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Just got a 04.5 Dodge/Cummins 3500 Dually 4x4 NV5600 6-Speed. Always been a Cummins fan and owned several, but this is my first dually.
Shopping for a used Truck Camper, and trying to get cheap and functional. I don't mind some TLC, as I like customizing things anyway. I've seen some mid-90's TC's with wet bath's go on eBay for $1500-$2500. Decent condition, just needed a bit of love.

My question is, what realistic weight can I haul on my dually without adding extra airbags, springs, etc? I don't want to max it out either. My instincts tell me to find something UNDER 2000 lbs dry.
Any other 3rd-gen dually owners know the payload rating?


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My '06 can do dang near 6,000# if using GAWR for the measuring stick. You'll be able to handle 4,000# with ease I would think. Your owner's manual should give you the information and chart for carrying payload

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I am carrying 3500# on my SRW 2004 Dodge Quadcab long bed CTD. Your dually ought to do better by at least 1000# I would think.

But I did add StableLoads and Timbrens with 19.5 inch Ricksons.
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I dont think 2000 lbs would even engage your overload springs.
3-4000 lbs would be a very "comfortable" weight.
I carried a Lance 1191 that weighed 5200 lbs wet and the truck handled it ok. It was a big load though.


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My 2005 Dodge dually has a payload rating of 4600 lbs. My fully loaded Arctic Fox runs about 5400 lbs. I don't use airbag's or extra springs. I have some home-made stable loads as my only suspension mod. It handles the load fine but I don't want to make it any heavier either as it weighs 8600 lbs on a 9300 lb rear axle capacity. In fact I have been considering removing the propane generator and AC since I rarely use either one.

Your truck won't even notice a 2000 lb camper on the back because your payload capacity is more than twice that. Enjoy!!

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Sounds good! Guess I can broaden my range when shopping.

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The '03 and up 3500 DRW Dodge has a 9350 RAWR. You payed for it so use it.

I would weigh the trucks front and rear axles seperatly that way you will know exactly what your max will be and if the TC has unloaded any weight off the trucks front axles.


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My old 1990 F350 Dually holds a 3400# camper. Scales at just over 10K, and the truck really doesnt care that its back there. Still have just over 1000#'s left on my rear axle rating for towing, and 9000#'s on my combined.


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06' Dually as pictured below with a 2,800 lbs dry weight camper. Overload springs won't engage unless I extend the stops. I did put air bags on the rear just for head light leveling.


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I have a 2001 Dodge dully, weighed truck on scale with full fuel tank weighed in at 7300 lbs, subtracted from gross vehicle rating I can carry 3500lbs in the box I am still legal on the highway up here in canada. the only mod to suspension was to have the overload adjusted and one more leaf added.hope this helps.

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