Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-27-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 13
Red face Towing suggestions

Aloha,We are NEW owners of a 2014 Jay Flght 19RD and are so wet behind the ears we are clueless. We are now looking for a towing vehicle (used) and have had so many different suggestions that we are dizzy. We have been looking at some SUV's because we have to park our towing vehicle in our garage. (most notably a V8 Toy 4 runner with tow package, but worried about the capacity 7300)The length of our garage parking presents some limitations on what we can use. We only have 17 feet with a bit to spare for parking length . We would be most grateful for suggestions. Mahalo for your help.
Mauigirl & Mauimyk

Mauigirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2015, 10:14 AM   #2
Senior Member
Tunce the traveler's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Bellingham,Wa.
Posts: 3,849
I pull with a VW Touareg and it will tow 7,700 lbs. and tongue weight is 610 lbs.
It's a TDI and I get 33 on the road and 23 with the Hybrid TT.and in the mountains it gets 19. I'm very happy with this SUV and I would buy another one.
Attached Thumbnails

Tunce the traveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2015, 10:43 AM   #3
Senior Member
nylyon's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Southeast, NY
Posts: 959
You'll definitely need a Diesel Dually for that camper!

Seriously, I think that Tunce has a great tow vehicle, which has a little extra capacity. The camper you have has a max weight of 6,000 with a tongue of 610. I think that most SUV's with a tow rating > 6000 would likely get the job done. The VW Diesel has the advantage that it'll get it done with better fuel economy.

A Hemi Durango or Grand Cherokee also get you there.
Karl - Southeast, NY
2011 Jayco Super Lite 30.5 BHLT
2003 Ford F250 Lariat 6.0 PowerStroke Turbo Diesel My mods Bathroom Door Water Filter TV mount Cork Board
Streamline your A/C
nylyon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2015, 10:50 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 13
Thanks nylyon! Keeping all options open
Mauigirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2015, 12:58 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 1,802
The Toyo you're considering should be adequate as well. With a 7300# capacity, that still leaves you with a fair amount room even if you pack the trailer up to the full 6k, which isn't likely.

What you need to watch is your payload, and the hitch weight (payload is on a sticker in the driver door). Karl suggests a 610# hitch, but realistically when you're loaded it'll be much closer to 750#. Always plan on a 13% hitch weight when doing your research, then weigh the rig when you have everything packed for a trip to get an accurate number. Rarely is does the tongue of a loaded trailer weigh 10%.

Max towing capacity does not translate into being able to tow a trailer that actually weighs 7700#. That said, SUVs typically have a 900-1100# payload. That sounds like a lot, but subtract the tongue weight, in this case assume a higher payload, 1100# - 750# = 350#. That's what's left for your spouse, kids, dog, and any other "stuff" you put in the tow vehicle.

That's not necessarily bad, but it's a limitation you must work with. The bigger the trailer, the higher the tongue weight, the more of your payload gets eaten up. If it's just you and the spouse, this may not even be an issue.
2013 Jayco Jayfeather X20 E, 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Z71 SLE
DocBrown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2015, 01:12 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: South Texas
Posts: 3,627
Something else to consider is the rear suspension of an SUV. Many SUVs do not share their truck counter-part's suspension and are softer. This is great for hauling people as it creates a more comfortable ride, but for hauling a load, it allows the SUV to squat quite a bit more than you would expect under fully loaded conditions.

As long as you're not overweight, air bags or helper springs or whatever can mitigate the squat, but then that's the key, as long as you're not overweight.

2014 Jay Flight 28 BHBE
2015 RAM 2500 6.4L HEMI, Tradesman 4x4, 3.73
Blue Ox SwayPro (BXW 1503)

Upgraded from an REI internal frame backpack and a Eureka 1/2 dome tent!
Camper_bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2015, 01:15 PM   #7
Senior Member
oldmanAZ's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: AZ
Posts: 3,752
Originally Posted by Mauigirl View Post
Aloha,We are NEW owners of a 2014 Jay Flght 19RD and are so wet behind the ears we are clueless....snip...
Congratulations on the trailer and welcome to the forum.

You'll find lots of 'clues' on this site using the 'search' function.
Sherm & Terry w/rescues Steve (std Poodle) & Eydie (min Schnauzer)
2015 Jay Flight 27RLS (Camped: 102 nights 2015, 90 nights 2016)
2006 Ford F350 6.0 PSD, Lariat, 4WD, CC, LB, SRW, auto., Camper pkg.
oldmanAZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2015, 08:10 PM   #8
Senior Member
fielro's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Trussville, Al
Posts: 1,959
Mauigirl, welcome to the forum.....I think all the other posts have given you great advice. Happy camping
Ron, Barbara & rescues Beamer (Lab mix), Buddy (Cavalier spaniel), Ruger (Golden retriever), Stanley (Bassett/Springer mix) and 3 grandsons
2012 Jayco Feather 29L BH
2015 Chevy 2500 HD Duramax and Equalizer WDH
fielro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2015, 05:08 AM   #9
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 13
Mahalo fielro! One of the coolest things about camping is the great community. We are so impressed at how helpful folks are

Mauigirl is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.