By: Melanie Droz Shawcroft
I finally participated in my first “Friendsgiving”. I have seen the trend all over social media in the past, but my friends were planning to do it big this year, and I was extremely thankful I had the 2017 F-150 4X4 Supercrew for the 3-day camping experience at Lake Pleasant.
Preparing for such a feast is no easy feat, so I was grateful for the convenience of the remote tailgate release. I could unlock and release the tailgate for easy loading – the tent, the chairs, pillows, blankets, the cooler, and so much more – just for two nights. I was even able to slide the Crockpot stuffing safely on the fully flat rear load floor and stick serving spoons in the door-trim panel bins for safe keeping. The smooth ride kept all items intact – only if the F-150 had the ability to conceal the smell of onions coming from the stuffing. At least we had the power sliding rear window to alleviate some of the scents.
What this truck most definitely controlled was the pop-up trailer that we picked up from a generous friend on our way to the campsite. My husband and oldest son may feel comfortable in a tent, but the baby and I required a bit more security from the elements. The Ford F-150 made it extremely easy to connect the pop-up – with Smart Trailer Tow Connector, trailer brake controller, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist, we moved it like we were pros. My friends know better, but I wasn’t about to give away the fact that a simple knob in the F-150 directed the trailer perfectly. I also wasn’t going to give away the fact that Matt did most of the preparation for the stuffing.
The pop-up was not the only place that provided comfort during our Friendsgiving extravaganza. The days were warm, so the F-150 offered a cool place for us to relax (we didn’t have an air-conditioned trailer like my professional camping friends – at that point, is it really called camping or glamping?), so we used the remote start to get the AC pumping and turned on the cooled driver and passenger seats. With SYNC Connect, we were also able to enjoy the touchscreen with swipe capability to scan through the SIRIUS satellite stations. As it became chilly at night, the 2017 Ford F-150 delivered heated driver and passenger seats as well as 2nd-row heated seats for anyone else wanting to jump in. Believe me, we had plenty of visitors.
The sunsets reflecting off the lake during our trip were breathtaking. The Ruby Red Metallic exterior of the F-150 was also a stunning sight. Along with the bright beltline molding, chrome tow hooks, and 20” polished aluminum wheels, this truck offers even more in safety and performance. The 3.5L EcoBoost provides a 12,200-lb maximum (quite a bit more than the pop-up) and delivers with a V6 engine, providing 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway – beating out many of its competitors. Thankfully, with all of this power, the 2017 Ford F-150 is the safest F-150 yet with a 5-star overall government safety rating.
When the Friendsgiving meal kicked off, all of our friends gathered around a lovely decorated cabana filled with a huge array of delicious foods while two, beautiful ladies sang Amazing Grace. The memories from the weekend are priceless. The 2017 Ford F-150 4×4 Supercrew, although packed with priceless amenities such as an 8-inch LCD productivity screen, Boxlink, a 360-degree camera, multi-contour leather bucket front seats and voice-activated navigation, starts at about $50,000.
The F-150 is 40 years strong as America’s Best Selling Truck, and my girlfriends and I are approaching that 40-year milestone very soon. Although our Friendsgiving camping (without showering for two days) was a blast, I vote for the next trip to be a coastal getaway. I’ll drive – especially if I have the 2017 Ford F-150 4X4 Supercrew – imagine the beach chairs, swimsuits, coolers we could fit in the back.
Vehicle as tested MSRP – $62,950
For more on the F-150 visit www.ford.com