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Old 07-11-2012, 06:56 PM   #15
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I would tend to disagree as many newer models are designed to be capable with short bed srw's and can name quite a few of them as well. At most his information may be accurate but outdated based on models of the last few years which were altered due to the economy to increase sales to those who didnt want to change their trucks. Some are obviously too heavy....drv suites for one......but most mid levels are now capable of being towed by one ton srw's

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Old 07-11-2012, 07:31 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by hooverbill View Post
Beausdog...if you are within weights pulling a 42' 5th wheel with a SRW truck...you are one of the very few.

TXiceman's advice is good and applies to the vast majority.
Another over generalized statement.

Fords fleet service specs show the 6.7 F350 SRW super cab in a 11500 gvwr with 7000 lb rawr can tow up to 16k + lbs and has a 4200 lb payload. Std cab has even more payload.

In fact a '12 LTZ 4x4 GM dmax 3500 SRW 11000 GVWR package and 7050 RAWR extended cab can tow 17k and has a 4050 lb payload according to GM online ordering guide weight calculator.

The DRW trucks have roughly another 2000 lbs of payload above the one ton SRW same truck configuration which the OP will have with his new F350 DRW.

Great choice.

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:14 PM   #17
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GM stopped producing the 4500 and the 5500 or what is called the medium duty truck line.

They have upgraded the 2012 3500 by boxing the frame, higher AW, improved braking system, and beefed up the suspension.

The 2012 Silverado 3500 DRW CC Long bed 2WD has a GCW of 30,500 lbs.

Source for this data Gilbert Chevrolet Okeechobee Florida.


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