Dad told me this week that his work truck was totaled by one of his employees. Anyways, it's time to go truck shopping. He's a contractor for residential & small commercial, and this truck is the only pickup in a fleet of vans. He uses it mostly for hauling trash & building materials, and towing a dump trailer to, well, the dump. The old truck was a mid 90's 3/4 ton ex cab longbed 2wd chevy w/ gas & auto. It got about 10mpg doing what he does with it. Trailer weight varies, but I wouldn't be at all suprised if it breaks 10,000 lbs on a regular basis. Min requirements are: 1) 3/4 ton 2) long bed 3) Beyond that, whatever will be good on gas and cause the fewest headaches. He say's he'd be ok with diesel, but he probably doesn't drive enough to recoup the premium of buying a diesel -say 5k miles a year. Well, that, and there's always the extra risk of putting your diesel in the hands of people that don't normally drive diesels (wrong fuel in the tank, not knowing about glow plugs and block heaters, etc.). I'm thinking: -3/4 ton reg cab long bed 2wd -auto w/ as many gears as possible -tallest axle ratio possible -small V8 I'm guessing his budget would put him into late 90's up to maybe 2004 or so. Anybody know any winning combinations from any of the late great big 3?