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Old 07-28-2019, 06:09 AM   #1
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After vacation, towing with SRW vs. DRW.

I know the topic has been beaten to death here, but wanted to give my thoughts on towing after our recent vacation.

We just completed our first "long" vacation towing the fifth wheel with the setup in my signature, 2,400 miles round trip. First time towing any considerable distance with the DRW F350. All I can say the difference is night and day.

I've towed similar fifth wheels, around 15K, using my old Ram 2500 and a SRW F350 I borrowed from my neighbor. There is no comparison. Truck handled beautifully, zero issues pulling hills in TN and I wasn't white knuckled at all. DW even made the comment that I was relaxed enough to tow one handed and drinking coffee, something she hadn't seen before.

Anyone sitting on the fence between a SRW and a DRW, get the DRW. You will NOT regret it. The PROs outweigh the CONs.

Parking: Even parking around Pigeon Forge wasn't too bad. I seemed to find a couple of spots I could take when needed.

Now off to start planning next spring/summer family reunion.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:21 AM   #2
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Those that tow large with a SRW, and say no issues and very stable, just don’t know the difference.
They are so convinced that they are just too big to drive daily, they just keep getting smaller (feeling) every time you drive it.
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:26 AM   #3
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DW and I lost count of the number of triple-axle FW being towed by a 3/4 ton or SRW 1 ton truck. Watched a 3/4 ton truck almost loose it in a curve, taking the other lane. Good thing there wasn't any traffic.

All I can say is I'm VERY happy with our setup. Once you cross over to the "dark side", there isn't any going back.

We planned our trip to dive around 5 hours a day, not knowing how we'd like the way the setup handled. If we wanted, we could easily pull 6-7 hours and still feel relaxed on arrival.
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:38 AM   #4
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Welcome to the DRW club, I think someone should develop a "badge' like the one we have for weight police, for us with the duallies
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Old 07-28-2019, 07:44 AM   #5
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I totally agree that a DRW is the way to go with a large trailer. If I went to a larger trailer I would have a DRW. That said, I have towed our 38ft fiver over 15k miles with no issues. Like someone else said I see large trailers,even triple axels being towed with SRW 3/4 ton trucks which is asking for trouble. I saw a large Mobile Suites yesterday hooked up to a SRW RAM 2500. There is a butt for every seat but I prefer not to fly by the seat of my pants.
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:26 AM   #6
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I've owned and driven a dually for the past 18 years. Rock solid tow vehicle! I won't go back to a SRW.
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Old 07-28-2019, 12:06 PM   #7
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DW and I lost count of the number of triple-axle FW being towed by a 3/4 ton or SRW 1 ton truck. Watched a 3/4 ton truck almost loose it in a curve, taking the other lane. Good thing there wasn't any traffic.

All I can say is I'm VERY happy with our setup. Once you cross over to the "dark side", there isn't any going back.

We planned our trip to dive around 5 hours a day, not knowing how we'd like the way the setup handled. If we wanted, we could easily pull 6-7 hours and still feel relaxed on arrival.
I have seen the same combinations (SRW towing a six wheel FW,usually toy haulers) as well.
I always mumble to my self "6 wheels in back should have 6 wheels in front". I have a "light' trailer comparably and am happy with my SRW. But anything bigger I will go to DRW without question.
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Old 07-28-2019, 12:33 PM   #8
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I never really wanted a dually since the TV is my everyday truck, but finally bit the bullet because I couldn’t keep towing a 16k 5er with an overloaded SRW. Every time we hit a bad bump (which was frequently on the ALCAN) the pucker factor would go way up. No stress towing with the DRW now and have gotten used to driving it around town. DW is much more comfortable towing with the dually, so I definitely second your recommendation.
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Old 07-28-2019, 03:27 PM   #9
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I suppose my first question is, why in the world would you even begin to pull 15K 5vr with a 3/4 ton truck?
I am a srw 1 ton truck, IM guessing with the all I have loaded I'm around 12.5 Although I have yet to scale it, but I know the weight of my cargo from our previous trailer so it should be pretty accurate +/- a few hundred pounds. At any rate I feel about 13K is all I would ever want on a SRW.. Mine has towed wonderfully, straight and true.. worlds better than the traditional 10K 38 footer we towed with a WDH and antisway. My son has a 2017 f350 crew cab long bed 4x4. He has about 3K of welder, steel welding bed, tanks etc.. before even dropping the 2700 pounds of hitch weight on his truck. It tows extremely well !
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Old 07-28-2019, 04:18 PM   #10
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Welcome to the DRW club. I really didn't have an option as my new T.H. has a GVWR of 20,000 lbs, although I don't ever plan on (key word....plan on) having it loaded that heavy, but 18,500 - 19,000 is a very real possibility for sure. And you're right....night and day difference between the SRW and the Dually. Congrats. and enjoy
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:41 PM   #11
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The first manufacturer to invent a detachable DRW outer wheel would Jeff Bezos rich
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Old 08-02-2019, 05:08 PM   #12
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They are detachable now. There is just usually 8 lug nuts to each wheel(10 in my case) and you have to find some way to remove and reattach the fenders.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:18 AM   #13
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My wife has our DRW 3500 GMC as her daily driver. So anyone who’s not using the right tow vehicle really has no excuses.

As for parking it at the grocery store, the trick is to back in. Makes parking super easy and saves the rear fenders from trouble.

We pull a dual axle 16.5k toy hauler and I would never pull it with a smaller truck.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:41 AM   #14
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I have a good friend, old high school buddy, that pulls (and not sure of years) the front living room with garage for their Harleys Montana with a 3/4 ton Dodge diesel, maybe an "11" or a " 12" ...
He insists it is a dream to pull. Will not listen to "not enough truck"...
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:57 AM   #15
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I knew before I purchased my dually that we would be buying a large camper.

All that I can say is that I am glad that I bit the bullet and went with the dually. It is very comforting to know that just in case the better half wants a different/bigger camper I don't need to go buy another truck. And, the dually rides and drives like a dream when towing with no issues. I also use it as my daily driver. You discover pretty quick where you can and can't park. For me, I usually park far out and away from the front entrances of buildings. Besides, the extra walk certainly doesn't hurt me.

Like some others here, I am very surprised to see some very large campers on I-95 being towed by 3/4 ton trucks. When i see them, I attempt to get as far away from them as I can for I view the practice of pulling 40' campers with a 3/4 truck as unsafe.
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Old 08-11-2019, 08:02 AM   #16
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I know the topic has been beaten to death here, but wanted to give my thoughts on towing after our recent vacation.

We just completed our first "long" vacation towing the fifth wheel with the setup in my signature, 2,400 miles round trip. First time towing any considerable distance with the DRW F350. All I can say the difference is night and day.

I've towed similar fifth wheels, around 15K, using my old Ram 2500 and a SRW F350 I borrowed from my neighbor. There is no comparison. Truck handled beautifully, zero issues pulling hills in TN and I wasn't white knuckled at all. DW even made the comment that I was relaxed enough to tow one handed and drinking coffee, something she hadn't seen before.

Anyone sitting on the fence between a SRW and a DRW, get the DRW. You will NOT regret it. The PROs outweigh the CONs.

Parking: Even parking around Pigeon Forge wasn't too bad. I seemed to find a couple of spots I could take when needed.

Now off to start planning next spring/summer family reunion.

You don't know how glad I am to read this. Just bought a 2016 GMC 3500HD diesel with 12,500 miles yesterday. Coming from a 2007 Dodge 2500HD gasser.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:56 AM   #17
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They are detachable now. There is just usually 8 lug nuts to each wheel(10 in my case) and you have to find some way to remove and reattach the fenders.
One of the 'other' reasons for buying the 450 over the 350 is the much tighter turning radius. This is due to the wide track front axle, so removing the outer rears and even the fenders accomplishes nothing since the front is the same width as the back. I live in an area that is quite small car oriented. I now save gym membership money by parking at the back of the lot and walking less than a couple hundred feet. My other strategies are taking up four parking spots or if really narrow, parking on both lines.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:43 AM   #18
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My wife has our DRW 3500 GMC as her daily driver. So anyone whos not using the right tow vehicle really has no excuses.

As for parking it at the grocery store, the trick is to back in. Makes parking super easy and saves the rear fenders from trouble.

We pull a dual axle 16.5k toy hauler and I would never pull it with a smaller truck.

I don't know what the deal is, but people will not cut you any slack backing out of a parking spot or onto a street. They will however wait for you to back into a spot or driveway...most of the time.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:46 AM   #19
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Went from a 2018 F350 LB,CC,DIESEL LARIAT SRW to an 2019 F350 King Ranch, LB,CC,DIESEL DUALLY. Can't really say it was day and night though the dually was a bit more stable. Acceleration was quicker and exhaust brake held far better but that could be due to the gears. My 2018 had 3.55 ,the 2019 dually has 4.10. They both pulled and stopped the 40 ft Alpine with ease. Now would i go back to an SRW. Too early to say as the SRW was easier to park, fit through drive thru's, went through car washes. However, i feel much more safer and confident with the dually should i have a blow out.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:18 AM   #20
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I dont mean to be highjacking this thread. But I have been concerned about this for a while .l have been told that if your combined gvwr is over 26001 pounds you are required to have a CDl does this not apply to rv's . When I bought our tv and trailer I used that as a guide.
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