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Old 01-30-2014, 09:48 AM   #57
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And regarding passion, the weight police seem to the ones who get most bent out of shape in these discussions.
That is because they are giving advice to someone looking for it because they are new and inexperienced. You continue to do what you want, with your trucks, but respect the advice given by those who are trying to help those who do not know.
It is common for people to get bigger trailers than what they have and if they get a bigger truck than they need with the current trailer, they may not need a bigger truck for the next trailer.
The weight police (at least 1) and I have admitted towing over weight, but do we recommended or approve of others doing so without knowing their experience, skill, mindset, or conditions they will encounter? No! Because too much truck may save them from getting hurt, hurting someone else, getting killed, or killing someone else.

An experienced person can use their better judgment to weigh out weather or not they can use what they have and do what they need to. Please remember, some coming here are learning.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:58 AM   #58
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I did the simple math and can only comment on my specific case, but in that example I had a 2003 Dodge CTD HO 2500HD manual trans where I was within GCWR and GAWR but a few hundred pounds over GVWR. The 3500SRW version added enough GVWR to cover me but upon very careful reasearch I was able to determine that the 3500 SRW version available at the time was idenitical to my current truck in every way except for a set of helper springs. As a result I could find no rational reason to sell a truck I was very happy with and buy a new and essentially identical truck just because Dodge decided to rename what they used to call their 2500 'Camper Special' to a '3500 SRW'.

Would you have?

And regarding passion, the weight police seem to the ones who get most bent out of shape in these discussions.
Right on. If a DRW is loaded safely it will carry the same weight as the well equipped and derated SRW.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:05 AM   #59
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Right on. If a DRW is loaded safely it will carry the same weight as the well equipped and derated SRW.
What??? Would you mind explaining this statement? DRW's weren't mentioned anywhere in smiller's post, and I for one have no idea what you're attempting to communicate with this response.

By the way, would you mind responding to my request in post #53?

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Also we have both had careers in transportation of goods and services. I worked in the airline industry and my husband was involved in merchant ship operations for many years before coming ashore to work in IT. That man can pack a load like no other I have ever met. He pointed out to me long ago the dangers in having a cargo that can shift, like grain, and take you over with it. He was involved in some of the grain to Russia trips many years ago.

Thank you all once more for our education. I value your time in responding to us and promise to "pay it forward" as we are able to do so.

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Hopefully you learned something about the actual very tiny and simple differences or major differences if any, between the 250 vs 350 SRW trucks from a mechanical standpoint.
There are some other very good forums for finding tech differences between the two trucks. This forum isn't one of them as evident how this tread is going.

Your looking at the 2500/3500 SRW GM trucks which like the Ram and Ford come on the same platform with the SRW having higher rated rear springs/wheels and tires which gives it a higher load carrying capacity.

And like airlines comes under FAA and maritime shipping comes under MARAD rules and regulation concerning weights and balancing, our trucks come under the DOT umbrella also through NHTSA/FMCSA which also have rules and regulations enforced by the states concerning real world weights and the balancing of those weights for a safe vehicle(s) operation. Your state (dot) size and weight folks can help you with any weight issues from the legal side.
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Right on. If a DRW is loaded safely it will carry the same weight as the well equipped and derated SRW.

Like Rusty, I'd like an explanation of this theory(?). Per the axle and tire ratings, no way a SRW can carry as much as my DRW,

About the only way I can see this happening is if you have a new math and can prove 2 plus 2 equals FIVE.

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Like Rusty, I'd like an explanation of this theory(?). Per the axle and tire ratings, no way a SRW can carry as much as my DRW,

About the only way I can see this happening is if you have a new math and can prove 2 plus 2 equals FIVE.

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Well technically his statement is correct. A DRW should be able to carry as much as a SRW.

An SRW at it's max capacity is dangerously close to the max tire capacity. Overloading it would risk a blowout. Shouldn't have this problem with DRW.
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