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Old 02-23-2014, 07:14 PM   #31
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I picked my 2014 23.5 rbs in early October. Picked in Indiana and hauled back to NY. 2012 F150 with 302 engine and 3.55 rear end. I liked the way it pulled, Im not in a hurry when hauling it. But can haul at 70 mph. Get about 12 mpg. Just me and wife so we havent overloaded it. Used it 3 times before storing it for winter. Cant wait for spring!
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:48 PM   #32
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We are going on our 3rd year with our 23.5. It is a great unit but this year will be a test for space because we added a baby boy to our family last fall and we have a teenage girl also. Wife already wants to trade for a bigger trailer but I think it will be just fine.

We have a 2006 for a TV and it does just fine here in Mn, not too many hills to climb. Best we got was a little 11.5 mpg but the worst was around 6. That was traveling on an Interstate the day we picked it up. Had a 35 - 40 mph headwind to fight the whole way home.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:07 AM   #33
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What rating of tires are you guys using when pulling this trailer with your half ton's? I'm pulling a 23.5 with a toyota tundra that came with standard p rated tires. I do up the air to 45 psi when towing and haven't had any issues but need a new set and am considering going with an e rated tire. I guess the trade off is a stiffer ride when not towing.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:20 PM   #34
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I have C rated truck tires that are rated for 2500 lbs each when inflated to 50 PSI. I don't see any reason to go with a heavier tire on a half ton with the lighter pin weight.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:17 PM   #35
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I have C rated truck tires that are rated for 2500 lbs each when inflated to 50 PSI. I don't see any reason to go with a heavier tire on a half ton with the lighter pin weight.
Sounds about right using C rated. What tires are you using, i've looked and mostly see E or P rated. Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:23 PM   #36
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Sounds about right using C rated. What tires are you using, i've looked and mostly see E or P rated. Thanks.
BF Goddrich AT T/A KO's. They are a little noisy on the highway but work great off road and for pulling my fish house in the winter.
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:22 PM   #37
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I noticed on the newer HT's that Jayco has added small shelves on both sides of the queen bed. I have tried contacting a dealer to see if these shelves are available to add to the older models, but haven't gotten an aswer yet. Has anybody been added these shelves to your HT?
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:33 AM   #38
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I noticed on the newer HT's that Jayco has added small shelves on both sides of the queen bed. I have tried contacting a dealer to see if these shelves are available to add to the older models, but haven't gotten an aswer yet. Has anybody been added these shelves to your HT?
I added one to each side of the bed. I made them using 3/4" pine and applied a trim piece to the outside edge so items would not slide off then painted to match, as close as possible, to the surrounding laminate. I would post a picture but I got it in the shop right now (adjusting the slide mechanism).
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:13 PM   #39
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We are taking delivery of a 26.5 RLS Monday. Upon further research, our TV is a 09 RAM 1500 Hemi 4x4 with 20" wheels and 3.55 gears with a tow rating of 6800 lbs. I'm afraid the suspension will not handle it. I have not had the hitch installed, so we are having it pulled to our seasonal site. Our TV towed our Jayflight 22FB beautifully, but we have never towed a 5er before. Personally, I'd like to wait having the hitch installed in a diesel than risk damaging our truck and pushing it to the limit. We've only had our Ram a year. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:53 PM   #40
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I would suggest putting on a set of Timbren suspension helpers on the rear end. That will make your truck sit level with the 5er hooked up, and it will handle much better as well. I installed them on my 97 half ton ram, and it made a huge difference. I was pulling a 29 foot 5er much heavier than the 26.5, and I didn't have any issues. I only towed within an hours drive, just took it easy at 55. I upgraded to an 08 Ram 2500 Hemi this year, and also installed Timbrens on it. With my new trailer I don't know if I'll need them or not, but they are a great product. I think your truck will handle that 5er just fine. It's not a matter of if it can pull it, it's a matter of the payload as you mentioned earlier. You are over manufacturers towing capacity yes, but still well within reasonable limits. A big part of towing to me is the person behind the wheel. Take it easy on the vehicle, easy starting and stopping and what not, and lower cruising speeds. I wouldn't hesitate to put that fifth wheel hitch in your truck. Hope this helps.
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