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Old 01-07-2016, 08:36 AM   #11
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2500vs 3500: New twist to consider, is that dual rear wheel set-up as a daily driver. I have seen hundreds of the 3500 duals with a wheel well cover ripped off. If you don't need the added weight capacity I'd stay with the 2500 or 3500 with single rear wheels.
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:59 PM   #12
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My 3500HD has both the exhaust brake and StabiliTrak, where the 2500HD didn't have either.
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My 2500HD has both.
Sorry - meant my 2006 2500HD didn't have both.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:35 PM   #13
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Do the daily driver characteristics suffer with respect to the 3500HD compared to the 2500HD?

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No, they will both drive the same as a daily driver. They both have the same frame, wheel/tire combo and are both leaf springs. Only difference between the 3/4 and 1 ton is the overload spring. Regular driving around town won't engage that overload, so you won't be able to tell the difference.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:55 PM   #14
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2500vs 3500: New twist to consider, is that dual rear wheel set-up as a daily driver. I have seen hundreds of the 3500 duals with a wheel well cover ripped off. If you don't need the added weight capacity I'd stay with the 2500 or 3500 with single rear wheels.
:scratched: Iv'e been driving Dually's as daily drivers since 2005 and never had anything happen to "wheel well cover"(?), fenders, or anything else for that matter. I own a dually because I tow heavy...Guess it's what you get use to.

To the OP, I'd go with a 3500SRW if that'll work for you because you get more payload, GVWR and GCWR, for not much more money, so if you decide one day to tow heavier, you may already have the truck for it.
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We have several DRW trucks at work, no issues with the width on those for me either. The rear fenders are no wider than the trailer...and the mirrors are the widest part of a srw or drw. I have seen a fair share of busted rear fenders though. If I had to guess I'd say the majority of those came from not swinging wide enough in tight spots. Its what ever you get used too.
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Old 01-08-2016, 03:53 AM   #17
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I skipped the 2500 and went straight to 3500 srw. It is my daily driver (41k in 1 1/2 years). I Had a 2013 half ton I sold when I ordered the 3500 and make no mistake their is a big difference in ride quality when unloaded and on rough roads.

I would determine what fifth you want first and then decide if you need srw or drw. I bought a heavier rig then expected and am at max limits of my truck, and while it had handled it fine the 5100 miles I towed it this past year, there is no question a dually would be a better fit for it.
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So let me ask a couple of questions please.

What's the year range? What are you towing!
I purchased a 2015.5 LTZ Z71 CCSB 2500 duramax
It's my daily driver and the truck is a work horse.
It's max tow (5th wheel is 17500) where as the 3500 SRW was maybe 1000 more than that.
The ride is great and the truck is manageable in every day situations. I can park it darn near anywhere and the features are excellent. Far better than my 2014 2500 in many cases.
Contrary to popular belief you do not need to go overkill on your tow vehicle.
In November I towed 15789# of horses in our gooseneck and the truck did superb.
Ask yourself what your plans are.
Also if the truck is going to sit don't buy a diesel, especially with all the emissions on them. It will be a headache. Buy a diesel if you're going to drive it and work it.
The guys who buy diesels because the want a diesel and use them for grocery getters (especially the new ones) have problems.
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Also if the truck is going to sit don't buy a diesel, especially with all the emissions on them. It will be a headache. Buy a diesel if you're going to drive it and work it.
The guys who buy diesels because the want a diesel and use them for grocery getters (especially the new ones) have problems.
This is precisely why I didn't buy a diesel when it came time to trade in my 1/2 ton GMC. No way I could ever use it how it was designed with a short commute and only towing 8-10 times a year...

Diesels are great, but if you aren't using it, it's only so much extra money and iron.
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