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Old Yesterday, 04:18 AM   #11
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I'll throw another possibility in there. I absolutely did not want a dually until a bought one. I love the way it tows and its been my daily driver for over 4 years. It is a crew cab short bed (Ford has the longest shortbed; 6'9"). If I had it to do over, I would have a F450. They have the wide track front end and have a shorter turning radius with the long bed than the short bed F350 trucks. You get the long bed, short radius for manuvering, and dual wheels for awesome stability.
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Old Yesterday, 05:28 AM   #12
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I'll throw another possibility in there. I absolutely did not want a dually until a bought one. I love the way it tows and its been my daily driver for over 4 years. It is a crew cab short bed (Ford has the longest shortbed; 6'9"). If I had it to do over, I would have a F450. They have the wide track front end and have a shorter turning radius with the long bed than the short bed F350 trucks. You get the long bed, short radius for manuvering, and dual wheels for awesome stability.
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Something to consider, we were moving up from a 2001 Ram 2500. It had the Camper package so very strong rear suspension, so strong that at 2,700# pin and 1,700# over GVWR we didn't need bags to be level. Well I felt that getting a newer 3500 SRW would be a lateral move so we went for a 3500 DRW.
I placed this post out there about the HUGE size difference (NOT)! Just something to consider.

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Old Yesterday, 08:29 AM   #13
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After loads of reading, loads of conversations and experience with my set up....

If money is issue, and you donít want to upgrade your truck again, 1 ton is minimum purchase.

Second, I have a short bed with an auto slider, love never having to worry about cab contact. But itís heavy, I have a harbor freight jack to get in and out. (Have it for sleds and jetskis already)

I have an awesome 3/4 short bed, and I love it. But, I bought a bigger 5th wheel and now I need a bigger truck. So I will go all in on a F450 when I can afford it.

Ford and Chevy no longer make short bed duallys, (2010 was last year for Ford, but stay far away from 08-10 Ford diesels), otherwise I would look hard at one. Dodge does, I see lots of them when Iím in parks and they seem like nice rigs. I just could never own one. 😜
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Old Yesterday, 12:23 PM   #14
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I feel your pain.

I have been looking for a dually truck myself. Unable to find any long beds that haven't had their guts run out. Found a nice 2012 ram 3500 Laramie longhorn short bed. Long beds just don't seen to be available in my area. Was going to post a question about the problems associated w/ short beds, and 5th wheels when I saw this thread. Other than the weight of the slider hitch. Are there any other problems w/ shorts beds? That maybe the only truck I have available. My 5th wheel is 38' w/ four slides. Will that 2012 ram pull her with out any problems? Or should I start looking in other states for a truck? Thank you for your advise. I am sooo very frustrated. Starting to think mule team.
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I was looking for gently used 2500 and 3500 GM Chevs in Ontario, no luck
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Old Yesterday, 02:14 PM   #16
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Also. I have found that (Up in Canada, anyway) that if you look for a late model to finance
you take a beating in interest. Buy new and at the right time of season it's 0% so the payments are similar only the truck is new. I priced out a 2500 sle with the same options I had, sans Navi, and it was $4k more than my 1500.
If you're paying cash, you make your own deal.
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Old Yesterday, 04:04 PM   #17
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I have had numerous models long and short and currently have a F350 6.7 crew short bed. Love it pulling 35' 5th. Maneuverability is better than long bed. Have Andersen 5th hitch and it is best I have ever had, no problems with turning, lightweight, and no moving parts to worry about.
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