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Old 11-27-2013, 04:59 PM   #11
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I've towed the 23.5 eagle ht Jayco for two years with my 2008 Toyota Tundra. Tows easy and the hitch weight of just under 1200 lbs. doesn't seem to be an issue. I know it's a smaller trailer but it's just me and my 14 yr. old Golden .... oh yeah the wife comes along as well.

This is the 2014model. http://www.jayco.com/products/fifth-...oorplans-specs
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:54 PM   #12
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My concern with ability to stop quickly and safely, as previously stated, was in an emergency situation. Such as, if your trailer brakes suddenly fail, for some reason, like becoming disconnected, or a wire shorts. In that case, could you come to a reasonably quick stop with a 1/2 ton pulling your 5er ? From actual testing on a deserted road, my TV has brakes enough to bring my 11,000 lb 5er to a complete stop, without trailer brakes connected, from 40 mph, in about 4 lengths of the rig. A 1/2 ton would be pushed a lot farther down the road before you could come to a stop. I just prefer to have plenty of margin for safety and control. JMHO
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:43 PM   #13
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I'm sure I could come to just as quick a stop pulling my 6500 lb. 5th wheel as I could while pulling a 6500 lb. travel trailer.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:01 AM   #14
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I personally beileve that the RV manufacturers saw an opening into an avenue leading to more sales. A lot more 1/2 ton trucks out there than 3/4 and 1 ton so they made some 5th wheels that are just under the towing limit, with little or no safety margin. Not much thought (or information) about the pin weight either. So, yea you can but in some instances you probably shouldn't
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:33 PM   #15
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If it were me I would not tow a 5er with a 1/2 ton truck, would not even think about it.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:20 PM   #16
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My concern with ability to stop quickly and safely, as previously stated, was in an emergency situation. Such as, if your trailer brakes suddenly fail, for some reason, like becoming disconnected, or a wire shorts. In that case, could you come to a reasonably quick stop with a 1/2 ton pulling your 5er ? From actual testing on a deserted road, my TV has brakes enough to bring my 11,000 lb 5er to a complete stop, without trailer brakes connected, from 40 mph, in about 4 lengths of the rig. A 1/2 ton would be pushed a lot farther down the road before you could come to a stop. I just prefer to have plenty of margin for safety and control. JMHO
With that theory how would you stop if the tow vehicle brakes failed? Things happen and on the off chance that they do you deal with it the best you can.
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Compare the brake sizes on the modern half tons with the modern 3/4 tons. Very similar. Having towed with a half ton ecoboost f150 and now a cummins diesel 3/4 ton Ram, I can't tell much difference in all in braking. Not saying anyone is right or wrong, but I can tell the brakes in the half tons nowadays are pretty darn good. No way a modern half ton gets pushed much further down the road IMHO.

I replaced the f150 due to the fact that I am going to buy a fifth wheel that is NOT half ton friendly this spring. Just my two cents.
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With that theory how would you stop if the tow vehicle brakes failed? Things happen and on the off chance that they do you deal with it the best you can.
There are several redundant brake systems on your TV that can be used, so the chances of ALL your brakes on the TV failing at the same time are very small. The chances of ALL brakes failing on your 5er, however, only require the failing of a simple electrical contact or wire. IMHO, that is a big difference. Again, each to his/her own, but I would never even consider towing a 5er with a 1/2 ton. The margin of safety is just too small to risk my family's lives.
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We too tow the Eagle HT 23.5 with a half ton. 2010 Ram Quad Cab HEMI
added E rated tires, Timbrens, tow mirrors. Using the Superglide hitch.
The truck tows really well, been in the hills, in the summer heat, the temperature stays well in the range. I was a bit nervous at first about the payload but we've towed it a lot the last 2 summers, long trips and we are very happy with the combo.
I see way bigger being towed by half tons.
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snip.... I see way bigger being towed by half tons.
My money is on that most are towing over their limits and don't know it...., the rest know they are over their limits.

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