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Old 11-17-2016, 07:57 PM   #1
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23BHM or 25BH?

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I'm new to this forum and am trying to decide between the feather 23BHM or the 25BH. My TV is a 2015 Dodge Durango RT with class IV tow package (7200 pounds w/750 max tongue wt). I live in IL and my wife and I have two boys and a lab that travels with us. We plan on doing a lot of three and four day trips in the vehicle with a few longer trips interspersed.

I like the floor plan of the 25BH more, but can't get a good read on if it is too heavy at a GW 6750 pounds. There is a lot of information on the internet and I've read that I don't want to push the maximum weight of the TV. The 23BHM is several hundred pounds lighter, but doesn't offer as much storage as the 25BH. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-17-2016, 09:02 PM   #2
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You will get a lot of great advice here. I am sure others will chime in. In my honest opinion that he 25BH you mention is too heavy at 6750 pounds; if the specs on your Durango are correct. With 7200 max and the trailer at 6750, that is only 450 pounds. Average load for a trailer and all cargo is closer to the 1000 pound range.
You are better off to stick with the 23BHM. Though it too may be a bit much for the Durango.


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I might have not been clear on my post. The dry weight of the 25BH is around 5300. So with it fully loaded I would be at 6750, so within 500lb of the max towing capacity of the Durango.
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What seems to be the magical tongue weight of 12%~15% of you stated 6750 pounds exceeds the Durango's tongue weight you posted.
The only way to be absolutely sure would be to load it fully and take a trip to the scales. Yet, I know the dealership is not going to let you do that.


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Good point. Thanks for the advice.
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For what it's worth, it's not really a good idea to be pushing the upper limits of the tow vehicle. Just because it can pull it, doesn't necessarily mean that it should for a long trip.

We towed a 3200 lb popup with a 2014 Honda Ridgeline. The trailer was well within the 5000 lb towing specs for the truck, but there was no doubt that we had a big load dragging along behind. It's far more comfortable towing our new Jay Feather X213 (5500 gross) with our 2016 F-150 SCrew 3.5 EB 4x4, rated at around 11,000 lbs. Maybe I'm too cautious, but I like a good safety margin.
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I recommend you go for any trailer without the Murphy bed. If you can tow it safely, I vote for the 25BH. Our next trailer will have an island queen for sure.
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I recommend you go for any trailer without the Murphy bed. If you can tow it safely, I vote for the 25BH. Our next trailer will have an island queen for sure.
Would you share why you prefer not to have a Murphy bed... storage, comfort, or ??
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Would you share why you prefer not to have a Murphy bed... storage, comfort, or ??
For both of those reasons. With the Murphy bed we don't have the pass thru storage that comes with a queen island as well as the under bed storage. I could really use that extra storage. Comfort wise, the bed is just ok. I would rather have a real residential mattress to sleep on since I have back problems.
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We have a Murphy bed and it is "a real residential mattress".
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