As much as "I" would love a 2500, it would be a hard sell for my wife's daily driver with 4 kids. Once my '01 Tahoe kicks the bucket, which I hope is a long time from now (210K miles) I will probably inherit the bourbon, so I'm thinking long term. I'm in SC, so I'm only looking in states below the Mason Dixon line to avoid, as much as possible, the rust that comes from salted roads. I may even pull VA off my list. Thanks for the super detailed reply!