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I'm looking for a truck now that can comfortably carry 4500 lbs of slide in camper. Looking at GVWs and curb weights, it seems like I'm going to need DRW. Is the added capacity just from the extra tires? Or is there upgraded suspension/ wheel bearings, etc. also on a dually? We will eventually want to tow a few thousand pounds of trailer behind it too, that's what I'm doing in the PSD forums.
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For now, just the camper on the bed. Back and forth to AZ from New England and local in the Northeast. In a few years we will be in AZ permanently and will be towing a horse trailer behind the camper when we go to the river or lakes, etc. I just wonder if a DRW is that much more capable just because of the extra pair of sneakers in the back, or if there are some hard parts upgraded also. Right now we are making do with a 2500HD Sierra that is good for about 4000# (9200 GVW). The truck is light with a regular cab and a 6.o gasser so we get away with it, but I think about rear wheel bearings, etc. when we are winding through the Adirondaks on those little roads. We've seen a couple of deals on diesels but all SRW, but most are probably around 9900 GVW, no increase in capacity cause of the extra weight of the powerplant and we want a super cab when we get a new ride.
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drw in 350 forum is just a difftent axle (mine's a sterling 10.5 vs dana 80 [uaually] in a srw) suspension's the same and yes just the two tires to spread the load and make it more stable. just look up what its ratings are depending on the year as they differ from diffrent model years. one more thing to look up (no matter what model year) is adding air bag's to the rear, with a slide in it'll help the swaying of the top heavy weight.


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I put some Firestone bags on last year and it doesn't make all that much difference, I can stiffen it up some but it also raises it some. A Hellwig sway bar on the rear really did make a difference in corners and when 100 feet of double semi goes flying by us. We drive loaded out on the beach a lot and it was just what the truck needed. I notice on a lot of 350s we see they come with a sway bar stock.

Dana 80? Sterling 10.5? I guess I'm an old guy. When I was a kid I worked for Ford Motor Heavy Truck and all there was was Dana 60 and 70. That was back when they BUILT the Kentucky truck plant. For the new L models. Guess I've got some reading to do to get up to date.
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I put some Firestone bags on last year and it doesn't make all that much difference, I can stiffen it up some but it also raises it some. A Hellwig sway bar on the rear really did make a difference in corners and when 100 feet of double semi goes flying by us. We drive loaded out on the beach a lot and it was just what the truck needed. I notice on a lot of 350s we see they come with a sway bar stock.

Dana 80? Sterling 10.5? I guess I'm an old guy. When I was a kid I worked for Ford Motor Heavy Truck and all there was was Dana 60 and 70. That was back when they BUILT the Kentucky truck plant. For the new L models. Guess I've got some reading to do to get up to date.
might be that the cab chassis is difftent (all three I drive/have). But the two srw's are both 80's.

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The Ford DRW Tow Boss has the Dana 80 with 4.3 gears and I believe the rear springs and blocks are different than on a SRW.

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I believe all duallies have different springs and blocks than the srw trucks iirc at least 99+

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The SRW 350 has a 4" block and the DRW trucks have a 2" block. DRW also has more spring. Not sure if you are looking at a new or used truck but here is the 2013 Superduty towing guide. http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/g...superdtypu.pdf

A google search usually brings up the specific year you are looking for. One thing not mentioned in the towing guide is the rear axle weight rating. That would be the number I would be concerned about after you add the tongue weight of a stock trailer along with the slide in.




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Well, we found one. Just what we wanted really, right down to the "no chrome on the grille". 13000 GVW, 9000# rear axle weight. Should be able to handle anything we could come up with. The Minister of Finance loved it the minute she got behind the wheel, and that's all it took.
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