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Old September 29th, 2011, 09:19 AM   #1
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I'm debating getting a dually for towing my camper and Jeep. I currently tow with a 3/4ton big block Suburban. The Suburban was great as we have a family of 6. Now that we have a 8 passenger Tahoe, I don't need an eight passenger Suburban also. A truck would be nice for towing compared to the Suburban for the bed space(bikes, wood, generator, etc).

The Suburban is going up for sale this winter and a pickup truck will be purchase(hopefully) by spring. I need a 3/4 ton at least, but have considered crew cab dually 2wd or 4wd.

Is the dually that much more stable for towing over single rear wheel trucks? My camper is heavy, weight 6800 empty well over 8k loaded. Some trips might be close to 9k.

This truck is not a daily driver and would be driven to tow, so I'm not concerned with the dually's suck to park at the mall issue everyone says.

thanks for any advice from dually owners.
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Old September 29th, 2011, 12:06 PM   #2
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You'll be fine, unless that's a truck camper that sits in the bed.
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Yeah, I think modern single wheel 3/4 or 1 tons are fine. Dually is a huge benefit if you are doing an slide in camper, as ScOoTeR noted...
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I think that you would do fine with a SRW as long as you don't have a ton of tounge weight. I haul my 5th wheel toy hauler with my 3/4 ton SRW with no problems (14,000+ lbs).

Like mentioned if you were using a heavy Truck camper then the DRW would be a big benifit.

The DRW is a PITA as you have two more tires to maintain and change.
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The big reason for a dually in my mind while towing big is the added safety of another tire on each side in case of a blowout. Otherwise, my 1-ton SRW can carry anything a DRW can. Just add a set of airbags to level out your load and to cushion the ride a bit. SRW's ride better too.
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The big reason for a dually in my mind while towing big is the added safety of another tire on each side in case of a blowout. Otherwise, my 1-ton SRW can carry anything a DRW can. Just add a set of airbags to level out your load and to cushion the ride a bit. SRW's ride better too.
Well, the single tires are the limit, due to weight rating, with real high pin weights.
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wil the dually help with sway or will the srw act the same?
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A little with the sway. I hauled 15,000+ lbs down to the badlands with my old dually and never had any sway, that was with a tri axle gooseneck and it was very stable on the way down. I have a single wheel now and i have not towed any thing that heavy yet but i feel it will be fine with the proper load range tires.
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duallly won't be pushed by a fifth wheel as easily on corners. more rubber on the ground when big objects are in tow is always nice.
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Dually is the correct answer for any question.
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A little less than what is being looked for I know, but from owning and driving different trucks ( currently own a dually) and pulling just a car trailer ( total of about 6-7,000 lbs) I have noticed a big reduction in sway almost any kind ( not to say that there was a lot in the srw trucks, just that much less in the dually.) I didn't notice that much while pulling a 12,000 lbs 32' fifth wheel camper either. ( the owner of the trailer used a 3/4 ton to pull it.)


So is it needed, not really, but if your gonna use it almost exclusively for towing why not make it so you can tow just about anything you want, ( never know when the extra capacity could come in, or extra stability for.that matter.) The biggest thing I have noticed with my dually is winter driving ( empty ) as there are more tires for flotation insted of traction requiring a little more weight for ideal traction. I have considered for empty driving in the winter of pulling the inside rears for better traction, like others have said with correct tires there will.still be a good amound of.capacity, just be mindfull and put the extra wheels back on for heavy haulin.

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Duallys can be a pain in the ass if they are two wheel drive. My truck sucks in the snow and has even been stuck in wet grass when I had an empty trailer on it.

I think duallys are intended for heavy loads at high speeds for extended periods of time verses a single wheel one ton.

On the flip side, my dually will pull or haul just about anything you can throw at it. It's a 7.3 IDI turbo that has been cranked up. I've pulled my 6500# trailer with my 10000# backhoe on it hundreds of miles at a time. It's very stable and 7.3 with 302k on it has no issues maintaining 70 mph. I really like the truck but it's an old crusty POS. I plan on doing some work on it soon so it's not such an eye sore.

If I can give you one piece of advice that you listen to, make sure you buy four wheel drive.
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not worried about how it acts in snow, as it would hardly get driven in the winter....it's a spare vehicle for towing. I would like a 4x4 over a 2wd, but I have found some really well taken care of 2wd ones at great prices.
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i just got a dually 4x4 chevy 3500, I wasnt looking for a dually but found one at an awesome price. Its not my daily driver but i'll be able to tow whatever i want and not worry about over loading it. Get the dually, the cool factor outweighs the cons
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i just got a dually 4x4 chevy 3500, I wasnt looking for a dually but found one at an awesome price. Its not my daily driver but i'll be able to tow whatever i want and not worry about over loading it. Get the dually, the cool factor outweighs the cons
what engine did you get big block or diesel? what I'm looking at is '98-'00 chevy/gmc with vortec 7.4L, and hopefully 4:10's.
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not worried about how it acts in snow, as it would hardly get driven in the winter....it's a spare vehicle for towing. I would like a 4x4 over a 2wd, but I have found some really well taken care of 2wd ones at great prices.
I understand your logic but if you end up having to use the truck in the winter, you will be amazed at how bad it is in the snow comparted to a single wheel 2wd.

I use my truck all winter long. I just deal with th suckyness by making sure areas I have to go are plowed out or I havea good head of steam to get through them.



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I'm debating getting a dually for towing my camper and Jeep. I currently tow with a 3/4ton big block Suburban. The Suburban was great as we have a family of 6. Now that we have a 8 passenger Tahoe, I don't need an eight passenger Suburban also. A truck would be nice for towing compared to the Suburban for the bed space(bikes, wood, generator, etc).

The Suburban is going up for sale this winter and a pickup truck will be purchase(hopefully) by spring. I need a 3/4 ton at least, but have considered crew cab dually 2wd or 4wd.

Is the dually that much more stable for towing over single rear wheel trucks? My camper is heavy, weight 6800 empty well over 8k loaded. Some trips might be close to 9k.

This truck is not a daily driver and would be driven to tow, so I'm not concerned with the dually's suck to park at the mall issue everyone says.

thanks for any advice from dually owners.
Check the GCWR and back into the vehicle choices, heck even take your trailer with you to test it out. Also consider maintenance, six tires now vs 4 for replacement, and general maintenance like car washes? I don't think so. Just my $0.02
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tires don't bother me, if the truck has good tires on it when I buy, it would probably still have the same set on it when I sell it in a few years. if not I would buy retreads at $110 each. this truck would see probably less than 5k miles a year probably closer to 3k.
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tires don't bother me, if the truck has good tires on it when I buy, it would probably still have the same set on it when I sell it in a few years. if not I would buy retreads at $110 each. this truck would see probably less than 5k miles a year probably closer to 3k.
Then I would suggest you buy what you want. Duallys have a higher weight rating than single wheel one tons and go down the road better if you are really piling the weight on. The rear wheel drive ones just suck ass in the snow. If you can live with that, dually is the right choice.

If you can work it out, get a crew cab. I don't think I will ever own another two door truck again.
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I daily drive a 2000 F350 cc lb drw. my next truck will be a srw. In my opinion unless your towing cross country on a regular basis you have no need for a dually. I love my truck and it pulls like a freight train but its really no better than my buddys 01 F350 cc sb srw. The short box srw is getting 4 to 6 MPG better than mine. Mosty since his has 3:73 and my truck has 4:10 so he runs less rpm at 70. towing a 32ft gooseneck with 10,000lbs worth of tractors i couldt tell the diff between the srw and drw as for as sway.
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