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Old 03-12-2016, 11:03 PM   #11
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All I can say is wow!! Towed my 377 home today from the dealer today. (BTW-The new roof and body work looks great...you'd never know I hit a pole at the storage lot). I know that I'm over (Heck, everyone knows I'm over on payload) with my Ram 2500 Cummins! Which is why I put on the airbags...It tows like a dream with the cruise set at 62 mph. With all that said, we will go on our annual trip to Top Sail SP in FL this summer and after we return, I'm gonna have to start looking for a deal on a 3500. I want my family and everyone else on the road to be safe! I told the DW that I will probably have her follow in her car this summer for our trip to FL so that the family is safe. The Ram 2500 gives me such (I guess) false sense of security! I even upgraded the tires on the TV to a higher load capability...oh well, we have to pay to play!

BTW, I never travel with more than 5-10 gallons of water and our 377 doesn't have generator either.
How good does she stop Danno?
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:50 AM   #12
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Most likely will stick SRW. Upgrade the tires to 3750# each to get to 7500. Axle suspension is the same, tires or lack of a 3rd and 4th are the only difference as far as payload.
Here are the actual axle and spring load capacities for each class of vehicle for GMC rear axle's of 2013's.

2500, 3500 SRW, 3500 DRW

6200 / 7050 / 9375#


GMC rates them the same regardless of 2WD or 4WD.

Cargo capacities will adjust depending on model and options.

Brakes seem to the same across all big 3 manufacturers with regards to 2500/3500. Bolt pattern would make some difference, but I believe the rotors are all the same dimensions.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:18 AM   #13
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How good does she stop Danno?
Surprisingly, the combo stops great! I'm not having any issues with the brakes. Did you get your braking issue sorted out? I have mine set on heavy electric with my gain set on 7.

BTW, I was told by my buddy in FL, that's a Ram mechanic at a dealer. I won't say this is gospel and I haven't researched it, but he told me that only difference between the 2500 & 3500 is the rear suspension...same brakes, same axles. This was back in 2014 that I was given this info.

I'm still going to look for a dually at the end of the year when the end of the year prices come down on the '16's.
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Here are the actual axle and spring load capacities for each class of vehicle for GMC rear axle load 2013's.

2500, 3500 SRW, 3500 DRW

6200 / 7050 / 9375#


GMC rates them the same regardless of 2WD or 4WD.

Cargo capacities will adjust depending on model and options.



You are correct on the ratings. However my point is the actual components, axle housing all the inner components, brakes, frame, structural cross members are the same.

The suspension is the limiting difference between a 2500 and a 3500 SRW. (Leaf spring being the actual component difference)

The tires are what limits the capacity between a SRW and a DRW. If you look at the tires on a dually they are rated 3195 each. However the rear axle rating isn't 12,780, it's as you noted 9375, which tells me the axle, suspension or overall structure is the limiting factor.
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