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Old 01-12-2009, 02:54 PM   #15
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Is it better to tow with a long wheel base or a Short Wheel Base truck???? Newby here
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:21 PM   #16
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If you go with a Crew Cab, the four door truck with a short bed is pretty much the same wheel base, or slightly longer, than the long bed regular cab or extended cab. If you really want long wheel base, go with the Crew Cab with the long bed and forget parking anywhere except the next zip code when you go to Wal-mart or the grocery store.
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I kinda get what your talking about..

but let a truck pass by me and the whole setup is rock solid... The parking spot lines give a point of reference..
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:16 PM   #18
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I Have a 96 Yukon (Tahoe) I will be towing our 26 ft Argosy! Whats your thoughts
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:36 PM   #19
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but let a truck pass by me and the whole setup is rock solid... The parking spot lines give a point of reference..

I'm one of those weird people who like to tow my large trailer with a large "overrated truck". I will only add I like the stability of the long wheelbase(dually probably helps too) truck versus the shorter wheelbase I used to pull with.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:23 AM   #20
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Is it better to tow with a long wheel base or a Short Wheel Base truck???? Newby here


I was impressed by the Porsche video but most of us don't qualify as professional performance drivers and we seldom use closed courses. I do qualify, however, as one of the guys that pulls his Airstream with a truck. I returned last night after 1250 miles from Phoenix to western Montana. The roads were typical roads: a little ice and snow, lots of shallow pavement ruts from the semi trucks, and LOTS of wind (always quartering or cross--never a tail wind). I've towed with a shorter truck in similar conditions and I vote for the longer wheelbase. My double cab Tundra was stable, precise and comfortable. It just wasn't as effected by the adverse road conditions. I was impressed by the performance.

I agree with Gene--don't forget the driver.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:16 PM   #21
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I have to VOTE LONG! I like the ride. Im used to small places wiff big trucks ,so backing is no problem.
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IMHO the long truck and the long trailer combination is only perceived as a problem by those who tow with shorter TVs. I've yet to hear anyone complain - "seriously" complain - that their CC pickup with an 8' bed is too long. Most know that the stability when towing is outstanding - especially with the duallies - and the capacity of the 8' bed is a real plus. I've never yet found an RV park that didn't have a large enough parking spot for me. Granted, I've had to request an alternate spot on several occasions - but, in truth, I would most likely have needed a larger spot even if I had been driving a Tahoe (---or similar length vehicle.) The wheel pants on the dually have never been a serious problem.

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IMHO the long truck and the long trailer combination is only perceived as a problem by those who tow with shorter TVs. I've yet to hear anyone complain - "seriously" complain - that their CC pickup with an 8' bed is too long. Most know that the stability when towing is outstanding - especially with the duallies - and the capacity of the 8' bed is a real plus. I've never yet found an RV park that didn't have a large enough parking spot for me. Granted, I've had to request an alternate spot on several occasions - but, in truth, I would most likely have needed a larger spot even if I had been driving a Tahoe (---or similar length vehicle.) The wheel pants on the dually have never been a serious problem.

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He said "wheel pants"..............that's funny
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He said "wheel pants"..............that's funny
I thought he really meant "fenders", but this is all new to me. I have gained an insight into the mindset of people with duallies (or is it "duallys"?). I'm fairly confident they would never be called "wheel dresses" or a "wheel frock".

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I have experience towing a 28' enclosed car trailer with a full size Bronco (terrifying), with a 3/4 ton Suburban (good handling, lousy ABS, semi terrifying), a 31' Airstream with a 3/4 ton Supercab, 8' bed Ford Super Duty (never an issue with control or power), and now with a 2005 diesel Excursion (not as good as the longer wheelbased F-250) Regarding emergency handling, the F-250 took us through a harrowing lane change at 60 mph when the car in front made a sudden lane change and revealed some furniture in the center of our lane. There was no sense of control loss even though we were turning sharply enough that I could see the entire left side of the Airstream in my side mirror. I honestly don't believe that my Excursion would handle the situation as well. IMHO

So, my 2 cents is Wheelbase? - the more the better.
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I thought he really meant "fenders", but this is all new to me. I have gained an insight into the mindset of people with duallies (or is it "duallys"?). I'm fairly confident they would never be called "wheel dresses" or a "wheel frock".

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I think that "wheel pants" originated from the name applied to the fenders on fixed-gear aircraft - or the fuselage cover that opened up when the wheels were lowered on retractable gear aircraft. It just seems to fit for the bulging fenders on a dual wheel truck - and I'm sure as heck not the first to apply the terminology in that manner! We lost the right wheel cover during a rough landing (---sort of "common") in a Mitsubishi MU-2 and the pilots always referred to the cover as one of the "wheel pants." Maybe one of the forum pilots herein can clear it up? In any event I'm glad it got a chuckle!
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Wheel Pants has always been the name of wheel covers on small aircraft and I think still are called that.
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