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ksss

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Posted: 11/06/21 10:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't think there is really a wrong answer to any of the questions. Any of the available 1 ton SRW's would manage that weight just fine. If you would prefer a DRW that obviously would make sense as well. I use my 3500 SRW for business as well as pulling my TH so the long box makes the most sense for me. If I wasn't working out of it, I would probably be in a 6.5 box. My '18 3500 SRW weighs 30K combined routinely moving equipment, and it manages the weight well. The newer models have more capacity than this truck does. So you weigh the pros and cons of DRW and decide for yourself. Everyone's priorities are different. Good problem to have though.


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Based on your usage, yes either a srw or drw will work. Mostly dragging the camper around, I’d go dually.
If you do, that only leaves you one option for a short bed, but I’d also get a long bed given a blank slate to get whatever I wanted.
Brand? Different discussion but any of the big 3 will be just fine and then some.


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I have had 2 3500 chev duallys. The reason was for towing and nothing else. having towed for many years I know it was the best for us. Never had a reason to feel different. long box is what we like. Hope you get what you will enjoy for many trips.

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speediq99 wrote:

'My truck's unladen rear axle (hitch installed) weighs about 3470 lbs. My trucks's GRAWR is 7230 lbs. So a pin weight of around 3700lbs should be just fine.'

Based on this, it sounds like a 1 ton will have room to spare. I am just not sure if this is all I need to consider.

I heard stability in wind and rain may make a dually a better choice. Is there a big difference?

I may have to look at a lighter 5th wheel. I have never driven a dually, except for a motorhome. My preference seems to be a 1 ton SRW.

Coming from a f150, it is hard to imagine a 1 ton not being enough. Live to learn.

Any suggestions on high quality 5th wheels on the lighter end of the scale (15k) loaded?

Thank you for all the replies.

MC


The thing you want to avoid is loading your fiver in such a way as to generate a light pin. A 17k fiver with only a 2600 lb pin will not tow as nice behind a SRW truck as a 17k fiver with a 3600 lb pin weight behind that same truck, regardless of what the numbers say. No matter what you do there will be some sort of compromise .... getting a lighter trailer will likely mean compromising quality or size. A dually will require some compromise while unhooked. The SRW one ton might mean compromising on some weight numbers.


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I would ask you wife what she is most comfortable with. She's more important than the truck or trailer.

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Posted: 11/06/21 09:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

speediq99 wrote:

'My truck's unladen rear axle (hitch installed) weighs about 3470 lbs. My trucks's GRAWR is 7230 lbs. So a pin weight of around 3700lbs should be just fine.'

Based on this, it sounds like a 1 ton will have room to spare. I am just not sure if this is all I need to consider.

I heard stability in wind and rain may make a dually a better choice. Is there a big difference?

I may have to look at a lighter 5th wheel. I have never driven a dually, except for a motorhome. My preference seems to be a 1 ton SRW.

Coming from a f150, it is hard to imagine a 1 ton not being enough. Live to learn.

Any suggestions on high quality 5th wheels on the lighter end of the scale (15k) loaded?

Thank you for all the replies.

MC


We looked hard at a Solitude 373 and a dually F-350. We decided to go with a 310GK-R and an F-250 with 7.3 and 4.30 axle. It was the right choice for us. We added a dishwasher, washer/dryer, new gas range with convection oven and sleep number king bed.


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