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Old 02-13-2018, 11:06 PM   #21
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I don’t know the actual monitory cost of the 2018 technology, but I will say that I use it a lot. More than 80% of the time. The truck almost feels autonomous at this point.

Coming from a 2013 Tacoma, these features are cutting edge. I find that I can focus more on “out of the ordinary” actions of surrounding drivers (losing control, changing lanes without checking).

I can feel where the risk is greatly reduced for basic mistakes when looking for these things (e.g. rear ending someone when you’re looking in your mirror or watching the swirling car in the next lane).

All of this his greatly reduces the stress of highway driving in a pickup for me. This alone is very valuable in my personal opinion!
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My 18 Lariat has all the tech... and I use and love most of it of it. Park in my home's garage every day as well as my office's garage every day, drive interstate stop and go... so all of the tech features that get you in and out of those tight spots and through the crazy stop and go traffic are nice. Really like the blind spot monitoring, lane keeping (subtle, effective, not intrusive), 360 camera, yadda yadda). Folding mirrors are a must have, i guess most do have. All that to say, these features are very nice and add to a less stressful commute.

If I lived in my home state of Alabama... way out in the country where there is far less use for such tech... then the value proposition quickly diminishes. In my case for instance, the Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Braking may go unused on my truck, but then I could have bought a stripper (or a Honda Accord).. I will tow/haul occasionally, but it unlikely I will make use of the backup assist... I've learned to do that myself..... but it's there if i want it.

Favorite things.... The razor sharp down-the-road steering and the 5.0 V8. I've owned a 14 BMW 335i and my son drives a 328i, so I appreciate the efficiency and power turbos offer. But the 5.0 is just pure love, sound, feel, etc. I drove each F150 engine and it's the one that called to me. AGAIN... I get the draw to the other engines and for some of us old school guys.... these little minuscule details are what sway us.

Looking forward to perusing the forum....
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2018 XLT on order. Can anyone tell me if back up camera displays on the center console screen. Ordered 2018 with sync3 hoping my camera display would be on the 8" center display
Yup, it displays in the center stack on my 8 inch screen.
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Likely being a bit narrow minded in the "techies" minds, but no, all the gimmickry is not worth it.
I have a lowly, ill equipped XLT, with the 302A package.
It has the "Pro" reverse assist. Likely never use it, doesn't impress me. I already know how to back a trailer, admittedly, I really haven't read the owners manual directions.
Navigation? Another useless thing in my mind. I know how to look at a map, remember directions, and prepare my route before hand. I can even remember the names of streets.
Lane assist, BLISS, anti collision warning, adaptive cruise? When I first heard of these features, the first thing that came to mind was, "Oh, now I can pay less attention to what I'm doing, and be safer texting Aunt Julie as I drive at 90 mph".
Reverse camera? It's alright. I still use my door mirrors more than the camera, but do see an advantage in backing out of parking spaces, and hooking a trailer, those occasions are safer with the reverse view.
Even on my "basic" XLT, I have some options, power pedal adjust, tilt steering, 10 way seats, but really, all those are set and forget.
So, in my narrow little, "Luddite" brain, the tech doesn't impress me.
I know, I need to get with the 21st century thing, just have a hard time getting interested in it.
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OP - would love to see a pic of your travel trailer! It's giving me some ideas!
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We purchased a 1988 Avion 30-foot travel trailer last July. It has an all-aluminum, curved outer skin similar to the Airstream. Towing and low drag coefficient were considered the best in the business thanks to fully-independent axles with shock absorbers, low ground clearance, full underbody belly pan and low weight (6000 lbs. dry).

This rascal has required a lot of major reconstruction and restoration work. I don't have my pictures organized yet; maybe later when we get it back on the road in June..
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My 18 Lariat has all the tech... and I use and love most of it of it. Park in my home's garage every day as well as my office's garage every day, drive interstate stop and go... so all of the tech features that get you in and out of those tight spots and through the crazy stop and go traffic are nice. Really like the blind spot monitoring, lane keeping (subtle, effective, not intrusive), 360 camera, yadda yadda). Folding mirrors are a must have, i guess most do have. All that to say, these features are very nice and add to a less stressful commute.

If I lived in my home state of Alabama... way out in the country where there is far less use for such tech... then the value proposition quickly diminishes. In my case for instance, the Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Braking may go unused on my truck, but then I could have bought a stripper (or a Honda Accord).. I will tow/haul occasionally, but it unlikely I will make use of the backup assist... I've learned to do that myself..... but it's there if i want it.

Favorite things.... The razor sharp down-the-road steering and the 5.0 V8. I've owned a 14 BMW 335i and my son drives a 328i, so I appreciate the efficiency and power turbos offer. But the 5.0 is just pure love, sound, feel, etc. I drove each F150 engine and it's the one that called to me. AGAIN... I get the draw to the other engines and for some of us old school guys.... these little minuscule details are what sway us.

Looking forward to perusing the forum....
Thank you for your insight. Interestingly, I built a similar truck on paper about a month ago. I have also included, 4x4, 3.55 ELRA, and rear wheel well covers.

I'm opting for the 5.0L as well. I realize I'll be giving up power during trailer tow versus the 3.5EB. But I favor more linear power distribution rather than using ancillary hardware to offset lower displacement. With me, it's all about the "growl".

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Was going to get a lariat, but decided to keep 7k in my pocket and put leather seats in my XLT. Wise move I think. All that other stuff is nice, but not needed. Power telescoping wheel? Set it once and forget it!
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