Wow. I was not expecting this much input this fast, so first off thanks for that.
I’m going to answer the big questions that got asked, then sorta summarize what I’ve been told this far.
First off, I mean new new. Brand new. Zero miles new.
As for intended use it will be primarily a grocery grabber and daily driver. I live in suburban America, and don’t need the truck for farm work. I’ll occasionally be hauling a couple sheets of plywood or sacks of dirt for projects around the house. Help dad tow his small boat. Gather wood for our cabin. Hauling my gear to and from the range, hunting and camping and occasionally dealing with rutted logging roads and shallow (18”) stream crossings. No cross country, Baja or overland style travel for me.
Here’s what I’ve picked up from the comments so far.
3/4 ton truck. I don’t think the japs make anything that big and the F250 sucks according to comments here, which means either the Chevy 2500 or the Ram 2500.
Avoid the diesel in my use case. It’s hard to work on and more expensive.
Be prepared to drop money into parts that don’t suck. Fine by me.
This right here has limited the field by about half so thanks for that. Anything else is much appreciated.