After the Montana rally and once we returned home...we looked for a newer truck for the camper. I would love to get brand new truck but the cost is simply out of my range right now. Yesterday after we got home we went and looked at a truck at a local dealership. The dealership was looking for a specific rig that I wanted before we left for the rally. So it gave them a couple weeks to find something. We are repeat customers and the dealership worked with us perfectly.
So we ended up getting a 2004 Dodge Club Cab 1 ton dually with the Cummins motor. It is a 4x4 too and pretty much loaded with options. It appears the previous owner took real good care of it and added options as well. A big option added was a Pacbrake exhaust brake. We ended up getting new batteries in the truck as the ones in it were bad...that was at the dealers cost after the deal was made. So nope, absolutely no cost to us! We will have to buy new tires very soon.
Now for the add on equipment needed....I need a new tie down system. Ill of course go with Torklift gear. Ill need the frame tie downs as well as the Fastguns. My other truck used Derringers and they hooked to eye bolts in the flatbed frame.
Flatbed...well...no flatbed and I will have a ton of figuring out what to do with my gear. We plan (hope) to be getting a new and bigger camper in 3-4 years from now. The bigger camper we have in mind has a ton of basement storage for all our stuff. We just have to figure out what to do for now.
It is great to have the new big boy toy. It makes my other 1 ton look so tiny. lol.