Basically, just what it says. The last 5 years or so, it seems I see more and more 3/4 or 1-ton pickups, duallies mostly, towing large amounts of cargo, seemingly for compensation/hire. Not just on my trips out west to ranching country, but in the Appalachian mountains and eastward.
Now, I’ve been getting more interested in obtaining my CDL during that time frame, so this could just be “confirmation bias,” which is why I’m asking if anyone else is noticing this.
If so, why? Is it a result of more-stringent regulations leading to creative ways to circumvent them? (Though a lot of the pickups in question have DOT numbers.) Is it a result of more capable pickups? Or am I just imagining it?