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It's been a long time, but we carried an '70 Franklin 11' TC on our 69 Dodge reg cab power wagon. The truck was wrecked and we replaced the frame/body with a 76 Dodge Club cab truck. All the suspension, axles, and driveline were moved from the 69 to the 76. So the only difference was the wheelbase and a couple hundred pounds of the truck. The first time we carried the TC on a trip, my father was surprised at how much better the longer wheel base carried the camper. There was a lot less porposing when going down the road and over railroad tracks. The '69 wasn't bad in the least bit, but the extra 18" in wheel base was a very noticeable difference.


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Works great for me.
Regular cabs with 8' beds are soo much more maneuverable in parking lots and making u-turns.

If I bought a new truck today it would be just what I have.
And I have zero interest in a dually.


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I know Spectra that you drive mostly in the parks, but making a line on the picture, from where driver head is and under the front cabover- it makes about 30 degrees.
Meaning when you are at street light hanging 15' high, you need to back up about 50' to see it. That is safety concern.





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jimh425 wrote:

Yes, a shorter wheelbase truck will carry a TC as well as a longer wheelbase truck. It will have the affect of moving weight closer to the front wheels. How much weight that actually makes it to the front wheels depends on the TC.
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Anybody that has spent any time in the trucking industry will tell you that a longer wheelbase will let you have a higher GVW, without overloading the rear axles.


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I know Spectra that you drive mostly in the parks, but making a line on the picture, from where driver head is and under the front cabover- it makes about 30 degrees.
Meaning when you are at street light hanging 15' high, you need to back up about 50' to see it. That is safety concern.


Back in the '50s you could buy a plastic prism to mount on the dash if you had a low sun-visor. Had one on the dash of my '67 Pete. If you got so it was past the visor edge light line you could tell the color.

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Back in the '50s you could buy a plastic prism to mount on the dash if you had a low sun-visor. Had one on the dash of my '67 Pete. If you got so it was past the visor edge light line you could tell the color.

Those were the years when we did not use seat belts neither?

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Kayteg1 wrote:

I know Spectra that you drive mostly in the parks, but making a line on the picture, from where driver head is and under the front cabover- it makes about 30 degrees.
Meaning when you are at street light hanging 15' high, you need to back up about 50' to see it. That is safety concern.


Its not a safety concern at all. I drive all over and actually seldom in parks.

I don't know why everyone always thinks I can't see a street light unless I stop way back, its just not so.

Been down this path here before and its a non issue.

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Anybody that has spent any time in the trucking industry will tell you that a longer wheelbase will let you have a higher GVW, without overloading the rear axles.


We aren’t talking about big rigs. We are also not talking about GVW or a rig with a trailer.

* This post was edited 12/25/20 09:53am by jimh425 *


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specta wrote:

Kayteg1 wrote:

I know Spectra that you drive mostly in the parks, but making a line on the picture, from where driver head is and under the front cabover- it makes about 30 degrees.
Meaning when you are at street light hanging 15' high, you need to back up about 50' to see it. That is safety concern.


Its not a safety concern at all. I drive all over and actually seldom in parks.

I don't know why everyone always thinks I can't see a street light unless I stop way back, its just not so.

Been down this path here before and its a non issue.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

JRscooby wrote:


Back in the '50s you could buy a plastic prism to mount on the dash if you had a low sun-visor. Had one on the dash of my '67 Pete. If you got so it was past the visor edge light line you could tell the color.

Those were the years when we did not use seat belts neither?


Don't think the seat belts have much to do with seeing the traffic light. Of course, decades, and millions off miles, low visor never was issue. Little cars hiding under that long nose...

jimh425 wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

Anybody that has spent any time in the trucking industry will tell you that a longer wheelbase will let you have a higher GVW, without overloading the rear axles.


We aren’t talking about big rigs. We are also not talking about GVW or a rig with a trailer.


I'm not well educated, can you explain how the geometry is different big truck/little truck? And Gross Vehicle Weight ratio to front axle weight was part of your statement, and trailer was not part of mine.

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I'm not well educated, can you explain how the geometry is different big truck/little truck? And Gross Vehicle Weight ratio to front axle weight was part of your statement, and trailer was not part of mine.


Big trucks normally have at least 3 axles.

GVW is the Gross Vehicle Weight. In other words, the weight of the truck. If you mean to say longer trucks are heavier, I agree with that. Is that what you meant?

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