About 2K miles of the year, I nearly max out my 2001 F150 Supercrew. With a Combined gross weight max of 13K, I sometimes get close with 2 bikes, gear, and a 5800# Travel trailer (weighed). Part of the problem is the trailer is 4400# empty (7k# GVW) and has a tongue weight of 740#! My truck has airbags (which helped a lot) and I use a WD hitch. The rest of the 10K miles per year, the truck is fine. It's was cheap to own, easy and cheap to work on, comfortable, and my wife will drive it (if she has to). I tried a 2003 Cummins Longbed, and it was a bit like riding a 2010 CRF450R with my 8 year-old on his XR50 = total overkill. Doing the 6 point turn to get into a parking spot; getting stuck going thru the "drive thru", after getting the wrong food because they couldn't hear you over the engine noise; 3 gallons of oil and changing the $30 fuel filter every 6 months, the savings on fuel did not add up. Plugging it in when it gets cold, fuel additives, rattling my fillings loose after 12 hours of driving with it empty, the fuel pump issues.....etc. BTW, my wife hated driving it and smelling it. My budget is $18K. So, should I look for 3/4 ton for $11K and spend the extra $ on gas for that 2K miles a year I'm towing, or should I just max out a 1/2 ton and give the tranny extra TLC? I don't have the room for a third vehicle and I commute on my DR whenever I can. Thanks in advance.