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blofgren

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Posted: 01/03/19 08:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm surprised they are that close; when I went to hook my Ram to our fifth wheel I discovered that the top of the FW hitch was at least 8" higher at it's lowest setting than our 2003 F-350 DRW 4x4. I had our current trailer raised to the highest setting on the adjustable spring hangers and it is still slightly nose high when hooked up.

So you're fortunate that you don't need to deal with that! [emoticon]

BTW, what park were those photos taken in? It looks absolutely beautiful!


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rhagfo wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

It definitely makes no sense to say there is a visual difference between a 3/4 and 1 ton. They are the same unless the one ton is a drw.


The DRW is a $1,295 option, and just about $1,000 for a 3500 SRW over a 2500 likely to cover springs and tires, badge, and the larger GVWR number on the VIN sticker. [emoticon]

This is a point/factor that many simply don't understand.
The difference in price between 2500 vs.3500 is negligible.
The difference between DRW and SRW is also very little.
Many buy/use an underrated truck because they believe they are cheaper.
In the end the cost difference between the various models is not significant.
It's the various option packages that inflate the price.
A dually does not cost much more than the same truck in a SRW


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blofgren wrote:

I'm surprised they are that close; when I went to hook my Ram to our fifth wheel I discovered that the top of the FW hitch was at least 8" higher at it's lowest setting than our 2003 F-350 DRW 4x4. I had our current trailer raised to the highest setting on the adjustable spring hangers and it is still slightly nose high when hooked up.

So you're fortunate that you don't need to deal with that! [emoticon]

BTW, what park were those photos taken in? It looks absolutely beautiful!


We are currently at Beachside SP, it is a beautiful little park about 76 sites 31 with water and power. It is closed from October 31st to March 15th, we will spend the next two months getting park ready for opening.
Last month during high winds and king tides the site we are in flooded to about a depth of 12”. It is located 17 miles south of Newport, OR. Between 101 and the Pacific. We are reserved full most of the summer. It also has the most requested site in the SP system, site 63 has ocean exposure on one side and rear. It is booked out opening day to closing 9 months in advance.


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agesilaus wrote:

It definitely makes no sense to say there is a visual difference between a 3/4 and 1 ton. They are the same unless the one ton is a drw.


There is no difference if it's the same year model - we have them at work and a same model year 2wd 1500, 2wd 2500 and 2wd 3500 are all the same size. Same with each in 4wd.

The difference is when you compare different years.

I remember reading an article that pointed out that back in the 70s a full size pickup was about the size of a Dodge Dakota. If you compare a Dakota to a current 1500, the size difference is massive.


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Lantley wrote:

rhagfo wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

It definitely makes no sense to say there is a visual difference between a 3/4 and 1 ton. They are the same unless the one ton is a drw.


The DRW is a $1,295 option, and just about $1,000 for a 3500 SRW over a 2500 likely to cover springs and tires, badge, and the larger GVWR number on the VIN sticker. [emoticon]

This is a point/factor that many simply don't understand.
The difference in price between 2500 vs.3500 is negligible.
The difference between DRW and SRW is also very little.
Many buy/use an underrated truck because they believe they are cheaper.
In the end the cost difference between the various models is not significant.
It's the various option packages that inflate the price.
A dually does not cost much more than the same truck in a SRW


You're right that a dually doesn't cost much more than a similarly equipped SRW but I doubt if there are many people who purchase SRW trucks that would chose a dually at the same price. For those of us with lighter trailers about the only advantage the dually has to offer is the lower box height.... the disadvantages are much more significant.


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rhagfo wrote:

blofgren wrote:

I'm surprised they are that close; when I went to hook my Ram to our fifth wheel I discovered that the top of the FW hitch was at least 8" higher at it's lowest setting than our 2003 F-350 DRW 4x4. I had our current trailer raised to the highest setting on the adjustable spring hangers and it is still slightly nose high when hooked up.

So you're fortunate that you don't need to deal with that! [emoticon]

BTW, what park were those photos taken in? It looks absolutely beautiful!


We are currently at Beachside SP, it is a beautiful little park about 76 sites 31 with water and power. It is closed from October 31st to March 15th, we will spend the next two months getting park ready for opening.
Last month during high winds and king tides the site we are in flooded to about a depth of 12”. It is located 17 miles south of Newport, OR. Between 101 and the Pacific. We are reserved full most of the summer. It also has the most requested site in the SP system, site 63 has ocean exposure on one side and rear. It is booked out opening day to closing 9 months in advance.


I promised pictures of this great site, here they are;

This is the site (63) looking in from the road length is 40'

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This is the View form the site looking to the rear.

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This is looking west from the site.

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This is the current view out our side window at high tide, and a high surf advisory.

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"This is a point/factor that many simply don't understand.
The difference in price between 2500 vs.3500 is negligible.
The difference between DRW and SRW is also very little.
Many buy/use an underrated truck because they believe they are cheaper.
In the end the cost difference between the various models is not significant.
It's the various option packages that inflate the price.
A dually does not cost much more than the same truck in a SRW "

All very true! Also the net cost of having the Factory rear air ride is WELL worth the $1,300 net cost. Lower along with better ride. Stays at the same ride height loaded or unloaded.


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Cummins12V98,

You actually answered a question I was just asked last night. The price diff between a DRW and SRW. Having never looked at it myself as I never had to before, I absolutely had no clue. Knew the diff between a 250/350 was pretty much peanuts, but I was thinking it would be much more between a DRW/SRW. Thanks. Now I can pass onto a co-worker who asked me.

AC


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ACZL wrote:

Cummins12V98,

You actually answered a question I was just asked last night. The price diff between a DRW and SRW. Having never looked at it myself as I never had to before, I absolutely had no clue. Knew the diff between a 250/350 was pretty much peanuts, but I was thinking it would be much more between a DRW/SRW. Thanks. Now I can pass onto a co-worker who asked me.

AC

Well for Ram the difference was $1,295 in 2018.

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ACZL wrote:

Cummins12V98,

You actually answered a question I was just asked last night. The price diff between a DRW and SRW. Having never looked at it myself as I never had to before, I absolutely had no clue. Knew the diff between a 250/350 was pretty much peanuts, but I was thinking it would be much more between a DRW/SRW. Thanks. Now I can pass onto a co-worker who asked me.

AC


Don’t want to take credit. I only commented the rear air ride option.

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