We feel safer towing with 4 rear tires. Hard to even think a srw pickup can be called a truck.
2001 35 ft avalon alpenlite RK
2005 3500 2wd duramax CC dually
trailair center point suspension
JT Strong Arm Stabilizers
KSH 55 inbed fuel tank
Induction Overhaul Kit
TST tire monitors
I have no regrets as I am only towing MAYBE on a heavy day......13K. My pin wt at its heaviest is 2,200lbs so my 2500 does just fine. I wanted a shortbed and don't need/want a dually. When I head to the lumber yard, though, I really wish I had a long bed! The truck I wanted I could only find in a 2500, but I have no bones about buying a 3500 SRW short bed next time, if the availability is there! I would still use the airbags to keep her all nice and level!
I wanted a short bed so she'll fit in the garage!
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A one ton dually vs a 3/4 ton is apples vs oranges. One ton DRW trucks are several thousand dollars more than a 3/4 ton truck.
I've owned and operated more one ton DRW trucks than most folks and I always found they were useful for the job needed. However at this time I don't require a DRW truck and I find my current 2500 truck is useful for its current job.
With the new Fords, I think you'll find that a fully loaded SRW short box is more expensive than the Dually.
Here are the actual #'s. A F350 SRW short box KR equipped as my truck - pretty much loaded =lists at $66,950. the KR Dually with the exact same options lists at $66,840 and the exact same thing in the F250 lists at $66,400. That pretty much tells the story - they are all the same price because they are all the same truck - throw some airbags on a F250 and it will tow almost any 5'ver made without issue.
Your on the wrong page. The OP isn't about a 2500 vs 3500 SRW.
The OP as my reply you copied is about a 2500 vs a 3500 DRW. Still apples vs oranges in dollars and hauling ability.
OP here. Actually Jim I was just asking about 35 series compared to the 25 series. Maybe my sig pic gave people the wrong impression. Comparing DRW to SRW is a entire different question concerning drive-thurs and garages
Just wondering if the 35 crowd bought too much truck for a few hundred dollars more. Can those words "too much truck" even be spoken here, LOL
If I had a choice between two trucks, one a single wheel, vs a DW with both equally equipped, same end PAYLOAD etc, I would take the SW over the DW any time. Even if the SW had super singles, same hip width per say etc. 4 tires are higher in mpgs, stop longer, etc. This has been proven in many big rig tests. The problem is for most companies, is the drive mentality that duals are better than singles if a blow out occurs.
As far as rics comment, too much truck. Other than ego, one "could" have too much truck depending upon the trailer type you are towing etc. As I recall some OM's for 5Ws point out, they will not honor a warrenty if pulled with an HDT or mdt in some cases.
Then again, one can have the power to pull, and too small a chassis to handle the pin wt etc. Then again, my C2500 has 3800 lbs of payload per the door sticker, the 3500 in sig, has 4100 lbs. Then again, we are comparing a reg cab to a crew cab.....hence, sometimes it does not matter the chassis badge, as the 25 may or may not have as much or more than a 35. Keep cab config etc the same, yes a 35 should have more payload, which most do not worry about vs the tow capacity, which is usually mistake #1, yes, BTDT! with my last dually 35. had all of 2000 lbs of free payload by the time I added a flatbed, hoist etc. Talk about a poj truck!
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92 Navistar dump truck, 7.3L 7 sp, 4.33 gears with a Detroit no spin
00 Chev C2500, V5700, 4L80E, 4.10, base truck, no options!
92 Red-e-haul 12K equipment trailer
3 Single axle utility trailers
Just wondering how many regret buying a 1 ton vs the 3/4 ton and why?
After I bought my '07 Ram 3500 SRW I regretted not getting the 2500. Even with 2000lbs of pin weight,generator,dog,firewood,etc, in the bed,the 3500 SRW didn't ride on the overloads. When I hit rough sections of road,it would slap off the overloads and the ride sucked.
I had to buy airbags to help the slapping and improve the ride. In that case I payed about $400 more for the 3500 SRW and then had to pay another $250 for the air bags.
I could have saved the $400 and bought a 2500. Added air bags if needed,which isn't likely because I wouldn't have had the issue with the overloads.
I most likely would have been $650 ahead by buying the 2500.
In addition,Washington state rounds the registered weight up to the nearest even thousand lbs. I would have had a registered 10,000lb GVWR on the 2500 compared to the factory 10,100lb GVWR on the 3500 SRW.
If I went back to '07 and bought the Ram again,no doubt it would be the 2500.
OP here. Actually Jim I was just asking about 35 series compared to the 25 series. Maybe my sig pic gave people the wrong impression.
Yeah, I thought you orig was refereing to the 2500 vs 3500 SRW but your comment "Am I the only one with "no regrets"? " and a 3500 DRW in your profile said otherwise.
I've owned one F350 SRW some years ago. It worked great for what I bought it for.
However truck requirements changed and it wasn't big enough for what I was going to be doing so it was traded in on a 454 big block 3500 DRW GMC.
When I decided to replace my faithfull 06 F250 6.0l my first thought was another F250. After reading the report from when I had my truck and trailer weighed at Escapees I realized I was oveweight in several catagories, and to get another 250 or even a SRW 350 I was still going to be overweight as far as the truck was concerned. The only viable solution was a F350 DRW. Several people on this forum agreed with my decision and stated I'd never regreet it. Two thoughts-From what I was told by several dealers there is little or no difference in load capacity between the F250/2500 and the SRW F350/3500 and I wonder how many people are using F250/2500 trucks to tow trailer way out of that size trucks capability, like I was? TRAVEL SAFE
The whole point is that there is very little difference in a one ton dually and a 3/4 ton.
Lol, guess we can disagree on that one also.
Its possible to find a 3/4 on truck with a higher sticker price than a DRW if one looks hard enough.
Not that its a big deal but the fact of the matter is if you buy a loaded F250 you will have a very hard time fining a Dually with a higher sticker price and if you buy a loaded F350 SRW you will not be able to find a F350 dually with a sticker price as high. The locking 3.55 axle with the 20" tires is a more expensive option on the SRW truck than what the dually option is.
The dually package gives you a little longer box (compared to the short box), cheaper tires (although you do get 6 of them), cheaper rims and a couple plastic fenders.
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