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Old 12-31-2014, 02:41 PM   #21
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Hi: Donna D... Of the two pic's. I put in post #5 the black F150 and 5.0TA is Reace& Tammys combo. The TA was sold at the Escape Rally in Os
I heard that. Reace told me at the Oregon Gathering about selling the 5.0TA, but the new owner couldn't take possession of it until R&T got back from their three week trip in July... they were at the Oregon Gathering with it and headed south!

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Old 12-31-2014, 02:46 PM   #22
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I'm leaning towards a supercab, more practical... but I just love the look of a regular cab with the shorter box! Who needs to have room to haul your friends around!
That "shorter" box is what the truck manufacturer's now call a "standard" box: the 6.5' length. The even-shorter 5.5' box is only used with the longest cab (the "SuperCrew") to keep the wheelbase and overall length down to the same as the SuperCab/6.5' combo.

When extended cabs became common with the 2-metre (6.5') box, my impression was that a pickup truck looked strange and made little sense with most of the length being cab. As it turns out, most people don't actually carry much in the box anyway, so it does make sense for many (such as those who are towing).

Long ago when we had our pickup, that 6-foot-or-so length was the "short box", so that regular cab with 6.5' box is about the same as we had. It was the "sporty truck" format of the time, but it is currently much more popular here to get a longer cab, 4WD, huge tires, and a lot of junk bolted on all over the place (racks, lights, chrome bits, etc).

Maybe the SuperCab has room for real friends when space is needed, but not so much room that it encourages unwanted passengers?

Here's a bit of trivia from this afternoon's playing with the F150 "build and price" page: in the base XL trim (which almost no one buys) the cost difference from regular cab to SuperCab is $12,500, or about 60% of the price of the whole regular cab truck! In an XLT, the very same cab change "only" adds $4380... Ford is essentially forcing buyers up a trim level. Similarly, 4WD adds $11,300... by the time you configure even a typical truck, less than 1/3 of the cost is for the truck, and the rest is for the options.

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Old 12-31-2014, 04:23 PM   #23
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There was some discussion of payload packages. I went through some of the build and price feature of the Ford Canada website, and found this description of the $1200 2.7L V6 EcoBoost Payload Package. It appears to be available only with the 145" wheelbase... so it might be a reason to get the SuperCab (or 8' box).
  • 3.73 Electronic-locking rear axle
  • 9.75-inch gearset
  • Trailer Tow Package
  • Mechanical Parking Brake
So it includes the trailer tow package... which is the hitch and wiring.

Strangely, no mention of different springs, but I wouldn't be surprised if they are different, because this package is simply the towing package plus a different axle from the base truck (one which apparently has a mechanically-actuated parking brake instead of perhaps electrically-actuated).

It appears that this package replaces the base 8.8" axle with the 9.75", based on this list and a PickupTrucks.com article.

This does force you to the 3.73:1 axle ratio (rather than 3.55:1), which will hurt non-towing unloaded fuel economy... but I don't know how much.

You could buy an aftermarket hitch if you didn't get one with the truck, but Ford has a $400 Class IV Trailer Hitch package (included in the payload package):
  • 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver
  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector
An article listing information from Ford describes that last item as:
Smart trailer tow module, which uses an all-new smart trailer tow wiring harness that helps identify and inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues, burned or unlit trailer marker lamps, and brake light and trailer battery faults

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