Stupid question time. Is the new Mega Cab available for the LB DRW and
still allow enough room for a 5th wheel? I'm assuming you either can't or
wouldn't want to do a 5th wheel with a SB (with or without the mega cab)
I was a bit surprised to see only $2k difference in the base price between
the 2500 SRW and 3500 duelly. Makes me wonder why anyone pulling a 5th
wheel would ever consider anything but the duelly, but you see it all the
What do you mean by that? I've put close to 25k miles on my 5th with my '03
2500 HO. I've been coast to coast and up to Coldfoot, AK and back and many
shorter trips with no issues where a 3500 duelly would have made a
difference. I suppose I would have hit more frost heaves and potholes with
the larger footprint of the duelly though.
I think you see it "all the time" cause for lots of folks, it works well.
And burned more fuel and cost more to maintain.... rotating tires must be fun,
IMHO, the only time I'd prefer a dually for RV'ing would be for a big cab-over
camper, where you have a leaning or stability issue... I can't imagine where
you'd need it for the little bit of pin weight a 5'er has..
ive had no complaints out of my 2500. as far as a short bed you can pull a
5th with it. just use a slider type hitch. these hitches slide back for
tight bends (in and out of camping spots ect) then slide forward for highway
travel (puts kingpin in correct location). ive got friends that use short
bed trucks pulling bigger trailers than i have and they have no complaints.
there are several diff designes for the slider type hitch. all in how much
you want to spend.
bonus for me on the 2500 srw was it doesnt take as wide of a garadge door to
fit through (made finding a house with a garage to fit both trucks into
Assuming you have the tow mirrors, you need at least a 9' door to clear
them, unless you want to fold them in everytime. If the mirrors clear, the
rear fenders clear. I've marked up my door jambs with my mirrors on
occasion, but never with the fenders (those I reserve for tangling with
concrete light poles :)
ive got a double door (would have to measure it) and with the tow mirrors
out and my wife's truck in the garage its a wiggle to get the right mirror
past the door without taking it off. the drw wouldnt make it without having
to shove the durango into the kitchen (a remodel that she would not like)
*grin* needless to say its tight all the way around my truck
No. That would require a new frame, which DC didn't want to do. The MC is
built on the same 160" wheelbase frame as the QC LB, so to gain the 20" of
additional cab space, they took it from the bed.
It depends on the particular 5ver, but clearance does become an issue with
tight turns. There are special 5th wheel hitches available that slide the
5th wheel back when backing the truck, to give you greater turning
capability, but they tend to be expensive.
A lot of people don't like the extra width of the dually. Personally,
having pulled with both, I never want to tow with a SRW truck again. Heck,
all the damn weight&balance gyrations you have to go through pulling a big
5ver with a 2500 is enough to give me a headache. 8800lb. GVWR, and a curb
weight of somewhere around 8799lbs. fully-loaded - not much capacity left
for pin weight :)
A Dodge DRW 3500 is IMHO the best towing vehicle for the money and has
been for some time. A 2500 SB SRW may get a heavy job done but the
only problem you will suffer from in a DRW Dodge may be overconfidence
as you will sometimes forget you are hauling anything at all. Haul
with a DRW Dodge a few times then try it with a single and you will be
amazed how much extra driving work you are doing; it really is easier
with the wider stance and stability. Sure they burn more fuel and cost
a little more to maintain but if you tow heavy and often you will get
your moneys worth.
If the job I have now goes away than I am concidering delivering campers. I
see a lot different configurations out there. Probably 95% of them are LB
DRW. I think the LB is a requirement for most companies. Looks like the
Cummings is the mose reliable with Duramax coming in second. This
determination is made from seeing what is on the road.
Anyhow if I change trades looks like I'll get a QC, LB, DRW Dodge.
Of course I'd that that in this group <G>.
The older I get, the fewer things
seem worth waiting in line for.
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