You ever thought about trying to find another way to get it up there ?Your probably right about true 3/4 ton gasser is probably what I should consider. Granted mpgs aren't that important to me, 14 mpgs in a f250 6.2 would stink...for only needing it 2-3 times a year.
Very true on payload. Assuming 4x4 option you get right At 2k payload with the f150(non hd), and 2-2.5k with a gas xd. 20% pin weight puts you pretty much maxed out either way(from a legal standpoint).You're not going to want a Diesel if you only drive 2 miles to work, it's just that simple. As far as that load goes you are in 3/4 ton territory to realistically be legal (not saying any of these trucks can't pull it ). If you want a 1/2 ton you'll need the F150 with the HD package..