When I met Rob from Ford and we started talking about truck reviews and my series for homesteaders, he was curious. He wanted to know what kind of project I’d like to tackle as part of the story. In the past, we’ve always gotten a truck, then used it for everything under the sun, but this idea of having a plan up front intrigued me. I talked to my husband and he said if I wanted, we could plan to build the backyard chicken coop I’ve been wanting to add to our little urban homestead. And that was that. Ford agreed to lend me the the 2015 Ford F-150 for a week in return for covering it on social media and this blog.
Ever since getting to drive a few Ford trucks at an event, I’d been looking forward to having one to use for a week… I need time to really spend driving the truck, getting in an out of it, and testing all the features before I can really say how I like it. Being able to tackle a project that’s been on my list for a long time? Even better!
Just a Few Photos…
As soon as we got the truck, the family piled in for drive. We wanted to see how comfortable it was, and how much space the boys would have to grow when it comes to leg room. Turns out, a LOT. And comfort? How would you like to have a back massage after a hard day of work? You can get that in the new F-150… both front seats have massagers in them. No joke. Us homesteaders don’t have time to go to the club for pampering. Now we can get it on the go!
3.5L V6 ecoboost engine
electric 6-speed automatic w/tow mod
23 mpg hwy
starts at $51,920
bed lamps for evening projects
My Favorite Things
adaptive cruise control
2nd row heated seats
memory drivers seat
360 degree camera view
Why the King Ranch Ford F-150 is a Good Truck for the Homestead
Beautiful. Stunning actually. But not too fancy. Just right if you ask me. We’re talking about the exterior of the F-150. It’s tough and ready to work; spray in bed liner, retractable running boards, side-steps for access to the bed, pull-out step and hand rail in the tailgate, and a great tow package. 360 degree camera views so you can see all the way around your truck. This was our favorite feature.
We didn’t hesitate a bit when it was time to load the truck down with building supplies. It just feels like it’s made for this kind of work. In went the plywood and corrugated plastic roofing. In went all the hardware. Then we were off to another store to find 1×4’s for the frame. And, we ended up needing to take another trip for a few more 1x4s and some 1x2s before it was all over. Keep in mind, I could never have transported these thing in my SUV. I’ve purchased lumber before and had to ask the store to cut it for me just so I could get it home. I need a truck.
When we got the supplies home my guys set to work measuring, marking, and cutting the lumber. The tailgate of the truck made a great work bench at just the right height for my husband. The boys climbed into the bed and held boards while daddy cut them. Then they got to help with the jig that allows you to pre-drill holes at an angle for the flush mounting of lumber. They thought they were hot stuff.
After much sawing and drilling the guys were ready to start assembling the coop and run. My husband drew these plans and they’re inspired by a photo we found online, but it’s turned out to be a completely original design and I’m really proud of it. Here are some photos of it taking shape. We’re not quite finished yet, but we’re getting really close!
Will the Interior of the F-150 Hold Up to Farm Work?
By the time we finished the trimming of all the boards the interior ended up littered with wood chips. It was so so messy, and they vacuumed right out. I was very pleased with how easy the carpets were to clean! The seats are leather, but they’re tough and they feel solidly built. I had to wipe down a few footprints and mud smears and it was just like new when I was done.
The instrument panels and displays were a perfect mix of modern features and practicality for the working man or woman. Nothing too delicate. I really appreciate that in a truck.
Things I Don’t Love, or The Thing, Rather
They came to take the truck away. Seriously, y’all. I couldn’t find any faults with this truck. We were all sad to see it go and my boys are already asking when we get another truck.
Some Cool Notes
Ford’s F-Series was recently named Truck Line of the Year and the F-150 earned Best in Technology by the Texas Auto Writers Association. The F-150 also took home AutoJudge’s Truck of the Year in Las Vegas at SEMA, and SEMA’s own Hottest Truck of the Year last month!