I agree that three grand for a 3500 is difficult to justify unless you are loaded very heavy on a regular basis. My 159" 2500 does the job I expect of it very nicely. I don't think it is as cut and dried by the numbers as some of the others do though. The GVWRs may only differ by 450 pounds between weight designations, but there's a little more to it than what's seen in the numbers. In my case going strictly by the numbers, I won't very often if ever need the 2500 over the 1500. That's not to say however that my 2500 won't do a better job at just about everything I do than the 1500 would. Even when not running at or near max GVWR, stronger springs feel more firm and add to stability under even a moderate load. Most of all, i'm not on some ego trip that has driven me to buy more truck than I need. Nor am I some chump with too much money to throw around. For my use I believe I picked the best balance between load carrying ability and cost. Hopefully all of you feel the same about your PMs whatever their weight designation.