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Old 03-17-2005, 09:59 PM
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I am going to step out and offer $10,500. Dually is a must...that boat catches a lot of air if you catch a good crosswind....you will not be white knuckleing it with 4 wheels back there. I would not recommend air bags as you will not have that much tongue weight if the boat is properly set up on the trailer. I have had a lowered dually and air bags are a must if you go that route.
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Old 03-17-2005, 10:19 PM
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I recommend air bags on EVERY truck. I like the way mine handles without a load back there with the air bags. Its like having an adjustable anti-sway bar on the rear end. When was the last time you saw a 2500 Avalanche drift a corner without rolling a tire?
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Old 03-18-2005, 08:30 AM
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Chuck:

I think you have enough truck but you really need to try it on the road. A weight distributing set up with anti sway is the way to go. The dually will be more stable but I am not sure at what cost (around town driveability). It also depends on how much towing you do and where. If you go long distances for poker runs (500 + miles) alot then you may consdier a dually.
Having a good brake set up on the trailer is key also.

Sutphen: do a search on google for Firestone air bags.

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Old 03-18-2005, 08:53 AM
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Firestone Ride-Right http://www.firestoneindustrial.com/OE/index.htm

Air-Lift http://www.airliftcompany.com/

Above are the leading manufacturers. I have Air-Lift 1000s on my 2500 Avalanche, and had the same set on my Tahoe. Separate air-fill nozzles for each side is a must if you do not install a compressor. If you install a compressor, you want to be able to fill each side individually, as you do not want load shifting to send air from one bag to the other on a single loop system.

I paid $300 installed for my Air-Lifts without a compressor from:
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Originally Posted by wannabe
Chuck:

A weight distributing set up with anti sway is the way to go.

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You can do a Weight Distributing Hitch with Surge Brakes.
You CANNOT use anti-away bars with Surge Brakes.
You MUST have electric brakes to use anti-sway bars.

More than likely, this calibre of trailer will have electric brakes.
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Old 03-18-2005, 10:56 AM
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No, you never have enough truck
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Old 03-18-2005, 11:18 AM
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Depends on how far you are trailering. A friend of mine tows a 45 Sonic with a single rear wheel shortbed extended cab Dodge Ram 1500. Of course he only takes it to the ramp 1/2 mile from his house.

Any long distance towing DUALLY
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Old 03-18-2005, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by 43Thunder
Depends on how far you are trailering. A friend of mine tows a 45 Sonic with a single rear wheel shortbed extended cab Dodge Ram 1500. Of course he only takes it to the ramp 1/2 mile from his house.

Any long distance towing DUALLY
Yeah, but what does he do when he wants to pull it OUT of the water???
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Old 03-18-2005, 11:52 AM
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Yeah, but what does he do when he wants to pull it OUT of the water???
Four wheel drive low. I never said he was smart just rich.
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Screw dually!!!
I have a 2500 HD and my boat weighs 10,000# Single rear wheels. Pulls it just fine. In fact, I pulled the same boat with my brothers dually, duramax, crew cab and there was hardly a difference in ride comfort. Both trucks would bottom out on the bumps. So this year I added air bags to the rear. Should solve the problem. You'll be fine as long as you stick with the original 10 ply tires. (Load Range E), and keep them pumped up to 80 psi, or whatever it says on the sidewall.
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