What part of Montana? I say go for the Gladiator - maybe wait until they offer the diesel option and see what other goodies they may change as well. I have all 3 of the sizes. I own a 97 7.3, a 06 TJ, and my government truck is a 17 2500. I will say, I can go most 'normal' places in the full size truck with ease, except turning around. There are some jeep trails I have to take the government rig on occasion. It does ok, except the stiffer suspension (for towing/payload) causes it to lift axles easy. But a couple things to consider. 1..do you really NEED that much capability towing/payload wise? If you do then by all means... But if you don't then your just struggling with a larger than necessary vehicle. The older I get, the more I use my Jeep, because of simplicity, and ease. Original life plans were to fully build the 7.3 for long range trips, including significant off road. But, the idea of having to haul that monster back on a shelf road if it slid off ever so slightly is bothersome anymore. Plus, its just more complicated. 2, simpler is just better - at least for myself the older I get. I realize also, that in all reality, for myself, I could easily accomplish almost everything I plan/need to do with a gladiator than with my big monstorous truck, well built as it is. Sure, the gladiator can't haul full sheets of plywood for building the cabin, but you can easily tow a trailer that can.... You wouldn't need to haul 15,000 pounds of wood at once necessarily. I have found myself driving my TJ WAY more often than the truck when exploring dirt roads - I personally am interested in the gladiator mostly because of a still small vehicle, but longer wheelbase than the TJ = better softer ride.Montana and those are the same as I can get the tradesman with pw option here. thanks. local dealer has a white, red and that green. I think the green you either like or don't and it is not my fav.
So I think, my .02 is to maybe really consider the HONEST realities of what you will actually do/need vs. what you 'think' you might want. Years ago when I built my truck, I was thinking what I 'might have wanted'. If I could have gone back, I would have done things way different. Now, not saying I dont like my truck, its classic, well built, awesome. But not at all necessary for my actual lifestyle. I think this is soemthing us in this 1st world make huge mistake on. So maybe consider for a moment...do you actually NEED that massive towing/payload capacity? I believe you mentioned in your first post you likely would not tow anything over 5,000 pounds anyway.... so, therefore, why the need for a big truck? Now on the other side of that coin, if you never ever plan to drive narrower roads, or just don't mind struggling more to turn around, then maybe a fullsize is the right way to go - no doubt they are more comfortable just due to the longer wheelbase.