When we bought the 5th wheel trailer, we had to upgrade our truck. We purchased a Ford 350 diesel with dual wheels – required because of the weight of the trailer. John has done all of the driving, and has been very satisfied with the truck. Fuel mileage is better than we expected – 850 km on a tank. Pulling the trailer on the Coquihalla highway was relatively effortless. Going down-hill, the engine brake kept us at a reasonable speed. This is not a paid advertisement – but we would definitely recommend a Ford truck whether you are pulling a trailer or not.
Our one difficulty is that this truck is a LARGE vehicle. Finding a parking space in many lots is a challenge. We try to look for spots at the back of a parking area – one that usually requires at least a 1/2 mile walk to which ever retail outlet we are heading to. Majority of times, we need to take up two spaces – we drive through, so that neither the hood or the tailgate is sticking out too far.
In some parking lots – we can’t find such a space. We have discovered that many parking lots are catering to compact vehicles. The spots are tiny, and are designated for “small cars“. I took this picture a few weeks ago, simply because of the obvious irony.
1 Big Truck = 4 Small Cars.
As you can see, if these slots are all that are available – our truck takes up a number of spots. Obviously not optimal, so we don’t do it often.
My next vehicle is going to be a Cooper Mini.
This afternoon, we headed out to do some sightseeing, and noticed something stuck under the windshield wiper. It was a rude note criticizing our parking abilities – or lack there-of. We aren’t exactly sure when the note was left, but neither John nor I can think of when we may have recently parked in this offending manner.
John was a bit insulted by this memo – he thought it was rude. I personally found a lot of humor in it. We were burned by some nameless non-Manitoban who can’t spell. Nice that this person took the time to notice our license plate – now he/she might want to learn how to properly use an apostrophe.