Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Tow Vehicles: SRW vs DRW
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tow Vehicles

Open Roads Forum  >  Tow Vehicles

 > SRW vs DRW

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 5  
Next
Hemling

Montello, WI

Full Member

Joined: 06/05/2016

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 03:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At what weight / length FW is DRW a necessity? Realizing it's very subjective, but is there a consensus? Assuming everything else is equal on the tow rig.

Lwiddis

Near Annett’s Mono Village, Bridgeport, CA

Senior Member

Joined: 08/12/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 04:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not really subjective. Payload and max tow weight are determining factors for me. Wouldn’t have a DRW unless absolutely needed. Too difficult to park, drive off-road etc.


Winnebago 2101DS TT & 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71, 300 watts solar-parallel & MPPT, Trojan T-125s. TALL pole for flags. Prefer USFS, COE, BLM, NPS, TVA, USF&WS, state & county camps. Bicyclist! 14 year Army vet - 11B40 then 11A - (MOS 1542 & 1560)


Etstorm

Frankston,TX

Full Member

Joined: 04/07/2013

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 04:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No magic answer, the big three all have slightly different specs.

Walaby

Georgia

Senior Member

Joined: 11/10/2014

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hmmm... you joined 4 years ago. I suspect you know already there is far from any consensus.

Cargo capacity is generally speaking the least forgiving number and the one that is generally reached or exceeded first.

Length - there are some recommended formula's out there that take into consideration a tow vehicle's wheelspan, but that's even subjective.

I have a 40 ft 5th wheel I pull with a one ton SRW. Im within all my weight capacities and have no issues towing it.

Mike


Im Mike Willoughby, and I approve this message.
2017 Ram 3500 CTD (aka FRAM)
2019 GrandDesign Reflection 367BHS


azdryheat

Tucson, AZ

Senior Member

Joined: 03/02/2012

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 05:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My toy hauler has a hitch weight of 3,500 pounds and I need the 5,000 pound payload of a dually to carry everything else in the truck.


2013 Chevy 3500HD CC dually
2014 Voltage 3600 toy hauler
2011 Harley Ultra Limited
2016 RZR 900


IdaD

Idaho

Senior Member

Joined: 08/06/2014

View Profile



Posted: 07/09/20 05:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's not just the weight and length of the fifth wheel, other factors also matter. I work full time and have a young family, so a trailer for us is for camping and vacations and I drive my truck the rest of the time. In that scenario I'm willing to pull a larger fifth wheel with a SRW and it is a really capable truck because I don't want to deal with the drawbacks of a DRW. But if I'm retired and traveling more extensively the towing stability would matter more and the daily PITA factor of a DRW would matter less, so I'd lower the threshold where I'd go with a DRW.


2015 Cummins Ram 4wd CC/SB


KD4UPL

Swoope, VA

Senior Member

Joined: 03/16/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 05:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's just math. If your trailer is withing the payload capacity of the SRW then a dually isn't necessary.
If you're talking about a better towing experience than the dually will almost always be more stable and handle better with just about any trailer.
I've been towing all manner of trailers and equipment behind my dually for 15 years. I just hook it up and go. No sway bars, no WDH, just a ball. It always tows great.

rhagfo

Portland, OR

Senior Member

Joined: 07/06/2012

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

azdryheat wrote:

My toy hauler has a hitch weight of 3,500 pounds and I need the 5,000 pound payload of a dually to carry everything else in the truck.


X2
We have a listed payload of 5,411# we have 4,000# of that available for pin so hitch, passengers, hitch, and stuff are up 1,411# of available payload, keep that in mind when looking at those payload stickers, it is all for pin weight.
Our DRW is our only vehicle, there are a few drive through I will not challenge, but if I was still working it would be parked in the same spot I use to park the 2001 Ram 2500 Quad cab LB.


Russ & Paula the Beagle Belle.
2016 Ram Laramie 3500 Aisin DRW 4X4 Long bed.
2005 Copper Canyon 293 FWSLS, 32' GVWR 12,360#

"Visit and Enjoy Oregon State Parks"


ferndaleflyer

everywhere

Senior Member

Joined: 03/31/2011

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 07:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

KD4 Said it well consider this also the DRW has 50% more rubber on the ground. How is that not be better? I bought my first DRW in 1985 and never went back. Same with the 3 axel trailer, once I had one I can't imagine looking back. That set up is so much more stable than a SRW and I don't understand the difference in daily use as other than being a little wider. You get used to that.

Acdii

Capron

Senior Member

Joined: 05/26/2016

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 07/09/20 07:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When to consider a Dual RW is when the trailer is an ultra wide 101". Usually trailers that wide are also over the 16K GVWR and for stability purposes a Dually is a better choice. The trailers are wider than the SRW trucks.

Tomorrow I pick up a brand new 3660SUITE that will be towed with my 2012 F350 SB. According to the manufacturer, the UVW and pin weights, plus what we normally carried in our last trailer puts the trailer ~12628 pounds. @ 18% pin that gives me ~300 available payload. The empty pin weight is ~15.5%. Even if it jumps to 20% pin weight I am still OK, within ratings.

Here's the only thing I am a bit leery on, it is 42.5' long. I don't foresee issues, but would be more comfortable with a LB truck. The extra 18" of WB just gives it a bit more stability. I don't see it as Dually territory though. Wider, Heavier, and over 42' and then I would consider Dually.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 5  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Tow Vehicles

 > SRW vs DRW
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Tow Vehicles


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.