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Old 02-10-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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Greetings - New 28BHBE!

Hello Everyone! I just ordered our new Jayflight 28BHBE today! It is actually in stock at my local dealer so should be picking it up this week.

One question - I am towing with a maxed out F150 but I know there are issues with tongue weight. I weighed it and it seems as though I have the headroom, but I still want to make sure I have a great hitch. Recommendations on hitches for a half ton pulling a 28BHBE???

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Old 02-10-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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Old 02-10-2016, 01:15 PM   #3
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Your tongue weight will be around 1300lbs depending how you load it. The Equalizer is a great hitch at a reasonable price. You will definitely need 1400lb bars. Your truck will struggle with that thing - I have just about the biggest, badest F-150 you can get in terms of towing capability and I wouldn't hitch a 28BHBE onto it. Payload, rear axle rating and hitch rating will almost certainly be exceeded unless you have the Heavy Duty Payload Package (7 bolt axles).
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CONGRATULATIONS on the JAYCO!!!

...and WELCOME TO JOF!!! The members here are GREAT!!! There is a lot of GREAT information to be found here. I am sure that you will have information and pictures to share with us... so please do!!

If I may ask, what gear ration does your F150 have? Tow Packages? Here is the official Ford chart, the 2013 is the about the same as the 2012 ratings

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Old 02-10-2016, 01:43 PM   #5
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We have a Super Crew with 3.73 and Max Tow.
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I'm seeing dry hitch at 660, and I'm planning for about 900 with loading. From what I've read, most reliable way to determine available real tongue capacity is to weight the truck, loaded and with a full tank of gas and then back that out of the GVWR - which gives me 1400. So, according to that I have some room to work. What am I missing? I know that F150 is on the lighter side of what is needed - not looking to tow long distances, through mountains or at speeds greater than 60mph, at least initially. Thanks!
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What you're missing is a common understated tongue weight that all the manufacturers publish. It's not your fault for going by the numbers, but understand that published tongue weight does not include battery or propane tank weight and is calculated with an empty trailer (which too is understated). Most trailers are at least 500lbs heavier in real life than what the book says, and tongue weights need to be in the 10-15% of loaded weight area for a safe and comfortable tow.

The 28BHBE is a MASSIVE trailer and quite heavy, too. It is a popular floor plan and there are plenty of threads on this forum about them. There was a recent one where an owner reported his tongue weight to be 1500lbs. You will certainly, without question, be over 1000lbs no matter what you do.

The fact you have the MaxTow with 3.73 could be your saving grace. It may just work. What's the payload on your door sticker?
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It's not how much weight can my truck pull...
It's how much weight can my truck hold? As in payload (people, gear, and trailer tongue weight).
Your tongue weight is around 1000lbs - 1200lbs.
You have to know what your truck "payload" is.

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That trailer will weigh at least 7000lbs empty. Add in your gear, food, clothes, etc. and you're easily over 8000lbs. 13% of 8000lbs is 1040lbs and then add in your dual 60lb propane tanks and battery which together will be about 200lbs of extra tongue weight... Right there you're over 1200lbs of tongue weight.
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Gotcha, that is going to be tight, but according to my actual measurements I have 1400lbs of available payload capacity. Given I'm not going far nor going fast (or over mountains) am I still pushing it too far you think?
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