I bought Big Red in 2001 new and have driven it every day since. It is a dodge Laramie 2500 with all of the bells and whistles of the day back then. It has the 5.9 24 valve cummins long block diesel engine. The only mods I made to it was a straight 7 rockwell manual tranny, a aftermarket chipset that increased the HWY MPG to 25-26, some 4" lift blocks and beefed the springs up to comfortably haul 2000 pound bulk bags in the bed. It cost $23,900 back in 2001. Been a good and dependable truck for 17 years and worked hard over those years, not uncommon for me to pull 20,000 pound trailer loads with another 2k in the bed with it. Sadly age, abuse and use are catching up with the Big Red Thunder Chicken The truck has 397,000 miles and is in great shape. It is everything around the engine that is falling apart and breaking at the worst times. Went 16 years with the only expenses being fuel and regular maint. Now we have entered the phase where the rear end is going out, the steering gear box needs replaced, I already had to replace the Turbo that was not cheap, and about 50 other more minor things in that have failed or are on the verge of failing phase. So I have started truck shopping and just am not happy with anything I am finding including the prices now days. One salesman was honest and said "You are going to spend about twice the money or more for about half the truck." That really annoys me. What I need is a new truck with a diesel engine that can pull a 16,000 pound trailer 3-5 days per week 60-150 miles round trip. That comes or can be modified to get into the 22MPG + range on the highway. I want new with a solid warranty on the engine and drive train. A standard transmission, and obviously 4wd. I won't even consider a GM I will leave the bow ties for the Chevy fans out there Don't care for extended or crew cabs, must have at least a standard bed and preferably an extended bed. I am starting to think I should just buy a new bare bones and take to my mechanic to flesh it out with what I want and need. But event he bare bones Dodge 3500s I have been looking at come in at $30,000+ and would still need at least another $10,000-$15,000 in customization. Other option would be to just completely rebuild the Thunder Chicken but that easily gets into $30,000 in parts alone so no real savings there. I am not one to buy a new truck just have some perceived status of owning a big truck, I buy a new truck and then squeeze as many years of hard service out of it that I can, before the cost of maintaining it becomes comparable to the cost of replacing the truck. SO any advice ? Am I just just stuck buying an inferior chunk of iron with lots of useless high tech crap in it? So far what I have seen shopping around is really shiny, really pretty, really tech loaded JUNK that will be lucky to have a 5 year life. Am I missing something?