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Old 07-13-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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to dually or not to dually

We started looking at 5'ers this weekend to upgrade our TT. They're ranging from 34' - 38' footers. They're grossing from 15 - 17k. I know that a dually would provide stability, but the truck will also be my daily driver, which I drove mostly to baseball practice and some non camping weekends.

At what size and weight should I really consider a DRW over a SRW? I'm looking to upgrade to my 2014 1500 as well to a 2500 crew cab or maybe a 3500 with a larger payload depending on the 5'er
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:22 PM   #2
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For stability the 1 ton dually is great but for a daily driver I'd think about the 1 ton SRW. Later RJD
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:49 PM   #3
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The 3500 SRW is a good option if you really dont want a DRW. The 5th wheels tow so stable already. At that weight, you will need a 1 ton, regardless. If you go 3500 SRW and find that you need more load down the road, 19.5 wheel/tire conversion is a great route. I had that on my 09 3500 and the load rating was crazy and the tires last forever.
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I have had both and wouldn't do with out a drw for towing ,only draw back is parking lot.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:30 PM   #5
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When in doubt go with a dually!
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:40 PM   #6
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The dually will be the 'answer all' when it comes to towing. Higher payload, lower differential gear, and most likely a larger tank. With the weights you are talking about, DRW will be your best option plus leaves room for upgrading. Your only negative is just going to be fuel consumption when not towing. It's still going to suck.....but who are we kidding...we don't get into RV'ing to save fuel.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:45 PM   #7
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Love my dually. After years of pulling many different trailers, and two years pulling my model trailer with an f250, I went to a GMC 3500 drw. It's so much more stable, tires seem to west much better (that'll help with the need to buy two extra when it comes time), and I love the milage I get with my duramax/Allison combo. Unless you live in the city and parking is an issue, can't go wrong with drw.
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The dually will be the 'answer all' when it comes to towing. Higher payload, lower differential gear, and most likely a larger tank. With the weights you are talking about, DRW will be your best option plus leaves room for upgrading. Your only negative is just going to be fuel consumption when not towing. It's still going to suck.....but who are we kidding...we don't get into RV'ing to save fuel.

With the Chevy/GMC, all the HDs have a 38 gallon tank regardless of 2500, 3500 SRW or DRW as of 2008 and newer.

Paul, I like the upgrading down the road! LOL He's already looking at up to a 17K unit..... Not much bigger then those! LOL
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Having towed my current trailer with both a 3500 SRW and my current DRW I'd say go with the dually. I find it much more stable through bumps, on the SRW if hitting bumps on a corner you would feel side to side sway. With the dually it's solid.

Of course as mentioned parking in a parking lot is interesting. My crew cab long box dually is a daily driver. Haven't regretted it yet, just park further from the entrance when going to the mall or work.
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With srw you will want to pay special attention to GVWR. Also the weight on the single rear tires. Also 3.73 or 4.10 rear differential to get you tow rating, gas or diesel also will matter.
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