Couple of Ideas. Have you looked at the Nissan Titan or the Toyota T-100. The Titan is a great truck, my neighbor has one and is very pleased. Pretty good gas mileage too. I have a Toyota Tacoma that is a tuff little truck wouldn't use it for towing but the T-100 or maybe the Tundra will most likely handle the Bambi. I have owned Dodge Dakotas and have been happy with the truck the interior not so much but that is a different story.
The only stupid questions is the question not asked. Good luck on your hunt. Don't let the gear heads scare you they are probably on a different forum right now asking questions about their trucks.
Nick & Holly
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