Jayco RV Owners Forum

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-28-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
Senior Member
Donedroolin's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Athens
Posts: 678
Had to say something

I went to a local RV place, not where I purchsed mine. I like the RV wash they sell. Well it always takes forever to get help here, unless your buying somthing big. So Im looking and I see some obvious newbies talking to a salesman, new himself sounded like. They are looking at a 26 to 28 foot travel trailer. I heard them say they have a chevy colorado. Then I hear the salesman say they would be fine towing one of those trailers with ther truck. So I listen alittle more they have two small chilren and like to bring the family pet. I am not sure of the brand trailer they are looking at or the tow rating of a colorado but from my towing experience that is to much trailer for there truck. They were getting excited as they discussed options and color and that they really liked the 28 foot. So the salesman says well let me go see what kind of deal we can do for you today. Well me being me took the oppurtunity to strike up some casual conversation with them. I told him I think that is a big trailer for his truck. He said he wasnt sure if his truck could tow it ethier, but the salesman said he could. Well I told him ,ask the salesman what the tounge wieght of the tailer is, the dry wieght of the trailer, then figure your family and all your gear. I then asked him if he had a brake controller, his reply, what is that. I told him that I know it is overwhleming and exciting ,but think of his familys safety. I saw the salesman coming I said good luck, they thanked me. The salesman came back all happy, then the guy asked some quetions I told him, then I saw the salesman take out a book. I am not sure if they bought anything or not because I left. But that made me mad the salesman would do that. Hope I did the right thing. Just make sure your truck can tow what your going to purchase, Safely thats all


2013 JAYCO EAGLE 314BDS(Ordered)
Donedroolin is offline  
Old 03-28-2014, 03:32 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
Rustic Eagle's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7,371
Unfortunately what you described happens to often at RV shows and RV dealerships. To often RV sales personal use vehicle and RV manufactures published specifications, and seldom think in terms of towing reality.

IMO many RV sales personal don't tow trailers, thus may lack the knowledge to match a vehicle to the proper trailer.



2016 GM 2500HD 6.0L/4.10
2018 Jay Flight 24RBS
2005 Jayco Eagle 278FBS (retired)
1999 Jayco Eagle 246FB (retired)
Reese HP Dual Cam (integrated sway control)
Rustic Eagle is offline  
Old 03-28-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
Senior Member
Tunce the traveler's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Bellingham,Wa.
Posts: 4,627
Good for you,wish you were around when I bought my first one.
Tunce the traveler is offline  
Old 03-28-2014, 04:29 PM   #4
Senior Member
greenenvy1's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 519
Dealership near me suckered my parents in to buying a 8000lb trailer a few years back. No big deal except dad asked over and over again if his 2009 Ford escape would tow it.......it wont.
1990 Jayco 250 Special
2008 Ram 5500 DRW 6.7, Cummins, Aisin auto
Holland/Binkley 5th wheel, Reese Dual Cam, and more
232,500 kms in 2013
200,000 kms in 2014
160,000 kms in 2015
greenenvy1 is offline  
Old 03-28-2014, 06:52 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Fraser Valley British Columbia
Posts: 768
I have learned a lot about towing in the years we have had our trailer and know more now. The salespeople just take the tow rating of the truck and the weight of the trailer and if the trailer is less then it is good to go. They know nothing of payload whatsoever.
2010 Jayco Eagle Superlite 256 RKS
2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins

66 nights in 2016
61 nights in 2015
Derek700 is offline  
Old 03-28-2014, 10:21 PM   #6
Senior Member
lx22f/c's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Friendswood
Posts: 917
Was this the salesman???Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTapatalk1396063299.548224.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	41.1 KB
ID:	12107
lx22f/c is offline  
Old 03-29-2014, 06:26 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Mound
Posts: 103
I was a newbe when I bought my TT and we have a Sienna minni van and my salesman looked up the tow capacity and the total weight of the trailer and figured in our stuff and let us know we could tow it but it would be close and should not go through mountains with it but here in MN we do not have many anyway. We have been very happy and there is no problems with towing it. I felt much better he took the extra time with us and would go back to him again if he had not retired.
knuts1 is offline  
Old 03-29-2014, 08:49 AM   #8
Senior Member
rugerguy's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Rose Hill Ks.
Posts: 123
Had a friend back in the 70's when extended cabs first came out.
He was told the new f150 he had on order would haul a 12ft slide in camper.
I don't have to tell you how far the rear bumper was off the ground when they put the camper in.
Cost him big time to get the rear end of that truck beefed up.
The same can happen when you ask a car salesman if the truck your looking at will pull your trailer.
My favorite quote is, "That truck will pull anything you put behind it"
David S.
2010 298 RLS Eagle
99 Ford F-250
1 wife
1 Toy Fox Teror
1 Tiny Chi Chi Wa that rules all of the above.
rugerguy is offline  
Old 03-29-2014, 11:46 AM   #9
Senior Member
cekkk's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Murrieta
Posts: 2,421
If shoppers would tell the salesman who greets them that they'll request that any sales contract include language on the order of - "Dealer/agent assures buyer that buyer's 1958 VW Bug will safely tow buyer, family, typical gear and the subject of this contract" that would weed out a lot of lying salesmen.
'11 Eagle 320RLDS
'02 F350 PSD Dually 4WD
DW's Ride, '13 Expedition
cekkk is offline  
Old 03-29-2014, 02:21 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Sulphur Springs
Posts: 554
According to most salesmen, any half ton truck will tow any camper.

etex211 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:30 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.