I live in Western Kansas and I’ve always been a Ford guy but have made great strides to work for what I want. Back in 2011, I was finally able to purchase my first brand new Ford F-150. It had 104 miles on it and I was only a sophomore in college at the age of 19. There is a downside though, my mom drives an Expedition and dad drives a Taurus so I am the only one with a truck in the family and guess who gets called when they need something hauled? This particular load was the worst my truck has ever endured. We are Hispanic and my mom is remodeling her house, so we went down to Mexico for her kitchen and bathroom. The picture says it all. I couldn’t believe how low my truck went when that forklift loaded the how-ever many pounds of ceramic tile on the truck. We removed the tailgate and the forklift easily got in there and unloaded the tile. We put the tailgate back on and my poor truck was sitting low. Rear bumper was only inches off the ground. I about had a heart attack and I kept thinking, it has to endure 12 hours on the road like this! To top it off, we still hooked up the U-Haul to it! There was probably close to 2,000 lbs on the bed and we were probably hauling another 2,000 lbs with the U-Haul and its contents. Like I mentioned, I am still a college kid so I couldn’t afford the EcoBoost or the 5.0L so I only had the 3.7L V6. Besides some minor steep inclines on the way to Kansas, my truck traveled the approximately 700 miles great! I even forgot I had the trailer sometimes as I had my cruise on down the interstate. My bed never buckled, and my little engine definitely proved itself so I no longer let people insult my full-size truck with a little V6. Maybe I can afford the EcoBoost next time?