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Old 10-09-2014, 11:05 AM   #15
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Trls not really that heavy. Any of the duallies would haul no problem. Driving a clas 8 trk is alot of work. I know because l have been doing it for 35 yrs.
If you go that route you are going to need a car once you get there another expense and added maintence.
You will also need a CDL to drive one which involves a phsyical.
Get a nice dually and it will do you fine put it in D and enjoy the drive.JMO
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:29 PM   #16
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You will also need a CDL to drive one which involves a phsyical.
Not necessarily. If you are using it commercially, then a CDL is required, but for pulling a private camper, not needed. Most FL60 trucks are under CDL weights too.
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:18 AM   #17
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My class 8 is now a motorhome so none of the commercial experiences apply,I also 'daily drive' it on vacation so does the wife - not hard work - it is a bit tiresome wait for it to air up after it sits a few days.
The freedom line transmission make the wife look like a pro when she uses it.
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more comfortable
whats not to like?
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:39 AM   #18
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My combined weight is near 29K. I tow a 36' MS with a 11 HO RAM Dually. In all weather and road conditions it is a rock solid towing experience.

The fact is the newer 350/3500's tow heavy loads so well many MDT's are being sold and going Dually.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:32 PM   #19
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My combined weight is near 29K. I tow a 36' MS with a 11 HO RAM Dually. In all weather and road conditions it is a rock solid towing experience.

The fact is the newer 350/3500's tow heavy loads so well many MDT's are being sold and going Dually.
Wouldn't be interesting if just a few of the many would post just how they compare to each other.
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Wouldn't be interesting if just a few of the many would post just how they compare to each other.
I tow a 20,000# Teton with a 2012 Durmax dually. It has power to spare. It is stable. The Teton weighs 2.5 times my truck. In an emergency situation I will loose and Teton win. If my brakes fail I am in trouble. I am over our factory rear wheel rating on my truck. Have air bags. We are within Chevy rating for tow though. I see an HDT in near future.
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Thanks Glennhttp://https://www.youtube.com/watch...JdABRH-gpylAmE

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I used to drive fl-60 quite a lot at work. I hated the ones that had automatic transmissions in comparison to those that had a 6 speed manual simply because they slowed down so much. We would have about 20k on the back and going up hills would be slow process having to stop because the transmission temp would skyrocket. Let it cool for a long time then try it again. But they were easy trucks to drive. While I had a CDL, most of that towing was under the requirements to have a CDL.
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Kewi there is a difference between automatics and automated transmissions.Automated transmissions are 10,12,or 18 speed transmissions that are air shifted and clutched under computer control ,can't over heat like a trans with a torque converter.
No CDL required for what Jack is using.(motorhome plated)
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Kewi there is a difference between automatics and automated transmissions.Automated transmissions are 10,12,or 18 speed transmissions that are air shifted and clutched under computer control ,can't over heat like a trans with a torque converter.
No CDL required for what Jack is using.(motorhome plated)

I'm just sharing my experience with the fl-60's that I have driven. If they have updated the transmissions that would be great.
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