I think that building the Dakota as a unitized body could be a selling feature for the 90% of folks that sort of need a truck and if the Ridgeline in my company fleet is any indication, they won't be giving anything up. We have this funny perception of our trucks that frame on construction is macho and unibody is pussy but we don't feel the sameway about our sports cars or jet airplanes. Also I don't think that 90% of us (including everyone on this list) actually require a full house powered cummins diesel in a pickup truck. In Europe or Asia, such power is unheard of. Also my favourite truck (Mercedes) is tougher than anything the domestic market has to offer yet they rarely have engines over 200hp.
1970 Mercedes Unimog
2004 F150 Heritage Supercab
1974 Holiday 17' Travel Trailer
It's not about the truck and it is not about the distance traveled. Get out there with whatever you have, meet people and see things. Push the envelope of your comfort zone and live.