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Old 03-31-2011, 06:54 PM
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dually pro/con

gentleman, what are the downsides of owning a dually?

everyone that I talk to that drives a dually says they wouldn't drive anything else. Most who have srw say they will never have a dually. Wondering who is on the right side of the fence!

Considering going from 2006 250 srw to 2011 450

will be towing a boat that is about 50' on the railer and weighs around 15k about 6 months out of the year.

looking forward to your input!
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:57 PM
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I will never own a SRW truck. I have towed in winds that would have flipped truck and trailer without the training wheels. The downside is fuel efficiency and parking, oh and tight roads.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:58 PM
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for something that size and that much out of the year i would go dually, i think its mostly prefence
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Why are you trailering a boat that big?
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:03 PM
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Much more efficient to transport the boat over the road than the water. Plus she stays on the trailer, it is an outboard powered boat.

Interesting comment on the parking, i thought the 450 had the same slightly tighter turning radius than the 250 short box. I guess the width makes it hard to deal with?

On the narrow roads to you have to check your mirrors to stary in the lane or can you just drive down the road and stay within the lines?
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:05 PM
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I have had both. for towing, nothing beats the stability of a dually. it is a night and day diiference. the only downside I have is when its time for tires its 6 instead of 4.
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:05 AM
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I really enjoy my Dually, its my daily driver and towing rig. That type of load, you'd be hard pressed not to be with a F350 or F450, and I would really advise you go dually. In my opinion, I wouldn't tow over 10k in a SRW. The stability, and control that the DRW's give you is worth the hit in fuel milage. The lower gears of the DRW's handle that load better, and you'll actually see better milage from the 4.10' or the 4.30's with 15k hooked up, then you will with 3.73's.

Let us know what you decide to do.
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:26 AM
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A Dually is by far your best bet with something that big and heavy. I towed a 48' car hauler for a long time with the truck in my sig and every single mile was a miserable experience. The lift played a lot in to that but I need more stability. Josh is right about the wind, I have seen SRW's flip in high winds with large trailers, not that it doesn't happen with DRW;s also but it wont happen as easily.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:26 AM
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Thanks for the info guys, going to wait and see what incentives ford comes out with on Tuesday.

Ryan, I see you are looking at 6.4 450's. Do those motors have any problems other than the bad radiators in the 2008? Have been thinking about getting a used 6.4 and tuning and removing dpf.
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I converted my DRW to a SRW...But thats because I never tow that much weight.... If I did tow heavy I would have kept it a drw.
But man, it is night and day difference in ease of a daily driver as a SRW.
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