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Old 12-03-2019, 11:11 AM
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Looking at new F350 or Ram 3500 and I am really struggling to decide on single rear or dually? Boat will be on a 2K lb trailer (estimate) and the boat, trailer, tackle and fuel estimating that it will come in around 18-20K lbs. I know this is right at the limit for both brands on bumper pull. My issue is living in South Florida it is very difficult to find parking etc for it. Ram offers a shorter bed on their Dually option vs. the Ford. What are your thoughts on running single axle 1 ton truck with bumper pull vs the dually? Thanks in advance.
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Will the truck be a daily driver? If so, SRW will be easier to get around in most of the time. A SRW 3500 has a payload of about 4000 pounds and DRWs have payloads over 5000. From what is posted above, you don’t seem to need the DRW payload capacity.

If you are towing long distances and often the DRW would be my choice. A lot of trade offs and task specific in my opinion.
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I'd rather take a bath with my dad than daily a dually in south florida
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dually's main advantage is payload, especially with large fifth wheel trailers. I think you will be just fine with the SRW.
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Iv got a ram drw and tow 20k all the time. We tow across country and I wanted the stability for long range runs. The trucks have the same power plant single or dual. If you don’t need a long bed, get the short bed mega cab. The mega cab rear seats have some movement so when you have 4 adults in it your all comfy. I hate riding in the back seat of my truck but when the wife has family over or something and is driving then I give the ladies the front. Ford has an amazing interior if you go platinum! Dually also is a pain in the ass to rotate tires and you get inner steel wheels in the back no matter what brand. Dodge doesn’t polish both sides of the Alcoa’s so when I rotate my outsides to the front they look stupid and cheap. $70k for a truck that has mismatched wheels is pretty lame in my opinion
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I had a short bed F350 dually used almost exclusively for towing my boat. I towed up and down the east coast at highway speeds. I loved the solid feel of the dually on the highway. No sway, stayed planted if trucks passed me or had to run beside one for any distance. Usually boats were 10k to 13k on the trailer. If your doing a lot of local towing the SRW 350 should be fine. If you are towing a lot of highway miles and at higher speeds, you cant beat a dually.
If you have a dually parking is a nuisance, here in SWFL all the parking spots are for compact cars I believe. When you go to replace tires you buy 6 instead of 4 if you replace all of them.
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I agree with others. I have a dually used only for towing and the extra set of wheels really makes a big difference in stability........but if it was my daily driver I would go SRW.
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I have both and I can tell you the dually sucks driving it around town. If you're going highway and towing all the time then the Dually makes sense. My boat at the time was about 14,500 lb and srw F350 long bed pulled it perfectly with no sway whatsoever. The other nice thing about a dually on the other hand is the fact of safety blowing a tire on the highway pulling up large boat is no fun
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Originally Posted by Wickedfisha View Post
Iv got a ram drw and tow 20k all the time. We tow across country and I wanted the stability for long range runs. The trucks have the same power plant single or dual. If you don’t need a long bed, get the short bed mega cab. The mega cab rear seats have some movement so when you have 4 adults in it your all comfy. I hate riding in the back seat of my truck but when the wife has family over or something and is driving then I give the ladies the front. Ford has an amazing interior if you go platinum! Dually also is a pain in the ass to rotate tires and you get inner steel wheels in the back no matter what brand. Dodge doesn’t polish both sides of the Alcoa’s so when I rotate my outsides to the front they look stupid and cheap. $70k for a truck that has mismatched wheels is pretty lame in my opinion
I've been in the auto/tire shop industry for 17 years. I've never had someone or nor have I ever rotated tires like that on a dually with aluminum wheels, that's just retarded.

Any tire shop worth a damn will dismount them then re-balance them. Unless you're too cheap to do it properly. Also for the record ALL manufacturers from Ford, Chevy, and Dodge do that
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Thanks guys.. This is what I was needing to know.. The truck would mainly be used to tow boat out of storm path and maybe once a year up to MD or over to Texas... Two to three long trips a year max.
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If you go with the Ford and dual rear wheel, get a F450. The wide track front axle has a much better turning radius.
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Originally Posted by Doin' Work View Post
If you go with the Ford and dual rear wheel, get a F450. The wide track front axle has a much better turning radius.

This ^ ^ ^ ^ absolutely. They only cost a little more, but you get a lot more 'truck stuff' on them.
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Originally Posted by simeoncoleman View Post
I've been in the auto/tire shop industry for 17 years. I've never had someone or nor have I ever rotated tires like that on a dually with aluminum wheels, that's just retarded.

Any tire shop worth a damn will dismount them then re-balance them. Unless you're too cheap to do it properly. Also for the record ALL manufacturers from Ford, Chevy, and Dodge do that
many people swap the rear outers with the fronts to help save the tire from edge wear. So I’m not rotating all 6, but 4. When your doing 6k miles in a month it’s hard to justify the price to take the wheels into a shop and have them dance the tires around from wheel to wheel. And i stated the fact that all manufacturers use an inner steel rear wheel. Was trying to point out the nuisance of it and rotating, especially if he is a DIY guy like myself. Beer money is beer money, better to be in my fridge than my tire shops!
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Originally Posted by Doin' Work View Post
If you go with the Ford and dual rear wheel, get a F450. The wide track front axle has a much better turning radius.
ageeed!! My buddies ‘19 450 turns around my 3500drw with ease. His ‘20 is on order so we’ll see what they change. It’s an awesome truck
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I tow 14000-18000 all the time with
my srw 3500 and no drama
20000 would def be where I would start
thinking about extra stability and control of
a dually, especially for extended hauls.
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This escalated quickly. Just go for the F650/750.
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Are you doing any long distance towing? If so dual back tires becomes very advantageous. Primarily around town, absolutely stick to SRW. Or get a dedicated tow rig and something else to drive day to day.
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Originally Posted by Salty Gator4 View Post
This escalated quickly. Just go for the F650/750.
Really? That's all you suggest? Just go all the way and get the Peterbilt
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That's a very heavy load, and a single rear wheel truck leaves you in trouble if you had a blowout. A dually is warranted for any total weight 14K or more.
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Honestly 1st gen Cummins airport tug
for manuverabilty would be epic!!


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