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Old 05-20-2014, 02:28 PM   #1
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Hitch Ball Size

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We purchased a brand new 2012 Jayco 308RETS which the dealer delivered to our seasonal site 2 years ago. Now we are changing campgrounds and I have to move our TT.

Does anyone know what the Hitch Ball Size is and what the tongue weight is as well. I have to transport the TT myself approximately 20 miles. I'm no stranger to trailer as I've towed our boats, other campers as well as a toad behind our Motorhome.

I may not have a weight distrabution hitch available to me. Since I'm only going 20 miles, no highways or interstates, a simple drive to the new campground I may not worry about weight distrabution hitch.

As always, thanks....
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Old 05-20-2014, 02:35 PM   #2
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Technical Specifications:
Length (ft/m) 35 / 10.7
Width (in/mm) 96 / 2438.4
Height (in/mm) 138 / 3505.2
Interior Height (in/mm) 84 / 2133.6
Length (ft/ft) 35
Length (ft/in) 0
Dry Weight (lbs/kg) 7660 / 3474.6
Payload Capacity (lbs/kgs) 2090 / 948
GVWR (lbs/kgs) 9750 / 4422.6
Hitch Weight (lbs/kgs) 990 / 449.1

Good size TT you might think about trying to get a loaner WDH even for only 20 miles.
just a guess but i'll bet it takes a 2 5/16 ball.
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Might just be worth hiring a tow truck to make the move, unless you have another TV available other than the jeeps listed. I imagine that 308 would require a pretty decent TV to safely move it. Since it has been seasonal, I imagine you have it fairly well loaded and that 983LBS tongue wight could actually be quite a bit more. Getting over a 1000 lbs tongue weight and towing in weight carrying mode opposed to weight distritution mode will require a pretty stout receiver.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:32 PM   #4
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Oh, it will likely be 2 5/16" ball.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:35 PM   #5
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You need a heavy duty 2" ball with 1 1/4" heavy duty shank that is rated for class IV/V. A regular 2" ball would not be strong enough. You should use a weight distributing hitch to maintain control as it puts weight back on the steer tires. I have a 338 rlts 39' long and 11,000 lbs and this is the setup for it as well. You also need a class IV/V receiver hitch as well. I like the idea using a rental truck to move it.
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2 5/16 ball. Would not even try to move it with your Jeeps. Just my .02 cents worth
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Might just be worth hiring a tow truck to make the move, unless you have another TV available other than the jeeps listed. I imagine that 308 would require a pretty decent TV to safely move it. Since it has been seasonal, I imagine you have it fairly well loaded and that 983LBS tongue wight could actually be quite a bit more. Getting over a 1000 lbs tongue weight and towing in weight carrying mode opposed to weight distritution mode will require a pretty stout receiver.
Great points. I have a F250 Power Stroke available for the transport. I did give some thought in trying to find a transport company to move it. Not sure what the cost will be as well as making sure the TT is placed exactly where I want it on the new site.

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2 5/16 ball. Would not even try to move it with your Jeeps. Just my .02 cents worth
Agree. Jeeps aren't an option. I've towed a 10k boat for 15 years so safety is most important. Thanks.
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Technical Specifications:
Length (ft/m) 35 / 10.7
Width (in/mm) 96 / 2438.4
Height (in/mm) 138 / 3505.2
Interior Height (in/mm) 84 / 2133.6
Length (ft/ft) 35
Length (ft/in) 0
Dry Weight (lbs/kg) 7660 / 3474.6
Payload Capacity (lbs/kgs) 2090 / 948
GVWR (lbs/kgs) 9750 / 4422.6
Hitch Weight (lbs/kgs) 990 / 449.1

Good size TT you might think about trying to get a loaner WDH even for only 20 miles.
just a guess but i'll bet it takes a 2 5/16 ball.
Thanks. Good info.
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Great points. I have a F250 Power Stroke available for the transport. I did give some thought in trying to find a transport company to move it. Not sure what the cost will be as well as making sure the TT is placed exactly where I want it on the new site.

Thanks for sharing.
Not sure how far the seasonal is from a dealer, any dealer. I imagine you could probably get a factory delivery driver who has recently dropped a trailer at a dealership to do the move reasonably. Those guys have all the equipment, proper trucks, and don't typically get back hauls so the chance to make a couple hundred extra bucks might be quite worth it. If they have to go hundreds of miles out of the way maybe not, but might be worth investigating.
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Not sure how far the seasonal is from a dealer, any dealer. I imagine you could probably get a factory delivery driver who has recently dropped a trailer at a dealership to do the move reasonably. Those guys have all the equipment, proper trucks, and don't typically get back hauls so the chance to make a couple hundred extra bucks might be quite worth it. If they have to go hundreds of miles out of the way maybe not, but might be worth investigating.
I thought about that. The closest dealer is about an hour away. I also thought about a tow truck driver as many of them are equipped to tow. But with some of those guys there are risks as I've seen many careless tows in my life...

Thanks for the insite..
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