Only the cab of a farm tractor|
sits you higher than the Ford F-150 Raptor
Normally a full-size truck doesn’t have the pizazz to power you through any off-road situation, plus the bells and whistles to match. The Ford F-150 Raptor pick up truck puts that matter to rest, delivering jaw-dropping looks and torque to spare. Farmers in Colleton County dealt with 11-inches of rainfall during the month of August, but a small window of good weather before Hurricane Irma’s approach allowed them to gather crops like hay and corn. Shuttling personnel back and forth between fields is an ongoing chore, and the Raptor 4X4 Supercrew won’t let wet field conditions keep farmers bogged down.
|Raptor Status LED dashboard display|
|Distinctive grill amid cornfield stubble|
The week of September 4 began with the death of a cow for unknown reasons out in the middle of a 31-acre pasture that was too wet to drive in. Even though the 2017 F-150 Raptor could get you out to there in the pasture and back, its never prudent to create deep ruts in land that you prefer to stay flat and navigable for the future. The end of the week involved harvesting cornfields in order to bank the shelled corn into grain silos before the potential of tropical rains from Hurricane Irma. Harvesting the corn crop had a renewed urgency this year, after Hurricane Matthew blew many cornfields down to the ground in 2016.
|Backseat of crew cab has lots of room|
Some helpful features that I noticed while driving the Raptor are the forward-collision alert light on the dash, back-up camera, blind spot monitoring and a 360-degree virtual camera system. Getting to know the turning radius for this large truck takes a bit of time, but after learning to gauge the four corners of the Raptor I found making turns and changing lanes in traffic to be no reason to worry. Getting the Raptor into open rural space is surely the way to go in order to enjoy all that this truck can deliver, so it fits very well for those that don’t always drive within the lines of city life.
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