Hi folks. I’m a beekeeper and I currently drive a 1989 Jeep Comanche. I love the truck but I was recently in a very bad car accident (as the passenger in a friend’s car) and I now have a huge scar on my forehead, not to mention headaches and dizzy spells. Long story short, I want to get something with driver and passenger airbags and good safety ratings in the 8,000 dollar range. I’ve been looking at bigger trucks because my apiary is outgrowing my Comanche anyway, and I’ve got horses and cattle to tow. I was debating getting a big work truck and a small commuter car, but now I’ve become a safety nazi and want something I feel safe in. I figure I might as well put the money I’d put towards insuring the smaller car into gas and drive the big truck.
I’ve been thinking of a diesel, late 90’s or early 2000’s Dodge with the cummins 5.9 or the same years of the Ford 7.3 superduty, but I’m open to any suggestions!
I need the truck to have airbags and good safety ratings. Does anyone know what years passenger airbags and anti-lock breaks began being installed in the above trucks or how safe they are?
I’d like good stability-but I’m not sure if I need 4x4 or duelly’s. I could use 4x4 on the farm but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra chance of flipping. Anyone have any thoughts?
Ideally I could easily tow 14,000 lbs
Ideally I’d have back seats
Do I want too much in one vehicle? Anyone have any suggestions I haven’t thought of?
Thanks for your advice!