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When I built my new shop I made sure the doors were 10 foot wide by 8 foot high so I could fit a dually.

Plus it looks like your shop has a sliding side door too...


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I had to make the same choice. I drove both and could not commit to the dually. They are nice, but too big for most of what I do. I went 3500 SRW.

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Let me preface this by saying I have driven tens of thousands of miles in DRW trucks for a previous job, so driving them is not a big deal but I never had to live with one on a daily basis, so the practicality of owning one as a daily driver is my question. I'm going truck shopping tomorrow and can't decide if the much larger capability of the 3500 DRW is worth the hassle of owning one compared to a 2500. Sadly, no one in my area has a 3500 SRW in any trim level I'd actually consider buying. Your opinions are greatly appreciated!
I've been driving a dually on a daily basis since 2003; they are a pain to park in some places but I always park on the outer part of the parking lot to solve that problem. I would probably park on the outer lot even if it wasn't a dually to keep the truck from getting banged up. I drove 10 and 18 wheelers for many years so I was already use to driving something big anyways. Like anything else, you get use to it.

I always thought the SRW crew cab looked like a long bus without the extra set of wheels sticking out in the back. The dually just looks more proportional to me as long as it has a 8 foot bed on it instead of the 6.4 foot bed, plus the longer wheel base gives a better ride.

And if the above don't work for some reason I have a 2 door Jeep Rubicon for the really tight places.

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If it's a daily driver, make sure you can get ur 8' wide truck parked in ONE 10' wide space.

So many around here think you get 2-3 parking spaces if your truck is narrower than the space (or just can't park).

Lol. Jk. Personally depending on where u live and the roads, I would think it would beat u up. If you NEED the capability of the dually and a single cab won't do it, what choice is there?


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If it's a daily driver, make sure you can get ur 8' wide truck parked in ONE 10' wide space.

So many around here think you get 2-3 parking spaces if your truck is narrower than the space (or just can't park).

Lol. Jk. Personally depending on where u live and the roads, I would think it would beat u up. If you NEED the capability of the dually and a single cab won't do it, what choice is there?


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I usually take up two parking spaces for my crew cab 8 foot bed dually on the outer part of the parking lot if the access road between the rows of parking spaces is narrow. The truck needs the width of two spaces to pull out into the access road to avoid hitting cars parked beside me. If I only used one space I couldn't get out of a narrow space. Long vehicles don't have the short turning radius that shorter vehicles have, which is the reason I drive my two door Jeep if I know in advance I'm going to go to places that have narrow parking spaces.

But on the weekend with the wife I sometimes never know where I'm going to end up, so I take up two spaces if I need to on the outer lot guaranteeing me a way to get out of the space

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I've owned three drw trucks and used two of them for DD's. Granted now both of the one's I DD'd were 6spds and city driving so I was hating life during that time lol. For what I tow a dually is too much truck and not worth the aggravation of driving and parking it. Plus at times my wife has to drive my truck and I'd prefer something smaller for her so it doesn't get banged up.
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Plus it looks like your shop has a sliding side door too...
The sliding door was to get my tow truck in when I had it and to get the trailer in in the winter.






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The sliding door was to get my tow truck in when I had it and to get the trailer in in the winter.





Just what I like plenty of space. That gives a whole new meaning to Man-cave.

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If you NEED the dually, or will in the future, get it. Otherwise get the SRW, even if it means ordering it. Also, consider flying out to a dealership to pick up a 14 off the lot since it's almost time for the 15s. You can probably get a good enough deal to make it worthwhile.

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My gwad, talk about a "MAN CAVE" (rethinking where I went wrong in my life)

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My gwad, talk about a "MAN CAVE" (rethinking where I went wrong in my life)
That's for sure. The wrecker business must have been good to him.

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