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Old 01-11-2015, 11:26 AM   #11
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One thing the OP didn't mention was the axle ratio which makes a fairly big difference. I know on our truck with the 3.73s the max towing is 9400lbs, with 4.10s it jumps to 13,000.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:35 PM   #12
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Possible a dumb statement/question here ... but simply adding a diesel engine won't change the various weight limitations. A 3/4 ton is still a 3/4 ton.

I suspect that a diesel, weighing more, would actually raise the TV weight which subtracts from the payload weight. Yes/no?

The only way to legally raise axle weight restrictions requires a larger class of TV?
My 3/4 crewcab 4x4 6.5 box duramax sticker for payload says 2550ibs. So I think it does decrease payload if the gas truck is at 3000. But my tow rating I think it says 17500ibs. Would have to look in the book for exactly the right numbers. Hope that helped
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:33 PM   #13
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That's understandable; a larger engine (gas or diesel, and/or better gearing) is capable of dragging a heavier trailer down the road. The offset to these larger engines is their greater weight - penalizing the cargo weight by an equal amount.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:52 PM   #14
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We just got our Jayco 27.5 RLTS yesterday. Pulling it with a F250, 6.2 gas. It sure seemed to do fine coming home handling the hills on the interstate. Traded in a Jayco 24ft. TT with a UVW of 4800. The fw tag states the UVW as 8000. Just towing our TT to the dealer, and towing the FW back the same route, the FW actually seemed to pull easier, or have less wind resistance than the TT. Might just be me, but it sure seemed to be better, despite the added 3k#
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:32 PM   #15
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RRYMAN, thanks for that report, That is a big jump in weight, but it sounds like your ok with it... Do you have a long bed or a short bed? What FW hitch did you pick and install? I like the 27.5 layout and the one I'd probably go for. What year is your F250? What cab set up? What is your Rear end ratio? We have a Crew Cab Sierra 2500hd 6.5' bed with the gas 6.0 and 373 rear end.... I"m doing alot of reading, research and thinking what our best move will be.. but our Jayco Jay Flight, 26RKS is a really nice unit for us... it's proably about 6500 UVW and in most cases we don't even know it's behind us.
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davidki, Like you, I've been doing a lot of research and reading. This time we hope we did it right. First time, we bought a trailer that our then Trailblazer wasn't capable of pulling, unless you're comfortable with 45mph on the interstates!
Anyway, we had out eye on the Jayco 27.5 for over a year, and our 05 Silverado 5.3 just wasn't going to cut it. So after we gave up on finding a used truck that suited us, we ordered a 2015 F250 Super Duty last September. We got the Super Cab, 6' 10" bed (short bed, but not the REAL short one). We also ordered it with the factory installed 5th wheel/gooseneck prep kit, full trailering/towing equipment, 3.73 gears and the 6 speed tranny, and one size up on wheels. We went with the Lariat package. The wife said she had to have heated leather seats!
Now for the 5th wheel. After talking, researching, looking and all that, I decided against getting an auto sliding 5th wheel, mainly due to the weight and expense.
The only hitches I could find that dropped right into the factory pucks were over $1k. After several emails to Reese, one of the guys suggested I buy an "adapter" that they make that drops into the pucks, then any Reese 5th wheel hitch would fit onto it. I ended up getting the adapter and 16k Reese hitch from Amazon. Both came with free shipping (the hitch came from Dallas and I had it in 4 days). Total for both was under $700. The hitch is light enough to handle getting on and off the truck, and the adapter weighs I think about 55#. It worked great yesterday, I had no trouble turning. However, I was trying to get the unit home and in my driveway before the snow and sleet started, so I didn't do much testing as far as short turning. IF I find that the sharp turning may be a problem, I will probably get a Sidewinder pin box, but I don't think I'll need it.
So, I'm still learning a new truck and camper, but so far I'm liking both.
Hope that helps
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I have a 2014 Chevy Silverado half ton with 6.5 bed 4x4 double cab. it has the 3.42 gearing,trailer package with trailer brake controller, I live in Minnesota and am looking for this unit to use mainly here in minnesota and maybe take down south in the winter for a few months it has the 5.3 engine. Can I pull this Jayco eagle ht 27.5 Rls with this truck. The truck specs show it can handle 9600 lbs.The Jayco yellow sticker says 8350lbs it has the Reese Revolution pin box on it. Thanks
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CloudTeaser there are folks on here that say it will be fine and others say they won't.. If it were me, NO! I would not pull the 27.5 with that truck. In my opinion that trailer is way to heavy on a 1/2 ton truck with the 5.3 engine.

When we were looking we decided not to chance it even with our GMC 2500HD with the 6.0l high output engine, Ours is a 2007 with a 3.73 engine and tow package, it just didn't feel comfortable in my mind.. I know lots of folks will pull a FW at max, not me. 8400 lbs with a 9600 capacity... just not enough of a spread for me..

We decided to keep our TT which is a 2013 26RKS, we just felt the TT fit our needs just fine and with the truck we have I just sleep better at night!

I'm sure, lots of folks say they will... and it's plenty of truck... I'ts just a personal opinion in my mind. ( I'd like to have a 2500 lb buffer to work with).
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I have a 2014 Chevy Silverado half ton with 6.5 bed 4x4 double cab. it has the 3.42 gearing,trailer package with trailer brake controller, I live in Minnesota and am looking for this unit to use mainly here in minnesota and maybe take down south in the winter for a few months it has the 5.3 engine. Can I pull this Jayco eagle ht 27.5 Rls with this truck. The truck specs show it can handle 9600 lbs.The Jayco yellow sticker says 8350lbs it has the Reese Revolution pin box on it. Thanks
I looked at that trailer at a show recently. The problem is the pin weight takes up all the payload and there is no room left (payload wide) for anyone or gear in the truck. They say the "HT" means Half Ton, but it must be a properly setup half ton truck. Chevy doesn't make the "Heavy Half" anymore. If you can fin the F150 with Max Payload and Max Towing, you might be ok. But, with all that said, we passed on that trailer and ended up staying with our TT.
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Old 04-07-2016, 04:44 PM   #20
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Dave - I am in a similar situation with my truck & camper combo. Here are my numbers on paper:

2013 GMC 2500 SLT Crew Cab, 6.0L Gas, 3.73 gears
Max tow is 9400# per the manual (as well as the GMC Trailer Guide; check Google)
Available Payload per door sticker is 2,800#

2016 Jayco 29.5BHDS
Dry weight: 8300#
Max weight: 9950#
Kin Pin weight (empty): #1515

Now, after I factor in the weight of my family, the hitch, misc gear in the truck itself, I estimate I have about 800# of payload left over in the truck, so I'm in OK shape there.

My last camper had about 800# of gear in it fully loaded, so if I go with that my camper weight will come in right around 9100#, 300# shy of my max trailer weight #

So I'm pretty close to maxed out here, which is crazy considering this trailer is "Half Ton Towable" !!

(incidentally I will confirm real world #'s at a scale shortly after I pick up the camper in May)
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