I'm toying with the idea of getting a regular cab dually 3500 with the 8' bed and using a full width ramp (removing the tailgate) in lieu of towing a trailer around all day. I have had a few access and parking problems with trailers and a shorter compact setup might be best for my 100% maintenance (90% mowing) operation. I felt the added stability of the dual rear wheels and larger weight capacity would make it a safer alternative to a 1500 series type pickup. stripper Reg cabs are also fairly cheap these days. The resale picture also seems attractive on the HD trucks from my limited research. I've used the ramp in the past (load is carried by the trailer hitch) with no problems loading unloading, it's just like driving up a trailer ramp, only a little steeper. One limitation however is how steep the approach angle is when loading a ZTR. To determine that I need to know how high off the ground the vehicle's bed is (w/o tailgate preferably, since they ride butt high) and figure out if my 8' ramp system is sufficiently long that it doesn't hang up the mower deck at the peak or drag the tail at the bottom of the ramp. I assume the heavier springed trucks sit higher, (this would be 2wd) but can't confirm it and haven't found the spec online yet. Also, does anyone know what a non diesel (hemi) powered version would get for fuel economy empty, loaded, and towing? Thanks.