Tacoma outfit it similar to what Nagalus Prairie did below with the Tundra. My question is will it be comfortable as a everyday highway driving vehicle.
The reason for the Tacoma is highest resale and halfway decent gas mileage since I have to buy now.
I have a like New 2018 Tundra sitting in the garage with 9880 miles on it..... it was supposed to be my retirement vehicle but with the change in policy that may change. Don’t want to use it due to gas mileage.

Been pondering my options so thought I would pose the question for thoughts. Oh and I have “ friend” at Toyota place.



While the tacoma has highest resale, it's still tiny and MPG doesn't blow any of the mid size trucks out if the water. Ride wise mid size ford/chevy/dodge 1500 is normally better. Biggest down fall to all is finding a crew cab with 6.5’ bed so you can sleep back there.

At least that's the route that's in my head. I have a major struggle going on w/ my f250


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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted by DStroud
For 44 years I have had a furnished company vehicle. My company is going to a vehicle allowance here in next few months.
I started with a 1978 Chevy Nova and last 10 years it’s been Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee.
I plan to drive a truck now that I get to choose. I plan to buy new drive it 4 years which is the limit allowed and it should have 150K by then sell and get another.
Here is what I am thinking at this time.
Buy a Tacoma outfit it similar to what Nagalus Prairie did below with the Tundra. My question is will it be comfortable as a everyday highway driving vehicle.
The reason for the Tacoma is highest resale and halfway decent gas mileage since I have to buy now.
I have a like New 2018 Tundra sitting in the garage with 9880 miles on it..... it was supposed to be my retirement vehicle but with the change in policy that may change. Don’t want to use it due to gas mileage.

Been pondering my options so thought I would pose the question for thoughts. Oh and I have “ friend” at Toyota place.



While the tacoma has highest resale, it's still tiny and MPG doesn't blow any of the mid size trucks out if the water. Ride wise mid size ford/chevy/dodge 1500 is normally better. Biggest down fall to all is finding a crew cab with 6.5’ bed so you can sleep back there.

At least that's the route that's in my head. I have a major struggle going on w/ my f250



Bobo Ford does make an F-150 with the 6.5’ bed. They don’t make many though. When I bought mine in October there was close to 200 trucks on the lot and only one F-150 with 6.5’ bed. It stood out like a sore thumb.

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Originally Posted by wp75169
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Originally Posted by DStroud
For 44 years I have had a furnished company vehicle. My company is going to a vehicle allowance here in next few months.
I started with a 1978 Chevy Nova and last 10 years it’s been Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee.
I plan to drive a truck now that I get to choose. I plan to buy new drive it 4 years which is the limit allowed and it should have 150K by then sell and get another.
Here is what I am thinking at this time.
Buy a Tacoma outfit it similar to what Nagalus Prairie did below with the Tundra. My question is will it be comfortable as a everyday highway driving vehicle.
The reason for the Tacoma is highest resale and halfway decent gas mileage since I have to buy now.
I have a like New 2018 Tundra sitting in the garage with 9880 miles on it..... it was supposed to be my retirement vehicle but with the change in policy that may change. Don’t want to use it due to gas mileage.

Been pondering my options so thought I would pose the question for thoughts. Oh and I have “ friend” at Toyota place.



While the tacoma has highest resale, it's still tiny and MPG doesn't blow any of the mid size trucks out if the water. Ride wise mid size ford/chevy/dodge 1500 is normally better. Biggest down fall to all is finding a crew cab with 6.5’ bed so you can sleep back there.

At least that's the route that's in my head. I have a major struggle going on w/ my f250



Bobo Ford does make an F-150 with the 6.5’ bed. They don’t make many though. When I bought mine in October there was close to 200 trucks on the lot and only one F-150 with 6.5’ bed. It stood out like a sore thumb.


Because they way the handle, you might as well buy a 3/4 ton. The turning radius sucks!


The 2wd 2.7 option wp threw out there is a good one but I wonder if a taco with 150k wouldn’t bring more than the f150 with 150k.

Since you like Toyota and have a connection, I’d pick a trd 4 runner to drive every day and use the tundra just like you do now.


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The 4 Runner may be the best compromise.... if they got 20-22 mpg it would be a better option.
It’s about 70% highway driving so maybe 20 average is possible.


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Originally Posted by wp75169
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Originally Posted by DStroud
For 44 years I have had a furnished company vehicle. My company is going to a vehicle allowance here in next few months.
I started with a 1978 Chevy Nova and last 10 years it’s been Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee.
I plan to drive a truck now that I get to choose. I plan to buy new drive it 4 years which is the limit allowed and it should have 150K by then sell and get another.
Here is what I am thinking at this time.
Buy a Tacoma outfit it similar to what Nagalus Prairie did below with the Tundra. My question is will it be comfortable as a everyday highway driving vehicle.
The reason for the Tacoma is highest resale and halfway decent gas mileage since I have to buy now.
I have a like New 2018 Tundra sitting in the garage with 9880 miles on it..... it was supposed to be my retirement vehicle but with the change in policy that may change. Don’t want to use it due to gas mileage.

Been pondering my options so thought I would pose the question for thoughts. Oh and I have “ friend” at Toyota place.



While the tacoma has highest resale, it's still tiny and MPG doesn't blow any of the mid size trucks out if the water. Ride wise mid size ford/chevy/dodge 1500 is normally better. Biggest down fall to all is finding a crew cab with 6.5’ bed so you can sleep back there.

At least that's the route that's in my head. I have a major struggle going on w/ my f250



Bobo Ford does make an F-150 with the 6.5’ bed. They don’t make many though. When I bought mine in October there was close to 200 trucks on the lot and only one F-150 with 6.5’ bed. It stood out like a sore thumb.


Yea I know I specked out two, one with new diesel and a hybrid.... I find it weird I’d have to special order an xlt essentially. I also found it weird f250 with 7.3 is almost same price.

I need a raptor/trx with 600 mile range, deer proof replacement front, and 6.5’ bed.

Hunting New Mexico and CO this year about killed my kidneys.


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I think the Dodge Rebel would fit my needs perfectly but after reading stories about how long Service was taking along with lower resale value probably won’t go there. When I had Jeeps the service was slow.
My Toyota dealer experiences have been very good so far.


"Anyone taking up handloading necessarily plays with unknown factors and takes chances. But so does anyone who drives a car,goes to a cocktail party,eats in a restaurant,or gets married."

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I have been with a car allowance since 2007. Ours is a 6 year max compared to your 4. Oh. And no vehicles with an open bed so no pickups. Covers don't count. First I had a Tahoe and held on to it afterwards for my second vehicle. With that I just went straight for comfort and gas mileage for my next. So I looked at sedans. Drove a bunch and even rented a couple for two weeks each. Made my pick. I still had the Tahoe as second vehicle to use as required. I'm now up to bat again as well. Since my Tahoe finally crapped out I bought a truck for second. I'm looking at suv and sedans but will probably go the sedan route again for mileage. Really looking hard at the certified used to save a few dollars upfront and they usually have a 100k power train warranty. I haven't really considered resale value at the end of the time because I've kept the vehicles for myself or wife. I typically roll the entire allowance straight at the note so it's paid off prior to the six year mark and also limits the original sale price. I want to be awash at the re-up but again no consideration on retail.

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I work for a family owned business and from talking to the first couple folks who were the guinea pigs we will be given our current vehicles free. Will just have to pay local taxes to move title over. That gives everyone a decent jumpstart.
Mine is 2020 Ford Explorer with 50k so I could drive it but my initial thought is to get the title and just take it to dealer and save paying the tax. Really just depends on when they make the move.


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Having owned a half ton Chevy and Ford I can tell you from a comfort perspective they win in the comfort category when it comes to driving more than 2-3 hrs. Seat height being my primary complaint. That being said, I bought a Tacoma off road 6 years ago and wouldn’t trade it for either of the others. I was in an opposite scenario, had a company vehicle so I bought the Tacoma for hunting purposes, for the most part. IMO, it’s head and shoulders above anything else for a truck that’s primarily used for hunting purposes. My buddy bought a new Tacoma about 6 months ago on the company allowance program, he’s put about 15k miles on it so far. He’s a pretty big dude (6’4” 230) and he’s been thrilled with it.

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Since you have a full size truck I would either get a 4Runner if you want to stay with Toyota, or a Tahoe/Yukon. I see no point in having a mini truck and a full size.

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I often wished & dreamed of owning a 4Runner. Never had one.

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I did not have a choice. I drove a car that was leased from PH&H. I charged for personal miles.


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I did not have a choice. I drove a car that was leased from PH&H. I charged for personal miles.


My first dozen or so company vehicles were also leased from PH&H but now the company I work for just buys them.

My wife had a 4Runner and it was a great vehicle. She wanted to reward Ford for not taking money during the Obama bailout so we traded it in for a Ford. I have not forgotten how much they gave trade-in as I was surprised how well it held it’s value. I actually traded it ( the Ford)in for a Highlander about two weeks before Covid hit.

I buy my wife a new vehicle about every 8-10 years or when she says whichever comes first. cheers
Myself.....personally I have owned 3 vehicles since 1970.... a 66 VW beetle/72 Pinto rolleyes while in college and now the 2018 Tundra. Now that I think about it quite a jump from 1100.00 car to 45k+ truck.

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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown

Yea I know I specked out two, one with new diesel and a hybrid.... I find it weird I’d have to special order an xlt essentially. I also found it weird f250 with 7.3 is almost same price.

I need a raptor/trx with 600 mile range, deer proof replacement front, and 6.5’ bed.

Hunting New Mexico and CO this year about killed my kidneys.



Increase the towing limit to 10k and I'd be all in on your wishlist. It hurts my soul how much I've been looking at the TRX over the past couple of months since I do not like RAM. Not sure anything else would talk me out of a 3/4 ton

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I’ve been on vehicle allowance now for the last 4 years and I don’t like it. I’m driving around 50-55k a year roughly and with the depreciation, maintenance, extra insurance, gas it just doesn’t add up favorable. We are on a 5 year plan I think now. I’m having to replace about every 2 years to even try and not be to far upside down. I have driven a few different cars now and I need a truck so that’s what I drive. This next go around I’ll be parking the truck and buying a car to use. Going to be a while since I just got a new truck last week.

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Yea I know I specked out two, one with new diesel and a hybrid.... I find it weird I’d have to special order an xlt essentially. I also found it weird f250 with 7.3 is almost same price.

I need a raptor/trx with 600 mile range, deer proof replacement front, and 6.5’ bed.

Hunting New Mexico and CO this year about killed my kidneys.



Increase the towing limit to 10k and I'd be all in on your wishlist. It hurts my soul how much I've been looking at the TRX over the past couple of months since I do not like RAM. Not sure anything else would talk me out of a 3/4 ton


I feel your pain, that TRX is a pretty truck.


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A two wheel drive F-150 with the 2.7 ecoboost will get excellent fuel economy. It also has a very generous interior. It may rival a Taco for fuel mileage and be full size.



Rival hell....it will beat the pants off the taco in terms of milage.


the new Chevy 3.0 diesel would get a strong look from me as well.


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