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Old 05-09-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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Cool Question concerning TV

We have a 2005 Jayco 31 BHDS - we needed a new TV - so my husband headed out and purchased a brand new 2011 Ram 1500 with the Hemi, 3.92 and 17 inch wheels. Dodge claims it can tow 10,450 lbs. The dealer naturally claimed it could tow the trailer with ease and we didn't need to look at the 2500.

We will mostly be towing locally [within 20 miles on back roads no faster than 55 mph]. And we use the Pro-Pride hitch to haul with.

However - we would like to take small trips no further than 200 - 600 miles [each way] once a year. No mountains [though the dealer assured him the truck could easily go over the mountains and will pull the trailer with ease because [of course] his dad does it all the time]. But some hills.

How screwed are we? Are we stuck only being able to pull it locally or can we take it from Ga to Fl - and around Ga as long as we load light?

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Old 05-09-2011, 06:17 PM   #2
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Would need more information, but you can look it up here!

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Old 05-09-2011, 06:18 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, chinnie. We see these concerns all the time, you are not the first. Do you know the max loaded weight (GVWR) of your trailer and your approximate tongue weight? The advantage in the 2500 is that it has greater payload capacity and thus can more easily bear the weight of a heavy tongue and all the goodies and passengers you put in the truck with its beefier suspension. With more info some members will probably chime in on how well your TV will handle this trailer.

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Old 05-09-2011, 06:30 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Jayco forums.

Your 2005 Jay Flight 31BHDS weights that I found at the Jayco web site are very similar to my 2005 Eagle 278FBS. The 31BHDS has a GVWR of 9,000lbs, UVW of 7,395lbs, and a dry hitch of 785lbs. The Pro-Pride hitch that you have is a great WDH and will work well with your 34ft. long TT.

IMO your 1/2 ton TV will tow the TT assuming that you keep your all your "loaded" weights within your TV, TV receiver, and TT specified weight limits. What I have a little concern with is the 17" wheels/tires. On some TV's when you go to the special wheels/tires the TV's tow capacity may drop a little (500lbs ?). Most likely not enough to be an issue in itself, but the 17" tires should be checked into. If its the low profile tire the load range/sidewall ply may not be ideal for towing.

Do you have the specs on the tire?

Since you have a 2005 TT I would have the brakes checked/adjusted, and the bearings packed.

I would also recommend that you visit a CAT scale to confirm all your weights, just to be sure.

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Old 05-09-2011, 06:57 PM   #5
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According to this flyer your dry weight appears to be 7315 pounds for your trailer with 9000 gross. If 10450 is correct for your TV then on some hills would be fine ... but you would have a tough time on a 11,000 foot climb. So I suggest a Transmission temp gage to help gage driving habbits.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:36 PM   #6
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Bob, phew thank you so much [and politely removes her hands from around her husbands neck ] ....

The specs for Ram 1500

I don't have the specific spec's on the tires at the moment but there are only two 17 in on the 2WD Quad ST with the 3.92 axle both have GCVW of 15,500 and let me correct the towing weight - it's 10,250. The 17 in for some reason is able to tow more weight?


The specs for the trailer are

Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs.) 1605
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs.) 785
Gross Vehicle Weight (lbs.) 9000
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs.) 7395


We travel light I don't believe we will ever carry 1605 lbs of cargo.

As far as payload - for our truck it is 1620 lbs. We usually have two to three riders in the truck - combined weight minus 150 lbs driver - would be approximately 270 to 500 lbs. And wooden blocks to set the camper on. I would est another 50 lbs for those?

Added to the tongue - We have the ProPride which is at least 200 lbs [could be a little more I'd have to check on that]. Two 30 gal propane tanks and 1 battery.

We're planning to add air bags - but I think that is added to the payload weight? And have no clue what they weigh - I read that by adding those it increases the tongue weight allowance [not sure if that's true or not - as we're just looking into adding them]?

I really really appreciate the input. I have read where others have said they would never attempt to pull this trailer with a half ton...given they have a lot more experience than we do - I highly value their opinions.

Others say it can be done safely in the newer half tons? And that's the question....can it be done safely? It's one thing to risk our own lives...but it's a whole nother story when you knowingly risk other peoples .... and I simply refuse to take that risk.

I hope the added info helps...and thank you all so much for your input so far!!
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Welcome to the site, I'm a fairly new member myself but I recently upgraded my TV to a 2010 Ford F250 PS. I had a 2005 FORD F150 5.4L pulling a TT of 6700LBS Dry Weight , Tongue weight 700 lbs.and I pulled for Four Years on several vacations of over 1000 miles one way with out much problem. The two things I could suggest I had to put a set of tow springs on the back suspetion to stop the front to back bouncing effect and 10 ply tires really helped with sway. GoOd lUcK aNd hAvE fUn:hihi::hihi::hihi:
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I think you will be alright towing with your truck/tailer. The rear axle ratio will help out a lot. You should look into an auxillary transmission cooler and possibly a transmission temperature gauge.

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Old 05-10-2011, 06:02 AM   #9
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A big thanks to every one for the welcome..and again for all the input.

And we do have -

1) Both the auxillary transmission and oil coolers

2) We also have all the readings for the "temps to pressures" for the oil, tranny, engine, tires etc. Even the trailer braking appears on the EVIC when in use.

3) Truck also came with the Trailer Control System - [not sure how important that is - given we have the ProPride but it's there].

4) And we did have the brakes checked/adjusted and the wheels repacked when we had it de-winterized.

Addad45 - my husband and I can't agree more and are looking into adding air bags to the back suspension and replacing the factory installed tires with a much better set. We also want to add a tire pressure monitoring system for the trailer [I hear those are worth every penny as well] and new tires before we take longer trips.

I am kind of stunned that we haven't heard any "no ways" - as I said - I have seen a lot of 'no way with a half ton" when pulling a TT this size - -so I have been afraid to try and pull it further. But have to admit it is nice to know we could tow it a little further down the road if we chose to - I'd really be a happy camper then!!
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Bob, phew thank you so much [and politely removes her hands from around her husbands neck ] ....
Just remember that these weights also need to factor in the weight of everyone in the tow vehicle and stuff you carry in it..

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