Originally Posted by Cyclones
Just one boy who is 8yrs old. One of the reason I wanted a bigger trailer was so that he could bring a friend with us. It's just too bad that this one seems so perfect for what we want and my new truck won't handle it well. I bought my f-150 last November so I'd lose too much getting rid of it too soon. Can anyone recommend a lighter Jayco with similar features?
Out of curiosity, could I not put the stuff that I would normally put in the bed of the truck in the rear of the trailer instead? I know that it sounds like I'm trying to talk myself into it (I kind of am) but I'm also just curious about the answer. If loaded in the trailer then it's only a percentage of it's weight being added to the payload and not it's full weight. Also being behind the trailer wheels should make any added hitch weight negligible shouldn't it? It would be adding more to the Tow Weight.
You could very well run with the truck bed empty! That would help some, but it seems there just isn't enough payload still for your truck. Even with only your one son, and possibly a friend.
The thing to remember about loading stuff in the trailer behind the wheels, as you did memtion, will decrease the tw. BUT.... you have to be careful not to reduce the tw to much as to light of tw can and will cause sway!!!! Example: You camp where there is not any water hook ups, or a dump station. Fresh water tank is forward of axles, black and grey tanks are behind the axles. So heading out the fresh tank is full, black/ grey tanks empty: tows fine. Trip home, fresh tank just about empty, but black/ grey tanks fairly full. This mush added weight to the rear could possibly/ probably cause the trailer to sway due to not having enough tw.
I do have to agree with the yellow payload sticker NOT including any passengers/ occupants as stated on the sticker. There just is not any way to interpret that info any different! As mentioned, regardless of a generic chart printed by Ford, the yellow payload sticker is specific for THAT vehicle.
Good luck in your search for a trailer that will work!