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Old 08-12-2016, 04:59 PM   #11
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SAE has established standards for the manufacturers to test and establishing towing standards - SAE J2807.

The August edition of Trailer Life has a good article on this.
If I remember correctly, I think the article indicated that all the truck manufacturers are now following this SAE standard to establishing tow ratings.
I believe they are still self certified IOW there is no third party approval.
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Old 08-12-2016, 05:14 PM   #12
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My vote is for the dual wheels, my 5 th wheel was the wide 100 inch model so why have a skinny truck pull a wide trailer. Advantages of dual wheels as previously stated is stability cross winds and blow outs can happen. The dual wheels will give better floatation if you camp in some unimproved camp spots. It just might be the difference in getting back to the road.
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:25 PM   #13
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I think we will probably go dual wheel. Looking at the gear ratios in the rear axle. My 2500 has 3:55s I think, and they're too high for this. Been looking at a 3500 with 3:73s. It will be my daily driver, so I'm not sure really if the 4:10s are needed.
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:19 PM   #14
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In the 3500 class, how many tow large fifth wheels with the SRWs? I'm weighing options and need to trade. FW is a '16 Pinnacle 38FLSA
You are in a great position...having a choice.

Would not even think of a SRW to pull our rig the way I want to pull...and that is with the greatest amount of safety for the weights we have....15,900 gross. Heading South to AZ for the Winter we are right around 15,400+-.

Can a SRW pull these weights? Of course but after talking personally (live in person not on the Internet) with SRW owners pulling similar weights to ours if they could have had the option to go DRW they either had their truck, SRW, before going to a new rig with higher weights than their previous rig and could not afford to change trucks and rig at the same time.

The old excuse that 'the truck is my daily driver' is really not valid for most people. Our DRW 3500HD Crew Cab 8' box is my daily driver and if you have to adjust to where you park at the store, restaurant, ATM, movies, the Mall, post office just adjust! A little extra walk of maybe 20-40 yards might just be good for you....it is for me.

Again you are in the perfect situation and trust you will make the best decision.

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Old 08-12-2016, 08:40 PM   #15
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We're a year or two away from being in the position to really get into traveling for months at a time. Currently, we have the coach set up on an annual site and don't move it much. When the time comes in the near future I want to have enough information from folks that have the experience. I've never owned a drw truck. With the age and miles on my old 2500 I may be just as well off to keep it.
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:34 PM   #16
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I had a 2016 2500 Silverado that I was pulling a sl octane 222 with, and now I got a 2016 3500 dually, both had duramax diesels. the dually is also my daily driver. It took a bit to get use to, but its not that bad as some people say. If your one that always parks by front doors, a dually is not for you. I don't own a 5th wheel but at the rate I'm going, it just might be my next toy hauler. the dually just feels better when towing something. I just feel more confident in the seat while I'm driving, more so than my 2500. its your choice , but from my experience. the dually is more suited to be towing.
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I think we will probably go dual wheel. Looking at the gear ratios in the rear axle. My 2500 has 3:55s I think, and they're too high for this. Been looking at a 3500 with 3:73s. It will be my daily driver, so I'm not sure really if the 4:10s are needed.
Thats a good plan. You've probably already noticed the SRW are only available with 3.42s when you order the CTD. Less of an issue when you get the Aisin transmission but something to think about when your 5er is as big as yours.

My vote would be 3500 DRW Aisin with 3.73s. I'd skip the super fancy interior and spend my money on the transmission and active air ride. I have a big horn 3500 and it's plenty nice on the inside.
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That's what we thinking too....I haven't got hold of the trim options, but I agree on the extra $$$ for interior. Can't find a lot of info on the Aisin transmissions, lot of dealers I talk to try to push the other auto, I have read about a lot of problems with them.
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Both transmissions are stout, I'd suggest doing your research and then driving both. I ended up with an Aisin truck but would have been okay with a 68rfe, they just didn't have one optioned the way I wanted with one. Assuming you don't modify your motor chances of either transmission failing is next to none and either will handle your rig.

In the end I'm glad I got what I did as it feels like a tuned trannsmission to me. The 68 didn't but I don't think it was bad by any stretch.
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With the dually you will lose some weight cause you can't get thru the drive thru line anymore at the fast food joint.

Also the drive thru bank lane is a challenge to your sidewalls and mirrors.....Don't ask me how I know!
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