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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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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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