Worst Things About Owning a Truck

Owning a truck isn’t all fun and games, as many pickup owners have likely already told you. There’s a few downsides that not everyone will enjoy. Here are some of the worst things about owning a truck presented by us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville.

You’ll be the center of attention at tailgates.

If there’s one thing trucks are the sole leaders of, it’s tailgating. The bed is perfect for hanging out and transporting coolers, grills, and other necessary items for a tailgate party. That means you might find people gathering around your truck on game day.

You’ll have to eat a lot of pizza.

Pizza is the go-to food of people who have just moved. Since trucks are some of the capable vehicles in the industry, odds are you’ll be asked to help people move. Put two and two together, and odds are you’ll find yourself scarfing down quite a bit of pizza.

You’ll be the transportation for many trips.

Trucks are some of the most versatile vehicles on the road, which means there are few places you aren’t capable of exploring. Unfortunately, that means you might find yourself driving when you take your friends camping or exploring areas otherwise unreachable by car.

On the bright side, you’ll get to have some pretty cool adventures.

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Finding the Most Beautiful Campground in Pennsylvania with Your Ford F-150

Now that spring is finally here, outdoor enthusiasts are no doubt planning their season of camping adventures. Anyone who calls Pennsylvania their home would be remiss not to make a special visit to what some people call the most beautiful campground in Pennsylvania.

Campers Paradise, located at the edge of McConnells Mill State Park, is just an hour away from Shults Ford Harmarville. This gorgeous campground offers multiple forms of accommodation, from available cabins that are perfect for the next winter season, to a rentable teepee in the camp’s Wild West Territory. You can even sleep up to eight in the covered wagon accommodation.

However, many folks prefer to keep their camping experiences rugged and old fashioned. There are plenty of areas at Campers Paradise where visitors can set up their tent and campsite with just the stars and the trees as their company.

In these situations, it’s helpful to have one other companion—the Ford F-150. This classic American pickup has the capability to drive on tough terrains, making it the perfect vehicle to get you to your remote campsite. It has the strength and the space needed to bring along whatever gear you might want—from bikes to kayaks to extensive camping supplies. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we love finding new ways to make the F-150 a helpful asset to camping trips all year round.

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Speculation Over Refreshed Ford F-150

Refreshed Ford F-150 Raptor

The Ford F-150 Raptor brought a new exterior design that pickup owners were happy about

The Ford F-150 was just dramatically redesigned for the 2015 model year. However, it seems a refreshed Ford F-150 is not too far off down the road. In fact, spy photographers in the automotive industry may have taken a few photographs of what seems to be a refreshed 2018 F-150.

With the latest round of spy shots, which you can see on Autoblog, it seems the updated truck model will have a smoother hood, along with the possibility of fender vents like on the all-new Ford Super Duty lineup. The black-and-white polka dots in the picture are an attempt to disguise the finer details of the design.

However, compared to spy shots captured even earlier, the latest images don’t have as many changes. This either means that Ford is keeping the true design under wraps or it has changed its mind about some design updates.

One thing most automotive experts are sure about is that the 2018 Ford F-150 will likely come with a new light-duty diesel engine. This powerful engine could be a 3.0-liter V6 with 254 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, a welcome addition to the much-loved truck.

What changed or updates are you hoping to see in the brand-new 2018 F-150? Let us know by commenting below.

Ford Web Series Features Strength, F-150, and Boxers

What does the Ford F-150 have in common with Mexican boxers Edgar Juárez Calzada, Giselle Leal, and Michel de la Vega Esparza Oteo? Well, they have “fuerza” – which translates to strength – and they will also be featured in the new ‘Fuerza Ford’ webisodes.

Since 2010 Ford has been the official automotive sponsor for the Box Azteca series and recently, the Detroit-based company announced a partnership with Azteca America that will launch the 10-episode Spanish-language web series – which features the strongest parts of the F-150 as well as boxing tips.

“Ford is a leader in content marketing for U.S. Latinos, which is why we’re so honored to work together on the ‘Fuerza Ford’ boxing video campaign,” said Court Stroud, executive vice president, network sales and digital, Azteca America.

If you are interested in the Hispanic boxing culture and/or the F-150, be sure to not miss the Fuerza Ford web series, which can be seen on the Fuerza Ford Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to also come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville to see our newest lineup of tough, dependable, and fuerza Ford cars, trucks, and SUVs, today!

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The Custom SEMA F-150: Which Version Do You Prefer?

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville we didn’t think the new F-150 could get any better – until now. Ford recently revealed their Custom SEMA F-150, which consists of two different versions, both of which will soon premiere at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Trust us; they’re bound to make your jaw drop.

So what’s so special about the Custom SEMA F-150? The fine-tuned Deegan 38 and the Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck prove you can do just about anything with the 2015 F-150. Both versions are competing for the “Hottest Truck” award, envied by designers everywhere.

The Deegan 38 was designed by Ford Racing’s Brian Deegan and features the all-new 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost engine and a redesigned body. New wheels and tires, suspension, and racing-level tuning are just a few of the added features on this custom pickup.

“This F-150 should inspire the vast off-road, extreme-lifestyle-loving fan base to push the possibilities of the new 2015 F-150 and the awesome 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine,” said Deegan.

The Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck, built by the Formula DRIFT superstar of the same name, is less for off-road enthusiasts. Its lowered ride height and Air Lift Performance air ride make it perfect for the street. On top of that, its incredible torque will leave your knuckles white.

Either version of the Custom SEMA F-150 is bound to win the “Hottest Truck” Award, but we’re curious: which is your favorite?

Deegan 38 or the Vaughn Gittin Jr. Street Truck?

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All-New 2015 Ford F-150 Proves It Can Take the Heat

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Well, it appears the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 will be taking up residence in the kitchen. Even the Ford badges on the iconic truck have been engineered to handle extensive periods of sun damage, while protecting passengers from the sun’s harmful rays, as well.

Extensive tests were conducted to determine the reaction of the truck’s materials to sunlight. Parts of the F-150’s exterior and interior were subjected to six months of outdoor testing under the sun’s brilliance. Afterward, engineers searched for signs of fading or other damage. The Ford badge was subjected to 3,000 hours of sun-like conditions (think five years) and then temperatures of 40 degrees below Celsius and 100-degree Celsius steam.

In addition, the truck was evaluated in an effort to eliminate sun glare for drivers. Engineers carefully selected materials with the least reflective properties and designed shade-like coverings, making it easier to read the gauges.

“Built Ford Tough means more than surviving dirt, rocks and mud, or towing heavy trailers,” said Cindy McComb, a materials engineer at the Ford Central Lab where testing was conducted . “We like to think our work on this truck has given it the kind of sun protection Built Ford Tough trucks require to look as good after five years of exposure to sun, wind and rain as they do when they leave the showroom floor.”

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, that’s what we would call a beast.

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Ford Starts ‘Em Young with Power Wheels F-150

There is no doubt that a Ford enthusiast is loyal to the bone and they undoubtedly pass that loyalty onto the generations after them.  High-quality vehicles coupled with Ford’s commitment to consumer satisfaction has built the brand into what it is today, but Ford has started to market to the youngest generation of them all.  With the Power Wheels F-150, Ford is definitely starting the loyalty off at a young age!

While not available to consumers, the Power Wheels F-150 was spotted coming back from a series of tests in Ford’s main base for operations, Dearborn, Michigan.  While the concept is pretty cool, it is not for sure whether or not this is a real thing.  Could it really be a collaboration between Ford and Power Wheels?  Or maybe it’s just a couple of engineers having a good time at the expense of the spy photographers who took the images.  Regardless, we think it’s pretty cool and would love to see something like this hit the market in the future!

Would you like to own something like this Power Wheels F-150 for your child?  At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we want to hear what you think!  Sound off in the comments below!

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2015 Ford F-150 Went Into Testing Long Ago

It’s no secret that the 2015 Ford F-150 has been in testing for awhile.  We found out that an all-aluminum 2014 Ford F-150 was entered into the Baja 1000 off-road race, so that is no longer a secret.  But are there still secrets Ford has been keeping from us?  The answer is yes!

Ford is quickly becoming the master of disguise when it comes to testing new vehicles and they were able to pull off quite the feat with the all-aluminum F-150.  What are we talking about exactly?  Well, it seems that Ford has been testing the all-aluminum body for much longer than we thought.

Back in 2011, Ford built six F-150’s of the then-current F-150 generation and used aluminum for the cargo box, which is undoubtedly the most used and abused part of the truck.  They sent these six trucks off to three companies across the country to be used.  The catch?  Those three companies had no idea that they were receiving trucks with aluminum cargo boxes.

Denis Kansier, the F-150 prototype lead engineer explained the reasoning for this.  “This secret testing almost immediately yielded results and lessons we have rolled into the all-new F-150.  For example, we made the cargo box floor thicker to improve strength, and we made modifications to the tailgate based on lessons we learned through customer usage.”

Do you think secret public testing of the all-aluminum F-150 was a risky move?  Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we would love to hear your opinions!

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Ford F-Series Sales Still on the Rise

2015 Ford F-150

Contrary to previous reports of the need to close and retool some plants for the new aluminum 2015 Ford F-150, the Ford F-Series sales are still on the rise.  Ford posted the best sales numbers in February 2014 that it has seen in 8 years.

America’s best-selling truck for the past 37 years has continued to make moves on the market, despite the rumors that the necessity to close some plants to get them ready for the 2015 Ford F-150 would slow the F-Series sales down for awhile.  Not only has that not happened, but sales will continue to increase when the 2015 Ford F-150 will be added to the numbers later this year.

John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service, gave his reasoning for the highest February sales in 8 years.  “Sales surged in the final week, providing us momentum after a slow start to the month.  Ford Fusion continued its strong retail sales performance in the West, outpacing the mid-size sedan segment.  F-Series and Lincoln also continued to perform well.”

At Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are proud to be the home of the best-selling truck in America, and even though some plants have closed to get ready for the 2015 Ford F-150, the continued increase in Ford F-Series sales goes to show what a truly amazing truck the F-150 really is.

The 2015 Ford F-150 Becomes First Light-Weight Pickup to Offer Snow Plow Prep Option

These winter months seem to be stretching on forever and we are sure you have probably wished for a better way to clear your driveway and the roads of snow other than with a shovel or waiting for the city to clear it for you.  Well Ford heard everyone’s cries regarding the winter blues, and they answered with an ingenious option added to the front of the 2015 Ford F-150: the snow plow prep option.

Eric Peterson, the Ford F-150 marketing manager, stated “the new 2015 F-150 is the toughest F-150 ever, and by using more high-strength steel in its frame and advanced materials in the body, we’ve made the new truck up to 700 pounds lighter.  This leads to more capability and better handling, which is exactly what you’d want for plowing.  Adding a snow plow prep kit to our lineup helps ensure our customers have even more tools at their disposal to get the job done.”

Whether it’s actually for a business or you just want to help your neighborhood by clearing the streets, the snow plow prep option for the new 2015 Ford F-150 sounds like a great idea.  Do you like the idea but can’t see yourself ever using it?  Not a problem, come on over to Shults Ford of Harmarville and we can help you find the perfect F-150 to fit your needs!

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