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Old 01-10-2016, 09:36 AM   #41
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So maybe it's a regional thing?? I see an awfully lot of dually's towing TT's and 5er's, as well as truck campers here on the right coast and no torn up trucks, or bedlam in trying to figure out how to get around....or park their truck
OK you are a dually guy [your name gives it away] so I get it. You have never seen a torn up dually [which I doubt] and I've seen several [not most, but some]. I think the OP has heard it all and can make their own decision. We need to agree to disagree on what ever we are disagreeing about.
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Old 01-10-2016, 10:03 AM   #42
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Op or not, there are usually both positives and negatives.

The mistake, as I see it, is when readers and responders try for absolute answers, and sometimes get emotional about being right or wrong, where all choices appear to be compromises either well matched or ill matched to typically conflicting needs...never perfect and always changing along the way.

Yes, we yearn to be well thought of regarding our responses and choices.
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:26 AM   #43
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:28 AM   #44
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OK you are a dually guy [your name gives it away] so I get it. You have never seen a torn up dually [which I doubt] and I've seen several [not most, but some]. I think the OP has heard it all and can make their own decision. We need to agree to disagree on what ever we are disagreeing about.

Now your just misquoting me per some kind of agenda. I stated in one of my post, if you read it, that YES, I had seen SOME Dually's with rear fender damage.

I've been towing for over 40 years, NEVER owned a Dually until about 11 years...so a "dually guy"??? YES NOW, but ONLY WHEN I started towing heavier than a 2500 or a 3500 SRW could handle weight safely...that word again...SAFELY.

I don't know what you're disagreeing about when, yet again, in another of my post. I suggested OP go with a 3500SRW, IN CASE, he should go heavier later on...I tend to err to the side of safety and am not, in good conscience, telling someone the can use a truck that they "may" be pushing the limits on...but some go by rule that "everyone does it", or."it works for me"... I go by weights, common sense and using simple math to match the TV to what it's going to tow...Have even been called "the weight police" more than once on several forums, so maybe that is why you disagree:scratched: I'm just trying to be safe and enjoy my towing experience, knowing I have the right truck for the job, and will still continue, at 65 years of age, recommending the right TV for the job to others, whether it's accepted advice or not.
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:36 AM   #45
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Get a Prius. They pull great

A 5th. wheel??


Only posted this to thank you for your service...Marines do say it best, Semper Fi!
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:53 AM   #46
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Chevy Silverado 2500HD vs 3500HD

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Only posted this to thank you for your service...Marines do say it best, Semper Fi!

Thanks for the kind words, honestly there is no need to thank me. Would go back in a heart beat.
I just posted the Prius to throw a curve ball in the thread.

I personally do not nor will never own a Prius lol.

And Semper Fidelis
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Guess I'll jump into the fray...to the OP, get whatever you are comfortable with and stay within the limits of whatever it is. Better safe than sorry.


I've towed 5ers and TT's with 2500's and DRW 3500's. I'll stay with the DRW's. Towed heavy with both but within the limits of the vehicle. There's 2500's/250's and ton trucks pulling monster trailers up and down the hwy daily. Some look safe. Some don't. Pulling is not a problem for most so called "HD" tow vehicles, but stopping the load in an emergency is another thing. Trailers still jack knife and the end result is not always positive. I've seen 3/4 tons laying on their side with the trailer STILL hooked an I've seen ton truck DRW's on their side with the trailer hooked. There's no way I would hook my current 5er to a 250/2500 knowing what can happen and what I've seen. And even with my ton truck I'm careful because although I'm well within it's limits, I know that it would not take much for the tail to wag the dog.
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Old 01-10-2016, 12:44 PM   #48
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Guess I'll jump into the fray...to the OP, get whatever you are comfortable with and stay within the limits of whatever it is. Better safe than sorry.


I've towed 5ers and TT's with 2500's and DRW 3500's. I'll stay with the DRW's. Towed heavy with both but within the limits of the vehicle. There's 2500's/250's and ton trucks pulling monster trailers up and down the hwy daily. Some look safe. Some don't. Pulling is not a problem for most so called "HD" tow vehicles, but stopping the load in an emergency is another thing. Trailers still jack knife and the end result is not always positive. I've seen 3/4 tons laying on their side with the trailer STILL hooked an I've seen ton truck DRW's on their side with the trailer hooked. There's no way I would hook my current 5er to a 250/2500 knowing what can happen and what I've seen. And even with my ton truck I'm careful because although I'm well within it's limits, I know that it would not take much for the tail to wag the dog.

I'm in 100% agreement with you on this... I always think, " In case of an emergency stop or maneuver, will I have the truck that will help me do the best I can to help slow me down, stop, or make a sudden maneuver if I have to. I know the trailer brakes brake the trailer, but one's truck is also helping do this in case of one having to come to a quick stop..Easiest way to describe this is get up to 60 mph, not towing and brake to a stop as quickly as you can...check the distance...now hook up your 5er and do the same test, even with trailer using it's own brakes, you're taking a much longer distance to stop...thus the reason I want enough truck to help me be as safe as I can be.
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Hmmm
Tail wagging the dog comes down to improper loads and improper TV to Trailer combinations.
As you said DRWs are not safe from this either.
I see more semis on their sides that I have SRW vehicles pulling trailers not that's much of a comparison but in all actuality if you're smart you shouldn't have much trouble if any with a SRW.
Experience pays as big of a role as vehicle combination used.
I put more miles on in Iraq with a truck and trailer and you can imagine the emergency stops etc etc that needed to be accomplished. My truck was WAY overloaded but mission accomplishment was the priority.
Experience, knowledge and being humble behind the wheel kept us right side up.

I still full stand by the, don't get more that you need. It's like a new husband and wife buying a 4000 sqr ft house because they may or may not have children in the future. I know a lot of these examples are out there and at the extremes but really look at everything as you have already made it clear you would and decide from there.
Just because some guys are comfortable with a DRW as a daily driver doesn't mean you will be or should be.

I'm thinning about Un-subscribing from this thread because the back and forth gives me a darn headache.
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We all have opinions and we know that we won't all agree about everything.

I just try and find some common ground and accept the fact that we can disagree about stuff without being disagreeable.

I have owned a dually and a SRW so I have formed my opinion based on many miles of towing both.
I had a blowout (road hazard)on my old dually that blew the rear fender extension completely off the truck. It drove like a tank but that was the technology in 1997. I sold it because of the transmission problems.

My current SRW rides like a dream compared to that one and the later models, no matter which brand are even better.
Both were Long bed, crew cabs.
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