Real Talk: Meet Storm
This sucks. No other way around it. It is like having to buy a new AC in Texas. It had to be done. We managed to pick up a f-350 deisel 6.0 supercab in phoenix for right over $9000. Add in taxes and we came out right at 10K. I know that doesn't seem like much (we only had to finance part of it) but when you have been working towards being debt free and short of medical and student loans, have succeeded, this stunk. But we had to have a reliable and CAPABLE tow vehicle. The Expedition would have been fine for weekend trips, but we are travelling too far and too fast.
He happens to be all white. So he was named Storm Trooper, Storm for short, because, quite frankly, he looks just like one. He isn't fancy, but he certainly is a capable worker and allowed us to take some of the weight off the mini van, who was likely also overloaded.
While we were sad to have a monthly payment again, we are glad to FINALLY be back on the road. Hoping it is smoother sailing from here on out!