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Old 10-27-2020, 12:09 PM
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Who here has switched from a truck to an SUV? Did you regret it and switch back? How do you handle things in the SUV like hauling off fish guts and oyster shells, greasy burnt up trailer hubs and blown tires? Is the back of your SUV wrecked?

Looks like I might be selling the gas F250. Don't need this much truck anymore. I'll be looking at cheap sub-$15k vehicles, so an older F150 or Tundra. In looking around, it seems I could get a significantly better deal on a lower mileage and better condition Expedition than a F150 and it has me really thinking about it. Towing isn't the concern since I only have a 21 Sea Hunt and don't see going bigger anytime in the near future. I just have the concerns/questions above about not having a truck bed anymore.

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I did it and 2008. Sold my F-250 crew cab diesel and bought a Infiniti full size SUV. I had it less than a year and 11000 MI. Went back to a crew cab F250 Diesel. It was super plush and quiet oh, but it just wasn't me. Plus I got tired of all the guys at work asking me when the next soccer game was. LOL
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I got rid of my truck when kid number three came along. Then a Cherokee and now a Durango. I miss having it for sure. Need some mulch for beds, 20 minutes and I'm back with a load. Miss my rocket launchers in the back for my rods, fish blood encrusted rain gear in the bed, new washing machine didnt need to wait for a delivery time. What I don't miss is everyone calling me "can you help me pick xxxx up". Needless to say when the oldest gets her license its back to a truck.
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Went from a F150 to a Sequoia in 2012 been real happy but also because I have had to carry people re then stuff. Occasionally rent a uhaul trailer been happy with decision.
Old 10-27-2020, 01:04 PM
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We have a small (5'x8') trailer, and one of those trailer hitch carriers to handle dirty/messy/truck type hauling, which is pretty rare.Went from having F-150's for years, along with an Explorer and usually another car, to just the Explorer and car now for the last 5 years and don't regret it.
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Go from helping people move to becoming the designated driver. If you have a place to store a small utility trailer, then it isn't a big deal.
Old 10-27-2020, 01:23 PM
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How often do you use your bed now? If you use it often for items that won’t fit (or you don’t want) in an SUV then you already have your answer.

A trailer is fine, and I have a small 5x8, but regularly having to hook it up every time I ran to the store would get old. Once in a while, no biggie. I would not want an suv without a trailer though.

As to fish guts and oyster shells, there are plenty of work arounds to keep the suv clean. A large cooler in the back for transporting fishy stuff works fine for example. Clean totes as well. Putting rods in an SUV can be a PITA.

I do drive the beach quite a bit and prefer the truck for that though. Easier to load stuff in the bed (grill, chairs, etc).
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I have a Ram 2500, and bought, 6 mos ago, an older Lexus SUV. Its a V8, and AWD. It is my daily driver. I threw card board in the back hatch area, and a plastic bucket. Can throw crap back there and not worry about it. Has a trailer hitch, can pull my flats boat, trailers, etc. I love it. Run it through an automated car wash every so often, and done. Easy to drive and park, does what I need.
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I have had an SUV of some sort since 1989. I like them because I can keep all of my gear inside where it is safe and dry. I sometimes wish I had an older truck, but have gotten by with a trailer.

But that makes me unqualified to answer the question about moving from a truck to an SUV.

I forgot to answer the question about fish guys and/or oyster shells. Get a hitch mounted cargo carrier and put the bucket of guts in a plastic tote/bucket that you can cinch down.
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My last company car was a brand new caravan..black on tan...I loved it...so comfy versus my f250 I had at the time....
Caravans are like wearing Mickey mouse ears... you'd never wear them outside of Disney... caravans not cool...just for you...so convenient and comfortable.
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I have a small road car, but also keep and an ancient 4wd single cab pickup. The only time the truck runs is when I need to do true truck stuff. Otherwise it sleeps in the garage which really slows the aging process.

I much prefer driving the road car in town and on long trips. Zippy, can actually make a turn, easy on fuel, handles well.
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Currently in a 2018 F-150 Limited. Lease is coming up soon. I love a truck but being a city dweller it sucks a lot of the time. Thinking a Explorer ST will tow my flats boat just fine.
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You can’t do new anymore, but I went to the middle - a Chevy Avalanche. All it is, is a Suburban with a bed instead of the third seat, and fluffy interior. Get the ride, maneuverability, and economy of the SUV, and still have a bed when you need it. Bed is just under 5’ I think. With the mid-gate down and the covers on I can carry 8’ rods locked up.

I bought mine new in 03’ when I realized that I always needed a truck but didn’t need the big bed anymore. With air bags in the rear coils I have loaded mulch bags higher than the roof, and I have towed lots of things I shouldn’t have (I’m in the boat biz). But in reality it’s great to the average 24’ CC, and was on edge with a fully loaded 28’. But used realistically it’s a great compromise vehicle. I knew I’d never use a third row, and knew I’d destroy all that nice trim in a Suburban.

If you look hard clean used ones ones are out there.

Was my daily for years, but I admit these days it sits in the garage unless I need it. German sport sedan is too much fun and twice the gas mileage. But I’ll always keep the Av.
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I drove full size trucks for years. I recently went to a Tahoe. I love how easier it is to park and unlike my truck where the bed turned into a trash bin or storage u it I keep the back of the Tahoe very clean. Just get a big rubber floor mat for the back of whatever SUV you get.

Now with that said I would not get a small suv only one built on a full size truck platform.
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To answer some of these questions and comments...
- No kids for us...yet. Just 2 dogs in the back seat. Often times people, mostly parents, sharing the back seat with the dogs on the way to the ramp.
- Every single one of my friends drives a truck also, so I actually NEVER get asked to help haul anything.
- I'm usually ending up the designated driver anyways, it's just in the fiancé's X5. Which I love driving.
- When we travel in the X5, I feel much more at ease leaving everything locked inside the back of the SUV instead of laying in the bed. Always wondering if something is fixing to get stolen out of the bed of the truck.
- I can definitely see the difficulty in transporting rods in an SUV, but I usually have them laid down in the boat anyways instead of the bed of the truck. Figured I could build some sort of overhead rod rack.
- No small SUV is in consideration. We have the X5 so no reason to duplicate that. I am very Ford biased so an Expedition would most likely lead. Only other thing I'd consider is a Toyota.
- Use of the bed...currently it is home to a trash bucket, a spare trailer tire, and the toolbox houses all the necessary road related tools. It also houses some random trash, a tangled mess of ratchet straps, a crap load of oak and magnolia leaves that hang over my driveway and an old dead battery out of the fiance's last car that I haven't dropped off anywhere yet...been in there a solid 8 months probably. Back at the beginning of Covid, the county recycling place shut down so some old paint cans lived back there for a few months until it reopened. Getting close to finishing up these house renovations so haven't needed to haul an appliance, lumber, or building materials much recently.
- The main reoccurring bed use is hauling off used oil. That can never be accomplished without spilling it. And the fish guts, oyster shells, etc. mentioned already. All stuff I could probably just use a hitch rack for.
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I've said this before. If GM would make a 3/4 ton Suburban with a 6.6L Duramax, I'd order it today.
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I have the best or the worst SUV of all time, depending how you look at it.... 2002 Excursion diesel. It's horrible to park or maneuver, but when it comes to hauling 8 people or towing (boat and RV)... it's the best. I also have a 22' cargo trailer. I will never get rid of it.
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Originally Posted by DavenFla View Post
I have the best or the worst SUV of all time, depending how you look at it.... 2002 Excursion diesel. It's horrible to park or maneuver, but when it comes to hauling 8 people or towing (boat and RV)... it's the best. I also have a 22' cargo trailer. I will never get rid of it.

I missed out on one with a 7.3
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Originally Posted by slper View Post
I missed out on one with a 7.3
That's what I have
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Suburban or Expedition EL, you have 8 foot behind the drivers seats and can put 4x8 sheets of drywall inside and close the door in the rain. Automatic 4x4 with low range, 3 rows of seating, luggage rack. The sport utility has a lot of perks.

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