We spent the day at a few large volume Chevy and Ford dealers in Charlotte, about 1.5 hours up the road. We are going to buy a silver F-350 or Chevy 3500 HD single rear wheel 4x4 with longbed. Gasser most likely, but I'm still smiling from the 6.7 test drive a few weeks back.
Yeah, that only took us a month to decide on
Skipped over 3/4 ton for tire clearance mainly as I'm putting 35x12.5x18 Cooper ST MAXX tires on 18x10" Custom wheels. Also, won't have to worry about any rear end sag that I've read about with some 3/4 tons. Will special order truck so we can get lots of add ons the typical white work trucks don't have. Among them a 4.30 rear end if going with gas.
Life's too short to be stressed out on vacation. By going entry level trim, we can special order and get a very nice truck with lots of add ons for about $36-38k. Basically, just leaving off the on board Navigation and computer screens that I don't want anyway.
Simplicity and reliability, not cost, is why we are custom ordering an entry level truck as opposed to buying fancy off the lot. It will be exactly what I want, without unreliable, unneeded, and expensive to repair/replace down the road electronics. Some folks love them, which is fine, I'm just in the simpler is better camp. I can navigate the planet with a map and compass. But even I use my Garmin and a cell phone occasionally. Ha ha.
Custom wheels/tires add about $3k. Getting long bed rather than planned short bed and will skip the topper so we can carry whitewater rafts, kayaks, mountain bikes, generator, etc.. with us. And we won't have our German shepherd in bed as originally planned, so no topper needed anyway.
Will buy four custom black leather bucket seats for front and back as leather is the only option we want that isn't availble on the entry level trims. This will also include a 2015 center console up front. Dog will have his perfect space in rear floorboard between the kids captains chairs. Problem solved for about $45k.
Where can I buy the sexy lady rear mud flaps