Originally Posted by wheels180
I'm new to this hobbie and will likely purchase a new hummingbird 17FD. I'm hearing this is a new platform for Jayco. It's just the wife and I and two small kids. Will this be a good fit? Are there any bad experiences yet out there on this platform/model?
Those are definitely new, just had to head over to jayco.com to see what they were.
Looks like a nice light trailer! I am going to be interested to see how many more floor-plans they come out with on that.
If I had to give you any pointers....
One thing I would point out would be the cargo capacity, the 1 model on jayco.com was only a little over 1000 and 1 closer to 800 lbs you could add to the trailer, and that may or may not include the weight of the LP Tanks and Battery. You might be a little limited on how much stuff you put in the storage areas, cabinets, etc to be within those weights. Those numbers should also be on a yellow sticker on the side of the trailer at your dealer assuming they have a model there.
No idea what your considering towing with, your options should be pretty open with that trailer, but I would make sure you look at your door jamb and understand how much you can load into your tow vehicle, it will be on a yellow sticker. The weight of the tongue of the trailer in addition to the stuff and passengers other than the driver in your vehicle will all need to be accommodated in that payload number to be within your vehicles technical specs, there are many posts on this forum about that you should read up on. Wish I had understood that more before I purchased, and there are many dealers not real well educated on it either it seems. Rough guess based on the specs, that tongue weight will be 350-550lbs on that trailer depending on how much stuff you have. 12% of your total trailer weight is a good target number to estimate tongue weight.
One good thing about Jayco, the 2 year warranty. Were almost thru a year on ours, we had a few minor issues that were no issue at all to handle, and will probably have a few more at the end of the season. Make sure you pay good attention to detail when you have the trailer delivered, but you can be confident that the warranty will be there for you when/if you find something after you start using it.