Dually Trucks

Dually Trucks

Today, more than ever, truck companies are putting out truck models that are made for pussies. These trucks have small beds, they can’t handle any weight, and they’re basically built for style.

This is definitely a far cry from your Grand Daddy’s ’67 Chevy!

Fortunately, there is still one branch of trucks out there that is specifically designed to have the strength that is supposed to come with a truck. The truck that I’m talking about is, of course, a Dually.


The Major Advantage of a Dually

Obviously, the main advantage of having a Dually truck is that it has a greater towing capacity than a SRW (Single Rear Wheel) truck. A Dually’s towing capacity is amped up through its mega sized rear axle and suspension, which facilitate bed-mounted fifth wheel trailer hitches.

These fifth wheel hitches are great because they move the weight that needs to be hauled directly above the axle, instead of overtop the bumper. Not surprisingly, this amps up the potential hauling capacity.

How Much More Can a Dually Haul?

Well, it all depends. But it’s usually a difference of a couple of thousand pounds. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples:
  • The first example will be the 2011 Ford F-350, equipped with a 6.7 liter PowerStroke diesel V8 engine. For this truck, a SRW would be capable of towing an estimated 14,000 pounds. A Dually, on the other hand, can haul upwards of an astonishing 16,000 pounds. It’s exact maximum capacity, of course, depends on driver upgrades.
  • The second example will be the Chevy Silverado 3500HD. For the Silverado, the SRW hauling capacity is between 4,200 and 4,600 pounds. The Dually can handle a whopping 6,600 pounds!

A Dually’s Performance Is Impacted By the Wheel

Obviously, to make sure that a Dually truck can handle the stress, drivers need to equip their truck with the proper dually wheels. These wheels can give the truck extra strength and increased performance. But knowing how the wheels on a Dually works is another problem in itself.

The first thing to always remember is that every truck is different.

But here are some general rules that may help drivers figure out exactly what they need:

1. Stock steel wheels are usually interchangeable from front to back.

2. Aluminum wheels are almost never interchangeable from front to back.

3. In almost every case, aftermarket wheels are not interchangeable between the front and back.

4. Rear hubs always require at least 1 steel wheel. Obviously, most drivers will opt to put the aluminum (better looking) wheel on the outside.

Sticking to these rules will help any Dually lover increase the strength of the their truck.

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