If someone were to make a movie about me, the F150 in my signature would be my plucky little sidekick. I have had that truck for the last half of it's life (mine too for that matter) and we have had a lot of adventures... but a half a million miles have worn the poor thing out. I have to admit, I'm a little apprehensive about replacing it. This must be what a child feels like when they get too old to sleep with their teddy bear.
I know more or less what I want. The nice thing is that just about anything will be an upgrade from what I have now. However, I still have a few questions that I'm trying to sort out so I can really narrow down my search. I have looked on truck specific forums where people have asked these same questions and those threads rapidly descend into stupidity and pointless brand-bashing. That being said, I am looking at low mileage mid '90's to early '00's Ford diesels.
1) Crew cab (fullsized 4-door cab) or super crew (cab and a half)? My wife tells me that soon we will need to produce our very own human larvae, so I guess this is more a question for those dads out there; which one will work better with a kid? Also, what is easier to clean, cloth or leather seats? I am of the understanding that these miniature humans are capable of making very large messes.
2) Dually vs single rear wheel? I am planning on getting an 8' box anyway and driving a plus sized truck isn't a problem. I know duallies suck in the snow which is why I didn't have one when I lived up north, but down in sub-tropical lower Michigan I'm not concerned about that. I plan on using this as a work truck (construction and remodeling) where I will be hauling the usual assortment of building materials and eventually have a dump trailer and a tool crib trailer. What are some of the pros/cons of dual rear wheels? Is the only difference a set of huge flares and a different wheel hub? Do I get beefier axles and brakes? Heavier transfer case? Bigger U-joints? The extra up keep of two more tires is negligible to me.
Thanks in advance for the advice!