We are currently in the process of collecting bids on a new staff vehicle to replace the 1997 Expedition I am currently driving. The vehicle I currently drive is in decent shape for being 14+years old. It has 150k miles on it AND it is the previous chiefs "old" response vehicle. It is an Eddie Bauer and I hate it. But, it is provided by the citizens that I am sworn to protect and will drive it until my replacement arrives.
The question is,"what do we replace it with?" Should we replace it with another SUV, large or small? OR Do we replace it with a truck?
Right now, I am evaluating a crew cab F-250 with camper shell and slide out AND another Expedition.
Both vehicles are on gov't concession but the truck is more than $3k less.
The truck will provide a variety of services after its end of service life as a staff vehicle. It can pull the safety trailer, mower trailer, haul materials for the Class A burn props, begin service as a brush truck OR become the new Battalion Chief command rig or snow plow. The truck also requires the turnouts be stored in the bed, which is probably where contaminated gear belongs anyway.
The Expedition is more efficient with gasoline but the truck has a diesel option (7k upgrade). The Expedition is more recognizable as an emergency vehicle and likewise, has more available emergency vehicle accessories available. The Expedition is also more comfortable to drive, however, if that were the only factor, we would all drive Limited Edition leather wrapped sports cars.
Therefore, I am seeking the opinion of others to assist in the selection between the two OR if you have an idea, post it. What do your chiefs/staff members drive? It has to be 4WD for our terrain, call load and unpredictable weather. Post your pics if you got any.
I also wonder why we are so hesitant to change from the norm of sedans and SUV's, which only provide a limited scope of service. Or am I just crazy?