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Big Howdy from Texas....
I'm Dave. After forty years self employed as a signpainter I was declared totally disabled at the age of 58, which was three years ago. This was because of irreversible complications from 18 major surgeries. I filled all my new spare time by realizing a long held goal of learning to play fingerstyle guitar (think Chet Atkins). I'm coming along quite well with it. My wife just retired after a 34 year teaching career. For the past few years she has taught the children of her former students. I think she retired because next year she would have been teaching a grandchild of a former student! Even though she is only 54 years old, as a retiring teacher in Texas where you pay into a state retirement fund instead of SS, our combined incomes are only dropping by about a hundred dollars a month.
We bought our fifth rv rig several months ago in anticipation of her retirement. It's a 2000 Skamper trailer that looks like it was sealed for the past 14 years, it's immaculate inside and out. I bought a 2003 Powerstroke 6 liter diesel to pull it. I currently have a thread in General Discussion about my fears for our shakedown cruise coming up from Texas to Florida. The one owner of the truck previously ordered it with leather seats which were not available at the time, but mine has them. He told me he has had the injectors worked on and the oil pump replaced with one that has a metal screen instead of plastic. After reading several reviews of this truck mostly on Ford haters forums (obviously) I admit I have some fears about our first long trip so far from home. The truck did fine on the two hour drive home from where I bought it from first owner. Still I have some trepidation about the trip.
I've been a Ford guy all my life. I once said I should open Dave's Home for Old Fords as I've had "em all the way back to a '56. Hopefully this truck will reinforce my loyalty by giving us a trouble free cruise. Forgot to mention it has 207,000 miles and he sold it to me for about three grand under book value. After seeing his home on a huge lake it was obvious he could have given it to me and never missed the money. I'm just hoping his belief in the truck doesn't turn out to be unfounded.