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Old 05-11-2012, 01:30 PM   #21
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A quick thanks to everyone who chimed in with their thoughts and data!
You are very welcome. Safe camping!
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:57 PM   #22
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Yeah Lou, I won't disagree with you until we replace our TH with 5ver version.

However, Leatherneck who has a 5ver gave me this comment about 4WD and 5vers. He said it saved him $6,000 not having 4WD. He says that was good too, since the winch, deadman, and stuff he put on his 3500 cost about $6K.

It really just depends on how many times you are parked on soft surfaces. I have been present for two of Leatherneck's extractions on the range...most entertaining unless you count watching me setup at Trailmanor in the rain.

Also the dually owners say the rear wheels are suppose to do a lot better than singles lessening the need for 4WD.

But if you are parking mostly on RV pads, I don't think you need it much...
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:08 PM   #23
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Yeah Lou, I won't disagree with you until we replace our TH with 5ver version.
Why wait!
No one else does
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:33 PM   #24
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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.

Frogz Thanks for taking the time to answer.
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It is interesting to note that you don't need a special class of drivers Lic where you are because in this jurisdiction (& I believe the neighbouring ones as well) you would need a higher class of licence (Class 3 here) due to just trailer weight & the truck would need annual safety inspections due to GVRW so there would be no benefit for SRW from those angles. For insurance we choose between pleasure use or commuter/business so no savings from that angle either.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:30 PM   #25
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Why wait!
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Yeah, a C130 at full throttle don't need no stinking 4WD...
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Yeah, a C130 at full throttle don't need no stinking 4WD...
Someone who clearly should have know better, asked me at an air show how we move the aircraft on the ground. He said he understood how the props pulled the aircraft through the air when it was flying, but "do we have chains or gears that make the wheels move when we are on the ground."

Dead serious; no joke...

What do we teach our adults; let alone our children?
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:47 AM   #27
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Living in CA. I have to watch what buy in the future. That is really valuable info since that is another piece of critical information RV dealers will NEVER tell you.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:49 AM   #28
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One problem with dualies, you gotta like to hand wash them because they will never fit in those tracks at the car wash.
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