Originally Posted by mncamper
The truck is rated for 8200# as equiped. I got that number from the owners manual and window sticker. It does seem like a lot for the truck wich is why I am trying to keep the weight down to around 5000#.......snip
Just a little food-for-thought prior to going to the RV show:
Your right to be a little suspicious about the published tow rating..., please review the following thread for a little insight into the "real" tow rating: http://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3866
Knowing a little about tow ratings ahead of time will allow you to keep the RV sales person honest.
Also, great that you are thinking in terms of "loaded" weights (TT GVWR), RV sales folks tend to focus on the TT Dry and UVW weights (but who tows an empty TT?). The Jayco UVW weight is not the ship weight, the actual ship weight will be specified on a Yellow sticker on the TT.
RV and WDH manufactures recommend that that the loaded TT tongue weight should be 10% to 15% of the loaded TT weight. On the longer TT's (26ft plus), use 13% to 15% of the loaded TT weight for the loaded tongue weight. Since you won't know what "your" actual loaded TT weight will be yet, I would use a worse case scenario
: Take 15% of the TT's GVWR for a maximum loaded tongue weight...., but if your loading habits are to pack on the lite side, then you know your loaded tongue weight will be less.
Oh, leave credit cards and check book at home
Enjoy the RV show!