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Old 06-17-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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He says I need a dually??

Was taking a moment to talk to one of my patients (a war veteran, I work at the VA hospital)...he drives a work truck in his job, ford f350....says he once saw a truck pulling a trailer and blow out a rare truck tire and nearly have an extremely bad wreck....and as such he was recommending a duly...

It seems in my reading, almost no one recommends such....I figure something is a bit off about this advice...and I wanted to hear from folks about this because my inexperienced self somehow found his point compelling....

I figure this will be an easy one for you all, but I feel the need to ask, if not for any other reason to understand the fallacy in this point?

Now, if you could somehow make me figure out if I want 3/4 ton or 1/2 ton...the more I read the more confused I get...mainly I am uncertain about how much payload I will eventually need. sorry, that may be better for another thread..
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:35 PM   #2
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I would seek other more qualified advice. Personaly I don't think he has a clue.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:36 PM   #3
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You will get all kinds of advice. We tow equipment trailers, stock trailers and we are on our 3rd AS. My husband has had long line of F250 superduty diesel trucks. We have never had a dually. A 1/2 ton would be fine depending on what trailer you finally decide on.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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It's important to remember that too stiff a tow can actually pound your trailer - hard. Having towed a tiny lightweight Argosy with a 3/4 ton empty truck was a real eye opener for me a few years ago. Everything in the Argosy was shaken, stuff fell out of cabinets, etc. Loading a bunch of gear in the bed of the truck smoothed the ride out a lot and frankly, that trailer is much happier being towed behind my VW.

In a perfect world I would get the tow vehicle specifically to pair with the trailer rather then the more standard "I have this truck, what can I tow with it" scenario.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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IMHO you'd be better off spending the money on a tire pressure monitoring system and a Propride or Hensley. Dually's are very common in the horse world ( super heavy 6+ horse trailers and valuable cargo) so I'm well accustomed to how they drive. They are more stable no question, however they really aren't great at getting themselves out of the mud/ adverse conditions and can be squirrelly without weight in the bed. In Ma you also need to register them as a commercial vehicle , not sure about other states.

Overkill for an Airstream for sure....
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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I thought so too of course, but the whole blowout scenario is scary...but I suspect such concerns are universal...what if you blow out in the front?

I am still undecided on 28 vs. 30 sofa vs. 30 bunkhouse...we lean toward 30 as I think it will do the job for 10K less and can accept the 2-3 feet loss...but seeing them in person will help us determine...then we will know what TV we want...

Although, I hear folks pull the 30' with tundra 5.7L V8....payload is the question though im still wondering....
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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There are some of us who tow 30' and 34' trailers with a SUV or even a minivan. Get yourself properly set up with a good weight distribution system and you'll find that these can make very capable tow vehicles.

While a setup like that might not be to your liking, and there are many on here who'd counsel against it*, I think even those who strongly prefer trucks as TVs would agree that a dually is complete overkill.


* and by that I mean, "think it's completely crazy to even contemplate such thoughts".
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:57 PM   #8
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this was exactly my suspicion
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Way over kill!
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:47 PM   #10
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reiner is right. Unless you plan on carrying a horse in your Airstream, you do not need a dually.

When people start talking about trucks, they go weird. Have you noticed that?
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Bigger is not always better. You do not need a dually.

The really big question is 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton. My 08 Tundra works well for me and I love that truck. However, I am towing a 4,800 lb Tradewind fully loaded. When I load up my Tundra with people, pets, gas, stuff in the bed, bed cap and water in the trailer, I am within 40 lbs of the GVWR of the Tundra (6,900 lbs)

If I were contemplating buying a new Airstream, in the 27-30 ft range, I would probably go to a 3/4 ton truck. I would look at all the big 3 and buy the one I liked the best.

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Old 06-17-2013, 11:17 PM   #12
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@Fly at Night - hahahahaah

@Dan - as of tonight, this is pretty much my newest consensus for my own thoughts...I may want to bring a dirt bike on a trip...and then that would just tip the scale now wouldnt it

Amazingly, looking at used on carmax, the darn tundras are near equal in cost to some of the diesels.....guess people willing to pay for those yotas....

Ive got my eye on a few diesels in carmax with around 70K miles that suit my budget (would have carmax warranty 6 year bumper to bumper as well).
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #13
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of course, the dirt bike was an odd example, but I can see me with my wife and kids, and later friends etc exceeding payload...if it were just the wife and myself probably would be less worried.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:24 PM   #14
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oh and hey, I just wanted to throw out a TV softball for the forum just as a change of pace...otherwise this topic brings near total confusion/disagreement....Duly = overkill...agreement for a change
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