Originally Posted by TXiceman
Trailer control is easier with a short distance between the hitch ball and the rear axle as in a short box or a standard van. A long wheel base will give an over all better ride, but will suffer a bit due to the long distance between the rear axle and the hitch ball.
Just a FYI on that. My 2011 F350 specs show the exact same rear overhang for the short bed and the long bed, 52.4". Of course the LB has a longer wheelbase at an additional 16.2" so in this case
it would seem the LB to be preferred over the SB...but of course only when comparing these two configurations.
I do not know if GM and Dodge have similar overhang specs.