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What is a Dually Truck?

Posted at Fri, Nov 15, 2019 11:15 AM

You might not have heard the term "dually truck" in the past – or you might have heard it and not known what it was. But you have most likely heard the term "one-ton truck." The two are the same.

Dually trucks, or one-ton trucks, are designed to carry much heavier loads than their typical, super duty trucks driven by casual drivers. These are trucks that are usually selected for commercial use. They are typically either part of a company fleet or the selection of independent business owners who do construction work or other intensive work.

Technical Details

Primarily, what sets a dually truck apart is the way they are constructed. The rear axle on these trucks has two wheels on both sides. So, you have two wheels in the front and four wheels in the rear. The additional wheels provide extra support for the greater weight these trucks are intended to carry.

In addition to the extra wheels, dually trucks have stronger shocks, springs, and breaks to support the extra weight they carry. They also have more powerful engines to tow that weight without strain. Typically, these trucks can carry more than 2,000 pounds.

Uses for Dually Trucks

Most people buy dually trucks for use on the job. These trucks can carry heavy machinery and materials, so they are ideal for construction work, landscaping, masonry, and more. They can carry big tools and ride-ons, as well as loads of rock, mulch, dirt, and more. They can also carry numerous people along with the equipment and materials.

You can even attach a trailer to a dually truck and expand your carrying capacity. Even when the bed runs out of room, the trucks still has the ability to carry more weight, and adding a trailer can provide that extra room.

Available Models

Not many manufacturers make dually trucks, so you don’t have your pick of dozens of models. Some of the most popular options include the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD, the RAM 3500, the GMC Sierra 3500, the Ford Super Duty F-450, and the Ford Super Duty F-350. You may be able to find other models if you go back far enough in your search, but if you are limiting yourself to newer models, these will be your choices.

Shopping for used truck models will certainly give you more options since you can shop from models that have since been discontinued. Dually trucks are not hot sellers since there aren’t a lot of people who need that much power. So you can shop for discontinued models knowing that they were put out of production for lack of demand, not lack of quality.

Tim’s Truck Capital has a wide selection of used truck models, including dually trucks. We can help you find the perfect truck model to meet your needs and fit your budget. We’ll also explore numerous financing options with you to help you find a way to make your new dually truck more affordable. Visit us today and shop our selection!

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