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Old 10-01-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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SRW or Dually

Getting ready to purchase a new truck. I will be pulling a 5th wheel trailer. Just curious of any pros or cons for or against single rear wheel or a dually. Thanks
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:17 PM   #2
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Depends on what the specs of the 5th wheel are.

Need more info.
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:37 PM   #3
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Haven't purchased a trailer yet. Plan buying a 5th wheel early next year and plan to travel throughout the year for a year or 2, possibly more.
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It really depends on the campers specs, but with a dually comes better stability and more of an open field on the new camper.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:24 PM   #5
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You are probably looking at a larger 5er if you plan to live in it for a couple years. Although great intentions may suggest something smaller when you get to the dealers and see how a few feet will give you many more amenities and comfort it will be a slippery slope to large and comfortable. Things like washer/dryer, leveling jacks, etc will make life grand.

At that point having a truck large enough to comfortably handle your 5er choice will make driving comfortable as well. A smaller truck may handle your rig in ideal conditions but seldom will you be traveling in ideal conditions. Anyone who says they are comfortable with a smaller truck probably does not have the experience to understand how much better it would be with a truck that is fully capable of dealing with a large 5er.

IMO a dually of 3500/350 size would be the best of both worlds. It will give you the size to properly handle most rigs you would consider and be not too bad to as a daily driver.

Perhaps a few trips to the dealers with the DW to get an idea of the size of 5er you would likely get would give you the numbers to properly determine the correct sized truck.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:40 PM   #6
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I've been scrolling thru the internet in addition to my post and get the gist that it's better to go bigger than smaller. I will talk, and view the different vehicles as well as the 5th wheel trailers sellers. I heard that there are "communities" that travel year around and live in their trailers and hope to even find out some of the good vs bad in this area also. I am at the age where I do want comfort, and again I appreciate everyone's opinion.
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You never hear " I have too much truck"
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You never hear " I have too much truck"
Owned both, and until you own a dually you'll never know the benefits of them. I stalled for many years, then did it. Just a pleasure going down the road even on the most windy days. Plus, if you ever step up in size your ready. I went to a coach which fits us better but loved my dually. In any case good luck on your choice.
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You do hear in so many words too big for town. Dually will be more stable but a good one ton can do well and for me a 4x4 is a must.

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I see lots of posts about people buying the truck first and then try and find a 5th wheel that they like that can still pulled by the truck they just bought. Seems to me a bit backwards.
Why would you not buy the 5th wheel that you really like first and then get the appropriate truck to pull it? Getting the truck first means that you just have to settle for what ever the truck can pull or you have a truck bigger and more expensive than needed.
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You do hear in so many words too big for town. Dually will be more stable but a good one ton can do well and for me a 4x4 is a must.

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My truck is 4x4 and it is big, but other than going to & from work, we take it everywhere. Yes you need to park at the back of most parking lots, but walking is good for the heart.

This is why there is such a plethora of trucks available in the market place, just try them all out and get the units that fit your lifestyle.

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The difference between towing with a dually and a SRW truck is like night and day.
Get the dually. The only downside is it's a little harder to park at WalMart.
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Dually I say but a 450 or 550 if it was me, as it says above you can't have too much truck.
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Get a 3500 GM or Ram, or a 450 Ford and you will be set for ALMOST any fifth wheel you can come up with the money to buy.
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