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Old 01-11-2012, 06:30 PM   #15
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Looks like you've made the right choice, but to give you further reason. If you really dig into the GM specs there's a little note as to Max 5th Wheel or Gooseneck weight. It gets a little fuzzy with regards to 3500 SRW and DRW, but the Max pin weight per GM is 3500 Lbs for the DRW and I think that equates to 3000 Lbs for the SRW as the 2500HD max is 2500 Lbs. So the thing is you can be within all the other specs yet still over GM's max for pin weight. Once you get used to a Dually it's really no different than driving anything else (just have to get use to those bigger hips).

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Old 01-11-2012, 07:47 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by steelfeather View Post
Here's the "Published Stats"

Wet T Hauler - 16500 Hitch Weight (20%) aprx 3,300

3500 DRW GVWR 13,000
Max Payload (driver+cargo) 5703
Max Trailering (5th wheel) 22,300
Rear Axle/Spring Capacity 9375
GM has a website complete with a weight calculator for finding actual weights with any and all options for a particular configurated truck. http://http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NAS...D=11651&type=0

Use the websites features for truck specs/trailering specs and the weight configurator.
As you see those big 9375 RAWR which is the biggest sell for serious haulers looking for a truck to carry heavy pin or GN loads. With over 6000 lbs rear axle capacity the DRW will carry that size 5er pin weight easilly.

The 3500 SRW has a 7000 RAWR with a 4000 lb payload however I've found trailers in the 35' plus range have more leverage and can "push" the back end of a single rear wheel truck around when braking hard in the curves. The DRW is much safer for those longer trailers.

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Go with single rear wheels on the one ton. Dual rear wheels allow you to handle more weight on the rear axle. I have never noticed the difference in "stability" between dual and single, some think they notice the difference.

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