Originally Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
WOW.... I would like to see one of these trailers you are talking about. Here in Texas I have never seen a car hauler made to haul more than one car hooked to a bumper. But have seen a lot of goose neck trailers that might haul around 5 cars. I just googled it and couldn't find any kind of trailer capable of hauling 9 cars that was not a 5th wheel set up.
Just got back from 4,000-mile road trip from Florida to Maine and that's pretty much the new standard I see on the road.
Instead of a 5th wheel above tractor's rear axles, these new trailers attach (i.e. - pivot point) behind the tractor just as if you pulled a bumper-pull trailer. That was my point to Jamie. I agree 5th wheels have some real towing advantages, but also think that a bumper pull can be very stable also, provided one has the right truck/trailer combination. Personally, if I could get the size I wanted/needed, I'd prefer a standard trailer over a 5th wheel because I like the floor to be at one elevation, and lower to ground if possible. New pickups are exceeding 20,000-pound tow capacity with conventional trailer, so the need for a 5th wheel is somewhat diminished.
Here is a picture from the side of one with even more cars. Practically all I've seen had 3 cars on tractor (one over tandems and two up high) plus 6 on trailer (3 low and 3 above).