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Old 07-26-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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I know..Another towing question from a new member

Hello all I am new to the forum and new to the world of owning a TT.

We have been looking at the Jay Flight 26RLS (really want this one) but am torn between that and a White Hawk 27DSRL at the present time. What I keep going back and forth with is my TV, its a 2011 F150 4x2 Supercab 5.0 V8 FFV 3.55 145 in Wheel Base, I do have the trailer tow package with the integrated break controller.
Other Truck Specs
GCVW 14900
GVWR 7050
FGAWR 3600
RGAWR 3850
Max Trailer Weight 9500
Hitch is rated up to 1050 TW

Any thoughts, what am I missing? I know I need to take into consideration all the other items (people, luggage, propane tanks filled, etc) I just bought the truck first of the year; TT was an after thought...at this point trying to fit the TT to the TV.

This will be our first TT so I want to make sure to do it right the first time, and be safe!! Will be using this first for staying in while I am working remotely away from home for the next 3-4 months, then we plan on making weekend trips quit often. I have been looking throughout the forum but did not see anyone specifically towing the 26RLS with an F150.

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Old 07-27-2012, 08:57 PM   #2
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You should have a wd hitch of course, but IMHO you should be good to go with that trailer. My salesman at the local Ford dealer said the 5.0 pulls better than the 5.4.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:36 PM   #3
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If you really prefer the 26RLS, get it.

I think the truck should pull it fine, looks like a decent match. Ultimately you are going to want more horsepower at some time, but that will be the same with either trailer. Get a good hitch, watch the weights, and take it easy.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:32 PM   #4
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Gary,

Welcome to the Jayco forums, and your do-diligence in researching the right TT for your existing TV will pay dividends in the long run.

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snip.........Any thoughts, what am I missing?........snip
When looking into different model TT weight specifications always think in terms of "loaded weights"..., avoid focusing on UVW and Dry weights. Keep in mind that everybody has different TV/TT loading habits; some of us pack on the lite side, others on the heavy side..., some pack for only two adults, and some for a family of 4. Keep this in mind when comparing similar TV/TT combination experiences.

I offer the following information/suggestions hoping it will give you a little more detailed insight into the weight implications when creating an ideal TV/TT combination........:

IMO taking your existing TV to a CAT scale will reduce the amount of guess work as you look into different TT's, Jayco or otherwise. Knowing in advance what your TV will weigh under "simulated" loaded camping conditions will provide you with some real weights to work with when "sizing" an appropriate TT.

The CAT scale: Have your TV full of fuel, passengers, some simulated camping cargo weight, and about $10 is all you need for the CAT scale visit. The CAT scale results will tell you:

* Maximum TT & Tongue loaded weights = (14,900lbs - TV's gross CAT scale weight)

* Maximum remaining payload weight for loaded TT tongue weight & WDH = (7,050lbs - TV's gross CAT scale weight).

NOTE: Your published Tow Rating of 9,500lbs is based on the curb weight of your model F-150 which includes a 150lb driver and all fluids..., but you have to subtract the combined weights of your TV's options, passengers, and cargo from the 9,500lbs to get your actual Tow Rating. Reference: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...uot-Tow-Rating

Here are a couple of "hypothetical" loaded TT weight scenarios for the two Jayco models you mentioned, and I will use an assumed moderate cargo load for a family of 4:

Jay Flight 26RLS

* (6,310lbs UVW) + (250lbs for Ship Weight) + (150lbs Dealer battery, WDH, etc.) + (600lbs TT cargo (no fluids in tanks)) = 7,310lbs Loaded TT Weight

* 13% to 15% of 7,310lbs = 950lbs to 1,097lbs Loaded Tongue Weight

White Hawk 27DSRL

* (5,425lbs UVW) + (250lbs for Ship Weight) + (150lbs Dealer battery, WDH, etc.) + (600lbs TT cargo (no fluids in tanks)) = 6,425lbs Loaded TT Weight

* 13% to 15% of 6,425lbs = 835lbs to 964lbs Loaded Tongue Weight

Also, the 3.55 rear axle is a great highway gear....., but a 3.73 rear axle in most TV's is an ideal towing gear, especially with heavier TT's, hills, and mountains.

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-28-2012, 07:06 PM   #5
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Hello all I am new to the forum and new to the world of owning a TT.

We have been looking at the Jay Flight 26RLS (really want this one) but am torn between that and a White Hawk 27DSRL at the present time. What I keep going back and forth with is my TV, it’s a 2011 F150 4x2 Supercab 5.0 V8 FFV 3.55 145 in Wheel Base, I do have the trailer tow package with the integrated break controller.
Other Truck Specs
GCVW 14900
GVWR 7050
FGAWR 3600
RGAWR 3850
Max Trailer Weight 9500
Hitch is rated up to 1050 TW

Any thoughts, what am I missing? I know I need to take into consideration all the other items (people, luggage, propane tanks filled, etc) I just bought the truck first of the year; TT was an after thought...at this point trying to fit the TT to the TV.

This will be our first TT so I want to make sure to do it right the first time, and be safe!! Will be using this first for staying in while I am working remotely away from home for the next 3-4 months, then we plan on making weekend trips quit often. I have been looking throughout the forum but did not see anyone specifically towing the 26RLS with an F150.

Thanks
Gary
As you can see from my signature I have a similarly equipped F150 the difference being mine is 4WD and has the 3.73 gears. My TT has a loaded weight of weight around 6000lbs. I am sure my TV can handle more weight but i really would not want to pull any more with it. My personal opinion (and it's just an opinion) is go with the lighter weight trailer. I have had mine to the Cat Scale and was within all the limits for my TV, but not by a huge margin. I am pretty sure that another 1000 plus pounds would push me over several ratings. My weight ratings are slightly higher than yours I suppose due to the gearing. Will it pull the heavier weight?? Sure, should you?? your call.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:58 AM   #6
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Well all I really appreciate all the great input, I am going to get this TV beast weighed and then go from there. I am really thinking that at this point going for a lighter unit might be the best approach. I know no matter what we are going to enjoy this venture, just want to make sure that it is safe at the same time. Not sure where a CAT scale is here in my small town, Sumter SC, but I use to work at our local race track and we have a scale there to weigh the cars. Think I will try that first and see what it comes out to be, they have it certified so it should be close.

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Old 07-29-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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Well all I really appreciate all the great input, I am going to get this TV beast weighed and then go from there. I am really thinking that at this point going for a lighter unit might be the best approach. I know no matter what we are going to enjoy this venture, just want to make sure that it is safe at the same time. Not sure where a CAT scale is here in my small town, Sumter SC, but I use to work at our local race track and we have a scale there to weigh the cars. Think I will try that first and see what it comes out to be, they have it certified so it should be close.

Gary
There is a sticky at the top of this forum on how to weigh your TV and TT, you need to do both to get the info you need.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:15 PM   #8
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Gary,

CAT Scale locater: http://catscale.com/

For future reference, here is the JOF "sticky" link on how to weigh a TV/TT combination at a CAT scale: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

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Old 07-31-2012, 12:33 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum jlcamp. There are a TON of great people on here who have a boat load of knowledge and know how....I have spent lots of time on here researching and asking questions and no matter how stupid I think they are, folks on here are super helpful and always seem to remember what it was like to be new at this.

That said, my wife and I just purchased a 2012 26RLS and brought it home this past weekend. We were also torn between the Whitehawks, but for us the layout on the RLS was a better fit. Our TV is a 2010 F-150 Supercrew 4 x 4 with the tow package, 3.73 ratio, 5.4L V8 Triton. We brought it down this weekend from the mountains and although most of it was downhill, there were some uphill stretches where the truck did quite well.

As I was looking for some advice on handling the nerves of towing, some of the best advice I read on these forums is to take it slow, let the morons zip by you and be in a hurry to go nowhere. Didn't quite get it until I actually towed the TT home. The nerves subsided and the more comfortable I got with various speeds, the better the stomach felt. Just took it out tonight to practice backing up and simulating camp ground layouts/scenarios so I don't provide the campers with too funny of a show upon my arrival.

Get the trailer you feel most comfortable in...the moment you set foot in it...you'll know. Then, all the other models you look at, you'll compare it to. That's what happened to us.

It's been a learning experience, just in the last two days....we have done nothing more than local driving and driveway camping looking like ma & pa kettle out in the RV at night watching TV in front of the house....just waiting for the weekend to come and take us away!

Happy Hunting!

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Bob, thanks for the info heading to the CAT scale this week to get TV weighed...about 20 mins from me.... I appreciate everyone's help, we are trying to do this right the first time. I am trying to prevent what happen to my sister and brother in-law 12 years ago, see pictures. This was coming down the mountains on I-77, they were pulling it with a Ford Explorer (not really the best tow vehicle) the trailer just started to push them down the hill started to sway and over they went.

David thanks for the info about your towing experience with the 26RLS...I think that we have made up our mine to play it safe starting out, I am thinking that the trailer is just going to be to big for my TV..but will figure all that out after i get it weighed..right now leaning towards the Whitehawk either the 27DSRL or 26DSRB. The bathroom is causing me a little grief on the 27DSRL....not sure I like the thought of having to walk through it and then there is just not that much cabinet space.

Gary

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