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What is a Dually Truck?

2019 Ford Super Duty Platinum Crew Cab Dually

If a truck is “dually,” it means it has dual rear wheels on either side. These trucks are geared toward the heavy-duty side of performance and are often referred to as “one-ton” pickups, as they can typically haul over 2,000 pounds in their beds and tow campers, trailers, and more. Usually, they’re equipped with upgraded brakes, springs, and shocks for greater stopping power and a sure-footed grip. Read on to learn more about dually vs. non-dually and the models you can find at Badger Truck & Auto Group!


Dually vs. Non-Dually Truck: How Do They Compare?

Dually Pickup Trucks

Benefits: 

  • Strong towing and payload capabilities
  • Greater stability during towing and hauling
  • Ideal for fifth-wheel trailers or loads non-dually trucks can’t haul

What to Consider: 

  • Fuel economy is usually lower than non-dually trucks
  • May be more challenging to park and maneuver on Chicago roads
  • Higher purchase price

Non-Dually Pickup Trucks

Benefits: 

  • More cost-effective than dually trucks
  • Higher fuel economy
  • Still ideal for towing, assuming you’re towing lighter loads
  • Easier to handle

What to Consider:

  • Somewhat weaker than dually trucks in terms of towing and hauling
  • Less safe than dually trucks in the event of a tire blowout

What is a Dually Truck Good For?

Dually trucks almost always house the most powerful engines offered by the manufacturer, as they’re built to haul and tow with their higher than average rear axle ratios. Many of the trailers dually trucks tow  can weigh as much as 20,000 pounds or more. Because of their strength, dually pickup trucks have a lot of uses — from construction to hauling heavy equipment and machinery to agriculture. There are virtually no limits to how dually trucks can be used on the job site.


What are Some Examples of Dually Trucks?

If you’re shopping for a dually pickup, you have a handful of capable models from which to choose:

  • Ram 3500 HD Dually — maximum towing capacity is one of the segment’s highest – 32,500 pounds (with the turbo-diesel engine)
  • Ford F-350 Super Duty — max towing capacity of 26,500 pounds with a maximum payload of 7,300 pounds
  • Ford F-450 Super Duty XLT — max gooseneck towing capacity of 35,000 pounds and a max conventional towing capacity of 21,000 pounds (with the diesel engine)
  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Dually — max towing capacity of 23,100 pounds (with the diesel engine)
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Dually

Find a Heavy-Duty Dually Truck at Badger Truck & Auto Group!

Do you need a powerful dually truck for your application? Badger Truck & Auto Group can help you find the model with the features and capabilities required. Whether you’re searching for gas-powered or diesel-powered pickups or a truck with a specific axle ratio, our selection is one of the largest and most diverse in the Madison and Waukesha areas. Contact us with any questions about our inventory or our Badger Heavy Truck Center.


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