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Drw or srw

I just want to know if a dually is worth owning nowadays since the srw tucks have a decent payload. The heaviest I'll be pulling is a fifthwheel camper trailer. How long idk since it will be awhile before I purchase that.

I just need to know if I need a drw for that or I can get away with a one ton srw.

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How heavy is the 5th wheel? How often do you tow? How far do you tow? Where do you tow? Those are all questions you'll have to answer.

Your average weekend warrior has no need for a dually. Duallies are nice from a stability standpoint, especially when you pass or are passed by a semi.


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Dunno weight. Deal is get a truck that mostly will be driven unloaded. With the occasional trailer. Not often and it will prolly sit most of the time since I would be living in it when I'm down south on work. The drive is about 3 ish hrs.


That's what I thought since I wouldn't be towing as much. It would be more like moving it around or drive it back.


Also with the mindset of using it for vacation once in a while.


I was thinking a 2 axle max trailer that's under 30'

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Guess for what I will do with the trailer, a dually would be overkill lol.

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Yea unless ur gonna be towing for a living, or a lot a dually is gonna be more then ya need....it's nice to have if u tow a lot, but just more of a pain if ur only using it once in a while...just sick with a single wheel if u will do everything ya need
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Agreed, stick with the srw for your usage.

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If pulling a large 5th wheel...I'd opt dually. Why? Imagine a blowout on a SRW vs dually. Catastrophe vs big inconvenience.

That being said, many people pull 5th wheels with SRWs...just make sure you keep the rubber in good shape and replace as necessary. And, a set of air bags may help you as well.

Good luck. I'm sure you'll love whatever you get (except trying a drive thru with dually LOL).

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After pulling the loads I have in my DRW, I don't feel as comfortable pulling over 10K on a SRW truck. The stability and redundancy in the event of a blow out, far make up for the additional parking space in my eyes.
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Basically the only difference between the two trucks is the 2 extra tires correct?

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Kind of. The gear ratios are more limited, I believe, on the DRW. Also, a DRW sits lower than an SRW 350 in the rear.

From the sounds of it, a DRW is not necessary at all for you. I tow tandem duals all week and I've never had a problem with my SRWs. If you get an SRW, just keep your speeds a little lower and always check your tires for signs of wear.

Go SRW and never look back. If you start hauling more frequently or heavier, maybe consider a dually. In the mean time, have fun only having to pay for 4 tires instead of 6!


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