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Old 08-03-2016, 11:28 AM   #1
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3500 as a daily driver ?

Let me start off says I am new to this TT thing.
I currently have a 2015 Silverado with a towing capacity of 9600lbs. But the payload is only 1485lbs.It will handle my current TT at 8400. With a tongue weight of 940 LBs that only 545 lbs for passengers and fuel. I am planning on up grading my TV. My question to those that drive one is does a 3500 work as a daily driver ? I believe a 2500 will suit my current needs but am thinking of wife proofing this purchase. I have heard that 3500 are too hard riding for everyday which is how this will spend the majority of its life.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:35 AM   #2
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Not that it is cheap but maybe get yourself a 2007 Honda Accord as the daily driver. It would pay for itself in fuel savings.

Use the big truck to drive on occasion and all towing.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:58 AM   #3
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My 3500 DRW is a daily driver and it does just fine. It would not be my first choice because of the mpg but comfort wise, it's just fine.
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I assume you are talking about SRW not DRW? I drove 3500 or F350 as a daily driver for 25 year and almost 1 MIL miles. There is very little difference in ride these days. I think short bed vs long bed makes more of a difference in ride. My current F250 SB seems rougher and choppier than any of my 1 TON LBs.
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I have a 3500 dually crew cab with a long bed. It is my daily driver. I have a Camaro that I leave parked as it rides like a tank in the city.
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I used a F450 when snow birding as a daily driver. Took it to the golf course, movie theater, food store, shopping mall and restaurants without much issue. Certainly did not get rock star parking but a small walk across the parking lot was not a big deal.

3500 should be a snap.
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You can use a 3500 as a daily driver. The recommended tire pressure is for max load. You can back way down from the recommended tire pressure if you are solo and looking for a softer ride.
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No reason why you couldn't use it. I would vote for the 3500. We purchased an '09 F350 SRW Ford 5 years ago thinking it would handle any coach we would ever want until we found a Mobile Suites we liked. Now we have a '16 F350 dually in the building. I personally cannot justify using a $65K + diesel truck for a daily driver. that's just me. We live in a very small community and can be anywhere in 5-10 min. Short trips are hard on an emissions engine. I drive a cherry '95 F150 daily and the wife has a '11 GMC Acadia. We use the Jimmy for our traveling vehicle unless we need the truck. Other people would argue that it makes no sense to have a new truck taking up space in the building to only be driven a few thousand miles a year....it works for us though.
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Thanks for all the replies.
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Let me start off says I am new to this TT thing.
I currently have a 2015 Silverado with a towing capacity of 9600lbs. But the payload is only 1485lbs.It will handle my current TT at 8400. With a tongue weight of 940 LBs that only 545 lbs for passengers and fuel...
Normally the manufacture includes a full load of fuel in the base, i.e., curb, weight along with 150 pounds for the driver.
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Have not heard about the driver in the curb weight. I would understand full fuel and oil but not a driver at the curb.
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My daily driver. No issues.

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My daily driver. No issues.
I drove my DRW as a daily driver and work truck. I put 64K mi on it in less than 2 years before I sold it when we traded the 5th wheel. The only issue I had was at the bank, car washes, and pretty much any drive-throughs. Plus 50% more cost for tires.
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Ever been boxed in? I have several times in construction parking lots. Glad I got rid of mine. Turning radius is horrible and a cc lb is one long truck.
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