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Old 10-29-2017, 10:02 PM   #21
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Woodman ~ I would make one comment, and please do not take this negatively ~ I was where you are. Had a 2012 F350 SRW Short bed that I loved. Bought Redwood and figured it was good to go. As you said, truck pulled it fine. I also had a Pull Rite 20k hitch, Airbags, and I added Sway bars.


I made the mistake of believing the "brochure" weights. When I actually had the rig weighed, individual wheels by a DOT Officer, we found all the weights were within spec except ,,,,,,,, I was more than 1100 pounds over on the Rear Axle rating and also the same amount over what the tires were rated for. The 36RL in particular is pin heavy, even more so if Washer Dryer and Genset installed. When mine was weighed, it did not have any of those and was not loaded for fulltime.


I decided that I didn't want to risk blowing a drive tire at speed. Someone in Nebraska got a very nice 9 month old truck and I got a really great Dually that I love. And it was my daily driver, including for my business for over 3 years before we went fulltime.


As I said, I'm not criticizing your choice, just wanted to mention where you might be weight wise from someone who's been there.


BTW, there is NO comparison in how a SRW and a Dually tow ...... If I ever replace this one it will be with either a Sportchassis or a Volvo.
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:01 AM   #22
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'Piperguy', I appreciate your input and thanks for sharing your experiences. When I posted support for a well-equipped SWR, I knew I'd get opinions to the contrary, and I'm not offended in any way. That's what forums are for, to get varying opinions that are, hopefully, well supported and constructive. A DWR would create other problems for my business, like getting into tight spots where the dually simply wouldn't fit. No one argues that a DWR is the most stable, especially with a rear blow out. It, by far, has the greatest towing capacity and stability, but once off the trailer they're overbearing IMO and impractical for touring, etc. My 36RL certainly is near the top in weights, but I'm okay with where I'm at, especially since getting the Michelin tires and installing AirLifts, IS and disc brake MorRyde package. Is it the best for towing this RW? Probably not, but it's pretty darn good and once you look at the whole picture, I think a well-equipped SWR and RW can work. We have a permanent spot in FL where we keep a lot of our stuff, so we generally pack light and don't carry the W/D thing. Yeh, being from WI, I'm looking forward to warm temps.
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Old 10-30-2017, 12:08 PM   #23
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We are on our 2nd Dually, a number of years ago we had a 2007 Chevy 2500 SRW and a 41 Foot SOB 5th Wheel. Yes the Chevy pulled and stopped the 41 Footer fine but after my first trip out to Texas and the white knuckle driving with the winds, we traded the SRW for a 2012 GMC DRW.
Since moving to a DRW we have been coast to coast in all kinds of road conditions, weather and wind conditions and have been very happy with the move to a DRW.
As we get closer to retirement we recently traded again, we traded in our 2012 GMC DRW and got a 2018 RAM DRW.
The RAM is the first Chrysler product I have ever owned, so far we really like our choice but also in the back of my mind since I am a long time / die hard GM fan I hope I made the right choice and will not regret the brand switch down the road.
We will make our first tow with our Redwood with our new RAM this weekend, looking forward to see how the RAM preforms on the interstate joints, bumps and bridges.
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Old 10-31-2017, 05:00 AM   #24
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The pass/fail test to me was putting it on the scale with a load that conservatively resembles the peak of how you will us it.

Drive axle scale weight > rear axle weight rating - fail
Drive axle scale weight divided by 2 > max tire load rating - fail

That's what put our SRW in for trade on a dually, regretfully. The dually bothered us enough in the end we got rid of it all.
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