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Old 08-05-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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Jayco Eagle 365BHS

Hello everyone, I'm new to this site and enjoy reading the post.

My wife, Kitty, and I currently have a '97 Jayco Designer TT and love it. We have been looking at the 2010 Jayco 365BHS as a replacement in order to take grandkids with us. My concern, Is my current tow vehicle "hoss" enough to pull it safely. (to anywhere in the USA). I have a '07 Chevy Duramax Diesel 2500 Alison trany.

If any of you have a 365BHS, what do you pull it with/or what would you suggest.

Any input is appreciated

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Old 08-05-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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Shorty, welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum! There are quite a few 5'er owners here who will respond to this and offer some good input. You have experience which is great and are thinking ahead to enquire regarding your tv..... One thing we know is that you should consider not only the towing capacity of your tv, but do you fall within the range of your GCVWR. We also upgraded so as to take our grandkids camping with us. Man, that is a sweet looking rv. I love the floor plan. Let us know what you decide!
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:07 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum, Shorty and Kitty. I'm betting your current tow vehicle will handle the larger, heavier trailer but check your owner's manual for its rated tongue weight and GCVWR. If you no longer have the owner's manual, call your nearest Chevy dealer and get the info there.

One other consideration is whether you intend to tow the trailer in mountains. The rule of thumb is that for every 1,000 feet in elevation you lose 3 percent engine efficiency. Thus if you tow in mountains that are 10,000 feet high you will have 30 percent less engine efficiency than you would have at sea level.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:57 PM   #4
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I have a 07 Jayco Eagle 325BHS and towed it with a 07 Dodge diesel 2500 and it pulled like a dream. I don't know what the weight differences are between yours and mine. I now have a 2010 3500, but have not towed my 5th wheel with it yet.
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:08 PM   #5
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365bhs

We have a 2011 365bhs and pull it with a 3500 chevy duramax, no problems at all you can feel it on the big hills but it is 14000lbs. any questions just ask
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:13 PM   #6
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Check out Trailer Life's 2006 tow guide:

http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?ID=42175

In 2008 I pulled the rockies 4 times with an F250 diesel and blew right by gasoline autos over heated. I think you are fine.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:02 AM   #7
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Wanted to thank all that have responded. Kitty and I are still un-decided. My hopes was that a 365BHS owner would respond with both the pros&cons of the camper as well as info of what they recommend as a tow vehicle.

I'm too OLD to study the "tow ratings" in the owner's manual for my "duramax".

I currently tow a 10,000 lb Designer Series TT with not problems. Prior to the Duramax I towed it with a 1/2 ton which labored it, plus I did not safe while on the road.

If we get the BHS, I will keep you posted.

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Old 08-19-2010, 11:39 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Shorty Cox View Post

I'm too OLD to study the "tow ratings" in the owner's manual for my "duramax".

I currently tow a 10,000 lb Designer Series TT with not problems. Prior to the Duramax I towed it with a 1/2 ton which labored it, plus I did not safe while on the road.

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http://www.trailerlife.com/images/to...towratings.pdf

You didn't say which cab you had, the bed length, or if it was a 4x4-- too many variances. So you'll have to put aside your "oldness" for a few minutes and look at what you got. To me it looks like your truck can tow between 12K and 14K lbs.

Dry weight on the Eagle is 12K and Gross is 16K-- so just looking at the numbers I's say you'd be pushing it. Just my humble opinion though.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:00 PM   #9
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Agree JP Beck.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:02 AM   #10
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I just purchased a 2010 Jayco fifth wheel 365 BHS this fall. I traded up from a 2004 Jayco 29 FBS travel trailer and loved the camper for 7 summers. The 365 BHS camper is awesome for a family with kids and thier friends. I pull the camper with a 2004 Dodge 3500(Diesel-5.9), single axle, long bed, 6 speed man. transmission. The truck pulls the wheels off of the camper! I get 12-13 miles a gallon and no problems at all. The 365 BHS pulls better than the 29 FBS. The only problem I have encounter was air flow to the bunk house. I leave in Texas and it is very hot! Jayco said there was nothing wrong with the air conditioner. Any suggestions? I blocked off the duct pass the vent in the back and added a addition vent in the bunk house. I also made a box and installed it in the main air conditioner to push all of the air to the back vents. I have two units and the front unit is ducted to the front bedroom and bathroom. I will try out the air and see what happens.
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