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Car hauler
January 21, 2013
1:24 am
trucker 1
Kincardine ontario Canada
Forum Posts: 4
Member Since:
January 17, 2013

Has any one ever seen a truck stretched to put a SUV on behind cab and a fifth wheel behind that? The wheel base would have to be fairly long to accommodate both!

January 22, 2013
12:29 am
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Forum Posts: 44
Member Since:
April 2, 2012

I personally have not seen such a long wheelbase with an SUV loaded.  I would mention some numbers we tend to work with in these "long truck" discussions.  In Canada and the USA, there are a large number of provices and states which limit the overall rig length (truck and RV trailer) to 65 feet or less. 

Here are the numbers you need to think about with such a long truck.

The measurement from the front bumper of the truck to the back of the sleeper is approximately 15 feet for a Volvo 670.  (that leaves us 50 feet for trailer, and deck). 

I need 5 feet of deck space to allow for the hitch connection, and to allow you to jack-knife the trailer.  (that leaves us 45 feet of length)

An average SUV is somewhere around 14 feet long.  (that leaves us 31 feet of length)

Approximately 4 feet of a "standard" 5th wheel trailer that is overlapping the truck, so really you can pull a 31+4 = 35 foot long trailer. That might be a limiting factor for some people who want the big trailer!


** important note – the Volvo model 730 and 780 have a longer cab, and the front bumper to back of sleeper measurement is closer to 16.5 feet with the fairings still on.  Now we are down to a maximum 33.5 foot trailer maximum.


There are people that have pushed this limit, and gone with long rigs greater than 65 feet.  The decision is up to you, but some local authorities have been knows to stop such rigs, and make you disconnect, and find someone shorter to tow your trailer out of the state/province in which you got caught.


I would also recommend that you post your question on the very active Escapees HDT forum.  There are some incredible minds in that group that would be able to add to this discussion.  See here:…..owforum=32


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