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Old 10-04-2015, 11:22 AM   #11
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I'd opt for the 1 ton DRW as it's more stable when towing and the ride is about the same as a 3/4 . I had a 1 ton dully and really enjoyed how well it handled my 5er. The ride in these new trucks is no comparison even for a truck a couple of years old. Later RJD
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Old 10-04-2015, 11:54 AM   #12
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Can you get a 3500 SRW with Double Cab (not Crew) and Standard 6.6 Ft bed so it would fit in my garage?
According to the gmc build-your-truck, website, you can only get a double cab long bed or the crew cab with a shortbed or long bed , other than the single cab long bed.
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:24 PM   #13
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I have a 2013 Chevy 2500 Duramax with 18" wheels and SRW. It pulls my ultralite 5th wheel just fine. I tried a slightly heavier 5th wheel thinking to upgrade but I didn't like the way it pulled. I think I should have gone with a 1 ton. I also wouldn't get the 18" wheels again (they came on this one). Too high and the front of the 5er sits a little higher than I would like and I only have 5" of clearance off the truck. Go with the 1 ton.
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:26 PM   #14
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I've been driving a 1 ton GMC 3500 Diesel Dually for 8 years. I pull a 15000 pound fifth wheel trailer. I love the truck. Dual rear wheels give better towing stability. I find most people don't start with a bigger fifth wheel but eventually trade up. If you start with a truck that can handle the larger trailers you won't have to upgrade later.
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:34 PM   #15
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I bought a 2015 Chevy 2500 Duramax crew cab one year ago. Pull a Sandpiper 365SAQ loaded to about 15,500 lbs. No problem with the truck. I still have my 2007 Chevy 2500 Classic Duramax crew cab also. The 2015 is so much more truch, especially with the exhaust brake. I live in Washington State and have pulled in WA, Montana, Oregon, etc through many mountain passes. Pulled the trailer all the way back from Ohio with the 2007.

When I was buying, I looked at a 3500. Only difference was overload springs and price. I think the payload was the same for a crew cab short bed so I went with the 2500. I don't see the need fir a 3500 unless you are going DRW
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Old 10-04-2015, 02:46 PM   #16
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Can you get a 3500 SRW with Double Cab (not Crew) and Standard 6.6 Ft bed so it would fit in my garage?
The 2015 model year the only one that made a truck that would fit in my garage and be able to shut door was SuperCab Ford F350...

I was told that in 2017 model year there will not be Ford SuperCab with new body style roll out but there could be one introduce in later years depending on demand. It was truck salesman that told me that so you judge how reliable that is. I sure hope it isn't true.
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In my humble opinion.
As the preponderance of responses here in this thread indicate, conventional wisdom dictates that a one ton truck is better than a three quarter ton.
It's about your covered wagon being safely hauled and stalled.
Stopping is the most important aspect of the vehicle along with the ability to meet the specifications required to tow the GVWR.
If you are going to be pulling a cart, a pony will do.
But if you are going to be pulling a prairie schooner, a good team of mules is what your are going to need, let alone want
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In my humble opinion.
As the preponderance of responses here in this thread indicate, conventional wisdom dictates that a one ton truck is better than a three quarter ton.
It's about your covered wagon being safely hauled and stalled.
Stopping is the most important aspect of the vehicle along with the ability to meet the specifications required to tow the GVWR.
If you are going to be pulling a cart, a pony will do.
But if you are going to be pulling a prairie schooner, a good team of mules is what your are going to need, let alone want
your opinion would be correct, if it wasn't for the fact that 3/4 and 1 ton SRW trucks have identical axles and brakes.
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I'll take the extra payload of the one tonne


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your opinion would be correct, if it wasn't for the fact that 3/4 and 1 ton SRW trucks have identical axles and brakes.
So true! When I ordered my 2500, the identical 3500 was $2000 more. I would have ordered whatever was cheaper
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