So six months went by, I kept driving my old GMC ('94 k2500 5.7/Auto Ext/SB) and then last Monday I got t-boned by a semi.. (that sucked) so no instead of idly watching sales and doing research I am thrown into 'need to buy a truck mode' as you can guess the old DD was totaled, which sucked I had that pickup since it had 7 miles on it.
It will be missed, the top picture is 2 weeks ago, and the bottom one is last Monday night (3/25/13)
I am realistically looking for basic transportation, I don't need bells or whistles. I have too many friends that bought used vehicles at premium prices only to have issues crop up, one in particular bought a '09 Tahoe and has been chasing out of warranty wiring gremlins through his nice 'features' ever since.. power locks, power windows, power seat, fuel ventilation system, most recently a lock release solenoid in his non-power hatch failed so he couldn't open the hatch...
I just don't need that sort of thing. And I can't afford a new one with a warranty. More features = more things to fix.
Uses will be pulling a 24ft pontoon on bunk trailer every weekend, about 100 miles round trip, I will be pulling a 2 horse, that we will probably upgrade to a 5th wheel gooseneck 4 horse so when the wife and kids want to go riding in the sand hills or to horse shows we can haul all three of our critters. But by far its main use will be 300 miles every week up and down the interstate near the posted speed limit of 75mph.. Between my house and work it is 25miles of virtually straight interstate. With only minor variances to drop the kids off at daycare of preschool.
I have been out looking at trucks, hopefully this won't offend your delicate senses, but 1/2t Fords are out of the running.
Truck Shopping 2013
My bosses both have 2011 ecoboost CC/SB trucks and while they are nice there are just too many things that I don't like about them. Ride quality, fuel efficiency, interior layout, wet blanket traction control features.
Boss's truck (yes we are still buried in snow)
The newer ones are out of my price range and the older ones have what I consider undesirable motors (4.6/5.4L) My wife used to drive one for work and it was a gutless gas sucking pig, you step on the gas, the transmission would drop 2 gears the engine would wind to the sky and you wouldn't go any faster.
I have looked at 1/2t GMs (overt your eyes) but only CC/SB/5.3L. I haven't liked a single one, they have an uncomfortable loose feeling to them (2004-2006's), plus I know they are not great on fuel. The only pluses are that I know how to work on Gas motors. GM 6.0's are dead to me, again gas sucking pigs, my neighbor has had his '06 2500 since it was new and I don't think he has ever broke double digits.
So that leaves me at 3/4t and higher GM and Fords.
Last week I test drove a 2006 CC/LB/6.0L/Auto/12k6/XL. Base model, vinyl seats, rubber floor mats, guy was asking $8500. I even took the wife in a drive in it. The only thing she didn't like about it was the Long Bed
it had air/tilt/cruise/manual windows.. For some reason I didn't snap a pic of the one I test drove, but I took pictures of the other 2 that he has.
This one had the nicest body, the full length running boards work nicely for saving the bottom of the cab. This one also had cloth inserts in the vinyl seats and a transfer case lever instead of the push button (all wins in my book)
And then I found out that one of our office us in Alaska may have some 2007 and 2008 F250 (and heavier) trucks coming back down my way real soon and while I haven't gotten prices yet, they said that for internal employees they usually sell them for what is remaining on the loan, not sure what that is going to look like but I should start getting VINs and pictures today or tomorrow..