Here I go again with the research but the on-going discussion is really helpful and might be to others.
So I want a full size pick up (work truck) and an FWC shell model. But realistically, I will be using it 90% city driving, 20% camping (until the apocalypse then 100% camping). I see that the F150 XL base V6 (long or short) and Silverado 1500 base V6 both have fairly high payload ratings, 1960 (1990 short bed), 2250 respectively. So daily driving with just me, some work tools, and and the mostly empty FWC Grandby shell (~1100lbs) would be under the GVWR (plus suspension upgrades). For camping trips I would add gf and two dogs plus stuff but this is occasional. I expect to travel solo much of the rest of the time.
This kind goes back to my other threads and I'm sorry to go over it again. Cost is a major concern and I just want a basic work truck regular cab for my daily needs and can maybe use the FWC as a mobile office. I am leaning 2WD for this reason, lower cost, higher payload, better mpg, maintenance etc. and most places I want to travel are places an ordinary RV can go.
What would it be like to drive around a base work truck 2WD V6 with about 1200lbs payload all the time? I have never owned a full size truck, just compacts, so forgive my lack of experience. Would it be efficient? How would it perform? There is nothing I can find on the internet that helps me visualize this.
That Silverado Work Truck with its 2250 paylaod rating looks pretty appealing, good value. The short bed Ford with a Hawk would be nice too, kinda look like a Bronco with a camper. Might be able to get new under $30k, used around $20k.