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Old 09-11-2014, 08:24 PM   #21
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The force required should be the same in forward and reverse. But if perhaps the WDH, is creating a different force vector perhaps it is different.

Think of a push lawn mower. As you push it you exert downward force on the handle creating more drag, when you pull it you don't therefor it is easier to pull a lawn mower than to push it.

Does this pertain to a truck and trailer?????

Do not know and quite frankly it has been almost 30 years since I had to care.

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P.S. I do not believe a front hitch mount will change anything
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:09 AM   #22
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Then explain the wheelspin in reverse versus forward. Weight transfer.
Poor throttle modulation?

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Old 09-12-2014, 09:08 AM   #23
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Have you ever noticed, when you pull something with your truck, the back end will squat down. But if you notice, when you try to push something backwards the back end wants to raise up. You can watch the truck bed over the tires when you do this and you can see what I'm talking about.
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It does always seem easier to pull something than to push it, but I've never bothered myself with why. Like my garden cart; I will pull that thing an extra 30 ft to avoid having to push it anywhere. It would be interesting to discover exactly why this is. It would stand to reason that everything else being constant, the effort to move the vehicles should be equal...
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Yes, but you can't ignore the effect of the incline on the tongue weight. When you push the trailer on level ground, yes, the suspension unloads slightly. But to what extent is that offset by the increase in tongue weight?
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It does always seem easier to pull something than to push it, but I've never bothered myself with why. Like my garden cart; I will pull that thing an extra 30 ft to avoid having to push it anywhere. It would be interesting to discover exactly why this is. It would stand to reason that everything else being constant, the effort to move the vehicles should be equal...
I explained it above. you exert downward force when pushing adding friction.
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I explained it above. you exert downward force when pushing adding friction.
Yes, but is that all of it? The whole story? I still find myself wondering... I can change the angle of the handle on my garden cart, thus eliminating any downward force wasted, and it's still more difficult to push than to pull...
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That's why you put the horse in front of the plow and not behind it.
Some things just pull better than they push.
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Old 09-13-2014, 09:34 PM   #29
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If you haven't pushed a trailer with a front hitch you don't know what you are missing. It makes maneuvering a trailer real easy because your steer wheels are right next to the hitch.
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If you haven't pushed a trailer with a front hitch you don't know what you are missing. It makes maneuvering a trailer real easy because your steer wheels are right next to the hitch.
maneuverability is not his issue though. Traction is...front hitch IMO will make it worse
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