We went to Prescott last Tuesday and guess what is right across the street from Walmart? Yep, of all things....a big Chevrolet Dealership....Lamb Chevrolet. Ms Pat and I were thinking and talking about a new TOAD. For those of you that aren’t RV’ers, that’s a vehicle you TOW behind your RV. The Honda was fine and we loved it, so we weren’t in any hurry. I had been looking online at the different “big three”…Chevy, Ford and Dodge pickups. I was kinda leaning towards the Chevy’s.
As we pulled into Walmart, we drove right by a whole line of SILVERADO trucks. “Oh MY, those are pretty,” I told Ms Pat. I thought I’d look at them while she grocery shopped. She said “Wow, they are pretty, lets look at them”. OK. A quick look, then groceries and we’re outta here. I was ready to get home. She had been dragging me all over kingdom come shopping, which I don’t do very good anyhow. “A quick look, mind you”!
Well, we looked at truck after truck, not seeing exactly what we liked and I was ready to head for home. We happened to get a neat Salesman.....not some young, “know-it-all, whipper-snapper” but a nice mature guy. He was very helpful, knowledgeable and not pushy at all. He was explaining all the benefits and incentives they had going on at GM especially at year end. Ms Pat was still out looking at trucks, when I heard her holler “Honey, come here”. I told the salesman “Bill” I’d be right back. "That’s OK", he said, "Take your time and if you have any questions let me know". He stayed inside.
I walked way over to where Ms Pat was and suddenly my eyes opened WIDE. WOW! There was most the beautiful truck in the whole world! We started looking it over and, of course, we had to look at the price and options sticker. It had everything we wanted and more! It was locked and I was thinking “Hmmm....should I go get the key and open it up? Naw…..I guess I won’t do that. We’re just looking today." Suddenly while we were standing there looking at it and no one else was around, IT STARTED UP!!!! It was suddenly running!!! Holy Cow!!! What the HECK? Then out of nowhere, Bill showed up with the remote key in his hand. He was smiling and holding up the keys when he asked, “Wanna’ drive it”? I was about to say, "No, not today", when Ms Pat said “SURE”.
So we drove it about 10 miles out east on the highway and stopped in a big empty parking lot. We got out, opened the hood and all the doors and looked it all over again closely in private. Gee, it was a nice truck! Ms Pat drove it back to the dealership. Now the dealin' started. (I kinda enjoy this part! :-) ) It seems Bill was the BOSS. He didn’t have to check with anybody else about anything. That was SUPER! We negotiated back and forth for quite a while when Bill asked me “What are you going to do with your Honda?” "I’m going to sell it", I told him. He liked the car, and those Honda’s do have real “sales appeal”. (I bought it from the “CHEVY” dealer in Rapid City.) He asked me why I didn’t trade it in. OK, shoot me a DEAL? I had already booked it, so I knew the High, Low and Trade-in.
Anyhow, to make a long, story short, he gave us as much as I would have asked for it and I didn’t have to clean it up or find a buyer myself.
We ended up making a deal and I feel we got one heck of a price. The cash price was better than anything I could find online and to take the Honda as trade-in would save me a lot of time and trouble.
Problem solved, I finally had something I could tow the 2 cargo trailers with, it is towable behind the Motorhome and can carry a 4X4 or the Harley. We do miss our truck (Volvo). We couldn’t haul much of anything without it….couldn’t even get a big screen TV in the Honda. I wanted to buy a ladder at Home Depot the other day and couldn’t haul it home. Yep, problem solved!! Praise the Lord!!
Notice the painted grill and bumper. My son Pat will love that, he enjoys the NO CHROME” custom look and has his Motorcycle totally blacked out like that. I sent him a picture and he said “NICE TRUCK”!
Here are a few more pictures and I’m afraid I’ll be showing you more as time goes on. :-)
It fills up our carport a little more than the Honda!
What a NEAT TOY Santa Claus left us.
I think I’ll just go HAUL SOMETHING!!;-) but first, off to Church as we continue to thank the Lord for all he provides us.
It was a GREAT WEEK!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
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nice truck!!..good for you!..what a great Christmas present!!!..it will look mighty fine behind the motorhome!!!
Just like I told you in Hutch, Mike. GM is giving their stuff away! Can't beat that 100K mile warrenty either!
Doug and Jutta
Congrats on the truck Mike. Nice rig. I'm with your son about all that cheapo plastic chrome so many manufacturers plaster all over their vehicles. Hate that. Check out the new Ford truck tailights & you will see what I mean. Where we come from in Ontario some of the Mennonites buy black vehicles & then paint over the chrome. Maybe we got some Mennonite in us eh:))
Man that's a looker! Now for a base plate and the wiring kit to make it a toad.
What a beauty, All you need, is a retractable hard cover, black of course, and you will still be able to retract it and put thew Harley or 4 wheeler in it and keep the groceries dry like I do with my Chevy.I have had good luck with my Silverado, it's never quit or had to go back to the dealers, except for a recall where they put new cables on the tailgate. Your gonna love it, Good Luck with it, and Merry Christmas. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.
Congratulations on your new toy, umm toad, haha. Love your blog, wish it was more often but I sure do enjoy following along with you on the road or parked for a while! Thanks for the entertainment! Merry Christmas to you both!
Nice truck! Sounds like you got a good deal and had a good time doing it!
I'll second that....nice truck! Gee, that trip to Walmart was pretty expensive though. Glad you are both happy with your new purchase. Santa was good to you.
That sure is a nice looking Christmas present. It's gonna look even better with your Harley in the back of it.
Merry Christmas, Mike! Looks like you've been a good boy this year as Santa's been nice to you. What a truck!
I''ve just finished the 4 year mark with our 2007 Silverado HD Duramax and love it. No problems at all and at 60,000 miles, it's just starting to get broken in nicely!
Have fun with that new rig!
Very good looking truck, Mike and Pat. Enjoy!
Congrats on your pretty new truck! I am sure you will both enjoy driving it.
Congrats on the new truck. Like Rick said, you must have been a good boy this year!
Looking good but then I have to say that it looks just like mine. I hardly know it is behind me when I am towing it and with the cover on the box we use it for a little extra storage also.
Wow, what a year you've had -- sold the Retama place, sold your 5er and truck, got a new motorhome and a new Silverado. We probably won't even recognize you when we see you next! You'll be shining like the sun. Wow, congratulations. We'll be looking for a new toad in maybe 5 years ourselves, as our Suzuki is only seven years old. We'll make it last. Happy for you!
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