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Ford’s F-150 Short Bed Regular Cab – SHORTNESS OF BREADTH

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Ford’s F-150 Short Bed Regular Cab – SHORTNESS OF BREADTH

Ford’s F-150 Short Bed Regular Cab


Looking for a truck that is fun to drive and yet won’t break the bank? Well, look at a Ford F-150 Short Bed Regular Cab. But finding a well-equipped regular cab short bed is a challenge. Most are ordered as bare-bones working class models, with lots of plastic, Naugahyde seats and little equipment. They’re inevitably white in color, with little more than tires and a steering wheel. The search for mine was long, but inevitably worth it; I found this truck about 100 miles from my house.

The biggest plus is getting one with the 5.0L V-8 engine and a 10-speed transmission. This option gives you good towing ability, and adding the available tow package is a real plus. Mileage yields 20 mpg combined and 25 mpg on the highway; however, I have achieved better than both numbers in my everyday use. 

The color is called Avalanche, a blend of white and gray. The interior is a cloth slate; I feel in extreme temperature conditions cloth is a better choice. The 301A package adds an 8-way power seat, electronic AC temperature control for both driver and passenger, Sync 4™ with enhanced voice recognition and Sirius XM 360L™. The engine option costs $2,335.00. The trailer tow package is an additional $1,325.00, while a camera with 360-degree view adds $765.00. The camera is a great idea for trailering, especially when the spouse gets fed up – and she will! – with your d*mb *ss at the campsite. 

Functional standard items are plentiful with a dash that tells you everything you will ever need to know, from tire pressure to mpg info, and includes BLIS cross traffic alert, keyless entry, post-collision braking with pre-collision assist W/AEB, rear camera view and Ford Pass Connect with 4 G™. The sound system and navigation are enhanced with a large screen, and it comes with Apple CarPlay. 

Driving is a breeze and good overall performance is outstanding. And worth a mention: You are not breaking the bank. Out-the-door this truck was $47,335,00 plus the usual dealer adds, which included heavily tinted windows, a spray-in bed liner and all-weather floor mats. 

One other thing of note, especially with the approach of winter: This regular cab short bed pickup will fit in your garage. And in Texas, where next spring you can count on hail damage, it is a blessing. 

Keep in mind that lots of trucks on the market are spiraling to $100K today. This is a great truck, unless – of course – you need to haul more passengers in your everyday use. For this person – and my personal use – it is outstanding.

Classic Ford Truck Enthusiast and Owner. Shadowed Bill Stroppe, Off Road Legend. Former Sony Corporation of America Regional Manager. Former Ford Motor Company Regional Manager, Southwest.

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