I bet 30-40% of the HD diesel trucks around me are driven by dolled up women getting coffee or running errands. Most of the guys that hop out of them with their Under Armour shirts, hats, socks, and Crocs on are dumb-founded when I ask them what they tow. As I walk through parking lots I look at the beds which almost all have Tonneau covers, but the ones that don’t the beds are mint, no dirt, not a scratch in them. Then I look at the receiver hitch, most of them the paint is brand new from never having a drawbar in it. I literally talk to guys and ask them why they have their trucks when they don’t own a trailer or haul a single thing, their response is, “because trucks are cool”. Had a friend text me three days ago about what diesel truck he should get and I asked him why he needs a diesel, he said because he always wanted one because he thought they were cool. 80% of my neighbors have trucks, most HD trucks, they don’t own trailers, they don’t haul a thing, and they are dressed for the office when they drive by. My FIL had to buy a cool new truck even though I told him he needs to buy a Avalon, he bought the truck. He never drives it, he doesn’t tow except for a two place snowmobile trailer to pick up dirt or something, which the Avalon would do. It just sits. He drives his wife’s CR-V. I have countless friends that own trucks that don’t own trailers and probably don’t even know how to open the tailgate on their trucks. I could go on and on and on.
I am on the road quite a bit, and yes there are pockets of areas where people buy trucks and do work with them, but that’s rare. Go out to Portland area and south of there, the number of wasted trucks out there is unbelievable.
Because you know 15 people that use their trucks is a VERY small sample to base facts on. I could think of probably 30 or 50 friends off the top of my head that use their trucks as trucks, but that still pales in comparison to the amount of mall crawlers out there.