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Old 10-04-2015, 05:03 PM   #21
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I would also go with the 1 ton. That extra payload will be worth it. If I had it to do over again I would have bought a 1 ton SRW. But because I am stuck with what I have I had to turn it in to a 1 ton myself with a rear spring change.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:07 PM   #22
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I have a 1/2 ton and it fits my needs but in your case, it is a no brainer - go with the 3500. You do not want to be second guessing yourself or be kicking your ass down the road saying I wish I had spent the extra few bucks for the 1 ton.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:20 PM   #23
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So true! When I ordered my 2500, the identical 3500 was $2000 more. I would have ordered whatever was cheaper
so you are already spending $50k+, but won't spend $2k more to increase your payload capacity by over 50% Seems like the obvious choice would be "Yes please"
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Thanks everyone for the help. I will be looking for a one ton SRW tomorrow. Looks like a dealership in Illinois has very good deals on autotrader. May have to take a road trip.


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Old 10-04-2015, 05:38 PM   #25
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Thanks everyone for the help. I will be looking for a one ton SRW tomorrow. Looks like a dealership in Illinois has very good deals on autotrader. May have to take a road trip.


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so you are already spending $50k+, but won't spend $2k more to increase your payload capacity by over 50% Seems like the obvious choice would be "Yes please"
Because payload and 5th wheel trailer towing capacity were identical between a crew cab short bed 2500 and the same 3500.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:56 PM   #27
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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
If you plan on pulling thru prairie states like Kansas, Nebraska, or Dakota's, you'll want more rubber hitting the pavement for stability in the stronger winds! Highly recommend 1 ton dually.
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:17 PM   #28
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Because payload and 5th wheel trailer towing capacity were identical between a crew cab short bed 2500 and the same 3500.
you sure about that? For 2014 the payload for a 2500 ccsb is 2706, 3500 ccsb is 4125. 5th wheel towing capacity goes from 15,800 to 17,000
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Because payload and 5th wheel trailer towing capacity were identical between a crew cab short bed 2500 and the same 3500.
I dont know were you got that idea. The gvwr of a 2500 is 9,500 to 10,000 and the gvwr of a 3500srw is 11,000 to 11,600 depending on gas or diesel, reg cab or double/ crew cab . Payload is also higher and axle ratings are higher on a 3500srw.
I have the spec brochure of the current 2015s as i just took delivery of my dually a week and a half ago and was shopping for a while before that.

Here is the brochure maximum payloads for the crew cab duramax 4wd.
The 2500 short bed is 2793 # and the 3500srw short bed is 4264 #.
2nd pic shows the rear spring capacity as ____ for the double and crew cab
2500 - 6200 lb
3500srw - 7050
3500drw - 9375

Trailer weight ratings are the same for 2500 and 3500srw except on long bed 4wd crew cabs, but payload is way different
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Here are all the trailer ratings
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