Well I've quickly come to a different perspective on this situation. After running numbers for the past two weeks and beating my head on the desk trying to come up with a logical way to get into a new truck, I'm afraid I've got to do the most economical thing and look at the Dodges. After some quick research, the price difference in the 2011-2012 Fords and the 2012 Dodges is astronomical. Don't get me wrong-- and don't shoot me here! I'm a Ford guy. I've always had Ford trucks and one Ford built car. I honestly believe they are the best built vehicles on the road. I'm absolutely in love with these new Super Duties. They ride great, they drive great, they've got alot of power that is well refined, the interiors are great, etc, etc.
However, for what my father does with the truck he has now, and after running the numbers, it's going to be hard to compete with a 2012 Dodge. I've basically got it down to this:
A) 2012 F350 crew cab, long bed, DRW, 4x4 (likely not an FX4, because there seems to be fewer of these available), Lariat. BASIC Lariat. No nav. No moonroof. No remote start. Just leather seats and painted door handles. For around $49,500-50,500.
B) 2012 Dodge 3500 crew cab, long bed, DRW, 4x4, Laramie Longhorn. Fully loaded. Heated and cooled seats in the front, heated back seats, navigation, Alpine sound, factory spray in bed liner, Alcoa wheels, moonroof. For around $49,500-50,500.
Now. I'm not disparaging Ford in this particular instance. I feel like if a person is buying a truck to work from and get beat on every day, you're far better off buying a Ford. Then again, people who buy trucks to work from aren't generally looking at trucks with $60k+ MSRP's. In my dad's case, I think he's going to benefit the most from a new Dodge, as bad as it pains me to type that... I think the Dodges have come leaps and bounds from what they were when he bought his 2005 brand new. His Dodge has never given any problems. It gets great fuel mileage and rides like a tank empty down the highway (further amplified by the rock hard, ill-designed seats).
Furthermore, I think if he went back to another Dodge, he's likely to be able to get a more fair trade in value on the one he's got now. None of the Ford dealers I've spoken trade with have wanted anything to do with his Dodge on a trade. I got the best trade offer from a dealer in Texas who only saw pictures I emailed of the truck sitting in the barn covered in dirt and bird crap. His words were, and no offense to any Texans on here, "These guys down here in Texas go ape **** over those 5.9's with low miles like that. Especially one with leather seats!" I know they wouldn't have this thing on the lot for more than a week and someone would snatch it up. They're gonna change the oil and run it through the wash and turn $6-8k on it pretty easily.
I suppose I'll keep up the search, but for now, there's several open tabs in my browser with Laramie Longhorn Editions in them....