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I looked at a couple of trucks and found a really nice dually 3500, diesel, extra cab, Dodge 1997. Should I go dually or not?
 

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Originally posted by Sloan:
<STRONG>I looked at a couple of trucks and found a really nice dually 3500, diesel, extra cab, Dodge 1997. Should I go dually or not?</STRONG>
The only drawbacks would be:
1. SLIGHTLY worse mileage.
2. Have to buy 2 extra tires.
3. Less manuverable.

On the plus side, you can tow more with greater stability. So, if it's a nice truck and a good deal, I'd go for it even if I didn't "need" the DRW.

P.S. I drive a 99 F350 DRW 100+ mi daily, it's my economy commuter <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

[ 09-15-2001: Message edited by: Brandon Edward Wright ]
 

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Mike just got one!, seem like a really neat rig
 

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single wheel trucks are <IMG SRC="smilies/rainbow.gif" border="0"> Iif you want to get it awn when you tow. There truly is no comparison. If you ever decide to get a cabover camper, and tow, you'll wish you had a dually. I recently follwed a Cummins dually towing a massive 5th wheel RV trailer to Tahoe, and I had a hard time keeping up with him in the Saturn. A single wheel truck would have ended up in the American River. I towed my rig to Fordyce recently with a single wheel chevy and couldn't believe the difference compared to my old dually (even with the cabover on it).
 

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. If you ever decide to get a cabover camper, and tow, you'll wish you had a dually.

one my recent trip to Moab and farmington I was sold on a Dually all the way!! with an 11 foot cab over camper and a 18 foot loaded car trailer on a single tire rear axle made for a scary ride!!
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Originally posted by [email protected]:
<STRONG>. If you ever decide to get a cabover camper, and tow, you'll wish you had a dually.

one my recent trip to Moab and farmington I was sold on a Dually all the way!! with an 11 foot cab over camper and a 18 foot loaded car trailer on a single tire rear axle made for a scary ride!!
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That's what Im talkin' 'bout. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Mark Ryan Harris:
<STRONG>Mike just got one!, seem like a really neat rig</STRONG>
Yep, pretty much the same rig too! BTW I still get WAY better milage than my old gas powered pickup. Did 150 miles last week on a little over 7 gallons of diesel.. so thats what about 20 mpg or so? I haven't gotten milage like that since the last economy car I owned in college. I also dig the club cab, fits my entire family in it as comfortably as my wifes grand cherokee (even with the required car seats so my 9 year old claims). Parkings a bit more of a pain, but a lot of that is the extra length of the extended cab and long box combo. So now I park a bit further away and walk a bit longer to get a spot I can easily back out of. Im totally stoked with my purchase.. I got a great deal on it.. and I can convince myself I did my patriotic duty by dumping several thousand dollars into circulation <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">




Somehow typed 5 gallons.. oh well.. points still the same <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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Thanks guys because I was thinking cab over camper and towing the 40. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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now that yall mantion it,maybe i should have gotton the dual wheel truck.because my plans or to get a cab-over camper for the bed.but i was thinking about getting a fold down truck camper,they are a lots lighter.since i have single wheels i guess it will have to do...
 

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SRW trucks actually have a higher GVWR than a DRW truck. when you add on the extra weight of two more tires, fenders, and all the other little things it takes to spin two more tires, you have lowered your GVWR. If you want stability and comfort and the peice of mind of knowing you have one extra tire left if one tire goes south, than the dually is for you. If you want flat out grunt, haulin the BIG loads, single tire is fine. Just remember, the bigger the truck, the lower the GVWR. A regular cab, short box, SRW truck will haul more than a crew cab, long box, dually.
 

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Originally posted by Scott *FYRMAN*:
<STRONG>SRW trucks actually have a higher GVWR than a DRW truck. when you add on the extra weight of two more tires, fenders, and all the other little things it takes to spin two more tires, you have lowered your GVWR. If you want stability and comfort and the peice of mind of knowing you have one extra tire left if one tire goes south, than the dually is for you. If you want flat out grunt, haulin the BIG loads, single tire is fine. Just remember, the bigger the truck, the lower the GVWR. A regular cab, short box, SRW truck will haul more than a crew cab, long box, dually.</STRONG>
Just because some number on the door says it can haul more, it doesn't mean it can handle the weight better.

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ok, i have also been planning on buying a slide in camper for my 97 f350 crew cab 4x4 with the power stroke (single rear wheel). this thing is big heavy and seems like it could handle the camper and the trailer. also i don't plan to buy one as big as the one in the pic but rather i am going to look for one of the pop-up top ones. they are supposed to lighter and have less wind drag. anyone have any sugguestions?
 

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Originally posted by Scott *FYRMAN*:
<STRONG>SRW trucks actually have a higher GVWR than a DRW truck. when you add on the extra weight of two more tires, fenders, and all the other little things it takes to spin two more tires, you have lowered your GVWR. If you want stability and comfort and the peice of mind of knowing you have one extra tire left if one tire goes south, than the dually is for you. If you want flat out grunt, haulin the BIG loads, single tire is fine. Just remember, the bigger the truck, the lower the GVWR. A regular cab, short box, SRW truck will haul more than a crew cab, long box, dually.</STRONG>

<IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> Uhhh yeah, mabye in fantasy land, buddy. Why don't you come pick up my 10.5' Lance Cabover Camper and load it up with a week's worth of camping gear, put my cruiser on my trailer on the back of your rig (you will need a 2' extension hitch) and take your single rear wheel truck for a spin and tell me how it's just as good as a dually. <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by high5:
<STRONG>ok, i have also been planning on buying a slide in camper for my 97 f350 crew cab 4x4 with the power stroke (single rear wheel). this thing is big heavy and seems like it could handle the camper and the trailer. also i don't plan to buy one as big as the one in the pic but rather i am going to look for one of the pop-up top ones. they are supposed to lighter and have less wind drag. anyone have any sugguestions?</STRONG>
Troy has a "four wheel" pop up camper. It's small, but it only weighs 800lbs. vs my 2500lbs for my empty Lance.

I think if I were you, I'd just get a full cab over. You can't beat the comfort factor. Plus you can ride in it while travelling. Just get one of the smaller ones that fits in the bed. It's not like you can't haul a trailer and camper with a SRW truck, it's just not as pleasant as it is with a dually. That's all. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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I am planning on getting a SRW tow rig since I don't ever plan on buying a camper for the back. I really don't like the DRW for daily driving and such, but that is my opinion. If I did plan on using a slide in camper and towing, I would get the DRW.
 

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My next tow rig will be a dually. I have a single rear wheel Ford F-350 and yes, it's rated more, but when is the last time you believed the numbers as required by some idiot in Washingon? The extra stability and load capacity that comes with adding those two tires is well worth having them with you every time you go to the grocery store.

Get it!!!!
 
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