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Old 08-22-2010, 12:25 PM   #11
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There are some options if you are concerned about it. Look up Hensley towing products. The Hensley Arrow has some good reviews and it very useful for marginal towing situations I understand. While not ideal it might be a solution to give you some peace of mind.
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:11 PM   #12
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First of all, I hope your friend's sister wasn't injured in the accident.

That's learning the hard way. Hopefully others will read your post and avoid having that happen to them.
Thanks for the concern, she is fine, luckily the TV stayed on it's wheels but the trailer is another story. It stayed attached the entire time so the WD setup is all bent up. The State Patrol said he was glad she invested in the hitch at least as it kept it from being much worse for the others on the road around her.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:31 PM   #13
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skeeterbait8, what trailer do you have ?? A Silverado, especially a crew or super cab ought to have a pretty long wheebase.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:49 PM   #14
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Short wheelbase 02 Silverado, 4.3 V6 Vortec pulling 07 Roo 23ss. I know that on the hills around here it handles it just fine. I've not tried to break any land speed record, and it breaks just fine (installed new Prodigy II break control system).Not exactly a powerhouse going up hill, but I don't try to push it for speed. I don't lug it but I keep a steady pace. Hubby is wanting to buy a newer truck, but right now there is no way. Maybe if we win the lottery!
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:30 PM   #15
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skeeterbait8, I am usually the naysayer around here concerning TV wheelbase to total trailer length ratio. The shortest wheel-based Silverado (Regular cab, short bed) that I could find was listed as a 119". According a popular calculation (truck wheelbase in inches divided by 5 = maximum overall trailer length), that puts you right around 24'. The Roo 23ss has a listed length of 24'6". That ain't too far off. If you had a lighter truck, then that difference might be a concern, but a Silverado is a full sized truck.
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Whew! That makes me not worry so much. I always use the sway bar with it, just in case. We do have a lot of truck traffic on this road, but hardly ever am I going slow enough for them to pass me. NOW if it was the speed limit of the interstate it could be a different story.

I really like my short wheelbase truck. I like the ease of putting it anywhere I want with out any trouble.

I do have to confess something though. Driving something BIG doesn't bother me either. Although it's been a few years I used to drive "tractor/trailer"... and of all things I pulled a "Bull Wagon"! Grew up with horses so having to muck out stalls isn't any worse then cleaning up after cattle. Best thing was that the smell was always behind me! Felt sorry for those following though. hehehe

Thanks for the info mtnguy. I hadn't gone out to check out the book on our truck to see exactly what the base is.
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:39 PM   #17
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skeeterbait8,
Here's the chart mtnguy has generously posted many times.

110" 20' ******* 150" 30'
114" 21' ******* 154" 31'
118" 22' ******* 158" 32'
122" 23' ******* 162" 33'
126" 24' ******* 166" 34'
130" 25' ******* 170" 35'
134" 26' ******* 174" 36'
138" 27' ******* 178" 37'
142" 28' ******* 182" 38'
146" 29' ******* 186" 39'

Hope this helps you.
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:51 PM   #18
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I just had been to lazy to go out and

#1. look it up in the book
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#2. get out the tape measure


Thanks, I'll keep that in mind when we do go hunting for a newer truck. Again, Thanks!
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:08 PM   #19
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guess we know even less than we were thinking. will soon be looking for a new truck, then a TT. thanks to all of you for the replies and info.
You might think about doing that in reverse: That is, choose your trailer, and then the tow vehicle. Speaking from some recent experience, I am probably at the limits of what I should be towing (wheelbase wise etc.) with mine, even though all the weight numbers are in line.
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even taking it easy on the highway i noticed the sway in my trailer on the highway. 42' trailer w/ ford super duty long box crew cab wb of 14'6" (which is actually too short for the spec chart grhodes posted)
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