Thank you to everyone for the input. The views from everyone are valued information. I have owned one of each of the 3 brands of trucks, so I am loyal to none. I believe they all have good points and bad.
GM with the DuraMax and the Allison tranny seem to be a very good competitor.
Ford with the 7.3 Powerstroke is again a nice truck and I like the features and integrated brake controller.
Dodge with the Cummings has tons of power n torque.
I know for many the weak link seems to be the tranny stuck in the middle of all that metal. So going standard was a simple way to get around the weak link. I can not afford to buy new, nor would I want to.
The wife and I looked at a 2013 GMC crewcab, long box, dually, 4x4, with the duramax and new allison tranny. I am in Canada.....sticker price before taxes and anything extra added was 79,000.00....toss in a few features and your looking at 100k for a truck....I can not justify that.
I know the truck I get will be a crewcab if possible, I will be converting the box to a western hauler style box. My wife always rates vehicles by the number of cup holders...lol... not sure if that will play a part or not..!
The truck will most likely not be new unless the magic fairy drops some money into my lap. I like the looks of the Ford and the brake controller, the GM has the duramax, Dodge has the powerful Cummings but I am not keen on the engine noise and the watered exhaust sound.
I am not sure what it will be and price/year/features will all play a part. As for automatic or standard, I know auto's out number standards unless one is willing to look further or pay more. I am willing to go over the border to pick up a vehicle as importing has become easier.
Once again thank you to everyone for the input and ideas, please keep them coming..!
Glen & Robyn (A.K.A. Puff & Crickit) Full Timers..
2006 F350 6.0 with 3.73 gears, 4X4, Extra-Cab Long Box, Oil/Tranny/P.S. Coolers. Coolant filter. SCT Livewire.
2011 Cedar Creek 36RE, Auto levelers + too much to list..!