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Dually Conversion

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by cold_and_tired, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I found a guy that wants to do a conversion on his truck. He wants to go from a dually to a single wheel and I have been thinking about doing the opposite.

    But...do I really need a dually?

    I tow my 20' gooseneck almost everyday. It's typical load consists of a skid steer and some misc. tools. The average weight when loaded is around 12k lbs.

    I really don't carry a lot of payload in the truck other than the typical stuff that fits in my toolbox.

    In the winter, the truck carries the plow and a full tailgate spreader. Not really a massive load.

    My 2-3 year plan includes me buying a V-box spreader and a fifth wheel for the summer. Those are the only two things that I think would warrant a dually.

    Do you guys think I NEED a dually?
  2. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,056

    Dually's are great for hi way towing especially in the canyons and that's about it IMO.
    Without a pile of weight in the bed they flat out suck in the snow and even with just a few inches on the road you'll be in four wheel drive.
    SRW's is the way to go, you don't have the extra width and extra $400.00 + every time you buy new skins.
  3. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Almost all the trucks I have owned have been Dually's. I love them for towing but they do SUCK in the snow. I tow up to 21k with my SRW with out any issues. If i towed 21k every day I would have a dually lol. For 12-14k your fine with a SRW. But do you self a Favor and put some Airbags on that truck. With a DRW you will want a wider plow, they are less maneuverable and every time you buy tires there are another 2.
  4. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    How about stepping up the load range and rim width a few on the rear tires? Keep them the same diameter so you don't have 4X4 problems.
  5. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    If you towing 12k daily, I would want DRW along with a good set of airbags.
  6. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    It's hard to do because there aren't many manufacturers making a hub centric wheel which our trucks require.

    Being that the load is usually a skid steer, I have a lot of wiggle room on the trailer to keep the majority of the weight off the truck.

    I think I am going to pass on doing the conversion. So far, the cons are outweighing the pros. I will cross the dually bridge when I get there. Right now, I just don't think it's necessary.

    If I play my cards right, I will be able to get a brand new truck in 2-3 years. Maybe that one will be a dually.