Originally Posted by tjpolsin
From experience, I attempted to level the truck as you discuss. I ended up with a rough ride and broken hitch parts.
Now the front is within half inch of preload height, back squats an inch and a half, the trailer is level.
No sway when passed, smooth ride. In short, I don't even know it's back there when driving.
Jayco 2008 26bhs - 8600#
2010 ram 2500 cclb
Reese strait line w/1000# bars
It was pointed out to me in a PM that by my signature that I might be overloaded in my trailer by 1100#. The 8600# listed above was just a swag. I was sitting in the dentist office with my daughter checking this forum on my phone. Accurate data was not at the front of my mind while trying to type on a smart phone.
Jayco.com lists the specs for a 2016 Jayflight 26BHS as:
unloaded weight = 5920#
hitch weight = 800#
GVWR = 7750#
cargo weight = 1830#
Based on these numbers, it does appear that I am overweight by ~1100#.
HOWEVER, I have a 2008 Jayflight G2 26BHS.
Jayco.com lists the specs for this trailer as:
unloaded weight = 6210#
hitch weight = 740#
GVWR = 8180#
cargo weight = 1970#
so the swag on my signature above is about 400# above what Jayco lists.
Now it gets interesting when I checked with weight tag on the trailer itself
GVWR = 9200#
unloaded weight = 6535#
freshwater = 383#
propane = 60#
cargo carrying capacity = 2222#
All in all, I am probably towing 8000# to 8500# whenever we camp.
One of these trips I will weight the truck and trailer on the way out of town, but I doubt my passengers would appreciate the delay.
2008 jft G2 26BHS - GVWR = 9200#
2010 ram 2500 cclb w/cummins
reese strait line WDH w/1000# bars.