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Old 08-19-2015, 03:51 PM   #1
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Jayco 32BHDS

About ready to take the plunge and buy the 32BHDS. The Coachmen 26BH has been outgrown. I realize that I am adding about 6' in over all length and about an extra 1200lbs. I tow with a 2013 2500HD/6.0 gas. how much of a difference will I notice when towing? I was nervous when I first hooked up the Coachmen but have since become comfortable towing it.
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Old 08-19-2015, 05:29 PM   #2
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We just bought a 32 BHDS ourselves, almost 4 weeks ago already, I think it has been!

We stepped up from a 31' (overall length) Dutchmen, ~7200lbs loaded/ ~920lbs tw. You definitely know the 32 is back there compared to the almost 2k lbs lighter Dutchmen. We travelled to Northern Mi, not huge hills or mountains, but north of West Branch, Mi is a pretty gradual incline. I think I have found it is about a 5.5% grade for comparison. Truck did just fine pulling the grade. Outside temp hit about 70* on the way up, but the hottest the trans ever got was 172* I think it was. BUT.... Having the same tow beast I don't see why you won't be just fine! Just remember the trailer is a little longer when turning or manuvering through tighter situations.

I would highly suggest a 2.5" shank for the hitch if you don't have one. And depending on how you load the trailer, you could possibly see the tw up to 1500lbs. You can see in my signature I went with the Reese Dual Cam system with 1500lb bars and the Reese Titan 2.5" shank.

I have a heavier model 10x10 ez-up, Coleman roadtrip grill, Camp Chef Explorer 2 burner stove, 2- 9x12 patio mats, 4 camp chairs, 2- aluminum roll top tables (the larger size) in the pass through. Under the bed we have a counter top ice maker, the Jayco bumper mount grill (not sure we are going to keep it, just stuffed it there for now), and I know a couple other things, but can't remember at the moment.

Loaded we are about 9k lbs, with about 1400lbs tw. So far we love the trailer! My wife and I had a w/e only trip without our boys. Though we didn't spend much time at the campground. It was more for just a bed to sleep in. Then we had our big trip of the year just a couple weeks ago. The room and storage is great. Check the mods link in my signature for things I have done so far. I also have a thread in the mods section.

Good luck!!!
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:23 PM   #3
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You will certainly know it's there, at least I did going from a 26bh to 29qbh. However with you truck and decent WD setup it won't be an issue, especially going forward. Backing it was a bit of an adjustments. Relearning when to start the pivot took a few trips to get the hang of.
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:37 AM   #4
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Your truck will handle the extra load just fine. Just be sure your hitch/sway bar/equalizer bars are up to the additional weight.
When I stepped up from a 264BH to our Starcraft 329BHU, the biggest difference I noticed was the additional space I needed for trailer tail swing. Just keep that and the fact that your turning radius is now bigger in mind and you'll be fine.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:44 AM   #5
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Picking up my new 32 BHDS next Thursday. Towing with a Suburban 2500 454 (may need air bags but not sure). Hope she does the job. I was towing a Coleman pop-up until about a week ago.
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Forgot to mention if you don't have a wd hitch w/ built in sway control, now is the time to get it with the new 32 BHDS!

Reese Dual Cam, Reese SC, Equal-I-Zer 4 Way system to name a few good mid range price wise systems. Blue Ox (newer system) seems to have a good following. Husky Centerline (top model)- read some very good reviews about it, BUT.... You need to be in almost a straight line (truck & trailer) to hook up or unhook. Not a huge deal, but a slight inconvenience.

Top models are the Hensley system and Pro Pride, expensive, but very good.

Regardless which system you choose, as I mentioned I would highly recommend at least 1400 or 1500lb bars due to the higher "dry tongue weight" the 32 has. Add in propane and a battery and you're around 1100lbs tw before loading the trailer with anything else.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:48 AM   #7
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John,

Congrats on the new rig!!!

Check your receiver hitch on the truck to make sure it will handle the tw of the 32 BHDS! You may need a new receiver hitch as well depending on the rating.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:37 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies.
When I bought my 26Coachmen I also bought the WD system. Never installed the sway bar though. Bought the higher rated one so I hope my old system will work on the 32BHDS. Guess the extra length/weight has me a bit nervous. Where I park it when not in use is a bit tight. 26 had no problems. Hoping the same with the 32. Any idea how much more turning radius I will need?
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Hard to say just how much more the radius is....

As for your wd hitch, it is suggested trailers this long have integrated sway control, not the side mounted bar system.

What are your wd bars rated for, and what brand system do you have?
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