New member here and a little intimidated, being a single woman and an older one at that! But this looks like a good forum to get some guidance from. I'd like to get a 4X4 to take to the mountains for x country skiing and camping --want to get a topper so i can throw a sleeping bag in the bed if it is raining. I'm considering an 03-04 model to avoid the rust problems on the 99-02 models. I will need the xcab for a occasional grandchild.
Any guidance in terms of engine size, fuel economy, auto vs manual? Or anything else to watch for? I'm also wondering if an 03-04 would pull a lightweight A-liner hard side pop up or even a small Chalet trailer? If so, would it be critical to buy one with a factory tow package?
Finally, am i correct in assuming that I'll get better fuel economy on a first generation rather than 2nd generation truck due to size and weight?
Thanks for any guidance you guys can give me!