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Old 08-09-2016, 02:18 PM   #1
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Making it a TV...

Hi All,

Last month I had a bit of a rant on how the new tow vehicle I want is not on the market right now.

After a bit of soul (and my own parking area) searching, I decided that I could make my 1-ton into something resembling a TV.

It is a 2003 Ford F-350 4x4 5.4L Triton 4-speed auto. With a stake bed dump body:



That's the most recent(May 2014) shot I could find. (Ignore the auction-win tractor).

And the bumper has since been fixed and (not visible) the damaged 7-pin connector was replaced and re-positioned.

It came from the factory with the tow kit and I've added a brake controller, so it'll pull my under 5,000lbs 19RD without issue. Bit of overkill, actually.

Now for the real problem: It is a basic equipment standard cab. Manual windows, rubber mats, vinyl seats and an AM/FM radio. The factory A/C works and I added a console/storage box between the seats (2 cup holders and a small tray on the front edge with about 2 cu-ft of storage).

I bought (but haven't installed yet) cruise control since I am a lead-foot.

The stake sides will be removed for long distance traveling. I have a set of 2"x8" sides to keep small things from sliding off.

What else do I need to add/modify to make this truck comfortable to be in for 4+ hours/day of traveling?

Thanks,
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What else do I need to add/modify to make this truck comfortable to be in for 4+ hours/day of traveling?
If it has a bench seat in it, which I believe came standard in the truck, head over to the bone yard and find a late model 2012 or later F150 or 250 with the good bucket seats. It will be WELL worth your investment. DW is a happy camper since I insisted that we get the buckets ($400) when we ordered the TV from Ford.

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What kind of comfort are you looking for? From your last thread on this, it sounds like you've got exactly what you've been looking for.

It certainly ought to do the job well. I don't think it's overkill if it's what you want to tow with.
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For me I would have to have a CD player with some quality speakers. Don't need lots of volume but I must have good sound.
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If it has a bench seat in it, which I believe came standard in the truck, head over to the bone yard and find a late model 2012 or later F150 or 250 with the good bucket seats. It will be WELL worth your investment. DW is a happy camper since I insisted that we get the buckets ($400) when we ordered the TV from Ford.

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It has the bucket seats. Vinyl covered without side support.

Going to the boneyard for more comfortable seats (we did that for my parent's 2002 Explorer) has some real appeal. Hopefully, they'll have stuff for a 14 year-old truck on hand.
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What kind of comfort are you looking for? From your last thread on this, it sounds like you've got exactly what you've been looking for.

It certainly ought to do the job well. I don't think it's overkill if it's what you want to tow with.
It's not even close to my ideal tow vehicle (1/2 ton, 4x4, Bronco or Suburban, Diesel w/ manual transmission).

This truck is more than capable of pulling the trailer safely. But at the cost of comfort for the driver, passenger and fur baby.

SWMBO suggested noise deadening. Gotta look into replacing the rubber mats with thick under-padding and decent carpeting.
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For me I would have to have a CD player with some quality speakers. Don't need lots of volume but I must have good sound.
Yeah! CD player and decent speakers. Not a tough job at all. The modern radios also include a aux jack for an MP3 source.

OH! USB charging ports! The phones and the iPad have to be kept happy too.
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Ventshades are a nice addition for those rainy times. Also the dump feature will make unloading a breeze! LOL!!! Nice find.
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Ventshades are a nice addition for those rainy times. Also the dump feature will make unloading a breeze! LOL!!! Nice find.
Never considered ventshades before. Hafta look into them...

Using the dump to unload tends to mess up the tongue jack. I don't do that no more.

It wasn't a find. Back in 2012 my 1984 Chevy K20 was nearing the end of it's service life, so I bought this F350 to replace it. The bottom of the bed was so rusty that you could rock it back and forth several inches.

I went through the process of removing the Ford's rotted pickup body and moved the dump body from the Chevy to the ford. Fall of 2013 I added the snowplow package to the Ford and traded what was left of the Chevy for a retaining wall.

The little tractor (Bobcat CT221) was a hard-fought auction win. Paid 1/2 of retail for that scale model of a loader/backhoe.

So, the tally so far:
Cruise control
Replace radio (AM/FM/CD/MP3) and speakers
USB charging ports
Carpeting with good underlayment
Find later/more luxurious seats
Ventshades

Anything else?
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Never considered ventshades before. Hafta look into them...

Using the dump to unload tends to mess up the tongue jack. I don't do that no more.

It wasn't a find. Back in 2012 my 1984 Chevy K20 was nearing the end of it's service life, so I bought this F350 to replace it. The bottom of the bed was so rusty that you could rock it back and forth several inches.

I went through the process of removing the Ford's rotted pickup body and moved the dump body from the Chevy to the ford. Fall of 2013 I added the snowplow package to the Ford and traded what was left of the Chevy for a retaining wall.

The little tractor (Bobcat CT221) was a hard-fought auction win. Paid 1/2 of retail for that scale model of a loader/backhoe.

So, the tally so far:
Cruise control
Replace radio (AM/FM/CD/MP3) and speakers
USB charging ports
Carpeting with good underlayment
Find later/more luxurious seats
Ventshades

Anything else?
Mike, I would think twice about carpet. You can pull the vinyl and put sound insulation. Vinyl is easy to clean, sand, mud, dirt, salt, just wipes out.
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