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Old 07-10-2019, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question Towing a travel trailer with Redhawk 22J?

Anyone towed a travel trailer behind their Jayco C? I am looking to occasionally tow a 26-foot, 5K pound travel trailer behind a Redhawk 22J (E450 chassis).

Hitch weight for trailer is 550 pounds.

GCWR and GVWR look ok (22K and 14.5K), and hitch is rated at 7500 towing, 750 tongue weight.

Would use a WDH and anti-sway hitch on trailer, fyi.

And, there's the theoretical versus the actual, so looking for someone who can share "been there done that" :-)
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:16 PM   #2
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Anyone towed a travel trailer behind their Jayco C? I am looking to occasionally tow a 26-foot, 5K pound travel trailer behind a Redhawk 22J (E450 chassis).

Hitch weight for trailer is 550 pounds.

GCWR and GVWR look ok (22K and 14.5K), and hitch is rated at 7500 towing, 750 tongue weight.

Would use a WDH and anti-sway hitch on trailer, fyi.

And, there's the theoretical versus the actual, so looking for someone who can share "been there done that" :-)
I haven't done it, but I've threatened my kids many times that I'll buy a old beat up trailer to pull behind the RV for them to stay in and I can stay in the RV. Unfortunately, they think that would be 'cool' so I can't use that anymore.

I suppose if the numbers add up, you don't drive like a retard, it should work. Although if it was me, I'd keep it a bit shorter then 26'. Add TPMS to the trailer too!
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:45 PM   #3
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Also haven't done it myself, but did run across it a couple of times. In one case I spoke to the owner/driver. It was a smaller 19' travel trailer...single axle I think...he said he barely knew it was behind him and I don't recall him even using a equalizer hitch.

Thing is, a small TT is likely no different than pulling a toy trailer or car trailer and possibly lighter. Can't imagine whey it would be an issue as long as tongue weight and tow capacity were in compliance.

He jokingly referred to it as the "mother in law" apartment.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:31 PM   #4
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I pull a 6k lb Honda Odyssey on a dolly behind my Greyhawk and it works fine. Manages hills decent, larger the incline the more you slow down, but generally can stay 55+ except large long inclines (also depends on how hard you want to push the e450). Just put in a break controller and I'd you'd be good.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:57 PM   #5
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We have a E450 31DS and towed a 5000 lbs race trailer since new.
No issues , maybe the best towing RV we have ever had.
You will need a good Controller and well maintained
trailer brakes.
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Seen it done, but your expected tongue weight is probably way to low. 13 to 15 percent is more realistic. 650 to 750 pounds.

At 11 percent tongue weight you could have serious handling issues.
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At 11 percent tongue weight you could have serious handling issues.
Not if he uses a WDH as stated.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:28 PM   #8
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I've seen a Class A pulling a big long TT on the interstate up in the Kingsport TN area a couple times. Always on the other side of I-26 from me so I can't tell you anymore than what I stated above.
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Towed are 2018 jayflight 154BH behind our Greyhawk 31DS towed great just added brake control unit to the motorhome. Don't overlook if you add a WDH you will possibly overload your trailer axle weight taking weight from your motorhome and adding it to your trailer.
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