A note for the OP, jscraig:
Lots of questions from others here, but have you purchased a TV yet?
IMO you can get a 2009-2012 Ram 2500 ST crew cab w/5.7 Hemi for around $15K. We bought our 2011 in 2013 for $14K. I get 16-17 mpg on my daily commute and 10 mpg towing a 34' 8,500 lb. TT. Ours is only 2WD but with a ton of sandbags in the back I haven't gotten stuck in our Ohio snows whereas I see 4wd SUVs stuck everywhere (folks don't add any weight so 4wd is useless...)
These are popular fleet trucks, so affordable parts & service are available everywhere you travel. Besides, every backyard mechanic knows how to work on a Hemi...
2011 RAM 2500 ST Crew Cab 5.7 Hemi
2011 Primetime 3150BHD Touring Edition
Days camped in 2016-36
Days camped in 2015-37
; Days camped in 2014-31