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Old 06-29-2016, 09:55 AM   #11
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need a test drive

I think what you really need to do is figure out a way to take the thing for a test drive. You should hook it up and go to the site with the mountain. See what you think and make your decision based on that.

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Old 06-29-2016, 10:23 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by kantonburg View Post
Jayco's website lists it at 475lbs.
At a minimum you will need to add battery and LP Weight to this figure. Conservatively that's 40# for battery and 100# for LP, which puts you over 600# tongue weight.

Whe I had a 26BH we easily had 750# + tongue weight, don't forget the WD Hitch is also tounge weight. For us the front pass through collected a fair amount of gear which also attributed to my tongue weight.

We towed our 26BH with both a Tahoe and Silverado, both were 5.3l 3:73 4-speeds. On flat ground it was no issue, but I hated the combination in the hills.

My personal opinion is I would not like the combination your are considering.

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Old 06-29-2016, 10:44 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by kantonburg View Post
I appreciate the advice. I still haven't made my mind up. Safety is obviously the issue. This is the frustrating part of the process. The numbers all say I'm within my limit, maybe close, but it all works out. Then you have one side telling you yep you're good and those are typically who are in my situation with a regular 1/2 ton vehicle. The other side is telling you no way. There is never any gray area in all the research I've done.
I went through this too. Different truck, different trailer, but basically the same concept. I was good on paper, and I thought that was good enough. Turns out, for me it wasn't. I also had some other circumstances thrown into the mix; when we first started, it was just me, DW and the wonder mutt. At that point, we were good on paper, weights were right under the max, and most of our towing was okay. Hills were a bit of a chore, and the truck seemed to struggle much of the time, but I wasn't worried about breaking stuff, and IMO we were pretty safe with our setup. I would say it wasn't optimal, but we made it work.

Then we got pregnant, and that changed everything. I knew weights would increase, and I wanted to be comfortable, so we upgraded our truck. It hurt a bit because I loved my old truck, and it cost a bit of money to make it work. But it was worth it, and I love my new truck every bit as much as I loved my old truck! LOL!

Anyway, my point is that just because it's good on paper, doesn't mean it works to your liking when you're hurtling down the road. If you go with your currently considered setup, and that ends up being right at your maximums, just make sure your expectations are in line. Don't expect it to be a one finger on the wheel, laid back, relaxing tow experience. It MIGHT be that way, but probably not. Just know that you're going to have to be diligent about your setup and your weights. And above all, make sure you're safe out there. Which is to say, make sure that you have good quality equipment, rated and adjusted properly, and that it is meticulously maintained to stay in top working order.

I think under the right circumstances it can be done, and done safely, but it will take some effort on your part.

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Old 06-29-2016, 06:59 PM   #14
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Just so everyone knows I've decided against the 26BH. The base weight was just too much and after looking at the factory sticker with all the options the one we were considering was 5100 and change so that was definitely a no go.

I appreciate everyone's advice and we've decided to look at a smaller camper that still fits our needs. Just trying to find one up until this point has been the challenge.

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