Thank you to all who replied so far.
I decided to go for the new 2014 Raptor. Supplies around DFW were good when I started looking, then there were fewer, now it seems there are a more to choose from. So far, I will drop off the old Raptor tomorrow, and pickup the new one after their custom shop removes some old hardware (Lights, alarms, safes, cap, etc) and puts them into the new truck. I may also add a few more bits to the truck. So when I drive off the lot, I am good to go from the start.
For those that might be pondering the same trade-up or a new purchase, I wanted to add the following thoughts for you to consideration. In no particular order they are:
1) The cost. I found the equity in old Raptor was good despite the high mileage. Obviously you have to weigh this for yourself and of course convince the wife.
2) Engine Size. For some it's a no-brainer: Go for the 6.2. For others there's the MPG. In my case I haul a lot of gear, so weight in add-ons and cargo can be high (it's my work truck), so the extra power should help. Also, with more weight, the bigger engine should work less then the 5.4. I always choose the bigger motor if given an option. I suppose the true MPG is TBD
. As it's work truck for me, and operational costs factor in a lot. But I still upgraded.
3) Bigger Cab. I really could benefit from the bigger cab. I am also tired of not being able to open both doors in a parking lot. Regarding residual value, the Supercrew cab, plus the motor, plus the updated electronics should add to this.
4) It's the last year for this generation of Raptors. This was not at the top of my list. It should hold its residual value and, if and when a newer Raptor or newer version of this comes out, I'll worry about it then. For now, the new truck has 18 miles on it and a long way to go.
6) Convincing the wife you need a new truck. This was surprisingly easy. I'll probably be paying for it in other ways. Once she sees it though, all should be forgiven, albeit temporarily.
So I say, go for it if you can while supplies last.