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Old 08-23-2008, 02:07 PM   #15
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Dually Won't Fit???

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I was just curious when you said the dually wouldn't fit through a 9'-0" garage door. My garage is 90 degrees to the driveway so I have to jocky a bit to get lined up, but with a 9'-0" opening I've got at least 10" of net clearance - which I try to center the dually in. Height isn't a problem.
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:36 PM   #16
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I'm able to put mine through a 9' opening as well. I just need to make sure I am centered going in.
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:51 PM   #17
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For me it's simple: Any RV that NEEDS a dually is one I don't want.

I pull my '34 Silver Streak with an SRW Cummins, and it's complete overkill. The PO used a 6.0L Suburban that I imagine was easier to live with than this truck for daily duty. (I needed a truck for other purposes, and, with that, it is ideal all around in its' duties).

DRW is overkill for an Airstream, IMHO. A cheap one would be on my list, too, but I'd convert it to SRW and change the spring packs.
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:11 PM   #18
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Duelly's are great for stock trailers,race car trailers and such. Drive one in a snow storm and you will bring new meaning to the phrase "white nuckling". An AS needs a softer ride.
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DRW is overkill for an Airstream, IMHO. A cheap one would be on my list, too, but I'd convert it to SRW and change the spring packs.
Uh...wouldn't that defeat the purpose. I mean, what's the purpose of starting with a dually if you're going to convert it to a SRW?
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:36 PM   #20
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Towing with a dually

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I have poked around this section a bit but have not seen anyone post specifically if a dually is better for towing say a 29er A/S than a non dually would be.
I have the opportunity to buy a '99 dodge ram 3500 Cummins dually with next to no miles on it and thought that this might make a fine TV.
Have done lots of towing and carrying with a '94 Cummins TV and would consider no other engine.Still have the'94 and can't wear it out!!
Are there any reasons why a dually would be a bad choice?
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I have driven and had both dually and standard in the F350, as far as the truck itself they the same as far as engine, frame, trans, steering, cab, in fact there is no difference between the 250 & 350 on these points. The only difference is in the fact that a dually rear end is more heavy duty than the standard one.
Where you will notice the difference is the fact of the wider clearance at the bed, the extra tires if you have a flat, and the stiffer springs, some parking problems. Like some of the others indicated in here the more stiffer rear will cause problems with in the AS trailer. Dually's really shine their best when towing a fifth wheel, goose neck cattle trailer, large boats, because of the stance of the wider/heavy duty rear end, stiffer springs, which are much more stable than any thing else.
With you only pulling a 29 you might consider a 3/4 ton (F250, GM/Dodge 2500,) and you could even go down to a full size 1/2 ton.
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Uh...wouldn't that defeat the purpose. I mean, what's the purpose of starting with a dually if you're going to convert it to a SRW?
A cheap, well-maintained truck that can be set up for the owners EXACT needs.
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:43 PM   #22
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Uh...wouldn't that defeat the purpose. I mean, what's the purpose of starting with a dually if you're going to convert it to a SRW?
I have seen people remove the inner pair of wheels, leaving in essence a single rear wheel truck that looks like a dually. If you get a dually, you will have the flared rear fenders to do something with, and doing it this way will at least fill the fenderwells. It only looks bizarre when following one that has had this treatment, from the side it still looks like a dually.
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:18 PM   #23
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I use a dually for stability. The extra traction in an emergency situation could make the difference. I use the Air-Safe hitch and the ride is vary smooth for both the trailer and us. As for parking I always park away from crowds to avoid door dings and for exercise so parking is just what you make of it. Safety first!
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:50 AM   #24
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I might add that when you take the outer dual wheels off it looks like you have a narrow stance in the rear which seems like it would add sway or rocking in wind. I might also add dually takes away traction in rain snow and mud or ice condition. You still have the same downward force but it is now split between 4 wheels instead of 2. If you choose to purchase a dually I would like to make everyone aware, Do Not, use cruise control when in these conditions. You will experience loss of control. Accident or roll over or what ever happens you will have less chance to recover.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:59 PM   #25
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I respectfully submit that it doesn't matter what you're driving in rain, ice, or snow conditions - cruise control is a "no-no" - especially when towing! I stated earlier that the dually is worthless on an ice-covered road and that I'm fortunate enough to be able to store mine during the winter. Beyond that, I believe that many of the duallie's remaining faults can be somewhat offset by positive features - not the least of which, for me, is the pure enjoyment and confidence it imparts when I'm towing with it!
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:50 AM   #26
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You are obviousely a person in the know. I noticed the 4X4 in your description of 3500. A heavy suspension likes to be loaded, that is why a truck runs smoother under a load. A dually is designed for a Heavier application then any Airstream except the old 5 th wheel can provide.
Your choice is that. I threw out my opinion. 4X4 does change alot for traction, and in my opinion is a must when going dually, because it corrects most traction problems.
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:37 PM   #27
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As somewhat of an aside - I just read the article in the latest "Airstream Life" about the new 34' Airstream Toy hauler! Now that's a beautiful match for a dually! The hitch weight comes in at 1,400 lbs with an all-up weight of 11,500 lbs. Perfect for the latest dually specs - but a bit of a pull for my 2003 using the 80% rule!
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:23 PM   #28
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My feeling is that maybe only a 34' slide out (newer) might get any benefit from a dually due to the significant hitch weight that unit has (1150lbs). In the case of a 29', I don't think it'd be needed.
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