Originally Posted by dezolen
Wow all this wheelbase stuff. Look at a 18 wheeler and the wheeelbase of the truck.
OK, let's look at a road tractor:
A typical conventional tractor with medium sized sleeper compartment has a wheelbase around 230". Pulling a maximum 53' single trailer, the wheelbase of the tractor is 36% of the length of the trailer.
This thread is referring to pulling a 30' bumper pull trailer (not a 5th wheel setup) with a 114" wheelbased vehicle. The tow vehicle wheelbase compared to the overall length of the trailer is 32%.
But that is not the only difference. A road tractor is made from the ground up to pull a trailer. But to me, the big difference is the hitch point is directly over the drive wheels on a road tractor......not sitting 2' or more behind the drive wheels on a passenger vehicle where it is much more likely to cause problems.
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