"I bought this truck in January 08, I was considering a chevy but could not get past the new body style. The Ford has a classic truck styling as well the largest and roomiest cab of any of their competitors.
I pull a 12K LB trailer and the truck handles it with no problem. These trucks weigh about 8K LB and that is definately a plus when you are going down a hill or caught in the wind. Yes....it doesn't get the best gas mileage but it has improved as I get miles on it. I have gotten 18MPG on the highway.
"I have been a Ford man for years but ventured to the Dodge side in 2001 to get a drivable 1/2 ton 4x4. The SD extended cab is in a word 'Solid'. The 5 speed is a must with the 5.4L and a 10K trailer [no V10 available with a 8' bed when I purchased]. You can maintain hyway speeds in the hills but it does a pile of shifting. Throwin on the Binders gets this monster to stop real fast, a great asset around stupid drivers or when you live in deer country. Mileage has yet to improve at 8K but it should get better, 13 and 16 with your foot out of it. 38 gallon tank is also nice till you get out the wallet."