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Old 05-29-2015, 02:27 PM   #1
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Chevy 3500 SRW Overall Opinions

I'm just poking around, no real serious thoughts (yet) - but I was just wondering what the overall, general thoughts of the Chevy 3500 SRW is.

I totally get that this is OVERKILL for an a/s. But just overall, with a diesel engine, high country package -- whats just some general thoughts about likes and dislikes of one of these?
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:29 PM   #2
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I'm thinking I really dig a setup like this



Wonder how heavy all that could be?
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If you are considering heavy loads ALL THE TIME while towing, like a utility body and maybe the unit you have pictured, then a 1 ton is fine. You would have to do the math...if all your desired box and gear plus TW comes close to or over the payload capacity of a 3/4 ton, then go for it.

It takes as much serious planning as the 1/2 ton vs. 3/4 ton debate.

I wouldn't want to tow my AS with a lightly loaded 1 ton. Of course an AirSafe would take the concern away (except for your back...but you're young).
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haha no my back hurts all the time! Ugh...

Well for sure I've been thinking about getting a truck with some more amenities. My 2500 is a bad model, which is fine, but I'm thinking maybe it's time to get some leather, power seats, and all that stuff....

I considered looking into the bed pack for my 2500, but then I thought... well if I'm going to all that.. shouldn't i do it on a truck I like more and plan to own for the long haul??

Plus I'm ahead on my truck. It's worth more than I paid for it Got one heck of a deal, and it's paid for. So selling it and applying that money forward leaves with less to pay for something new.
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Lucy's tow vehicle, Fred, is a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax 3500 crew cab long bed 4wd SRW. Fred is a really big truck. He could tow an aircraft carrier. We sometimes refer to him as Towzilla. We have had Fred from new and he now has 80,000 miles on him. We custom ordered Fred as we wanted the snow plow prep package (this is the only way I could get the heavy duty front axle) and the vinyl flooring.

We needed to get a 3500 long bed as we travel with a 3200# Outfitter pop-up truck camper. When we add Lucy's 900# tongue weight, Fred is close to his maximum load capacity. A 3/4 ton wouldn't cut it for our use.

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3/4 ton or 1 ton?

I have a 2004 3/4 ton that is loaded to the max. Have LT265x75x16 tires to carry the rear axle load. Also air bags. Then to smooth out the Louisiana roads, an Air Safe. My rear axle weight is right at 6000#s with a 2001 34' Classic w/slide hooked on behind. Everything tows beautifully. The miles are starting to pile up, so I'm in the market for a new truck. Actuality, I'm looking for a 2010 one ton SRW w/8ft box or chassis. They still have 16" tires and don't use DEF fluid. Diesel with low miles would be great. The answer to your question in my opinion is: Get a 3/4 ton and beef it up or get a one ton and pretty much have it done.
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Good, but somewhat rare truck-
I never see any srw 3500's around here. They are all drw. Some people prefer the peace of mind that 2 more tires and wheels provide in the event of a tire failure.
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We had to custom order our 3500 SRW. These are hardly ever seen on dealer's lot. I did not want a dually because of the width and the poor traction in mud and snow.

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My 3500 is a srw, there are some around but they look like 2500s. Jim
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You're really only going to find a selection at a fleet minded dealer or a designated "Business Elite" signed dealer. (roughly 500 of them nationwide) But even then, you are likely to find work trucks or lightly optioned ones. If you want a high trim level, you might want to order.
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That's correct. I bought my ram used and it was a special order work truck. No power windows, no power door locks, no cruise control and no special radio junk. Just a truck. Po used it to tow a fifth wheel. Jim
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I'm thinking I really dig a setup like this



Wonder how heavy all that could be?
If it was me and I was wondering how to use up the payload capacity of a 3500 I think I'd be installing an auxiliary fuel tank to extend my range and avoid the need to pull the rig through so many gas stations on the road.

Can't really tell from that photo but it looks like that whole system is basically storage. There are a whole bunch of different systems on the market that are combination auxiliary fuel tank and toolbox/storage.
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Good, but somewhat rare truck-
I never see any srw 3500's around here. They are all drw. Some people prefer the peace of mind that 2 more tires and wheels provide in the event of a tire failure.
I see a lot of SRW F350s around this part of Texas. Is there some reason why the Ford 1-ton SRW is more popular than the GM 1-ton?
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