A SRW is fine for me. 4k# plus Lance 981. Airbags, Swaystops, Ranchos. I do lots of beach 4x4ing and a DRW wouldnt cut it. Plus I only need to buy 4 tires not 6
I've added a cargo trailer with toys but havent hauled it on a long trip yet. Hopefully Im still happy.
Every time I pull into a normal parking space at a store I am reminded why I bought a SRW truck. I would need at least 3 spaces to park a DRW truck anywhere that I shop and in most of the places parking on the street is not an option. With a DRW I would have the camper permanently mounted and the truck would be 100% dedicated to RV use and stored between trips at a public storage yard.
I can see where the DRW is a need to have but not where it is a nice to have type of truck. At the point where I needed a DRW for hauling I would just as soon get a used 2-ton like a Freightliner M2 or Pete 335 and have much better braking with a heavy load and have the stronger transmission and axles.
Any truck is a compromise of one sort or another and big is not automatically better - especially if you want to eat or shop or stay at places other than truck stops.
I knew I wanted a smaller SRW truck and worked within its limitations and got a smaller and lighter camper to keep the payload under 4,000 pounds. This was not all that difficult and the only thing lost was not having a dry bath which is trivial.
Having the camper at my house and off the truck made it available for my brother's two children for sleeping when they visited us last month. With a DRW truck with its attached camper parked at a public storage facility that would not have been an option.
Don't take this the wrong way, as it's not meant to be a jab, but I think one might want to practice in the real world with a DRW truck before assuming they're any more of a challenge to drive or park than a SRW version of the same truck.
I converted my truck into a Dually, and still park it in the same exact fashion as I did when she was a SRW in the exact same places without having to use any more parking spaces than before, the truck still fits in a single parking spot and my fenders are wider than the stock DRW version.
I also haven't got a clue what having 2 extra tires on the rear would change unloading your camper at your house. Other than adding a set of swing out brackets to the front jacks, she loads and unloads exactly the same.
The only thing I can guess where you might have an issue is because you bought a home in an HOA where they do not allow DRW vehicles as they're considered commercial, at which point.... well that's yer own fault .
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seems to be an ongoing srw vs dwr posts on here,my dually serves me well for my 915 lance as its heavy loaded with water,propane and beer when we head out.However,its a 1995 silverado,i think a new silverado 1 ton srw may be able to out haul it,not sure.All i can say is a dually can be an inconvenience,ie.,parking far from safeway,but i dont take up two spots and i dont mind walking the extra distance.I just like duallys,but i sure wish i could afford a new truck,lol,srw or dually but i would prefer a new silverado dually,stability...
I just went with a dually.......that way it doesnt matter what TC I buy now OR in the future.
Are they more stable....WITHOUT A DOUBT, do they ride worse.....if you leave 80psi in the tires when unloaded YES. Are they harder to park.....NO, they are however wider and tend to upset people when parked in the front spots. But....then again with a TC on any truck you are JUST AS WIDE AS A DUALLY!!!
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Had 3 DRW 1 tons and know very well the width/parking/constant rough ride/etc issues that come with them. Might be a little more stable but far from earth shattering differences. Set up properly with the right make of truck, we'll take a SRW pickup with a camper on it anytime over a DRW.
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I switched from a DRW to SRW... I couldn't be happier owning my "little" one ton truck.
Done right SRW is just as stable as duals, more capable off the highway, better traction in snow & ice... and I still have plenty of safety margin in the tire load rating.