Cafe regulations be damned, the regular cab truck is a fantastic design. It deserves a better rep: working for people with multiple vehicles, value-conscious fleet buyers, and bottom-tier credit risks dying for a cheap new non-econobox. Or a new lease on life, after an unexpected trip to the hospital.
I’ve never regretted regular cab ownership: it’s right for my wallet and clutter-free lifestyle. But after a few laps at a local Rallycross (seen here at full ABS braking) the lighter, shorter regular cab became a Miata with a Bed. But I digress…that Time In The Hospital Thing.
After getting progressively weaker/sicker for no reason, as I lay circling the drain for hours in a hospital bed, the diagnosis of Stevens Johnson Syndrome came for an allergic reaction to over-the-counter medicine. (NOTE: watch where you Google, S.J.S. isn’t a pretty sight.) YES I’m making a full, 100% back-to-normal recovery: the on-call allergist was Johnny-on-the-spot and my family supports me. While never missing a beat for TTAC, I couldn’t function elsewhere for a week.
Later I drove in a mere car with a large cabin and a huge cab-forward windscreen. Then the Houston heat/sun adversely mixed with my healing skin: to the point I was boiling in my own flesh. The pain from just being in the sun, from wearing non-cotton clothes, from lying on a warm bed, from trying to do anything…it was frustrating. Cue my friend, the Regular Cab’d Texas Ranger.
With a certain foreboding-yet-southern-fried Jan Hammer tune in my ears, I learned why I love this body style of pick ’em up truck.
The Ranger’s HVAC normally freezes me, no matter the outside temperature. It was enjoyable for long days of outside labor, I reckon many truck owners understand that. But now it was to the point fingers must freeze to the shifter and glasses shall fog after leaving the regular cab…and re-fog after the first wipe.
Anywhere I went, I felt better than before I left.
There was no place more comfortable for my Stevens-Johnson Syndrome affected skin than my silly regular cab Ranger.
So what’s the point of this self-pity infused blathering?
- Full Size or no, the regular cab pickup is one of the best designs on the planet.
- Regular Cabs do not deserve their endangered species designation.
- Feng Shui isn’t just for new age types, it’s for right sized truckers that need no CUV in their pickup.
- Space Efficiency isn’t just for architects, car designers must know that “cab forward” windshields literally bake our interiors.
- Trucks work extremely well in their “original”configuration forthepreviously stated reasons…BUT…
- …let’s also add a little known allergic reaction to ordinary medication to the list.