Sticker on this one was 49,600. WOW.
I think it is absolutely insane what we pay for trucks.
My reason for going 3/4 ton with a pickup bed is this: DOT. I am sick and tired of being hassled driving a 1 ton with a work bed and the assumption that we are hauling for hire when we are not, and the latest is being told I have signage on my truck and that means I am commercial. I run a private tag for a reason, and I can still private tag a pickup.
My last truck, the '07 Duramax, has been an awesome puller and all around truck, but at 200k, it is starting the issue parade. I can be tooling along and all of a sudden, the air blows HOT from one side of the dual climate controlled vents....and you have to come to a stop, turn key off, and restart and proceed. May not happen again that day, may happen in the next mile. The transmission is starting to slip or it seems....little wonder since I used to pull our telehandlers with it....hauling 33,000 pounds behind a truck that already weighs 10,000. I notice there is a distinctive "jerk" sometimes when it shifts. And other nickel and dime deals that drive you nuts.....I carry a box of fuses and blow them regularly on the light circuits.....I blame this on an isolated short circuit in the work bed, since it does not carry a factory wire harness....intermittent electrical issues drive me insane.
Last new truck was in '98, and then a series of used trucks, all but the Ford were great. The 6.0 Powerstroke should have been removed and shoved up the anus of the engineer that designed it and it soured me forever on Fords. There was no risk of being caught pulling one of our telehandlers with the Ford since it would barely pull itself.
I recently bought a new tilt bed trailer for the Bobcat and electric scissors, a new flat bed for utility hauling, and may not ever use the gooseneck ball in the new truck. Leave the heavy hauls for the semi.
I will take a picture when I get the new baby home.