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Old 09-10-2016, 04:06 AM   #29
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In the Ram trucks a 3500 SRW has a different rear frame section and different suspension setup all together than the 2500 trucks. I believe that started with 2013+ trucks

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My 2015 Silverado has 5200/6200 weights on axles... Actual weight with me and full fuel is front 4680 rear 3080 ... That leaves over 3000 lbs pin weight if you want to crunch numbers.... (2500 4x4 crew cab 6'4" bed ) ... weighed at work.....
Of course add family, etc.... not all will go on the rear axle.... Actually the 5vr we pull took a bit off the front axle...

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Old 09-11-2016, 08:22 AM   #31
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Tires and rims are the weak link in the rear "axle". They go long before the outboard bearings and you won't shear the axle with the full weight of a fifth wheel.
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Old 09-11-2016, 05:38 PM   #32
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We love our F350 for towing
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:44 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by fvstringpicker View Post
As in my above post, the only difference I can find between the 2500 and the 3500 are the rear springs. I asked if anybody knew of other mechanical differences. Nonetheless, since the engine, transmission and differential are identical (given the same gear ratio) the "pulling power" would seem to be the same, i.e. a 2500 would pull the trailer up the same hill as a 3500. Its easy to get the idea that unless you go to a dually, a 2500 and a 3500 are basically the same truck, save the rear springs.
GM may have changed with the newer models but it used to be that the 3500 SRW came with slightly wider wheels and larger tires than the 2500. Larger tires have a higher weight rating. Also, the 3500 SRW has a heavier rear spring. If we're talking diesel engines these are the only differences. If we're talking gas engines then the 2500 has a 10.5" rear axle, with the diesel it gets the 11.5" rear axle. The 3500 has an 11.5" rear axle regardless of engine choice..
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:59 PM   #34
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I loved my short bed 1 ton F350 and it did a nice job with two Montana's in its history. We went even heavier with a Redwood and it maxed out my tire load on the F350, so went to a new dually to be safe. In the end, after a couple of seasons I learned to hate that dually any time it wasn't towing and it sat in the garage until I finally just went to a MH.

1 ton is what you need - think twice about jumping to a dually unless you are fulltiming with it.

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