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Old 02-24-2010, 02:45 PM   #1
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Dually or not

Hey guys, we're new here and trying to get some info on trucks. We are probably buying a Sandpiper 355QBQ or similar in the next month or so and are looking for a tow vehicle. I'm really leaning toward the diesel Sierra/Silverado series and have been looking at the 2500 crew cab long beds (which are like hen's teeth). But recently a friend who tows horse trailers said the dually (3500) was the only way to go because of the added safety in case of a rear-wheel blow-out at highway speeds. Anybody have any experience with this or care to comment? I prefer the single rear wheels if possible.

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Old 02-24-2010, 02:58 PM   #2
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dually (3500) is the only way to go because of better handleing, weight control, milage, safety issues and trade in value later down the road.
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:33 PM   #3
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Well, I haven't towed with a dually, but the things mentioned by both your friend and Jax above are obvious "benefits". But as far as "the only way to go"...well, that is certainly a stretch. For a trailer as big as your looking, I would give it a lot of good thought, but would not rule out a SRW either. I had a blow out, well, let me rephrase that...I threw a tread off my rear wheel on a trip back from Tennessee, with a 600 pound motorcycle in the bed and my 26' TT hooked up. I will say I was probably pretty lucky in that the tire maintained its air pressure. It was just a rough handling and very bumpy semi-emergency stop. And it scared the crap out of us. And what if the blow-out happened on the front tire? A dually isn't gonna help there.

Anyway, the main thing to look for is to be sure the truck is capable of handling the trailer. If it is, then the dually is there for peace of mind. In my mind.
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we always towed our fivers with duallies
single wheel truck just doesn't have the stability for a heavy pin and trailer

especially in windy conditions, and our great national highways
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Hey powerboatr...you're in one of my favorite places there at Lake Fork! I graduated from Grand Saline HS. Love the whole East Texas area. Anyway, had to get that in...sorry for the hijack!
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I'm partial to duallys myself.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:58 PM   #7
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Hey powerboatr...you're in one of my favorite places there at Lake Fork! I graduated from Grand Saline HS. Love the whole East Texas area. Anyway, had to get that in...sorry for the hijack!
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we now return the post to its basic subject

dually or not to dually

always buy more than you think you'll need......because before you know it....YOU will need the extra

yes you will spend more for tires, but....good rotation all around will gain long tire life
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I have pulled heavy goose neck utility trailers thousands of miles, (we wore out several trucks over the years), we always had two trucks and two trailers traveling nearly every day with a delivery route, the TV's were dually flat bed trucks, our back-up TV was our 3/4 ton p/u and we would use the same trailers, but there was absolutely no comparison in handling, the dually hands down are the work horse, paired with a drive train, you will never regret buying the dually.

Tire cost and wear and tear is a wash, it's all about weight distribution and surface contact with the road, the 6 tires will last at least 150% longer or more on a dually than the 4 tires on a single rear axle.

Yes, that day you do have to go to the tire store, it will cost you more, but you definetly will not go as often.

I now work for an ambulance service, there again, we have had ambulances with the dual rear axles and smaller lighter ambulances on the single rear axle, again, tire wear and failure was high on the smaller ambulances, stability was poor, even patient's noticed the difference, our fleet now consists of only the larger, dually axle, tire failure is almost extinct as long as tire pressure is correct.

I appreciate your interest in staying with a single rear axle if possible, but do consider the advantages of the dually.

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dually or not to dually

always buy more than you think you'll need......because before you know it....YOU will need the extra

yes you will spend more for tires, but....good rotation all around will gain long tire life
No argument with that either. Just with the "only way to go" part.
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Just looked at the specs on the 355, whoa, that's a ton on your dry hitch weight, definately go with the dually
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