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Old 02-15-2016, 11:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Denali, SRW or DRW

Hi all,
Working a deal on a new 2016 Denali (currently own a Ram 3500 SRW) and wanted a little advice. I will be using this truck as my DD and also as our camping rig. I pull a 12K Toyhauler TT and also have a polaris rzr 800 in the bed. I figure between hitch and bed weight I'm probably close to 2500 lbs. I'm working a deal on an SRW truck right now, and I think I'm well within capacities, but just want a double check. Which would you buy with this load?

All things being equal I'd just get the Dually and not have to worry about it... But, it seems like the SRW truck rides a little better, and after owning the RAM (which rides like a buckboard), ride is important to me. Also My garage is 106" wide, which will clear a dually, but if I'm not 100% on my game could lead to an expensive repair...

So, I'm planning SRW at this point- agree/disagree? Why?

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Old 02-16-2016, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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dually will feel more stable towing on the open road, particularly with crosswinds.

single will likely ride better as an unloaded DD.

you'd have to check with the dealer/salesman and/or GM directly to make sure it's within capacity [it should be, but it's a lot cheaper to ask and make sure before buying]

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Old 02-16-2016, 03:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Probably right on the edge with the SRW as far as payload. Any plans to upgrade RV ? I also have a heavy TT TH and the dually will not let the wind push me around like my SRW 3500 did. I plan on upgrading to a 5th wheel, that is why I went dually, but it sure is nicer pulling the existing trailer with the extra stability. Parking is a PITA, but I just park out in the lot and walk a little further. I think my dually unloaded rides just as nice as my 3500 SRW I traded in on this. As far as parking, you are at home. Take your time going into and out of the garage.
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Old 02-16-2016, 03:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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love my DRW not much problem parking
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum! I've moved your post to the proper area of the forum.

I have pulled with both SRW and DRW. You said your trailer is 12K, but is that dry weight? What is the GVWR of the trailer? Use that figure, as it will be much closer to the true weight once the unit is loaded. Then make your decision. I love my dually, but my SRW pulled our old 5th wheel from Maine to Alaska without a problem. I ended up going to the dually when we bought a new and heavier trailer. The old SRW pulled it, but we were above it's rating and I could tell.
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I wish I new more about this when we bought our truck. I'm atleast #1500 lbs. over on our pay load. Our 5th wheel pin weight is #2500 lbs.
You will have to know what your 12K Toyhauler TT tongue weight to determine between SRW or Dually. I would listen to people that have Dually's for there recommendations for most likely they had both.
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Loaded towing, you will notice the dually handle the road better. Unloaded it will still be smoother than the Ram was. Key factor is in your rear tire air pressures. I run them lower when empty and air them up when I get ready to tow.
Tom S has tons of experience towing with SRW and DRW trucks. For what I pull (mostly farm equipment , hay, horses and/or cattle) the dually feels better (seat of the pants and steering wheel.) My neighbor has a Ram 3500 SRW that will pull great, but when he rode with me to take some deer to the processor he was amazed at how smooth the dually was "empty."
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Old 02-16-2016, 12:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Key factor is in your rear tire air pressures. I run them lower when empty and air them up when I get ready to tow.


Rear tire pressure on a dually is the key to a nice ride. I air down to 35 rear and 65 front when I'm not going to tow for a while.
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Old 02-16-2016, 03:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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12k is gross in the TT. Figuring 10% for the tongue so 1200 lbs. don't see myself going back to a fiver anytime soon, I need to get two rzr's to the camp site and only way to do that is pull doubles or one in the bed. I'm not a fan of pulling doubles. Rzr in the bed is another 1100 lbs. then family of 5 probably another 600 pounds. So probably 2900 total against the payload.

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Old 02-16-2016, 10:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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So I've been thinking all day about this and I think I'm going to switch to the dually. If it rides the same I can manage the garage. Interestingly the dually is about $1000 cheaper too... For those that said air the tires down I think I'll give that a try. No funny wear at 35 lbs?

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