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Old 04-29-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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Soon to be first time TT owners, need advice

Hello, My girlfriend and I are looking for our first TT. I will be using my 2013 Ford Edge AWD V6 as the tow rig. My limit to tow is 3500lbs, so I am having to look at something a little smaller. We have narrowed our choices down to the 2014 Jay Flight SLX 185RB or the 2014 Jay Flight SLX 195RB. Here are my questions.

1) Do you think that my rig will have any trouble towing either of those?
2) Does anyone on here own either of them, and if so how do you like it so far?
3) I noticed when I laid in the 185RB I noticed I had a bigger bed then the 195RB. Are they same or different on the bed size?
4) How hard is it to upgrade either bed to a thicker and better mattress?
5) Would one of those distribution hitches be worth it over the standard hitch?

I have many more questions, but those will do for now.

Thank you so much,

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Old 04-29-2014, 06:42 PM   #2
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The only question I can help you with is regarding the bed. We just bought the memory foam mattress cover at Costco and love it. Great improvement.

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Old 04-29-2014, 06:55 PM   #3
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Mike. Newbie myself, but for what its worth.. My TV is a '13 Taco v6 +w/tow package rated for 6500#. TT is an 18D hybrid weighing in at about 4,000#. With family and gear, I'm at about 90% capacity! Eleven MPG, but enough power for highway towing. Tekumsha P3 brake controller for stopping. Love the hybrid! All three bunks are 80 x 40 queen size without taking up any floor space. Lots of mattress upgrades, but can get as pricy as what you'd pay for a home mattress. Lastly. After our first very close to home trip I came back and ordered a weight distribution hitch (Equalizer 8K) Hope this helps.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:10 PM   #4
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IMO there is a high probability that both the 185RB and 195RB may max out (or exceed) your Ford Edge's weight limits if you are trying to stay within it's specified weight limits...., depending on your personal loading habits.

Please note that vehicle Tow Ratings don't take into account passenger and cargo weights, so these weights have to be subtracted from the Tow Rating. http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/what-is-my-actual-tow-rating-3866.html

The published Jayco UVW's (web site, brochures, etc.) don't reflect the actual ship weight UVW from the factory. If your dealer has any 185's or 195's on his lot look for the yellow sticker for the actual UVW......, may be 100lbs to 150lbs higher then the published UVW. My thought is that do to the limited cargo carrying capacity of the 185RB and 195RB you may be fast approaching the TT's GVWR of 3,500lbs once loaded for camping.

Also, keep in mind that the Ford Edge has a maximum 350lb tongue weight limit, and the tongue weight of the TT can't be less then 10% (15% max) of the TT's loaded weight for proper towing.

I hope this information provides a little insight on what to consider when looking for a trailer for your Ford Edge.


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Old 04-29-2014, 07:18 PM   #5
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The 185RB mattress is 58.5 inches wide and 78.25 inches long. A "standard" queen size mattress is 60 by 80 and it will fit. We tried a memory foam mattress pad - probably not way well go long term. Upgrading the mattress should be easy. We haven't had any problems sleeping on it!

We're just using a standard Class-III hitch on the Escape and have had no problems towing the 2800 pound 185RB. I simply may not have gotten into situations where a weight distributing hitch would be effective but I've tried towing our little beast through major cities, down freeways in crosswinds, and twisting rural roads with out problems.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:45 PM   #6
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We picked our first TT with an eye to the weight. Tho I was well below the max trailer weight I found that I was close to max on the rear axle. The max trailer weight doesn't tell the story. If you visit a local CAT scale you can weigh your TV and know how much tongue weight you can add. Figure abt 100# for the hitch and the tongue will be abt 15% of the trailer wt. Be sure to fill the gas tank and take some "stuff" to approximate what you will pack. I count on "worst case" and figure I'll load to GVWR. Don't calculate on the published wt of the TT which is empty.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:04 PM   #7
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I have a Ford Edge although it is a 2007 model with 59k miles. Love my Edge!
While your Ford will tow either TT you're looking at, MOST DEFINITELY you will need a WDH system with anti-sway. I wouldn't even consider not having one.

Coming from towing a 10' popup where I barely noticed the trailer behind me, I definitely notice the 16xrb behind me. I think the difference is the wind drag and extra 1,000 lbs compared to the popup I had. The anti-sway keeps the TT steady when big rigs blow past me, among other things.
I looked at the models you're interested in and was concerned that I would max out my tow rating.

The Edge tows mine fine, I take it slow and easy and on inclines it doesn't bog down too much. I do notice the gas mileage difference.
I don't overload the TT with "stuff" which I think helps alot in performance and safety.

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Old 04-30-2014, 07:30 PM   #8
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My TV is a 2012 v-6 Tacoma which has exactly the same towing capacity (with towing package) as your 2013 Edge (with towing package). I had a rough time towing on any Interstate until I installed my WDH system. I'm still hesitant to make long trips even with my WDH system. TT is 2012 Jayco Skylark with dry weight of 2950 and a 320 tongue weight. From my personal experience, I'd strongly suggest a WDH system if in fact either of your TT choices does not actually exceed your weight limits per suggestions of RedHorse1.

For WDH, I'd suggest you pick your desired make and then check directly with a factory rep for their specific recommendation. I chose Reese.
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I think you need a bigger TV or go back to a popup. Either way if you don't have a tranny cooler you better install one. I have coolers on all my vehicles even the ones I don't tow with.

Unless your Edge has an actual ladder frame under it you probably shouldn't attempt a WDH. The Unibody design of most vehicles today don't have the strength to bear the stresses applied by a WDH.
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The only question I can help you with is regarding the bed. We just bought the memory foam mattress cover at Costco and love it. Great improvement.
Yep. Agree 100% the Costco memory foam makes the bed nicer than my home mattress.


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