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Old 10-04-2015, 07:00 PM   #31
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Go for the 3500! Have a Chev 2500 and it drives and feels identical to my friends 3500 SRW, but the one ton has the extra capacity!

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Old 10-04-2015, 08:27 PM   #32
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I always go for the one ton srw and have never regretted doing so. I will be replacing my truck soon and I will be getting the same set up. One ton crew cab 4x4 8 foot box. This is the third time for this choice and this works best for me.

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Old 10-04-2015, 08:38 PM   #33
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Don't count on this pin weight!

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Most of the 5th wheels I am looking at have a pin weight of 2200 lbs.

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That pin weight is with a dry fiver, probably doesn't include lp gas or even a battery. When you get your rv loaded for travel the pin weight will likely be closer to 3000.

My 40' Brookstone was advertised as a pin weight of 2480, after weighing on a CAT scale it was about 3200 (fiver weighs in at 14,400). At the time I had an F350 SRW and this weight exceeded the capacity of the rear axle. Local dealer made me a deal on an F450 DRW that gives me ample payload/pin capacity and believe it or not, my fuel mileage is nearly identical. Go with the 3500 dually, you will be happy in the end.
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Old 10-04-2015, 09:43 PM   #34
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Dully 1 ton for sure
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:33 PM   #35
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Hauling a new 40 ft 5th Toyhauler with lots of stuff in it, for one year. Probably up near 20k lbs. Use a 2006 1 ton Chev dually which is crew and 8 ft box. Can not imagine any 2500 could do the job. Love the lack of sway as well as the comfortable ride. The Duramax is great and Allison transmission is awesome. Parking on errands is only problem.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:06 AM   #36
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That was my problem with the 3500 double/ie extended cab with standard/ie short box. That overall length is only available as GMC/Chevy 2500. Make it a 3500 and its either crew+short or double+long, no double plus standard. I have a 231" garage length. Even with the 2500HD I still have to back in to be able to close the door. So I stayed with an extra light 5er.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:50 AM   #37
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:08 AM   #38
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What happened to all the people that swear the 2500 and 3500 are the same truck, I miss them. (sarcasm)
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:57 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by dduncan View Post
Most of the 5th wheels I am looking at have a pin weight of 2200 lbs. The 3/4 ton has a carry weight of 3000 lbs. 1 ton of 4000 lbs. Cost are with in $2000 of each other.
That's 2200 dry so in reality it's gonna be 3000 or more...

Sounds like a 3500 is your only option.
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:58 PM   #40
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When we were 5th wheeling we bough a 2001, 2004, 2008 Chevy 2500, I put air bags on the 08 I put on the rearend wheels. They were 5000 lbs with a 100 psi max pressure but I put only 35 lbs. the 5th wheel sat level an the truck say level. With 5000 lbs. air bags thats 2.5 ton the truck empty rode fine. to me and 3500 is good but I think to much for weekend trip. If you are travel 6 months at a time the Hiways and by ways go teethe 3500. And that's all I have to say about that.

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