Tips for Memorial Day Camping with Your Ford F-150

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for your big camping trip to celebrate. If you’re stuck on how to prepare your Ford F-150 for this weekend of fun, then make sure you follow our tips for Memorial Day camping.

Reserve your campsite. Whether you’re heading to a campground or will be hauling your trusty travel trailer to an RV site, make sure you reserve your spot well in advance. Also, print out your reservation information so you have it on hand in a hard copy, just in case.

Get your F-150 ready. Make sure your pickup truck is ready for the trip by putting it through its routine maintenance. Check its fluid levels, lights, tire pressure, and battery to make sure all of it is ready to head out on the open road.

Plan your menu. One of the best parts of camping is cooking over an open fire – or in your travel trailer’s tidy little kitchen. Make sure you think about what you want to eat each day and pack accordingly. Consider supplies like s’mores, hot dogs, burgers, and breakfast burritos.

Pack your supplies. It’s time to use your F-150’s truck bed for what it’s made to do. Get your supplies ready and packed so you can head out on the open road with ease. Make sure everything’s secure in the bed of your truck and weather proof it, if you think the weather might take a turn for the worse.

If you need a vehicle for your big Memorial Day trip, then be sure to stop by Shults Ford Harmarville and check out our lineup of Ford F-150 models.

Tips for Memorial Day Camping with a Ford F-150

The Military’s Favorite Vehicle Is the Ford F-150

For 41 years, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup truck in America and the best-selling vehicle overall for 36 years. Which makes it no surprise that the military’s favorite vehicle is also the Ford F-150.

According to an analysis of veterans and active-duty military personnel who use the United Services Automobile Association’s (USAA) car buying service, the Ford F-150 is the No. 1 vehicle purchased across all branches of the military last year.

“We are proud and humbled that those who protect and defend our country choose Ford F-Series,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body is designed to serve customers who are used to performing in the harshest of environments and who rely on the capability, durability, and functionality delivered consistently by Built Ford Tough.”

The 2018 Ford F-150, which is available now at Shults Ford of Harmarville, is the most impressive and most capable F-150 ever. This year, it adds a new lineup of engines, including the first-ever diesel option along with updated exterior styling. Furthermore, every engine will come standard with stop-start technology. Buyers can also opt for an improved forward collision mitigation system for even better protection.

For the best-selling vehicle in the nation, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville to check out the Ford F-150 and ask about the Military and First Responder Bonus Cash incentive!

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Ford F-150 Is the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

Shults Ford Harmarville is proud to announce that the Ford F-150 has earned the title of 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

The victory has been years in the making. A few years back, Ford made the humongous announcement that it would be switching to an aluminum body for the 2015 Ford F-150. The move was a bold one that wasn’t always popular, though Ford did manage to increase fuel economy, offer more rust resistance, and increase towing capacity.

Even so, Ford had to fight Chevy’s erroneous claims that the aluminum made the F-150 less durable than the Silverado while Ford also had to do battle with Ram’s ultra-efficient diesel models. But the aluminum body transition was just phase one in a number of steps meant to better the F-150.

Over the last few years, Ford has continued to push boundaries, improving engines and adding new ones—as well as a new transmission. Ford also worked on improving the interior and making the infotainment system more intuitive. Those years of hard work have ultimately paid off, as the F-150 has finally taken the coveted title home.

Want to experience the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year for yourself? Test drive the F-150 at Shults Ford Harmarville.

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New 2018 F-150 Awards Include Motor Trend Truck of the Year

There are numerous 2018 F-150 awards, and they only seem to increase with every year. The F-150 recently beat out the competition to earn the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, which is the fifth time this truck has won the title. Demonstrating incredible performance and intelligent design, it’s easy to see why the F-150 took home first place.

According to Ford, the new F-150 was tested in multiple categories. These included advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, value, efficiency, and performance of intended function. The F-150 excelled in several categories, but the judges noted in particular its great towing capabilities, high-tech features, and powertrain performance.

“This year’s competition was fierce, but the vote was unanimous,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend editor in chief. “The newly redesigned 2018 F-150 exceeded our expectations in every category – powertrain, performance, technology and overall execution.”

Four types of F-150 models were tested as well. These include the F-150 XL, Lariat, Platinum, and the off-road Raptor. Each of these trims is designed to cater to a range of different needs. For example, the Lariat comes with an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine that saves you money at the pump without sacrificing power. The Platinum is truly refined, while the Raptor is for off-road enthusiasts. To learn more about the award-winning Ford F-150 lineup, visit Shults Ford of Harmarville.

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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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Ford’s New Diesel-Powered F-150

We at Shults Ford Harmarville are thrilled to hear the rumors of Ford’s new diesel-powered F-150.

Why do we believe that there will be a new diesel F-150? Well, there a few reasons, but one is the fact that there is an emissions calibration sticker. This sticker indicates the engine’s displacement. The sticker number is currently listed as JFC1-3.0-966, and the 3.0 identifies a 3.0-liter engine under the hood. While that does not confirm that it is diesel, the Jaguar Land Rover vehicles use a 3.0-liter diesel engine, which could be similar.

Of course the most compelling piece of evidence is the sound of the diesel F-150. Diesel clatter is a distinctive noise, one that is very recognizable. The other good news about this particular noise is that it does sound different than the Ford Transit’s 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine. Although the Transit engine is great, the Ford-150 needs a stronger engine for the heavy-duty hauling ability.

For now, we will just have to wait for confirmation, but we promise to keep you updated as more news appears!

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2015 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick from IIHS

The 2015 Ford F-150 is a groundbreaking pickup truck in numerous ways—from its use of segment- and industry-exclusive technologies to its aluminum-alloy body panels. Now, the F-150 breaks new ground yet again, becoming the first pickup in America to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.

The F-150 SuperCrew earned the distinction after performing well in IIHS’ safety tests, adding to its claim of being the safest truck in America. The 2015 F-150—in SuperCrew, SuperCab, and Regular Cab configurations—also earned a five-star overall safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it the only full-size, light-dusty pickup to do so.

Ford also confirms through statistics from Assured Performance that repair costs on the 2015 F-150 are averaging about $869 less than the average for the 2014 F-150. In about 8 months on the market, there have been 337 repair estimates collected at an average of $1,476, which compares favorably to the $2,345 average across 1,238 estimates in 2014.

The longer it remains on the market, the more it becomes apparent that there is no truck capable of matching the 2015 F-150 in terms of quality, intelligence, performance, and now safety. To see why the new F-150 is the perfect fit for you, test drive one at Shults Ford of Harmarville this weekend.

2015 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick

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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2015 Ford F-150 Accessories: Introducing Lightweight Campers

2015 Ford F-150 Accessories

Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we were glad to hear about the new partnership between Thor Livin Lite and Ford. Working together, the two companies will be making Ford-branded recreational products for the new F-150.

Ford said one of the main reasons they were drawn to Thor Livin Lite is the lightweight design of their products, like campers, for example. With the all-new aluminum F-150 design, it makes sense for the teams to work together on 2015 Ford F-150 accessories.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to work with a company as prestigious as Ford and bring their iconic brand name back into the RV industry,” said Scott Tuttle, president of Thor Livin Lite. “Ford believes enough in our unique aluminum construction to allow us to carry the ‘Built Ford Tough’ label, which says a lot.”

Although Ford and Thor Livin Lite have been working together since 2013, this is the first time they will be developing products together. What they have in mind is a lightweight line of campers that are 30% lighter than the competition. The new products will debut before the end of the year at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

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