Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
When Dodge first came out with a Cummins diesel, we bought...what they had, which I still own, a 3/4 ton, 1993 model. It came with a tow package, and is set up for bumper hitch with sway bars, gooseneck and has the correct wiring and hand brakes. It is now for sale (with 117,000 miles, it lives in a garage) and I put about 1,000 miles/year on it, mostly hauling hay. The story is to tell you that there is even a market for my OLD truck.
In 2008, DH and I bought a Full ton Dodge Cummins, 4 x 4 Doolie, with the bells and whistles. We paid ~$38K for this, and got it for $10K less than full price bc it was the 2007 model. It is now paid off.
I didn't want to make you gasp at the price, but diesel trucks are the ONLY way to go IMHO when you pull a horse trailer. You can afford them, if you shop around. EVERYTHING right now is a buyer's market, including trucks. Trucks are an EXCELLENT investment, and diesel truck engines aren't worn out (with normal wear) until they have about 300,000 miles on them.
We will probably not ever buy another truck.
We have about 50K miles on this new truck, but that's bc my DH likes to take this truck on vacations to CO. He is 6'5" and swears that this is the ONLY vehicle we own that he really fits in, although he's pretty comfortable in the Toyota Avalon, too.
Btw, I'm selling the old truck bc I need a compact car for my work, but's it's really painful to sell my workhorse, dubbed "The Duck Truck."