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Old 10-18-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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Talking How Long is Long Enough?

It has been mentioned by many that the wheelbase of the TV should be long. Well, how long is long enough for a 2016 25' or 27' FC FB? I may buy both a TV and an AS.

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Old 10-18-2015, 06:43 PM   #2
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I have a 25 ft. My TV has a wheel base of 133". It does a fine job.
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Old 10-24-2015, 03:46 PM   #3
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The wheelbase of a TV does not NEED to be long but shorter wheelbase vehicles tend to bounce more and often need superior sway control so may require the use of a more expensive/sophisticated anti-sway hitch. On the positive side it's MUCH easier to back trailer into tight spots with a short wheelbase TV. On the flip side longer wheelbase TV's tend to ride nicer and may not require uber sophisticated sway control. In the end you can make anything work.
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:52 PM   #4
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This is a subject of the ages. Gary & Debbie above spent thousands of $$$ on hitch & set up to make it "right". A half ton crew cab truck will serve you well & the tail will not wag the dog. Not having already purchased a TV puts you in the perfect position to make your decision.
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:00 PM   #5
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I've towed my 25fb with a Tundra and now a 2015 Ram. The Tundra has a 144" wb and the Ram 149". Both have been fine using the Equalizer. I'm glad the Ram is a bit shorter wb than other 3/4T trucks. Makes it easier to park and drive around solo.

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Old 10-24-2015, 05:50 PM   #6
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Our recent experience is only one quick 70 mile each way test tow, but I can tell you that our new 2015 F150 Crew longbed (157" wheelbase) seemed more stable than our 2013 F150 Crew shortbed (145" wheelbase). We tow a 27fb Flying Cloud with a PPP hitch.

Of course, the new truck is 4wd, and has stiffer (although still P rated) tires that hold up to 55 psi where the 2wd tires topped out at 44 psi. Bottom line, lots of variables between the trucks, but seat of the pants it just felt better, more controlled, more stable.

I also recently towed our coach to Alachua and back 12 days apart for some last chance warranty work with my father-in-laws' '05 F250 4wd extracab 8' bed 6.0 powerstroke. I know this truck well, he bought it new, I drive it regularly, and I don't care for the ride. Pete didn't like it either! (Sorry, I know I'll be in hot water with 3/4 ton owners) It's just too stiff a ride for me and the coach. But, the 'ole 6.0 is a torque producer! He got lucky and got a good one.............
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:35 PM   #7
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This should be almost long enough to tow a Bambi:
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Old 10-24-2015, 08:55 PM   #8
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My Crew Cab Ram is 149 inches. It's stable since the hitch and wd/anti-sway are all dialed in with about a dozen trips to the Cat Scales.
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:04 PM   #9
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Vehicle design is more important than wheelbase. A 114" wheelbase Porsche Cayenne may be the most stable vehicle capable of towing a 25/27' Airstream. But it's load carrying capacity for many people would be too limited.

A 114" wheelbase pickup may have enough load carrying capacity but would be a very unstable tow vehicle due to vehicle design. Pickups aren't designed for stability, they're designed to carry loads.

So we do things to pickups to make them more stable and still carry enough load for our Airstreaming. We have a 120" wheelbase pickup which is inherently unstable while towing, but a Hensley/ProPride hitch, excellent weight distribution, lower profile tires to hold it all steady, and proper truck and trailer loading make it absolutely rock solid in any side wind, semi bow wave, or quick accident avoidance maneuver.
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Old 10-25-2015, 12:07 AM   #10
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There are some other considerations besides the stability of a longer wheel base. The nice thing about a pickup with a cap (canopy) on the back is that you can haul all kinds of camping gear in it with room to spare. We have a 2014 Tundra crew cab and like it a lot: the very comfy interior is a real plus on long multi-day trips.
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I really like our 1995 Ford F250 extended cab pickup with an 8' bed on it. It has a 155" wheel base, tows our 34' Avion well, and has plenty of room for "stuff". I'll take those features any day in trade for the lack of maneuverability in tight spaces.

The walk from a further-out parking space never hurts!
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Old 10-25-2015, 12:15 AM   #12
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Hi, I towed my 25' trailer for over ten years with a 119" wheel base Lincoln Navigator. I now tow with a 145" wheel base F-150. Never had any problems. [no magic hitch either]
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Sorry for this OT post and quote, doug, but I am wondering if you attached your photo using a file from your computer, or is it from a third-party hosting site? I have not been able to attach any photos from my Apple Mac laptop, or iPad Mini, all week. This site's Support is working on it, but after a week, I am trying to get a sense of how widespread the problem is.

Are you Mac based or PC? If you have any suggestions, perhaps you could chime in on the following thread.

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Sorry for this OT post and quote, doug, but I am wondering if you attached your photo using a file from your computer, or is it from a third-party hosting site? I have not been able to attach any photos from my Apple Mac laptop, or iPad Mini, all week. This site's Support is working on it, but after a week, I am trying to get a sense of how widespread the problem is.

Are you Mac based or PC? If you have any suggestions, perhaps you could chime in on the following thread.

Thanks,

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i'll see if I can upload a photo of something from my ipad:
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