Husband is not handy at all, in fact I am the handy one. But not when it comes to diesels. But I am aware of the 6.0 diesel issues so are staying away. We are going to look at a V-10 gasser tomorrow. It's an '04 with 124K on it, but is in our price range. I'm sure the axle is the same as yours. Do you know what the tow capacity is for it? We have a Roo 21SS (about 4500 lb) now, but want the option of upgrading and towing more in the future.
2016 Roo 21SS
2005 Ford Excursion-Sherman
Mods so far:
PI hardwired EMC, Wire Shelving in wardrobe
Plexiglass screen door protector, Blue LED Wine nook
stairs, and counting...