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Old 04-29-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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Jayco 1007 - Tow Vehicle V6/V8

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Going to need to buy a tow vehicle (literally bought cart before the horse) and wonder if I should get V6/V8. Most trips will be from Phx to Flagsaff so mountainous terrain. Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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Going to need to buy a tow vehicle (literally bought cart before the horse) and wonder if I should get V6/V8. Most trips will be from Phx to Flagsaff so mountainous terrain. Thank you in advance.
Humm, what will you be pulling ???
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a Jayco 1007 (10ft box)
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:04 PM   #4
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You will probably be fine with a V6 but look at the tow rating of the Tow Vehicle you are interested in. As the trailer is only 2550 lbs loaded you should be fine with most v6 vans, suv's, pickups etc.
Many are rated to 3500 lbs.
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I think you're right about V6 and tow rating but Im just wondering with the mountains if I will left wanting more power. hate to be stuck doing 50mph on the ride up to Flag (prefer about 75mph)
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Good point. A small V8 would be no problem and I would also recommend a transmission cooler for hill climbs in the heat. I would also recommend checking the speed rating on the trailer's tires and making sure the tire pressure is correct and the wheel bearings are properly maintained if you plan to do 75 on a regular basis.
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I think you're right about V6 and tow rating but Im just wondering with the mountains if I will left wanting more power. hate to be stuck doing 50mph on the ride up to Flag (prefer about 75mph)
Your trailer tires aren't rated for over 65 mph.
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ok, I'll keep it at 65mph. Don't even know what a transmission cooler is! Will new trucks have this as part of a 'tow package'?
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Yes they should. Also if the truck is a half ton rated to pull heavier loads like 8500+ lbs you probably won't even notice the trailer is there.
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If your considering a 1/2 ton truck I would go with a V-8 at a minimum, and have the truck configured such that you get the maximum Payload Capacity along with the HD Tow Package option offered.

The 1/2 ton truck will be more then capable for towing your Jayco 1007 under the conditions you described, but at least you want to have some additional Payload Capacity available should you decide to up-grade to a bigger trailer in the future.

Please note, TV Payload Capacity is important with heavier trailers because a trailer's loaded tongue weight is subtracted from the TV's Payload Capacity. The Tow Ratings of 1/2 ton trucks are attractive, but it's the Payload Capacities that are the first to be used up be a trailer.

Hope this helps.

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