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Old 07-07-2011, 07:17 AM   #1
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Upgrading Tow Vehicle - Dual Rear Wheel vs Single Rear Wheel?

Planning to upgrade my truck in the near future. Currently have a Chevy 2500 4x4 crew cab, short box, Duramax w/ allison. I've been on the scales and with my current 5th wheel I'm at that weight max, it handles it well but I don't like being at the limit. Since I'm planning to get a new truck anyway I want to upgrade to a 3500 (Hopefully a new GMC Sierra 3500 4x4 Crew Cab). I'm not sure it I should go with the DRW or SRW. What are the advantages of having dual rear wheel over single rear wheel? Disadvantages (other than parking)? Any advice or recommendations will be appreciated.

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I think that it's going to depend on what you use the truck for. If it's solely a tow vehicle go with the dual rear wheels. But if you use your truck for other purposes you need to take into consideration your complete requirements. My truck get's used every day and tows 10 times a year. For me, dual rear wheels cause more issues than benefit. There's the added cost of tires, fuel, length and width of the vehicle which makes it completely unsuitable as a "family" vehicle. But when I retire an use my camper more and more, I will very likely get dually.
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Go Dually so much better ride in the wind. There are times when I don't notice the wind is blowing till I watch someone fighting there unit. I have pulled with four on the ground but won't go back. Just love the Dually, parking is no problem as we always park to the rear of any lots.

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If you are happy with your currrent truck then just get the 3500. DRW's seem to ride harshly and you feel every little bump. I test drove a dually and only went about a 1/4 mile and turned around. Way to rough for me.
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snip.......What are the advantages of having dual rear wheel over single rear wheel?....snip
The DRW will provide increased GVWR, RGAWR, GCWR, and tow weight ratings. THE DRW ride will smooth out a "little" when under load, but like 'Clutch" stated, they can be a hard ride otherwise (compared to a SRW).

IMO if you plan to upgrade your 5th wheel (increased pin weight and GVWR) go with the DRW....., otherwise I personally would lean toward the 3500 SRW.

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The DRW will provide increased GVWR, RGAWR, GCWR, and tow weight ratings. THE DRW ride will smooth out a "little" when under load, but like 'Clutch" stated, they can be a hard ride otherwise (compared to a SRW).

IMO if you plan to upgrade your 5th wheel (increased pin weight and GVWR) go with the DRW....., otherwise I personally would lean toward the 3500 SRW.

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Another advantage of a DRW is you get more exersise walking from farther out in the parking lot at the mall. Also no more drive thru's or drive thru banks without extra caution. I had a DRW, now have a SRW. Have not noticed much difference in turning radius between the two.
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Another advantage of a DRW is you get more exersise walking from farther out in the parking lot at the mall. Also no more drive thru's or drive thru banks without extra caution. I had a DRW, now have a SRW. Have not noticed much difference in turning radius between the two.
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