Isn't a 4x4 going to cost more to maintain in the long run? Any downsides to a 4x4? But we may end up finding a good deal on one that is 4x4 anyway... I guess for us, 4x4 may not ever help much if at all since we don't foresee camping anywhere that the roads are that rough. At our ages (50s and climbing) we are into more civilized campgrounds with full services these days.
I see that the truck manufacturers have sure gone for providing full tow packages in trucks now and include things like a built-in brake controller. I understand that beefier brakes on trucks (at least Ford) is now standard? I was reading brochures for the new trucks at a Ford dealer last week and it sure is confusing understanding all the new lingo and tech. specs. Couldn't make sense of all the tow ratings they showed. Used to be that you got yourself either a 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck and that was your only option.
I really don't understand the "1/2 ton towable" thing. Our trailer is just over 5,000lbs loaded to go. It's a real pain driving when you get blown around from wind. I honestly can't imagine trying to pull a trailer weighing twice as much as ours with a 1/2 ton (aside from engine power). Wouldn't do it for anything.