I know, another "which truck" forum. It's just because I highly value the input I get here on lawnsite. And who doesn't like to talk about trucks? My 2001 2500 6.0 vortec 4:10 has had better days. I've been pulling my 7x12 12,000lb gvw suretrac dump trailer with it filled with green logs, and it don't like that too much. Neither does the gas guage. The truck is almost 14 years old and pulled a 5th wheel camper before sitting and rotting out for a little while, but now she's starting to act up on me, and the underside of the truck is pretty rotten. I'm getting sick of working on this truck and now that I'm noticing the early stages of a weak/ failing tranny I've decided to buy new, or as close to it as I can to hopefully avoid future problems for a few years. My truck now is an extended cab which I like very much, but I'm thinking for the sake of cost I could sacrifice a bit and get a regular cab and throw all my junk in a toolbox (or 3) in the bed. My main concerns are comfort, reliability and long term cost/maintenance, and fuel economy. The trucks I'm considering are another 6.0 vortec with the 4:10 rearend, a 6.6 Duramax, or a 6.7 Cummins. I would be buying new, or if possible getting a leftover '13 but the pickings for those are pretty slim now. My concerns with which diesel is mainly with gas mileage and the reliability of the front end and transmission. I'm sure either will have enough power for me, more so than the 6.0. Most of the 6.0's I've looked at had the 3:73s but I'm sure I could find one with the 4:10 rearend. The Dodge looks a little more expensive from the sticker price but the dealer said he'd give me a Boss 7.5 foot plow with it. Currently I have a Fisher MM2 8footer and wouldn't want to go shorter than 8 foot, so if I went with the Dodge I'd have to do some negotiating, but I hear the cummins is a great engine, just a little worried about the tranny and front end. This truck would be my daily driver, as well as the truck I drive around and give estimates in. During the summer I pull my ztr on my landscape trailer (I've been thinking of adding a second ztr and another guy although right now I'm solo). I would also be pulling my above mentioned dump trailer filled with dirt, stone, mulch, debris, and green logs, as well as full loads of seasoned firewood (thinking I could fit two cords easily in the 7x12 dump trailer). In the winter this would be my snow plowing truck. I currently do all residential so the straight cab will be a plus for maneuverability. I hear plowing is rough on diesels because of the combined weight of the engine and plow, and snow causes excessive front end wear. Also I'm concerned with the starting and stopping that goes on with summer mowing. I know diesels prefer long trips. This would also be my weekend truck, I do a lot of hiking and hanging out in the mountains when I can find the time. I hear cold starting really isn't much of an issue though unless its like -40 and below. I'm in upstate NY so I think I should be fine for the most part. I do occasionally go out in the winter in the ADKS with no cell phone service or a place to plug the truck in. What do you guys think? Is their any pros and cons I haven't thought of yet? If you asked me what I thought I wanted it would be a Chevy Duramax as I feel like chevys are more comfortable trucks than dodges, and the trannys are more bulletproof. I'm also not sure about Dodges front ends, or which truck will give me the best fuel economy. Thanks!