We drove to northwest Iowa on Friday to visit, and help my wife's mother sort through decades of junk in the house and outbuildings after the passing of her father on the 15th. My mother in law doesn't drive much anymore, and has no use for the 2013 Ford F-150 that my wife's father had, and she offered it to us for a pretty good deal, so we bought it, and will be driving it, along with our Murano, 450 miles back to the Black Hills tomorrow. The Ford only has 27,000 miles on it, and the original window sticker, still in the glove box, shows that it originally cost a bit over $41,000 when he bought it. I spent a couple hours on it yesterday, bringing it's chrome back to a very nice shine with 0000 steel wool pads, which worked wonders on it. A stint at the car wash in town didn't hurt it either. They never abused the truck, but at their age, they didn't crawl around cosmetically detailing it either. Once cleaned up, however, it is a very good-looking vehicle. We never really wanted a truck of this size, though, and deliberately avoided them when looking for a utility vehicle, which wasn't often, as we've had our smaller Nissan Frontier since buying it new back in 2001. It has served us very well, and it's relatively compact size was also a plus, especially when squeezing it, the Murano, and six motorcycles into a slightly oversized double garage. On the plus side, it has a 5.0 liter V-8, and a LOT more power than our V-6 Nissan, which is an absolute dog for power and acceleration, and although as reliable and durable as a granite boulder, it also returns some pretty lousy fuel mileage, barely making 20 mpg, at best. The Ford will at least equal the smaller Nissan in this regard, in spite of it's size and larger, substantially larger engine. I know....first world problem, eh? The Ford is, of course, loaded with a dizzying array of features and creature comforts.....some even useful. So there it is. All I need now is a ski boat, a couple snowmobiles, a black Harley Street Glide, and a fat stogey sticking out of my kisser and I'll be truly 'livin the dream'. I guess.