1987 Dodge Power Ram
Robert enthusiastically shares his first-generation Ram with us, an excellent example of a well-kept truck. It’s powered by a carbureted 5.9-liter V-8 and has attained 108,000 miles with no rust. Aside from a new sound system, 31-inch tires, dual exhaust, and a freshly repainted center band, Robert plans on keeping his fully loaded Power Ram as stock, and as long, as possible.
2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Raleigh, North Carolina
Ah, braving the mighty Serengeti while on safari: the perfect place for a Jeep. Okay, Brenda leveled with us here -- this photo was actually taken at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. She uses her Jeep as a daily driver and for weekend exploring, and knows that her Jeep could go just about anywhere.
2000 Toyota Tundra
Montague, New Jersey
Norbert’s Tundra has been in the family for a full decade and has seen a lot of winter driving. Originally from New Hampshire, the rear-drive Toyota has held up well over the years despite plowing through numerous snow and ice storms while sharing the road with salt trucks. With over 202,000 miles on the odometer, Norbert plans on retiring his Tundra when it reaches 250,000 miles -- then he’ll get a newer Tundra.
2008 Ford F-150
Hamburg, New York
Steven enjoys his F-150, and to show his appreciation, he has fitted it with a Banks Power Pack system (intake, exhaust, exhaust manifolds, programmer), an Extang tri-fold tonneau cover, 22-inch OEM chrome wheels, and various chrome accessories. Currently his daily driver, Steven will be hitching up a 29-foot travel trailer next spring.
2005 Dodge Durango
Mario’s Durango enjoys a significant role in its owner’s life, whether hauling his little angel (in pink in the background) on family road trips or taking Mario to business meetings. To give it an “old school” look, Mario mounted the wheels from the 2001 Ram 1500’s Off-Road 4x4 package, which should feel right at home during a Milwaukee winter.
2004 Buick Rainier
Kevin loves his Rainier and uses it to tow his boat every weekend. Well aware of Buick’s brand perception, and being only halfway to an AARP membership himself, Kevin wants us to know his Buick is indeed a very capable SUV. Accessories include HID lights, chrome door handles, and an updated shifter handle from the 2005-and-newer Rainier.
1983 Ford F-150
Mike’s clean F-150 comes from a time when brown was a popular color, and 26 years later, the two-tone paint scheme still looks strangely appealing. Motivated by the durable, timing gear-equipped 4.9-liter inline-six, the Ford truck has racked up over 145,000 miles and currently sits on a four-inch Superlift system and 35-inch tires.
1975 Volvo C303
East Barre, Vermont
Didn’t think you’d see a Volvo in Readers’ Rides, did you? Well, this is probably the coolest Volvo we’ve ever seen. The C303 is a military vehicle that was also sold to civilians as a four-wheeler or a 6x6. This one has push-button four-wheel drive, front and rear lockers, a compressed air system, and upgraded lighting. Hank uses it as a daily driver and for off-road search-and-rescue work.
2004 GMC Canyon
Based on the photo, Brad likes to be near and in water, as he regularly carries an Old Town Discovery canoe and Old Town Otter kayak while towing an 18-foot Starcraft hybrid travel trailer. Providing its loyal service is Brad’s 2004 Canyon with the 3.5-liter inline-five, four-wheel drive, and the Z71 off-road package. Two other family members also have great rides -- check them out at www.trucktrend.com.
2009 Ford F-150
Buck shares Truck Trend with his grandchildren; we share his F-150 with the readers. Buck rocks a King Ranch edition F-150 he bought in August 2009 as his daily driver and frequent grandchild-hauler. The truck is equipped with the 5.4-liter V-8 and four-wheel drive from the factory, and Buck added a Leer 700 bed cover.