Originally Posted by jimbo27
Considering a 17Z or a 19 H hybrid. I understand the weights between the 2 but is there really any major differences in towability. With the 19H you have a tandem axle which tows /rides better than the single axle on the 17Z (IMHO). As well, I don't need all the cargo weight in the 19H but it willl provide options for the future. Might be changing tow TV in near future as well
We have towed a 17Z and recently towed a new 19H (traded in the 17Z). We towed both with a Chevy Silverado V8 double cab. We towed the 17Z without sway bars originally for a year and later added bars and weight distribution hitch. My husband says he felt much more in control with bars. He says he would never even tow a 17Z with a V6 small suv. When we got the 19H, he noticed that it was even better, did not notice the weight behind as much as the 17Z because of the tandem axle. We loved the 17Z but was not good loaded and towing, we had to think where to put things in TV or TT and we went over weight with a family of 4 and our stuff. The 19H is just load up, forget it, and go!
I know you didn't ask about interior differences, but we don't need to have suitcases lying around and in the way now. Closet is big enough for all of our clothes for a week, plus frig is bigger and you get a double the size freezer in the 19H, 4 drawers, no drawer space in 17Z. You gain 2 feet in length which adds a lot more than you think not to mention loading weight and drive. If it's just 2 of you with maybe 1 kid, the 17Z is passable in my opinion.
I wish I had done more research, when we originally wanted to buy a hybrid but the 17Z popped up on craigslist and felt it was something we going to keep for a long time. Glad we kept with Jayco brand though. The 2010 17Z also kept an excellent resale value, only paid $4700 more for the 19H after trade. Also, at least right now, there are a lot more 17Z's for sale new and used as compared to 19H. Good luck and I'd be happy to answer any more questions, I feel like a hybrid queen shopper.