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Old 02-02-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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Not sure if I want too much trailer

I am looking at a 2011 X213 (4295 lbs) or a 23B (4170 lbs) jay feather select. After looking at a lot of trailers we are confident in the Jayco quality. Our truck is a 2009 chevy avalanche. Down side is, it has a total tailer weight of 5100 lbs. By the time we add people to the truck and a few travel items we may be right at the max acceptable weight of 11,000 lbs. I have a 5.3 l flex fuel v-8 with a 3.08 rear end. Am I pushing this too far? I am very disappointed that chevy had lowered their limits so much.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum Cstewart! Other techies here are much better answering your questions, but I'd like to say to have fun shopping for your new tt....it's about as fun as taking your maiden voyage! Happy shopping and let us know what you wind up doing
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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My one buddy has an chevy avalanche and pulls his 29 ft TT. And, he loads his trailer and truck heavy. My guess that normal TT weight (with AC unit, LP tanks, battery, etc. etc.) will be another 800 to 1,000 lbs. And loaded down with internal "people stuff" (like towels, TV, beddings, food, dishes, etc. etc.) would be another 1,500 to 1,800 lbs. Thus, add 2,500 - 2,800 to trailer's listed "dry" weight numbers. Assume NO water in its holding tanks.

If one does the math, your dry 23ft trailer of 4,200 lbs would be "average loaded" "up to" 7,000 lbs. Add another 500 lbs for stuff in rear of Tow Vehicle - like peddle bikes, some firewood, etc. etc. Thus, "calculated" loaded weight of 7,500 lbs. Add 3 x people @ 200 lbs and it would be like towing 8,100 lbs. This is well under the 11,000 lbs "max" loading of your 2009 chevy avalanche.

If wondering, my buddy's Avalanche pulls his 29ft trailer good. Wouldn't want to perform any mountain crossings but for average travels, his pulls good (without any "over stressing" complaints). If wondering, he did get an extra aux cooler installed in his vehicle - as extra cooling precaution.

Hope this helps in your research....

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Old 02-03-2011, 10:30 AM   #4
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Part of the reason the number is lowered is the gear ratio you got. 3.08 is awfully tall geared so pulling mountains will be quite a task.

Like I ran mine up on the scales yesterday and got... As for dry numbers forget you even saw them... Dry numbers are meaningless...

02 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Powered - GVWR (8,800#) - GCWR (20,000#) - MAX Trailer Weight (13,650#)

00 Jayco Eagle 296 FBS - GVWR 8,500#

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02 Cummins (7,800#) 00 Jayco (7,220#) GCWR (15,020#)

What I'm saying it won't take much to pile up weight...
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:45 AM   #5
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With a good equalizer hitch, a transmission oil cooler, and staying out of OD you should be good to go. Keep in mind that long mountain passes will really work your towing vehicle.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:48 PM   #6
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With a good equalizer hitch, a transmission oil cooler, and staying out of OD you should be good to go. Keep in mind that long mountain passes will really work your towing vehicle.
Even better yet good a good set of gauges so you can monitor your temps. Like a good friend of mine that got a 2001 Dodge 2500 with a automatic he tows boats for a living cross country. He says that all failures will be noted with a rise in temperatures. Now with that said he's got over 940,000 miles on the clock... I think the boy has a good point.



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Old 02-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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In my opinion all trucks with tow packages should come with an aux cooler and transmission temperature gauge. Then at least you know whats happening when your towing.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:28 PM   #8
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Hi Cstewart.

Based on the contents within below URL, it sounds like your 2009 Avalance vehicle has a published towing of max 5,500 lbs. But, being the same as a Tahoe, it has a "real" towing capacity of max 8,100 lbs. Something about "gearing" and its variance range.

If towing under normal conditions and one packs "normally", I would use your 2009 Avalanche vehile to tow a 24ft TT. But if into mountains or other "over stress" towing conditions, I'd get more truck (or change axle gearing on existing truck). See contents of below URL for more info.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/trucks-t...e-5500lbs.html

Hope this helps...
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I say that is too close and go get a new TV!
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:03 PM   #10
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Agreed purchased a 2011 dodge ram 1500 4x4 5.7 hemi with a 3.92 rear end...

thank you for the advice. we are going to jayco dealer tomorrow!
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