Originally Posted by sreddy
out of curiosity - I am wondering why you would select a SRW over the DRW - as the 2 extra tire do offer some benefits above and beyond capacity
Good question! I've been thinking about SRW vs DRW a lot.
I test drove a DRW and I felt like I was taking up the entire lane. While I expect to feel that way while towing, this truck will be my daily driving vehicle as well. If I can tow the RV with SRW, I'd rather do so.
I also have the challenge of keeping the combined GVWR under 26,001 as we will be spending time in a lot of different states. While many states exempt RVs used for "personal use", depending on who you ask, if you own a business and drive an RV, your RV use might be considered a "commercial motor vehicle" and subject to different license regulations. Staying under 26,001 and a trailer under 15,000 steers clear of most states regulations.
RV Driver's License Requirements
While you might ask how will a highway patrol would know I own a business? We'll be getting the trailer "wrapped" with an ad which will make that fact pretty obvious. I've talked this over with DOT contacts in two states and it seems that with the wrap we'll need to register with the DOT as a "property carrier" (we won't be taking passengers for hire). And they advised us that above a combined 26,001 weight we'd also need to have a Class A license.