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Old 03-24-2016, 09:19 AM   #1
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octane 29a toy hauler

Thinking about picking up a 2012 Jayco octane 29a zx this Saturday. I haven't signed anything yet and after reading several posts I am about to change my mind. Unloaded weight is 7600# planning on hauling a rzr 1000 in it. My question is will a 2014 Ram 1500 4X4 pull it. I researched the towing capacity of my truck and it will be right on the border of the max. towing capacity. Anybody have any experience pulling this sort of weight on a 1500. My truck has the towing package and brake controller that came on it from the factory.

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Old 03-24-2016, 02:40 PM   #2
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I owned a 29ZX for seveal years and now have a Grand Design 5th wheel. The 5th wheel is heavy but my tundra does the job with my extra springs & timbrens. So here is what you are facing with these bumper pull Octane 29 foot or with A frame 33 feet 7inches. Number one never pull without a wt distributing hitch...a good one like a Equalizer brand about 500 to 700 dollars. Towing mirrors the Octane is almost 101 wide. The tongue wt on a Octane 29 foot will vary from 1000lbs to 1500lbs or even higher in a heartbeat depending on your load.
This is not like pulling a travel trailer, sway is a real deal here even with 3/4 ton or larger pickups. Proper loading is important. So to answer your question...I own a Tundra but I have used and owned many others in my trucking business before I retired. Can your Ram pull it ...yes it can. Can it handle the tongue wt without suspension enhancements, I do not think so with a 29 foot Octane that is loaded. Keep in mind that so called 7600 wt disappears very quickly and since I weighed mine at a scale I believe the average wt with items and toys to be 9000 to 10500 for the norm. I pulled mine many places and thousand of miles. So if you are ready to except responsibility of a toyhauler bumper pull at this wt and length I guess that is your decision. Dont be afraid to start with a smaller toy hauler.

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Old 03-24-2016, 02:49 PM   #3
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I owned a 2007 T26Y Octane up until this fall. I pulled it with a 2004 2500HD and when I had an 800lb 4-Wheeler loaded it pulled fine on the flat but had to downshift for inclines. MPG average was about 6.
Of course towing capacities are much better on a 2014. But you said you are going to be right at the max. Have you included all the weight of your gear and water. You will probably be over and not happy.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:21 PM   #4
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When we got our 2014 Octane 29T, we had a 2008 GMC 1500 Denali with the tow package and the 6.2 motor. Towed it about 2,500 miles using a Husky WD hitch. This truck also had upgraded tires ( E range) and a extra 1,500 leaf spring added . The truck would pull it, but it was way too heavy for the suspension. The scale weight of the trailer was right at 10,600 with full water and 2 Harley dressers on board. We do have the 4kw generator from the factory, 2 propane tanks, and 3 series 29 batteries. The tongue weight ranges from 1,680 to right at 2,000# with a full load. That's measured on a tongue scale, so it's pretty accurate. We now pull it with a GMC 3500 Duramax with a upgraded Curt hitch. I would not recommend any 1500 truck with this trailer. We do love the trailer, just not made for a 1/2 ton truck, regardless of what a salesman tells you.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:44 PM   #5
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No experience with that trailer but if the tongue weight is actually over 1500lbs I don't think there's a 1500 that should be pulling it.
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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in my experience, my half ton Chevrolet 4x4 didn't have the suspension or power to pull my 2016 222 Sl. My unit is 27 foot tip to tail. But the Rockies do tend to take the wind out of your sails! I wasn't on bump stops, but I was "Low and Slow" Eisenhower tunnel approach was straight ugly, with nothing to spare! On flat ground it really wasn't terrible, but that was empty. Your results with your DODGE will probably be better. Can you try to tow before you buy??
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:15 PM   #7
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I just bought a new octane 26y and i tow with a ram 2500 6.4 hemi. I spent a lot of time on the boards beforehand and decided to upgrade from my tundra with add a leafs and airbags. I am really glad I did! I think I have about 1400lbs tongue weight and that I can feel in behind the 2500, the 1/2 ton would be white knuckle driving.

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