With a growing family (me, wife, a toddler, another on the way, and two 65-70lb dogs) the crew cab 2500HD seems to be shrinking. Wife doesn't like the idea of the dogs in the bed/canopy for their safety and due to weather extremes. We do travel as a family often-enough, and we like to do activities that require more cargo and/or towing capacity than the typical "Soccer Mom" vehicle. I came-across this today; http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/ctd/5697673268.html Does anyone tow a 9,000-lb load with a full size van? Supposedly the tow capacity is 10,000-lb. I might be too close to have a nice "safety margin?" Having a diesel is appealing vs the anemic V8's normally in these rigs. Despite the DuraMax engine, it doesn't have the Allison trans, and that may be the weak point in this one? It is 4x4 though, via aftermarket conversion. I'd love a DuraBurb, (Google it, they're the Shiznitty) but they're too rare and rich for my blood. Thoughts on the van idea? Since I'm used to running my truck with a canopy on the bed, the enclosed cargo area doesn't deter me. I have a utility trailer I use for tall stuff already.