I appreciate the replies gentlemen. I am in the learning phase on this topic and will find out more as far as frequecies used locally, etc. BEFORE I settle on a VHF only or a dual band radio.
I was lurking with a Wuoxon HT for the last year. I have learned a lot by just listening to other talk. Finally bought a FT-8800r for my truck. If you are in the Phoenix area, there is the a lot of 2m and 70cm repeaters. They just finished a major link between 4 repeaters, covers the whole valley. Also the white tanks repeater is usually very busy.
I plan on taking my General at the 4x4ham.com's ARRL Field Day in June.