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Old 08-19-2020, 06:54 AM   #15
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Old 08-19-2020, 08:26 AM   #16
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I guess your choice of truck would depend on what you are going to put in the garage. Most assumptions here figure you are going to load to the max. If you are hauling kayaks or bicycles or going to use the garage as a home office then a newer SRW one ton would work. I personally tow with a dually and a less than 11,000# trailer and I like it. I have to sometimes walk a little further to park but I don't mind.
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I say dually and here is why.
Over 100 gallons of fresh water is over 800 lbs. That tanks location is important to know as far as pin weight is concerned. That tank location also really impacts the truck's rear axle weight.
When that garage is unloaded that model will be nose heavy. and brochure weights are always bare. No battery, no spare, no water. You need to look at the actual unit to get the correct shipping weights.
At 43' you will be jacking that thing pretty far to get in a lot of sites, long bed for sure or a good auto slider hitch that will add even more weight.
You should also visit dealerships and compare the weight rating stickers on real trucks between both manufacturers and single/dual setups. Don't trust brochure numbers, you will be surprised. I just went from one 14k GVWR fiver to another 14k GVWR 5er. The first one was within specs on a Ram diesel 2500 quad cab long bed. When I scaled the newer 5er with the same truck I was over on rear axle, cargo, and combined gross vehicle weights. I now have the same truck down to color but a 3500 dually.

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