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Old 11-12-2014, 03:36 AM   #1
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jayflight 27RLS

will my 2013 Silverado 1500 excab with a 5.3 and 342 gears pull a Jayflight 27RLS ?
I'm going to upgrade my P rating tires to LTs what else should I do?
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Old 11-12-2014, 05:37 AM   #2
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You need to break your option codes down. They are lcoated in your glove box. I think you need a K5L code HEAVY-DUTY TRAILERING LMG - VORTEC 5.3L V8 SFI ENGINE W/ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT & FLEX-FUEL CAPABILITY

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Old 11-12-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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Look at the White Hawk 27DSRL. Same floor plan. About 600# lighter. The Jay Flight does have a pantry, a full size queen bed and tables under the shirt wardrobes, all of which I would like to have, but not enough to trade.

White Hawk has 2nd fridge and a lot more front storage space than our 26BH had.
Don't know about the storage space in the Jay Flight.

There are other much more comprehensive threads on this forum about Jay Flights vs White Hawks.

I suspect your truck will struggle some on hills with the 3.42 rear end

Hopefully you have the tow package.

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Old 11-13-2014, 07:42 AM   #4
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Great advice on breaking down the RPO codes, look up your codes, and find out exactly what you have.

Of course, there are lots of details, and some of your experience will depend on your usage and expectations, but your truck should do it (assuming that since you have 3:42 rear end, you have the HD towing package with the extra transmission cooler?). Your truck won't sling that trailer like a boss, but it should be adequate IMHO if you watch your weights and set it up properly. Depends on your intended usage; you live near the mountains? And will tow a lot in those mountains? Could be tedious with that combo, that's a lot of trailer for that truck to be dragging up and down all day long.

Watch out for payload, that's where you'll run out first. If you have a big family, or you like to haul lots of gear in the bed, it goes even quicker. Take your truck loaded for a trip with full fuel and the whole family to a CAT scale and see where you stand on payload according to the placard on your door pillar. I installed Roadmaster Active Suspension on my '12 Sierra, and it really helps control the rear end. That coupled with LT tires and you've got a pretty good setup if you watch your weights.

Make sure you get a really good WDH (I would choose the Equal-i-zer brand with 4-point sway, but that's just my opinion).

Again, just scratching the surface, lots of additional details about your situation, experience and expectations needed...

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Old 11-14-2014, 05:50 AM   #5
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This requires a bit of homework and searching on the web. I have a 2000 Ford Ranger, and my concern was with pulling a Jayco Jay Feather SLX16. The dealer was not much help, other than "sure, it will pull it".

I searched, and found the Ford published tow capacities and calculating sheet for my year truck. They should be available as pdf form for your truck too.

The worksheet will have you assign weight to any and all options that you have with your truck. Silly as this sounds, things such as side steps add to the total Gross Vehicle Weight rating (GVWR) that your truck can haul. You need to know your trucks curb weight, subtract that from the GVWR, and that remainder is what your truck can then haul. You will then add up passenger weight, supplies, etc. This is also subtracted from the GVWR.
Then there's tongue weight. I'm sure you have a reece hitch or simular, so that should not be an issue. Rear axle weight ability is another consideration.

All of this can be found with a bit of searching on the web, and in pdf form.
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