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Old 12-09-2011, 11:59 AM   #11
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The added safety of having an additional tire on each side is that a rear blow out will result in a casual drive to a convenient spot to change it. (because you can easily tow your rig with a SRW.)
The dually also eliminates the sway. However, the active sway in my straight-line does a great job of that even with a short wheel base.
I personally like dually diesel trucks. I have absolutely no need for one. I didn't need a RV trailer either!!
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:26 PM   #12
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Seems like my wife's brother-in-law only buys duallys. My cousin, Who has been towing a 5th wheel from Minnesota to Arizona for about 20 years, has Single rear wheels. His contention with duallys, Your buying 6 tires instead of 4 at a time. Seems like (at least a few years back) the weight of the dually subtract from the load carrying ability of the truck. Wayne
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:00 PM   #13
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"Do le or not do le", that is the question.
That's funny . . . .
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:05 PM   #14
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Most DRW 1 ton pick ups I've seen have ~ 4.10 gears in the differential which will probably lower your MPG somewhat even when you don't pull your camper. IMO 3/4 ton diesels have ~ 3.83 gears, mostly, with 4.10 gears available. Also, it will be very hard to park at Sonic restaurants, automated car washes, etc. If you are pulling your camper with a 1/2 ton truck now, a decent 'step up' would be a 3/4 ton diesel. I'm looking at a 3/4 ton GMC Denali right now with 10,000 # hauling capacity.

Quite a few flats on duallys occur because of low tire pressure which can cause both of the tires on the same side to blowout if the tires touch while driving down the road. IMO

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Old 12-09-2011, 05:17 PM   #15
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lots of great and funny inputs, thank you..... now i guess i will to start the search for a nice used dodge diesel, i think i will pass on a dually just because it wont fit in my garage and i like to store my truck for the winter
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:00 PM   #16
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your right i do need one of these but i am sure my wife would give me my walking papers if i came home with one ;-)
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I've never owned a dually, but my impression is that they are worse in the snow and ice when "empty". Perhaps someone with actual experience can be of help on that issue.
This is due to the amount of actual weight per square inches, the surface contact is less with a dually

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My cousin, Who has been towing a 5th wheel from Minnesota to Arizona for about 20 years, has Single rear wheels. His contention with duallys, Your buying 6 tires instead of 4 at a time.
This is true, but comparing duals to singles, the tire mileage on the dually will last longer due to the pounds/square inch on the road. The greatest factor on tire wear is friction, thus a truck with appropriate alignment, the tire wear comes from acceleration and weight (both cause increased friction). By distributing the weight amongst 6 wheels, and distributing acceleration to two wheels (rear axles are accelerating only one side at a time), the tires will last longer. Overall, dually's do not use more tires than singles, given the same weight, they will last about the same. Proper tire rotation is necessary to acquire this.
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Overall, dually's do not use more tires than singles, given the same weight, they will last about the same. Proper tire rotation is necessary to acquire this.
Assuming the truck is actually used enough to get the miles out of them and not have them rot instead. Just towing an RV a few times a year you will never get the miles out of them before you have to replace them for safety reasons. Now a full timer well that would be different.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:02 AM   #19
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I've had 3/4 tons to pull my 5er and now have a dually. The dually is a much more stable and pleasurable ride. As far as parking lots I always park away from the front doors anyway to save the dings and dents. A little walk never hurt anyone. It may be tight but it fits in my garage
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its the overall length that may give me problems, right now i have a quad cab short bed dodge and i have about 20'' in front of the truck with the back bumper touching the wall, if i could get a dually with a short bed it might work
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