Very interesting thread. Andy, I'm glad you're posting. I think your perspective adds great value to the forum, and I hope you can continue hanging out with us.
So, this compelled me to go out and do some measuring on my TV...139" wheelbase, and about 40" from the rear axle to the bumper. So that's "good"...about 30%. But when I add the length of the hitch/shank to that, its another foot, which puts me at 37%
I think that could be shortened, but not by much, as its a Reese, and has a bracket welded between the horizontal and the vertical shanks for reinforcement. I need this large shank so I can get enough drop in the ball height. (4x4 sits up high).
I have to admit, also, that I actually like it being this long, as I can turn the vehicle 90 degrees to the trailer, without bumping the trailer body with the truck's bumper...gives me room to lower the tailgate easily when hitched up, etc. I've never noticed the slightest hint of instability in the combination, either...perhaps because the wheelbase is so long, and also because the trailer isn't that heavy. Anyway...still interesting.
I'd like my next tow vehicle to be an SUV with a shorter wheelbase, because I have needs other than "towing". (imagine that: a life beyond airstreaming!! gasp!!
). So many here disparage anything lighter/shorter than a GE Diesel/Electric Locomotive...particularly anything "short". Seems to me that most SUVs have fairly short overhangs, as it maximizes interior space, but its not something that is listed in many "specs". I'm thinking "Durango" (Hemi!!) might be a good choice. The picture in my mind has the wheels pretty far aft...