At 3/4 tons with the diesel, it's probably "more truck" than I'd actually require, but it's always better to have more truck than you need when pulling is concerned, so I'm happy I settled on the bigger truck. A 1500 would be adequate, but I don't want that. I hope to get a 2-horse gooseneck trailer sometime in the next year; if I have to settle for bumperpull so be it, but I'd like to snatch a decent GN since that's what I really want and like. They haul better and everyone is happier that way.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a shortage of available black 2500HD diesels with a double cab (plenty of crew cabs, but screw crew cabs), so this beast has to be ordered. So 8-10 weeks from now I'll be the excited new owner of the first piece of my horsey independence puzzle.