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Old 03-17-2005, 07:22 PM
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I bought a new GMC 2500 HD Duramax last summer knowing I was going to a bigger boat. I'm going to be pulling a 36 Nor-Tech, 9500 pounds and a 10'9" beam. I know the truck has enough power but I'm starting to worry if I really need a dually. I didn't get the dually because I spend alot of non towing time in the truck. What do you guys think? I will be trailering every weekend ( May thru Oct.). Thanks
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Old 03-17-2005, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuck
I bought a new GMC 2500 HD Duramax last summer knowing I was going to a bigger boat. I'm going to be pulling a 36 Nor-Tech, 9500 pounds and a 10'9" beam. I know the truck has enough power but I'm starting to worry if I really need a dually. I didn't get the dually because I spend alot of non towing time in the truck. What do you guys think? I will be trailering every weekend ( May thru Oct.). Thanks
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Old 03-17-2005, 07:33 PM
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With that kind of width, absolutely a long bed, crew cab dually WITH rear air-bag suspension.
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Old 03-17-2005, 07:47 PM
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Crew cab dually, GMC Duramax. Steve
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Old 03-17-2005, 08:12 PM
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try it first and see how it feels, but you probably will end up with a dually...
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Old 03-17-2005, 08:54 PM
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Dual rear wheels will be required. Joe Murray
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:28 PM
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I'll start the bidding on the 2500 at $5,000.00
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yous guys are a joke $10.000
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:55 PM
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I think you've got enough truck to pull the weight...it's the ride you're concerned about.

If your trailer is a gooseneck, I'd go with the dually...displaces the weight over eight tire side walls instead of four.

If you've got a hitch, it depends on the class rating. Considering your tongue weight should be 10% of the total weight, therefore 950 pounds, you should have a class III or IV hitch. Then, depending on the ride, that is, if your truck really sags, you'll most likely want a weight distributing hitch. Beefing up the suspension to compensate for the sag will not keep from overloading the hitch...the weight distributing hitch does exactly that, distributes that 950 pounds between the truck and the trailer, instead of all that weight being at one point...on the ball.

My experience comes from having pulled a 12,000 pound gooseneck horse trailer and 10,000 pound boat with weight distributing hitch behind a Ford F-250, single rear wheels, with the 7.3L diesel. The boat towed great, but could've used a dually for the horse trailer.

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i agree with TGOR...very well said
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