2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Feeding the Bears
August 02, 2010
This isn't Jellystone National Park, and the trash man only visits my parents' place to empty their single alloted can once a month. So Dad has a burn pile. Mom has a trash compactor. The garbage disposal (and toilets) drain into a leach field, so all table scraps and leftovers are instead stored and collected in containers that are summarily dumped once per week off the side of an old logging road that runs through their property, several hundred yards from any homes or human activity.
Something eats the stuff, 'cause it's all gone each time we come back. It could be a bear. It could be raccoons. It could be almost anything, and it probably is.
Getting to the drop-off point requires a lot of backing-up, beginning with Dad's narrow driveway. A three-point turn is needed at the drop zone, with trees on one side and a steep drop on the other. Our Raptor doesn't have a navigation system and the big screen that goes with it, but it does have a back-up camera and this mirror-mounted display. It's a $450 option that's well worth it.
Flopped in on itself, the Raptor's bed extender ($250) keeps the pails that contain the putrid stuff from sliding around and disgorging their sad contents all over the bed. I'm sure Ford's engineering team had this exact scenario in mind when they designed it. The local critter population approves.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,912 miles