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Old 10-25-2015, 07:48 AM   #15
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Thanks Terry, are using the full site on your iPad, or the App?
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:49 AM   #16
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Another factor is overhang. Years ago I sold my half ton Chevy pickup and bought an'88 Suburban. The Suburban had a very long overhang behind the rear axle compared to the truck and I had all kinds of sway issues, ending up with two swaybars, which finally cured the problem. And yes, I had good tongue weight the whole time. When I went on to a 1990 F250, no need for sway bars any more.
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:18 AM   #17
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Rear overhang of the truck, or distance from the trailer pivot point and wheelbase length must be considered together. They are inseparable for controlling horizontal rotation (yaw) of the trailer around it's axles (such as caused by a semi bow wave or strong side wind).

The trailer pivot point distance to the truck rear axle is a lever. When pushed to the side by the trailer, the truck wants to rotate on its rear axle, leveraging the side force to the truck's steering axle. The longer that rear overhang, the greater force leveraged to the front. The longer the wheelbase, the greater the resistance to that force.

Except in the case of fifth wheel trailers (or semi's) and Hensley style hitches the effective distance of trailer ball pivot point to the truck's rear axle is reduced to near zero, and there is no yaw force leveraged to the truck's steering axle. Wheelbase makes little to no difference as there is no yaw force to control, it's all stopped at the truck's rear axle.

An additional benefit of the Hensley/ProPride hitch design is the trailer cannot be pushed out of straight alignment with the truck on its own, only the truck can initiate a turn.

So you don't need long wheelbase to control trailer yaw, you would choose it for other reasons such as more passenger space, more cargo space, or more load carrying capacity.

We don't need the cargo space and find that we carry less gear when on a six month trip than we did on a two week trip. Our photo in this thread is last week, we won't be home until April next year. So we chose a short wheelbase truck for maneuverability with and without the Airstream attached, much easier to get around with.
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:43 AM   #18
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We don't need the cargo space and find that we carry less gear when on a six month trip than we did on a two week trip. Our photo in this thread is last week, we won't be home until April next year. So we chose a short wheelbase truck for maneuverability with and without the Airstream attached, much easier to get around with.
We're the same way. I don't keep much in my truck, but what I do keep is very organized. Someone once asked to see the bed of my truck because they didn't believe how we could full time and make do with a half ton. Here ya go.



I actually keep the grille under the dinette now on travel days because I didn't like it sliding around the bed.

And while I'm on the subject, I am not a fan of the truck cap. Everyone I met this year with one has complained about digging around for stuff. I enjoy my RamBoxes for ease of organization and access to my tools and road gear.

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Old 10-25-2015, 10:22 AM   #19
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Hey Bold, you are organized and efficient. Way to go. Ever notice how handy the Zip Dee awning pull down rod is for reaching stuff in the front of truck bed and pulling it back to you.

OTR15, we use MacBook Air, and photos from it on the Airstream site. Don't ask more, I can barely manage that. Not a computer guy, I understand the electronics inside much better than the operations outside of it.
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:02 PM   #20
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I tow a 27FB with a Porsche Cayenne at 114" WB.

Picture below is with an Eaz-Lift that I used for a while. I upgraded to a PP earlier this year which was a subtle but very worthwhile upgrade in my opinion - total stability in all conditions.
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This discussion has been very helpful. It appears that an F-150 SuperCab, 6.5' bed with a 145" wheelbase will work fine for pulling a 2016 25' or 27' FC. I will definitely use a recommended hitch too.
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