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Old 07-17-2015, 07:29 PM   #31
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I bought the truck first. Knowing I had in interest in buying a 5th wheel later and an old trailer (now sold) led me to the dually. I already had a Ram dually but really went back and forth before I ordered my Ford. It was really nice trailer shopping not having to worry about GVWR or pin weight at all. For trailers in the 15-17k range you're pushing every brands SRW to its max.

There are other perks, at least with the Ford, probably the GM's too, the (4x4) duallies sit lower in the rear and get you a level trailer with more bed rail clearance. I've seen mine close already. The 5" higher SRW would have went crunch. The Rams are still high as hell. 6 17" tires is really a wash compared to 4 20's in price. I'll drive my dually anywhere, though it is not a DD. The 24' length of the truck makes it much harder to maneuver than the duals do. Just back in any and everywhere.

The trailer we decided on has a claimed pin weight of 1400, sure don't need a dually for it. But it is stable as can be regardless of what's going on outside. Does it really suck in snow? Absolutely not. I need to engage 4wd sooner than a SRW truck, but once in 4wd it just goes. A 2wd dually would suck in snow. I did bury it good once this winter in the snow, but there was a sheet of ice on the ground under the snow, can't say SRW would have fared any better.

Bottom line, if I was buying another tow rig, even for this trailer it would be another dually. For towing something in the weights you're looking at, there would be no question, dually. Just my .02.
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:43 PM   #32
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acein. Neighbor wants get a TT. Told him get rid of your 04' ram 1500 and get 3/4 ton anything and that should be good for your first two trailers.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:13 PM   #33
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Today I traded my 2012 F-250 CC 6.7 4x4 Powerstroke I bought two months ago for a 2015 F-350 Powerstroke 4x4 dually.

I sold my brand new Timbrens I got from ETrailer just yesterday to my buddy. They where gonna be my band-aid for being 1000lbs over the GVWR on the SRW F-250.

A SRW F-350 equivalent wouldn't work as I would not have enough GCVWR left for the entire rig I had to get the dually.

Fortunately when you figure I was getting into new rubber on the F-250 and that my Ford dealer gave me the warranty at his cost cause I am a repeat customer I only took a $2600 hit on the vertical learning curve I'm on being a newbie with this do-over.

Now this weight issue is not a concern, humbled, a little more broke but I am legal and safe. No one forced me into buying too much camper I did this all by myself, do it right or not at all. Once I came to terms with what a nitwit I was and just decided to swap out trucks it was easy. It is not lost on me how you are quite on your own with this expensive hobby of ours.

I am the perfect example of buy right or buy twice.

BTW, I am digging this new locomotive I bought.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:54 PM   #34
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Been bitten in the ass more than once on a dumb decision.

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Old 07-17-2015, 11:08 PM   #35
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Yep, this was a couple pounds of flesh over my usual blunders though...
Its just money..... But having a bunch of lawyers picking my carcass clean after I have worked for what I have for 25 years was literally keeping me up at night. I know, I know I worry too much. But I'm not worried about weights anymore, now I can get back to dreading backing into campsites with a 42' camper...
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:14 PM   #36
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liberty. Remember after ya get that 42' footer back in where ya want it you'll say that wasn't to bad
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:23 PM   #37
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Roger that!
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Old 07-18-2015, 01:00 AM   #38
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I just bought a used 98 Chevy quad cab 3500 dually about a week ago, this is my first dually so can't speak from experience, but the ride is great and I am loving it because I always wanted one

My previous truck was a 06 Silverado quad cab 1/2 ton with a 4.8, that drove nice and towed great on mostly flats but struggles with mountains and climbs.

Now I don't need to worry about not having enough tow power over the mountains or not enough cargo carrying space. I bought the dually to plan for the future, like upgrading the TT to bigger unit or a FW or a TH or add a camper top on etc. The options are now endless for me and my family.
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:38 AM   #39
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Last camping trip the couple next to us where pulling a 28' TT behind their Chevy dually and apparently they where thinking the same way as you. They shared plenty of their bourbon generously around the campfire with me.

This gorgeous campground was cut into a mountainside with terraced campsites until you got to the "plateau." Another young couple with a small child where pulling too much TT behind their SUV and came close to a bad accident going down the grades when they left. I am sure their RV salesman told them they had enough tow vehicle also or perhaps they traded up before they traded up their SUV. If they'd listened to the owner they would not have left 80' of skid marks down the mountain and had to have their SUV seat cushions surgically removed as I am sure they sucked them up their rears while standing on the brakes.

That same trip, someone who did not want to pull his towed vehicle up those same grades behind this big diesel pusher was in the process of removing it from his dolly and it rolled off the dolly as soon as he took the restraints off down the steep parking lot empty into trees at the bottom.

I was certainly learning from others blunders that weekend. Sometimes stuff just happens, for some reason this fellow had that car in neutral on the dolly instead of park. Again, there are enough threats out there doing this and a momentary memory lapse gets you into big trouble, running perpetually overweight was not for me.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:30 PM   #40
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Buy whatever you feel safe with or whatever makes you happy, the only way I will change trucks is tear this one up. I like my 3500 SRW Silverado diesel, so just get what you like, I did


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