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Old April 1st, 2010, 04:33 AM   #5541
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Metal supports are used more often around here, but wood is also a common sight. If wood supports are used they've usually got a sickly green color due to the anti-rotting treatment... ugh.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 05:57 AM   #5542
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That road was built in 1968 and I wouldn't be surprised if those wooden guardrail posts are just as old. I'd like to see a concrete divider there instead.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 06:15 AM   #5543
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I would think that Washington State would use something other than wood, especially with the rain we get here. I've only seen a few sections of road where metal supports are used. All new guardrail I see uses wood.

But like the above comment says, concrete is usually the safest and has the most consistent performance.
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 12:06 AM   #5544
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Wonder why many americans own/use pickup-trucks

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just wondered why so many americans have vans? is there a reason for that? Hunting maybe??

*edit* I am sorry i tought semi truck would be such a thing

How is such a thing called? I mean that, not semi-truck. I am sorry

another example

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Old April 3rd, 2010, 12:10 AM   #5545
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They use vans for there families and i don't think anyone uses semi trucks unless there a trucker


EDIT: This is a van the one up there is a normal truck not semi


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Old April 3rd, 2010, 12:40 AM   #5546
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oh thanks, did not know that
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 01:00 AM   #5547
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I believe the main reason is that pickup-trucks are cheaper because they are considered an agricultural vehicle or something. The only disadvantage of such vehicles are their fuel consumption.
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 01:22 AM   #5548
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It is quite interesting that the best selling vehicle in the United States is:

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1. Ford F-Series: At least through the first two quarters it looks as though Ford's full-size pickup is on schedule to make 2009 its 28th consecutive year as the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Sales numbers include the F-150, as well as Super Duty models F-250, F-350 and F-450.


What does it make such a best seller:

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The new F-150 is part truck, part barn, and part limousine that
posses the best combination of safety, luxury, practicality, and
use
that makes it the American vehicle whether he lives in urban
or in the farm. Its full-size body is capable of carrying the
greatest load in its class and with 202-horsepower 4.2-liter V6
engine and optional 5-speed manual transmission for the 2005
model; it is the best hauling machine in terms of capability in
its division.
From:http://blog.vici.ro/2010/03/31/ford-...jenny-mc-lane/

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Old April 3rd, 2010, 06:43 AM   #5549
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They are popular because they work well in working environments, such as farming, construction, small businesses in general, and so on. Then, since a lot of guys like trucks, some guys buy trucks even if they don't need it all of the time, because driving a truck is a lot better than driving a minivan.
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 06:52 AM   #5550
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This is the current F-150..



Anyways most people have pick ups or suv's just to have them and many don't get used to their potential or their intended purpose. However for those that live in the country or something it may be useful. At the same time people use them for work too like these vans and trucks.











Some do recreational things like mudding.



Others just drive it around the city.
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 11:21 AM   #5551
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What I also noticed is the number of (car-based) vans in Europe, which are almost non-existent in the United States. They use pickup trucks for that.
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 06:24 PM   #5552
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If there is such a price for gas in Europe as in States it will be also much more pick-up's / trucks on our roads. If it comes to Suvs, they are quite popular now also in Europe.

Ahh, also car price play a big role in popularity. Everybody know US cars are cheaper.
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 09:51 PM   #5553
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 09:52 PM   #5554
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They look nice, but are in no ways comparable with European highways/motorways.
Interstate Highways are often on the uglier side because aesthetics were not part of the plan. Remember much of the initial construction took place after WW2 and into the Cold War, where tensions of attack at home were still relatively high. The I-System was not only meant for public transportation but as a way for military vehicles to move effectively, quickly, and efficiently from one place to another to aid in defense if our country was in any danger. The goal of an interstate highway is not to treat you to breathtaking sights, that job is left mostly to state highways/scenic highways. Interstates are designed to get you from point A to point B as fast as possible with the least amount of obstacles. Common sense should say that many of the most scenic areas are in remote locations not easily accessible, which is why they remained scenic and not... well, developed.
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Interstate Highways are often on the uglier side because aesthetics were not part of the plan. Remember much of the initial construction took place after WW2 and into the Cold War, where tensions of attack at home were still relatively high. The I-System was not only meant for public transportation but as a way for military vehicles to move effectively, quickly, and efficiently from one place to another to aid in defense if our country was in any danger. The goal of an interstate highway is not to treat you to breathtaking sights, that job is left mostly to state highways/scenic highways. Interstates are designed to get you from point A to point B as fast as possible with the least amount of obstacles. Common sense should say that many of the most scenic areas are in remote locations not easily accessible, which is why they remained scenic and not... well, developed.
I am sorry, that text misses the point. It is not commonly argued that Interstates were meant to be fast roads to scenic locations. What actually happened is that the original plan to have a complete system by a defined deadline created a frantic production environment in the state highway agencies which was very unfriendly to detailed optimization of alignment.

If this optimization had been allowed to happen, the Interstate driving experience would have been greatly improved from the standpoints both of aesthetic and safety, and probably also in terms of travel distance and travel time between defined points on the system, though the capital costs would likely have been somewhat higher.
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Old April 4th, 2010, 04:41 AM   #5556
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However, Americans don't have the fastest pick up trucks...

Australians do. These utes are a sports car at the front, but have the tray at the back.
Ever imagined doing 168mph or 277kmh in a pickup truck? No?
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Old April 4th, 2010, 04:48 AM   #5557
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It's part of American culture. Yes, I own a P/U truck. A Ford Ranger to be exact. I use it for my job (carrying roadworks signage/road cones for manual traffic control operations), as well as using it to carry my old Honda XL 185 S Dual sport (street legal) dirt bike.
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Old April 4th, 2010, 05:45 AM   #5558
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Thanks for someone finally bringing up the truth. It is part of the culture.

But, not always for the right reasons. There are many in the U.S. who drive trucks not because they really need them, but because they "think" they need them. This is a topic that gets into a whole other realm of psychology, and I don't want to go there. But, let's just say many folks drive trucks for reasons that have little to do with actual need.
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Old April 4th, 2010, 05:46 AM   #5559
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these are the most common pick-ups in Brazil


FIAT


DODGE (old version)


FORD F 250 (common in Brazil)

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ford f4000



Chevrolet s10



Toyota Hilux



old pick-ups sold in Brazil:
chevrolet silverado


chevrolet s10


ford f250



gmc


Dodge dakota (goods times )



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Old April 4th, 2010, 05:54 AM   #5560
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However, Americans don't have the fastest pick up trucks...

Australians do. These utes are a sports car at the front, but have the tray at the back.
Ever imagined doing 168mph or 277kmh in a pickup truck? No?
I love Holden but the ute's are ugly lol.

The 2nd fastest pick up Dodge Ram SRT10 looks better



with a Viper engine

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