I'm planning to buy a new truck, too, but I'm hoping to wait out the next few years to see what kind of fuel-efficient options appear now gas is more expensive.
We're happy fiberglass regulars now, but a couple years ago we were were new to the idea of pulling a trailer and heading off to our very first gathering (the Fall
'06 NOG) with a borrowed stickie trailer and tug to check things out. We were far from sure that trailer camping was the vacation answer we were looking for.
Fiberglass trailers and the people at the NOG impressed us. We particularly liked the idea of a Scamp
5th wheel, but we still weren't sure a trailer was the answer. So we bought a lightly used trailer and retired 2000 Ford Ranger "fleet" truck with 119,000 miles to pull it. We figured they'd be a good way to figure this fiberglass-trailer-thing out.
It's worked out pretty well. Well enough that now we have two fiberglass trailers, the big 5er and a smaller 14' Surfside
"project" trailer, and a used Ford Ranger . . . it isn't getting any younger, but it keeps on plugging.
We know we'll have to replace the Ranger someday, but we're hoping to hold off on that for another two or three years. There are a lot of new fuel-efficient small-truck options that are in the pipeline and should be established in the market by then. Mahindra from India is bringing its diesel mini-pickup to the US, but other companies are bringing stuff in, too. Toyota's Hybrid Tacoma should be out by then, Honda has introduced a V6 CRV SUV for 2009 that shuts down three of the six cylinders when they're not needed, and Ford has decided that it's going to keep and update the Ranger instead of scrapping it for a new "F-100" pickup. In short, I think there'll be a lot more choices in fuel-efficient trucks in a two or three years, so If I our Ranger can hang on, I'll wait it out.