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Old 07-06-2014, 09:18 AM   #11
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3500 dually duramax with allison transmission -- many forget that the weight of all the passengers (incl the dog) and all your stuff often pushes you into the need for the extra 1000 lbs of 350x provides. Dually tires are cheaper also.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:27 AM   #12
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Thank you all. This forum is great. Just as I supsected I should go to the F 350 and be better safe than sorry. Think I will be also ok with SRW. Much appreciated. Ron
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:55 AM   #13
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Can someone help me here please. I'm looking at a Sanibel 3250 model. I also need to purchase a truck. So will a Ford F250 diesel 4x4 short box 3:55 axle suffice for the weight etc . I see the 3250 is liisted at 12,500 lb dry weight plus carrying cap at 2,900 lb plus the hitch at 2,450. Is the F 250 enough. Do I need a F 350 ? Having a hard time figuring this out. Getting different answers from different sources. I know the total of everything combined is 23,500 GCWR. Thanks...Ron

We tow our 3250 with a RAM 2500 SRW w/3.73 gear and air bags (had the truck first). I'm fairly comfortable towing ours but, the 1 tons would be better especially w/4:10 gear. Stability of a dually would be really noticable over a SRW IMHO especially with our combined weights of over 20k.
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I tow a Sanibel 3500 with a Dodge 2500 2x, do not need air bags. Iam am 750 lbs over on gcvw. I have replaced 12x2 brakes on trailer with 12 3/8 by 3 3/8. It STOPS. We have put about 25,000 miles on the trailer since Sept 2012. I did not want a srw3500 as I use it for work and a dually will not fit into the garage. Your safety and piece of mind come first, do not let anyone talk you into something you are not comfortable with. As a side note people who haul them for a living use drw 3500s for liability issues. Are you going to full time or is this a weekend and a annual trip thing. I am very comfortable with mine. You will LOVE the Sanibel if you should decide to go that way.

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I tow a Sanibel 3500 with a Dodge 2500 2x, do not need air bags. Iam am 750 lbs over on gcvw. I have replaced 12x2 brakes on trailer with 12 3/8 by 3 3/8. It STOPS. We have put about 25,000 miles on the trailer since Sept 2012. I did not want a srw3500 as I use it for work and a dually will not fit into the garage. Your safety and piece of mind come first, do not let anyone talk you into something you are not comfortable with. As a side note people who haul them for a living use drw 3500s for liability issues. Are you going to full time or is this a weekend and a annual trip thing. I am very comfortable with mine. You will LOVE the Sanibel if you should decide to go that way.

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Thanks Wayne. We are going to be like semi annual. 6 mths a year. So your thinking I should be ok with a F 250 SRW then ? I called Ford and it's hard to get a answer from them and in fact they really can't answer and tell me to go a size up. We could get a smaller TRL but thats not what we want. Are you not concerend being over on a GCVW ? Also how does the Dodge stack against the Ford wrt weight ? The 250 max lbs on a Ford is 15,900 and combined at 23,500. And funny thing but the 350 the same. And the 2x4 carries more than the 4x4. ...Ron
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We tow our 3250 with a RAM 2500 SRW w/3.73 gear and air bags (had the truck first). I'm fairly comfortable towing ours but, the 1 tons would be better especially w/4:10 gear. Stability of a dually would be really noticable over a SRW IMHO especially with our combined weights of over 20k.
Thanks for your info. Really appreicate it. A Question. How the does the axle ratio work in that the higher the better ? You mention a 4:10 better than a 3:73 ? I need to understand why as I'm trying to learn. Also I'm guessing a daully is more stable because it's wider ? Thanks...Ron
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:11 PM   #17
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That pin weight loaded will be more like 2800 - 2900# and very close (if not over) the RAWR of the F250. If you're shopping, go for a F350 SRW...it will have around 1000# more payload and axle capacity if you find one with a GVWR of 11500#.

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Thanks Dave. Where is the best place to look and find this weight info on trucks you mention ? Or is this just your base knowledge from your experience ? Thanks...Ron
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:20 PM   #18
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I have that very same fiver and I pull it with a dually f-350. You need a dually with the pin weight of this unit.
Thanks Jim. How were you able to determine the weights to decide that you needed a F 350 dually for the Sanibel ? I'm trying to see and learn where it's written so I can fully understand. Again I'm trying to purchase the right truck and if I don't really need a DRW then I'll go SRW. (DRW won't fit in my garage) I'm going diesel so I'm not at all worried about pulling power. Just worried right now on the pin weight, the combined weigh plus the trucks total carrying capacity. Also how do you like the Sanibel 3250 ? Thanks...Ron
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I do not agree that a DRW is must, but I will agree a 1 ton (350/3500) is a must. The use of DRW is personal preference for these trailers. I have a Sanibel 3600 and using an 2006 F350 SRW CC 4x4, it has enough capacity to handle the pin weight and still enough capacity for everyone and the dogs.

When I first rolled the scales after moving EVERYTHING (seriously gained a LOT of stuff over the years in my Monaco) I was just over 14k with a half tank of water. I dont have the slips, but I was 500# under the max CC of the truck and 200# under the RAWR.

I also make sure I am not carrier an excessive amount of stuff in the truck. I have a large 5th wheel and its a much better place for stuff you dont need while driving down the road.
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I do not agree that a DRW is must, but I will agree a 1 ton (350/3500) is a must. The use of DRW is personal preference for these trailers. I have a Sanibel 3600 and using an 2006 F350 SRW CC 4x4, it has enough capacity to handle the pin weight and still enough capacity for everyone and the dogs.

When I first rolled the scales after moving EVERYTHING (seriously gained a LOT of stuff over the years in my Monaco) I was just over 14k with a half tank of water. I dont have the slips, but I was 500# under the max CC of the truck and 200# under the RAWR.

I also make sure I am not carrier an excessive amount of stuff in the truck. I have a large 5th wheel and its a much better place for stuff you dont need while driving down the road.
Thanks JB. I'm leaning towards a F 350 SRW. The DRW gets too wide if you ask me. The 3600 and the 3250 weigh about the same I recall. When you weighed it at 14K was that with the 5th unhooked to truck or not ? Thanks...Ron
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