Excellent point, Turbs (is it ok if I call you that?)
In our case, we chose a DRW (with 4x4) for the following reasons;
- Heavier duty rear axle (ours has a Dana 80)
- Increased staibility, less sway (We were towing a 36' TT)
- Improved braking (6 footprints are larger than 4)
- Improved traction in 2WD (4 footprints are larger that 2)
- Improve safety in the event of a blowout on the rear
- 4x4 - limited traction conditions (wet grass, loose dirt etc)
Add to this that we have 2 other cars. Personally I don't find the DRW any more difficult to drive than a SRW. The fact is that it is no wider than the mirrors (and we don't have the larger towing mirrors). If they fit, the rear does too.
Being a 4x4, it does stand taller, at about 6' 8", and there are some parking garages I wouldn't get into, but we have two other cars.
There really isn't that much difference in fuel economy between our truck and it's SRW 2WD counterpart. Maybe 1 or 2 mpg (at the most, 3 mpg). To us, the benefits greatly outweigh the negative.
Best wishes on which ever way you choose to go.
Tina + Dutch and Bell, Bobo, Harley, Buddy (the dogs)
2011 F350 Lariat 4x4 DRW SuperCrew 6.7L (B&W setup w/Air Lift 5000 Ultimate)
2014 Columbus 365RL (Airflex and Voyager package)
Nights Camped 2014 - 154
, 2015 - 32, 2016 - 4