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Old 02-07-2015, 06:00 AM   #1
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dually truck or not?

Looking to get a new truck this year to pull my 2014 32rl. Now I pull it with an old work truck 2002 350 dodge dually. I am looking to get a Dodge or GMC. What do I need to look for in terms of towing? Will a 250 do it ? Do I need a dually? I do not really want to get a dually if I do not need it. Want something nice that I can drive around when not pulling the camper. Some dealers are not real truthful or just don't know about towing if they have not. Thanks for any help!
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:58 AM   #2
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I would say the dually is over kill unless you had other heavy towing needs.
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I don't believe you need a dually for what you are towing. But I also don't know what you carry in your bed. If you are planning on a 5th wheel in the future you may need a dually. I own a ST32BH and have no issues towing it with my 3500 with SRW. I also use the truck as a daily driver so it's nice not having a dually.
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I don't believe you need a dually for what you are towing. But I also don't know what you carry in your bed. If you are planning on a 5th wheel in the future you may need a dually. I own a ST32BH and have no issues towing it with my 3500 with SRW. I also use the truck as a daily driver so it's nice not having a dually.
Thanks, I do some dry camping a couple of times a year, where I am hauling a generator, big cooler or two. Most of the time just some bikes and coolers. 5th wheel ?? I do not think so but you never know.
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:02 AM   #5
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When I went looking for a truck to pull our 32RL, I was looking for a SRW 1 ton. Found a lot of Ford 1 ton SRW's but I did not want a Ford. My wife was looking on the internet for trucks when this 2012 3500HD showed up in the search with the 3/4 ton trucks she was searching. I wanted a 1 ton because we were always "putting the cart before the horse". With the 1 ton I would not have to worry on how heavy she packed the trailer and truck, and still have a truck to pull a 5th wheel in the future if desired. I wanted in a truck besides a 1 ton was diesel engine, towing mirrors and integrated brake controller. She did not want a truck with "hips" or in white. I got everything I wanted and everything she didn't. But, she loves the truck even with hips. Pulling the 32RL with this truck is a delight, don't know it is back there even when semi's pass.
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Old 02-07-2015, 05:44 PM   #6
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A 3/4 ton or a SRW 1 ton is plenty for that trailer. You could probably even get away with a properly equipped eco boost.
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:35 PM   #7
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Get a dually more stable on the highway towing
And if you upgrade to 5th wheel you can't go wrong
My wife wanted single rear wheels for when she went shopping
She has learned just back it in parking spots
She drives it everywhere
I just get it when we tow
Just make the right choice for you
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If you think you will upgrade to a large 5er while you still have the truck, I would say a dually. Otherwise, I would advise a SRW truck. A SRW has the same horsepower engine and the same transmission as a dually. If you don't need the extra hauling capacity, a dually's added weight only reduces the performance of the truck.
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Based only on your current requirements I would stick with a SRW 250. My short bed 350 takes up 1.5 parking spots and is a bit of a pain in smaller towns. Honestly unless I need it I'll drive my 300c or wife's van. A DRW would be significantly more than you currently require.

That said if you plan to upgrade to a 40+ ft 5er in the next few years then it might be worth the consideration. I plan that very upgrade but I still won't buy a DRW.
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Thanks everyone, now to find a truck
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My truck according the attached chart below, has a 5th wheel towing capacity of 15,900 lbs. if it was a DRW vs my SRW, it would add 200 lbs to my capacity.
More stable yes, more clearance concerns, yes. Both would work great for your application.
Pick your poison.

https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...guideApr08.pdf. Page 17.
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I tow a 30 ft trailer with a 2500hd. If I towed close by it is fine and does the job. If I was going to take a few long trips the dually would be more stable. I have talked to a lot of people pulling enclosed car trailers and the ones that moved up to the duallies say they would never go back when considering how much more stable they are.
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We pull a 30 ft'er with a 2500HD. However, I added heavy duty Hellwig sway bars, front and rear, to the truck along with Bilstein shocks. With the sway control on the trailer (we just use a friction bar along with the weight distribution hitch) we have no issues. Of course our truck is a crew cab short bed. The long wheelbase of the truck sure helps prevent the tail wagging the dog syndrome.
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I tow a 30 ft trailer with a 2500hd. If I towed close by it is fine and does the job. If I was going to take a few long trips the dually would be more stable. I have talked to a lot of people pulling enclosed car trailers and the ones that moved up to the duallies say they would never go back when considering how much more stable they are.
Are you using a WD system? I didn't like how my f350 pulled mine until I my equalizer on it. The truck won't change the sway effect nearly every trailer exhibits.
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When I bought this TT the dealer included a weight distribution hitch with the chains and friction sway control.
But 4 rear tires will have less sway and more support then 2.
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That's true but if the WD system is setup correctly it shouldn't be needed.
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If your rear axle weight starts to reach the max rating on the tires the dually will help regardless of the style of hitch you use.

It's just my opinion but towing locally, with in 4 or 5 hours I'm happy with my truck. When I have towed long distances, across multiple states I tend to get tired and stressed a little. This is only one persons opinion and I could spend more money on a better hitch for my situation. I would just look at your overall needs and use of the truck.
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Methinks someone is just trying to justify a new truck

I have pulled across I-80 to Nebraska, across I-70 when that hurricane punched all the way up to Ohio, up and down the mountains of W. Va and Va and the way that I have our 2500HD setup has not caused me to worry.

You really could correct the issues with the truck, but for long distance towing, if you are not worried about the increased cost of the truck and maintenance costs, a dually diesel would haul that trailer down the road a lot easier.

With the above said about our truck and if I had the money to replace it, I would get a long bed, crew cab diesel dually for pulling the trailer because of a bunch of other reasons other than stability.
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