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Old 05-10-2015, 05:44 PM   #1
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28BHBE actual Tongue Weight?

Hello, I'm looking at getting a 2015 Jayco Jay Flight 28BHBE. However, I'm worried about exceeding my payload. I'm hoping someone on here can give me an idea of the actual tongue weight of the same trailer.
My TV is a 2015 RAM 2500 MC Diesel with about 2000# payload. After I started adding up weights I was amazed at how quickly the payload disappears.
I borrowed my sister's 2008 26BH just to see that what an actual weight would be. The brochure for her trailer says 485#. After weighing the truck with the trailer on it, it looks like the tongue weight was actually 860#. That also includes the WDH weight and there was some stuff in the trailer, but it wasn't loaded for camping. Also, the WDH was not engaged.
With such a wild swing on my sister's trailer I thought I better do a little research before taking the plunge on a trailer that would put me over my weight limit.
If you have the same trailer and know your tongue weight please reply or PM me. Also, please let me know how your trailer was loaded (LP tanks full, cargo loaded, or empty, etc).

The 2015 brochure says the unloaded hitch weight of the BHBE is 610#.

Thanks a bunch!

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Old 05-10-2015, 06:49 PM   #2
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Accordingly, the brochure is essentially right. The trailer you are looking at at or around 610lbs. However, that is somewhat of a moving target, depending on load out.

Rest easy, knowing the specs of your TV based on the little information you give. I would assume with approximately a 2000pound payload you have a Laramie, Lone Star or SLT with 342 gear ratio. The good news is you can rest easy, your truck should be able to handle this trailer without issue. Of course its your responsibility to ensure your WDH is hooked up properly, if you're using a sway bar, how the trailer is loaded (this is important) etc.
in the end, based on the paper specs you are good to go.

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Old 05-10-2015, 08:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I guess I should have added more specifics. TV is a Laramie with 3.42. Family of 4 (2 kids), I'm guessing people weight is 550, plus another 150 for the occasional guest, so maybe 700#. I think I am over thinking it. I used to have a popup camper and on our annual beach trip most of my load went in the back of the old truck which would be packed to the gills with ice chests, generator, gas cans, fishing stuff.
I think I need to change my thinking and remember that I will be loading the trailer more than the truck now. Which will give me a percentage of the weight to the truck instead of the full weight of my gear.

Thanks again. I guess I am just thinking out loud at this point, but any comments still welcome.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:39 PM   #4
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IMO what you need to watch is the rear axle weight. Since you have a 3/4 ton I'd expect you'll be good. You've weighed your rig so hopefully you have the truck only weights. The rear axle weight vs the rear GAWR will let you know the available payload on the rear. I'd expect 1500-2000# range (just a guess). The WDH Is only to help level things out.

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Old 05-10-2015, 08:54 PM   #5
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Yes, I did weigh the truck previous to weighing my sister's trailer and it came out to right at 8000#, leaving me 2000# payload. Sticker on the truck shows GAWR Front = 6000, GAWR rear = 6500. I only had the total truck weight, not by the axles, but the ram documentation for my truck shows front/rear axle weight of 4900/3100, so that should leave me with 1100# front and 3400 rear.
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:15 PM   #6
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I have a 2015 28BHBE. It is the Elite model with fibreglass exterior. Yellow sticker weight on delivery is 7189lbs. Our last trip we were loaded for 7 days boondocking so we were full fresh water tanks (700lbs)ish. Total trailer weight was 8800lbs, 1200lbs on tongue. I believe you will have no problem towing with your truck. I will usually scale my rig if i find a weigh station that is closed just to satify my own curiosity as i get to weigh for free
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:54 AM   #7
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Last time I weighed my trailer (2014 28BHBE), I got a tongue weight of about 960. That's full propane, battery, and our generally loaded weight (I actually used ballast for that weight).

Here is my post of my CAT Scale results: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...lts-17202.html

I think you'll have a fine time with that truck, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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Old 05-11-2015, 01:03 PM   #8
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You're good to check, but we have a 1/2 ton Tundra 4.6 and tow a 28BH with it, but no slides or anything, I don't even have WDH. I just will load a few things in the rear storage to offset the propane and battery up front and it rides level. That diesel is a beast and you should pull it no problem.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:07 PM   #9
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Essentially, I have the same setup as you, only both my TT and TV are 2014's. I travel with a family of 4 and have gone as long as 10 days worth of "stuff" in the TT. I use Equilizer WD hitch. Sometimes I forget the TT is even behind me. My tongue weight was at 947 lbs. Happy Camping!

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Old 05-11-2015, 09:20 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the replies! I guess all I need to do now is some haggling on price.

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