Okay, I'll admit it. I've read all the SRW vs DW threads till I'm blue in the face. My stance has been that while a DW would certainly be nice to have, a properly set up SRW will accomplish hauling a heavy camper just fine and likely as well as a DW.
Well, I had installed airbags, Rancho 9000, sway bar, Hawk brakes, Range E tires and a vast assortment of performance parts and I have to admit, our SRW truck hauled our Lance 992 just fine and even towed our small boat behind it without drama.
Sure, high desert winds one time gave us a bit of pucker factor and I was considering 19.5s to get some added tire capacity but when we bought a bigger boat, I knew I was pushing my luck so we decided to trade the old truck in and grab a 4x4 dually.
Found a nice unmolested truck and installed the tiedowns and wired it up and then plunked the camper on it.
HOLY COW..............what a difference. First thing I did was drive it straight to the scale at work about 3 miles away.
Fully loaded and full of water....
That compares to our old Dodge (minus the water)
Then we went for a drive and wow wow wow. It is so relaxing to drive that a couple times I forgot we had the camper on there.
Soooo, I'll admit it in public....I was wrong. A big camper on a dually is a really impressive package.
Happy camping everyone.....we can't wait to take off and get some time behind the wheel ourselves.......john
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It is so relaxing to drive that a couple times I forgot we had the camper on there.
That was our experience also. We hauled our camper around without incident many years and 10's of thousands of miles on an srw truck with airbags, sway bars, 9000's, etc. But the stock drw hauled it much better to the point that I also forget the camper is back there.
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I had a very similar experience. My wife kept telling me we should get a dually, I kept saying no, I don't like them and it won't make enough of a difference. Well I could not believe it, I have forgotten I have the camper on at times. That's probably not a good thing. I have never liked a dually, but for hauling our camper I sure do love them now. BTW, nobody mention this to my wife, no way do I want her to know she was right.