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Old 05-18-2013, 09:24 PM   #11
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What are your thoughts regarding airbags? We ordered a CKTS.

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Old 05-18-2013, 09:31 PM   #12
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3500 for sure. We pull a 13k plus SOB 5er with a SRW just fine.

These new trucks are just beasts. Awesome torque and with the exhaust brake we can go down mountain passes and never hit the truck brakes.

More truck is better for safety.

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Old 05-19-2013, 06:25 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by arjerram View Post
What are your thoughts regarding airbags? We ordered a CKTS.
If you have been doing much research you will already know that airbags do not alter your GVWR (up or down); however the reports here point to the benefit of "evening out" bounce on rough "rippled" roads.

They are on my "To Do" list but have been pushed down due to other more pressing mods and, well, living...

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Old 05-19-2013, 08:58 PM   #14
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The SRW will pull the large 5th wheels but, those training wheels (DRW) sure do smooth out the ride, eliminate the sway problem AND you probably won't exceed design tire loading with the training wheels!

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Old 05-27-2013, 01:37 PM   #15
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I took everyone's advice and got a 3500HD DRW 4X4 to tow my new 2013 34RLSA. I'm very happy with the truck. I have the heavy running gear option on the fiver and the GVWR of the trailer is 15,500#. Have not weighed it yet fully loaded but that 1 ton diesel will most likely pull whatever I ask it to. So far getting about 10MPG to near 11 MPG on the flat. I drive somewhere between 62 and 68 MPH, depending on traffic, road condition, etc. If I stayed down near the low end of that speed range, I'd consistenly get 11 MPG or a little better with the same driving conditions.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:53 PM   #16
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:57 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by WeRCreekers View Post
I drive somewhere between 62 and 68 MPH...
(Just FYI, your RV tires probably have a max speed rating of 65. You might want to check that out.)
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:25 PM   #18
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I sell these for a living... and my advice to my buyers is, if you have too much truck... so what? It doesn't hurt you any. When you don't have enough truck, that's when it gets expensive. So a 3500 over a 2500 is a no brainer if the 2500 is nearing its max.

Dually models however, I would talk anyone out of unless it's absolutely necessary. A dually will get stuck way easier than singles in mud or snow.

The post about airbags... air bags can lend allot to a truck and make it much more capable... but, there is no add on accessory of any type that would make you more legal. Adding carrying capacity to a 2500 will never raise its GVWR and that's very important. Much as a truck may be more capable with add-ons, the liability just isn't worth it... insurance companies love excuses to not pay. I would never recommend choosing a 2500 and then adding accessories to it if 3500 is available as a choice.
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:02 PM   #19
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So, my bet is that you already know you're going to get the 3500, but needed some extra ammo to explain to the DW why you NEED it vs. the 2500.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:51 PM   #20
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SCOC, You are wise beyond your years. Thanks all for the info. we will put it to good use.

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