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Old 08-14-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
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Turning radius/steering wheel cut

Hi all!new member here and previous owner of an 07 haulmark 45 footer on a tandem axle freightliner columbia.
We are now back looking for a new rig,the only thing I wasn't happy with my old rig was it's turning radius or steering wheel cut,not sure of the proper wording for it, but basically it was impossible to maneuver in tight roads/rv parks etc.
my question is the older coronado chassis or the newer cascadia or volvo chassis any better?
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:27 PM   #2
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My Haulmark is an 07 45ft on the Coronado and I think considering the length of the wheelbase it is very maneuverable. Wheelcut on it and the columbia will probably be the same as the only real difference is the body. Can't speak for the volvo but it might be a little better due to the bigger front axle setback.

I have driven (oilfield...read heavy spec)trucks upto 410inch wheelbase and my coach out turns most of the trucks in the 265-300inch range
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:32 PM   #5
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My Haulmark is an 07 45ft on the Coronado and I think considering the length of the wheelbase it is very maneuverable. Wheelcut on it and the columbia will probably be the same as the only real difference is the body. Can't speak for the volvo but it might be a little better due to the bigger front axle setback.

I have driven (oilfield...read heavy spec)trucks upto 410inch wheelbase and my coach out turns most of the trucks in the 265-300inch range
i have read other posts here stating the volvo has a better wheel cut maybe that's why it seems most of the new builds i see from renegade,show hauler etc are on volvos!
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:50 AM   #6
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I would not purchase Volvo just based on "Wheel Cut" Build on the platform that you like....no big deal backing up a little for the tight turns....
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:26 AM   #7
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As GENECOP said buy what suits you, not what everyone tells you to buy. I personally wouldn't buy a Volvo as it is just not my style.

With my Coronado (which is not my first choice in a chassis, but is closer to the top than a Volvo) I take turns as best I can and if it doesn't work out, crank the wheels hard in the other direction, back up a few feet, crank it back and try again.

Ad just because a truck is a "sister" to your buddies doesn't ensure it will turn the same. The rig moving company I worked for ordered 3 "IDENTICAL" tandem steer/tandem drive 385inch double set back bed truck chassis and 2 out of the 3turned just fine but the one in the middle (serial numbers were sequential) never turned as sharp. After checking hat all steering system part numbers were right and the same as the other trucks they started making adjustments that helped but never got it to turn the same. So long story short, paper specs don't always match real world performance.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:55 PM   #8
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Gosh, I like my Volvo and even the style of it.
Never drove anything else so wouldn't how the other brands turn compared to mine. I have very little problem with making turns in and out of parking lots or getting around camp grounds. With that said, I have heard the Volvo has a tighter turn but do not know. Go to a tc dealer and test drive the different brands.
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