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    what happened to pickup trucks?

    DH and I have noticed an abundance of aggressive male drivers in huge late model pickup trucks with expensive tires/wheels, custom paint jobs, loud, diesel engines. They are almost always either black or red. All of this makes them very menacing in appearance. Trucks used to be about work and utility but now they seem to be about showing the world how tough you are. Just an interesting cultural curiosity.

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    Noticed the same thing.

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    A few years ago I got my first big-assed pickup truck with diesel engine. It's not loud and it's not black or red, we purchased it to tow our camper and my wife said it must be matchy/matchy. The camper is white with black trim so the truck is too, I hope we're not too menacing.
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    If you're pulling a camper, the big truck makes perfect sense. Some of these trucks don't even have hitches.

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    DH’s small Ford Ranger is now 12 years old. Boy time goes fast! It was the “new” truck; He had the old small truck for 15 years.

    So when someone rear ended him a few years ago and the insurance company totaled this truck, I asked him if he didn’t want a big truck but he said no, he likes the smaller one because it’s easier to get things into the bed. So we repaired the truck.

    At the time Ford had stopped making Rangers. The small ones are popular and people would stop him and offer him money for his truck. But now Ford has started making Rangers again only they’re bigger.

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    Yea they by and large aren't actual blue collar labor trucks, but you aren't allowed to say so. It will offend their toxic masculinity or something.
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    Maybe a little in the city. Fortunately they are way expensive once a person gets the big tires and all the chrome, so there are not a lot of them around and I have suspicions that few of the fancies are used as utility vehicles. And I even drive a plain mid-sized truck. On my Holiday highway drive the real hazards were the sporty looking cars like BMWs or people on cell phones or texting. Those were far more concerning.

    At a time I lived in a more rural area and used trucks for work. The big trucks with all the bling were commonly referred to as "city trucks" and known to do dumb things off-road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    At the time Ford had stopped making Rangers. The small ones are popular and people would stop him and offer him money for his truck. But now Ford has started making Rangers again only they’re bigger.
    Ford is coming out with a 2022 "Maverick" small truck. It's hybrid and more like the small Ranger. Reasonably priced too, and great gas milage, but pre-orders are sold out they are saying through at least the summer. It's somewhere between a wish and window browsing for me.

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    I prefer a station wagon


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    Just a little runabout, eh Bae?

    When I went shopping for appliances, I noticed that most laundry and fridges were large shiny creations reminding me of the average pickup size and sparkle in showrooms. People seem to be drawn to size and shine.
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