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Old 03-23-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm new to the forum but not to jayco's. My wife and i had a 92 jaycardinal 6 and loved it. We also have 4 kids and decided we need something bigger. My local dealership has a beautiful 2004 jay flight 26.5 bhs. I have a 2007 F-150 4x4. The dealer tells me my truck will handle it, but I would like some other opinions.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to the JOF Mrsir55! I moved your post from the 5th wheel towing thread and made it into your own thread so that perhaps you can get some specific answers to your tt towing questions
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #3
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I cannot help you with either unit directly. But if you contact Ford directly with your vin number, they will give you the towing capacity information, as long as you have not significantly made changes, like change the tire size, suspension setup, etc. Just remember the information Ford gives you is for an empty truck with only an average size person as the driver (no cargo or additional passengers).

You will also need a weight distribution hitch (WDH). There are lots of brands; I would recommend one with anti-sway controls built in.
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IMO there is no way any 2004 5'er was built light enough for a 1/2 ton PU.

I can't find the specific weights in a 04' 26.5BHS, but I found a 2004 Jayco Jayflight brochure that has the weights for a 24.5RBS, it a smaller unit and has a dry pin weight of 1240...I imagine that 26.5 would be comparable if not slightly more. Just looking a Pin Weight vs the F150 cargo carrying capacity I'd estimate you would exceed that right away.

Not a good match.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:39 PM   #5
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I would say no. That 5'er has a dry pin weight of almost 1,200 lbs. I'm not going to guess at what that weight would be when the 5'er is loaded but it would be more then 1,200.

Your 150 could probably tow the 5'er if it were empty and you were the only passenger in the truck. Once you load up the 5'er and you have passengers in your truck you will quickly exceed it's payload rating. You'd have to move up to a 250.

Click here and scroll down to find your 5'er.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:48 PM   #6
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HI we have a 2006 jay flight 29bunkhouse we tow it with a 2008 F150 4x4 extended cab with a towing package definitely get a good weight dis. hitch you will definitely need it. Although I am disappointed in the amount of low torque that the truck has it get the job done for the couple of weeks a year that we enjoy it so check out the towing capacity of your truck and have a great trip
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HI we have a 2006 jay flight 29bunkhouse we tow it with a 2008 F150 4x4 extended cab with a towing package definitely get a good weight dis. hitch you will definitely need it. Although I am disappointed in the amount of low torque that the truck has it get the job done for the couple of weeks a year that we enjoy it so check out the towing capacity of your truck and have a great trip
OP is asking about a 5th Wheel you are talking about a Travel Trailer.
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Get the fact's and figures before trying to " handle it" with your truck. My Little Kubota could " handle it" also, but I wouldn't want to be within 10 miles of it. Larry
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Your dealer is correct in one respect in that the truck "will handle it" however, not very well and not very safely at all IMHO
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Thanks for all the advice. I've learned a lot about gvwr's etc in the last week or so. biggest rv I've towed was as I posted before the cardinal, so this is new to me. I've done short trips with about 7000 lbs behind the truck before but never had a fifth wheel.
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