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Old 02-27-2016, 01:00 PM   #11
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The length of wheelbase makes a difference in ride also

Short bed trucks ride rougher than a standard long bed

Also regular cab, extended cab and/or crew cab combined with length of wheelbase in addition to single or dual rear wheels

Lots of combinations and all are a little different


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Ditto on wheelbase. I went from a short bed crew cab 2500 gasser to a 2500 long bed diesel. Actually got a better ride quality. I have to believe it's in the wheelbase. If you go 3500 you will be happier with a long wheelbase no matter what brand I think. I found handling with the TT in tow was better with the long wheelbase as well.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:08 PM   #12
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1 ton

I had a 1500 GM truck for one of my trailers, the truck was fine,
but then it was a light trailer, 8000 pound fiver.
Went to a 2500 GM gas with a 15000 pound fiver, on long hills, there is no
power and you have to shift down.
Went to a 2500 GM Diesel, all the power one needs for a
15000 fiver. Since this is a single wheel truck, I noticed tire wear, edge
of the rear tires on long trips ( went to Alaska from Ontario)
Went to a 3500 GM diesel with Duramax transmission, dual
wheels.
For heavy trailers, this is the only way to go if you want to
tow a heavy trailer and be on the safe side.
You won't park the truck on a dime, but you never have to buy
another truck if you are towing fifth wheel trailers,
lots of power, lots of torque and smooth driving
with the trailer hooked up. Without the trailer the ride
could be bumpy, depending on the road condition.
All one ton trucks won't give you the ride and feel
like a Cadillac .
Good luck buying a new truck!!!
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:41 PM   #13
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I have the 2016 RAM 2500 and it has coil springs vs leaf. I also put air bags on it.
I tow a 35' Cardinal 5er and it does awesome. I went from an F150 to the 2500 and haven't driven the 3500 so can't comment on that aspect.
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Old 02-27-2016, 01:50 PM   #14
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the difference between a 3/4 ton and SRW 1 ton Chevy is exactly the same when empty. You aren't touching the auxiliary springs when empty Rides great loaded. I've had both in Chevy models.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:01 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the info. This forum is a lot of help. Sounds like ride is not that different empty and both better loaded with 1 ton better when pulling. The fuel economy difference when not pulling surprised me, I figured they would be the same with same engine and ratio. That might be the deciding factor for me. Thanks again.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:05 PM   #16
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I went from a standard bed on the 3/4 ton to a long bed on the 1 ton Silverado, both Silverado. The 1 ton to me rides harsh empty, now loaded the 1 ton rides great. But now that's just my experience. I had air bags on the 3/4 ton. If I had it to do over I would get the dually. But again that's just me


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I went from a 3/4 ton to SRW 1 ton and the ride got better. I'm sure it's because I went from short to long bed. Length makes the ride better.
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Old 02-27-2016, 05:39 PM   #18
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I have the 2016 RAM 2500 and it has coil springs vs leaf. I also put air bags on it.
I tow a 35' Cardinal 5er and it does awesome. I went from an F150 to the 2500 and haven't driven the 3500 so can't comment on that aspect.
That example is where you will notice the most !
i went from ram 2500 with coils to 3500 with leaf.

No doubt, the 2500 was nicer empty. Close when loaded. But, empty.. Shes a real bouncer.
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Old 02-27-2016, 07:54 PM   #19
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I have a 39 ft. Serria that I have pull with a 3/4 ton and now have a Chevy High Country 3500. Both pull the trailer with not problem. The 3500 just seems to be more stable.
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I went from 09 F150 to a 11 F350. 350 is a little rougher riding on uneven surfaces. On good roads, 350 is a very comfortable ride. Also both are/were Lariets. When pulling 5er it is awesome.
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