Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I'm gonna sound like a devil's advocate, but here is my food for thought.
I agree that a 2-horse doesn't need a diesel engine to pull it. Also, we plug our 2 diesel trucks in when it gets below freezing bc diesel engines hate the cold. BUT, diesel engines love the heat. You'll probably never overheat a diesel engine. Also, put 100,000+ miles on a regular truck and you'll consider selling it. But my 1993 3/4 ton Dodge Cummins (not 4x4 or doolie) only has 113,000 miles on it, and I only put a few hundred on it every year. Every time I take it in for maintenance I have somebody asking if they can buy it bc it won't be old until that engine hits about 300,000 miles. We've owned diesel trucks for about 20 years now. The price of diesel has fluctuated..a LOT. There have been some times that diesel was cheaper than regular, just not right now.
You will get better gas mileage with a regular gas engine, too, and since you're going to use it a lot more than I use my trucks, that's something to consider.
4 x 4 I think is even more important in a truck than air-conditioning! My 1993 truck doesn't have it. So, when we bought a new truck in 2008, we bought a 4x4. Our newest truck is a 2007 Dodge full-ton 4x4, doolie Crew Cab. It has bucket seats in the front, a few extras, and Sirius radio. We saved $10,000.00 buying a year old truck with 500 miles on it, from the dealer. There were fewer choices in color, but we had it one week after we ordered it, and it cost $37,000.00
Since we know that vehicles lose value immediately, I think you could find a good used truck for under $20,000.00 If that is your dollar limit, you might look for a 2010 model.
I use my older truck for transporting hay, feed, etc., and when I chop down branches I tote them to burn pile with it.
The difference in power with my 2007 model is noteworthy. When I haul horses, in a steel trailer, btw, I have to watch my lead foot, bc I don't feel the trailer behind me. Plus, when it's slick, THIS truck can handle any road, just as well as our Ford Explorer. My 1993 model sits in the garage bc it would be a beached whale in a snowstorm!
BTW, if you drive at night, Sirius radio is really helpful! We pay $11/month for it, and it keeps me from dozing off, and is much better than ANY MP3 I could burn.
Happy trick hunting! =D