Posted 29 April 2021 - 07:29 PM
Good luck,Vic, given the cost of trucks these days it makes sense to really think it through.
Our well-kitted Hawk worked fine on our ‘00 F-150 7700 Extended cab short box, till I totaled it in a snowstorm. That’ll teach me. Luckily the camper received no damage. But the truck had 285,000 hard miles on it and I was dreading when the old 4R100 was gonna poop out.
I decided to go bigger for the next truck and was lucky enough to get into a low-mileage no-rust ‘01 F-250, crew cab, short box, 6-spd manual, manual 4x4, 7.3l diesel. It’s a dream over the road, and yeah, it’s a bit of a beast, but I’m really happy with it. It’s more comfortable inside for my wife, and she puts up with the noise and the smell. I’m really glad I was able to get into this truck.
Haven’t done any off-roading with it yet, but I think it’ll do fine. We’re getting ready to go on a 24-day trip tomorrow, our longest yet. We’ll do some dirt road camping in the desert, but I never intended this thing to be a crawler.
Glad I read this post, the 7.3 is really heavy and sand is something to think about for sure. The flip side is the completely solid feel the truck had on the highway, which is where it spends the majority of the time. Very easy to put the miles in.