I have towed tons of RVs down the road, dogs loaded on camping trips, week after week of tailgating off this truck, scuba off this truck, hay and grain off this old friend, I have towed a few horses, made many trips on business, towed my Jeep behind, and used the tailgate as my yard work bench for 13 years.
The old boy got a new transmission a few weeks ago so I am keeping him a few more years at least.
I have always done the required maintenance and replaced anything that is broken. It has never been wrecked.
Overall a fine purchase in 2000 with no regrets.