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Old 01-27-2015, 06:06 AM   #1
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To Dually or not to Dually... That is the question...

So my wife and I currently are full time RVís and donít travel much (stay mostly in local federal parks) but we will be getting a new TT and TV this year and I really want to get the Voltage 3990 which weighs in spec at 16000# dry.

The big debate in my mind is F350 Single or dual wheel. Currently having a Ĺ ton pulling a 32 ft TT, I know how a weak (but capable) TV behaves but Iím really concerned with having a dually as my daily driver.

I know the Ford tow guide puts this combo in the red but I want to hear some practical experiences please.

For the next few years I donít plan on any marathon travels with the entire setup but I want a solid reliable F350 that can handle it.
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Old 01-27-2015, 10:50 AM   #2
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We have a 3950 and even though the newer trucks will pull these heavier units, I would not try it. There is more stability towing with a Dually opposed to a single rear wheel. You do get use to the Dually as a daily driver. Just back in to most parking spots and line your rear tires up on the parking lines. After towing with both I would never go back to a single wheel, at least for these heavy beast. You need to count on the 3990 being between 18k and 20k, manufacture specs are a little light.
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:59 PM   #3
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This is the the same decision we went thru. Before we had our half ton and staying within specs of that was frustrating. Then come the choice, dually or not. At the scale while hooked up, we are 5260 steer axle and 8100 drive axle. 5 people with a 45 gal aux tank/tool box and a small cooler of water in the back. Glad I chose dually. Good luck in your decision.
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Dually for the rig your considering... JMHO..
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I bought a V3605 because that was the biggest my single wheel F350 would pull. I'ml not be over loaded and I'm safe. If you are going to buy a 3 axle Voltage you need a Dually. Will a SRW F-350 tow it sure. Will it be over loaded yes.
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I'd definitely go with a dually as well. I use mine as a daily driver as well as a TV, and it can be a pain in the a*& looking for and pulling into and out of parking spots, but, many like many things in life, you'll get used to it. If you get a newer one with parking sensors and a back up camera, they're not bad around town.
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I'd definitely go with a dully as well. I use mine as a daily driver as well as a TV, and it can be a pain in the a*& looking for and pulling into and out of parking spots, but, many like many things in life, you'll get used to it. If you get a newer one with parking sensors and a back up camera, they're not bad around town.
So I use to have a F250 and know how a SRW will handle, please share with me some of the situations a dully has really made difficult for daily life (difficult and just can't do).
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DrewBlue - I towed with both - big difference
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I have had three combos...a TH bumper pull with 1/2 ton (it sucked), a 36ft TT with 3/4 ton diesel (loved it), and when we went to the current setup, there was no discussion. Wife wanted the trailer and I wanted the truck. I can tell you, as we travel with actual weight tickets:
Fully loaded, 29,960
Trailer, 19660 (pin weight 3800)
Truck, 10300 (with full fuel and all people on board)

Now, I will caveat the above info, I have a 100 gallon Transfer Flow tank, which fully loaded is 895 lbs. You can take that off my truck weight and still see that you may still be over the CCC of a dually. My GVWR is 14K, I am over 100 lbs. My weights were with the whole family and dog in the truck, plus 140 gallons of fuel and 200 lbs of fire wood.

I believe the Ford tow guide for 2015 doesn't even list trailer weights in this realm for SRW trucks. 2015 Ford Super Duty | View Towing Specifications | Ford.com

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In my opinion, you're gonna want a dually pulling that weight.

You mentioned that you're looking at an F-350, and concerned about daily driving. What you may not know is that the F-450, even with it's full crew cab & 8' bed, is far more easy to maneuver than an F-250 or F-350. That's because the F-450 has wider front-end geometry than the other trucks... giving it a wider track and making it far easier to handle. My long F-450 can turn in a smaller 180-degree radius than an F-250 or F-350 short bed.

The trade-off is that the F-450 only comes in one configuration: crew cab, long bed, 4x4, dually, and a 4:30 rear end. That rear means you can pull just about any size rig you want... but it also means less gas mileage than an F-350.

All in all though, I'm glad I went with the F-450. I can pull into just about any parking place at the grocery store I want pretty easily... and backing the rig into a non-pull-thru site is a breeze.
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