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Old 12-25-2011, 05:24 AM
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I regretted it and I went from a dually to a SRW and have no regrets at all. I'm on my second 2500HD since the dually. My truck is my daily driver. The only plus for the dually for me was in towing on the highway.

With a dually, I could not go through a car wash, bank drive thru, into a parking garage and even some fast food drive thru's. The dually also had to be in 4wd if there was even a 1/4 inch of snow on the ground.

I tow about 10.5k about 4000 miles a year with no problem behind my 2500HD.
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:56 AM
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A dually is very seldom "needed" it is wanted or desired but seldom needed.

On other threads I dispute the advantages of DRW over SRW because science does not support the claims of many of the DRW fans, BUT I CAN NOT argue that the DRW does look cooler and may "feel" safer under certain conditions.

The choice is yours unless you are over-weight, then again it's still your choice to make but if something happens after that you have to live with.
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This combo works well;
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Sweet combo . Want to lend it out.

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Sweet combo . Want to lend it out.

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No but would really like to be using it!
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[QUOTE=Catmando;3578649]@huskyrider Any 1/2 ton pickup can tow 8000-9000lbs now.
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Maybe the sales brochure says that, but not sure i wanna use a half ton to pull a 9k lb enclosed trailer thru the hills.
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My recomendations are based on personal butt cheek pucker factors of real life towing in SE Texas.
We typically take quite a bit of rain, mostly light occasionaly heavy, and have many asphalt roads.
I pull excavators and building materials on trailers every day.
I've always used a panic braking in the rain situation as my milestone for measurement of ability.
I wouldn't want to be pulling 4 1/2 tons behind a half ton truck in the rain on a blacktop road and make any type of panic braking due to a motorists action or a light going yellow that your not close enough to make. Laying on your horn and flashing brights as your literally sliding through the intersection doesn't cut it for me.
I've been there and done that pulling a 277 Caterpillar on an equipment trailer (11500lbs) behind a 3/4 ton fleetside Ford. Note, I was also working the sensitivity dial on my controller like a mad man to slow the rig without locking up the trailer tires.

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This forum cracks me up sometimes....at one end of the spectrum there are guys that say you rarely need anything other than a 1/2 ton to tow....and at the other extreme guys saying you need a Kodiak or F550 to tow a 28 footer.

Very little middle ground from what I've noticed.
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This forum cracks me up sometimes....at one end of the spectrum there are guys that say you rarely need anything other than a 1/2 ton to tow....and at the other extreme guys saying you need a Kodiak or F550 to tow a 28 footer.

Very little middle ground from what I've noticed.

Agreed!

Biggest concern pulling weight is stopping power. I've been impressed with the F350's brakes.
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Hi guys, I've towed everything from a 12 foot tin boat to my 43 foot Scarab( 15,000 lbs). The rule of thumb I use is that the truck should weigh at least as much as the boat other wise when you get into tight situations( I know a F350 doesn't weigh 15,000lb but it is a dually) the boat may end up steering the the truck. The biggest advantage to a dually is in the cornering, it is alot harder for the boat to influence the truck in the corners when there are 4 rear truck tires on the road as opposed to just two. Given the option I would always take a dually over a single wheel truck. I love my
F350 and wouldn't tow with anything else and as has already been said it is probably over kill . But as I say better safe than sorry. If you can afford it buy a DRW truck. Just my two cents.
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