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Old 11-06-2012, 09:16 PM   #31
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I pulled this off another site where the above chart is also listed.

Wheel Base of Tow Vehicle
A self-contained unit's wheelbase to length ratio can be used to judge how well a vehicle will ride and handle. A short wheelbase makes for easier maneuvering while a longer wheelbase increases high speed stability and ride comfort. However, when comparing Length Overall (LOA) to wheel base length, a long trailer on a short wheel base towing vehicle is not desirable.. Dividing the wheel base (Inches) by the vehicles length (Inches) it is favorable to have a ratio of 0.54 (54%) or more. Long haul busses, such as Greyhound buses, have a 0.66 ratio for both comfort and SAFETY.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:33 PM   #32
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My liberty is shorter than listed. I guess the length police will be after me, too.

But I guess someone should tell UPS that a single screw day cab is too short to pull twin 45 foot trailers.
Big difference between a driver with a CDL, with double and tripple endorsments, dot physical card, federal truck inspections, mandatory drug testing, multi million $ liability ins. and drives dozens of thousands of miles a year towing. And most people who at best tow a thousand miles a year.

I don't really have a dog in this fight. I will pull anything any length as long as I KNOW that I am doing it safely, have proper permits(oversize-wideload etc.), proper ins., can STOP w/trailer brakes, am legal if dot pulls me over. I also have my DOT # and all the paperwork in order to keep dot compliant, and have probably towed more miles then 20+ people will in their lifetime. Driving big rigs, 2 tons, 1 & 3/4 tons, tractors and the occasional 1/2 ton.

I don't see where size of tv and trailer is big deal if you have working trailer brakes and enough motor to pull it. But that said I have never towed with such little bitty vehicles either!
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:01 PM   #33
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I am pulling a 29 ft TT with my 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi with no problem,,,,,,,,,,,3.92 ratio
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:49 PM   #34
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They should and then get on the railroads that have 3 engines(150') pulling a mile (5280') of freight cars.
3 Locos? I had 6200' 7400 tons with 2 engines going over the Berkshires. I was singing Foghat "Slow Ride. Take it easy."
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:01 PM   #35
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I don't see where size of tv and trailer is big deal if you have working trailer brakes and enough motor to pull it. But that said I have never towed with such little bitty vehicles either!
I couldn't agree with you more. My TV with a 24' TT with the proper hitch, good tires, and well maintained properly tows decent. All the weight and length police out there, I let them speak their peace.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:51 PM   #36
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Exclamation Physical Safe and Financially Safe

Most RV'ers discussing Tow Vehicle safety are refering to physical safety. Yes, you can connect any size trailer to any size TV, travel on secondary roads at 30 mph and because there are very few motor vehicle regulations concerning RV's you may arrive at a local campground and your family is physically safe.
But, let an irritated motorist try and pass you, loose control and hit you, or any vehicle looses control for any reason and hits you. Then, you will find lawyers all over your set up, pulling all of these manufacture ratings to prove that YOU caused the accident, even though we know you did not cause the accident. Is your family financial safe when you are towing??
Once a year hook up with full load for camping, drive on a CAT scale, obtain the piece of paper to hand over to the lawyer when somebody else involves you in an accident. If this piece of paper shows your set up outside of the manufacturers printed towing specifications, is your family physically and financially safe. A simple tire blow out could get you involved in a situation involving lawyers, they will be quoting numbers printed by manufacturers.
Just because the state or province does not require you to drive into the scales with the commerical vehicles to check your weight, it doesn't mean you are legal doing it your way.
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