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Old 08-06-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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2016 Jayflight 28 BHBE Elite - towing with an F150

we are looking to purchase this Trailer. We have a Ford F150. our tow limit is 7700 lbs, and the trailer weight is about 6700 with the options.

I'm just wondering if anyone else out there is towing the same and if they notice any issues (is the trailer too heavy for the truck).

Thoughts?

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Old 08-06-2015, 01:56 PM   #2
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The short answer is, yes, I think that's too much trailer for that truck.

That 6700# is the "as shipped" weight. It has a GVWR of 9250#. While you won't likely load that much into it, it's realistic to consider that you may load 700#-1000# of "stuff" in it. That brings your 6700# to 7700#. In other words, your actual towing weight will be considerably more than 6700#. It's also possible that you may end up loading it to 9000#.

Another even bigger issue is your payload. Look at the sticker in the driver door. It will show the available payload. Say the payload is 1600#. Estimate a 7000# trailer with a 13% tongue weight. That's 910#. Subtract that from your payload. You now have 690# left. Sound good? Subtract the weight of all passengers, the weight of the weight distribution hitch (perhaps 100#), and the weight of your "stuff" (bikes, cooler, dog, etc). 690# may not be enough.

I can tell you from personal experience that towing a trailer close to your weight capacities is safe if setup properly, but its a far more comfortable towing experience to have a wiggle room, that is a trailer 15-20% less than the towing capacity of the truck.
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:05 PM   #3
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yes - the ship weight is around 6400 but i called Jayco directly and we added in weight of lp, and the options such as the thermal package and trifold sofa bed, and elite package, and it was around 6800.

our payload is 1582, the tongue weight is 660 our allowance on tongue is fine there - but it will likely be at the upper end of payload and maybe upper end of tow weght (I don't see us putting more than 800 or so lbs on the unit, but you never know).
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:11 PM   #4
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You may be fine. Where do you plan on taking it?
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:58 PM   #5
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About an hour away most weekends. But may take long trips once or twice a year from ohio to Florida for example. Possible trips up to 4 or so hours away a few times a year maybe
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Old 08-06-2015, 03:15 PM   #6
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I can tell you right now, those numbers are too low. Figure 12-15% tongue weight for a comfortable tow. The dry tongue weight is 12% of the dry trailer weight. I would bet you that your tongue weight will be very close to what DocBrown suggested. Its amazing how many things you take with you on trips... bikes, firewood, water, groceries, clothing, bedding, television, games, etc etc.

We bought our 29QBS and had just enough truck to handle it with our Toyota Tundra. That was before we started carrying a water table for the daughter, bikes and a trailer for the kids, firewood because the daughter likes smores, television, diapers, pack and play for the 7 month old, bringing groceries from home, etc etc.

We just traded our Tundra on a 3/4 Ram last week. The Ram handles the extra weight so much better. I would suggest you look at lightweight trailers like the Whitehawk or the expandable line, or you consider a heavier truck. I know its more stress to consider... but its better to know these things BEFORE you start investing money, rather than find out after you have dropped $20K on a trailer and then needing to upgrade your truck. Trust me on that one...
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husband is questioning as we are good on paper - I told him that I have seen a NUMBER of people saying that they bought a upper limit of their capacity trailer, and after towing it for awhile ended up upgrading their truck to make towing easier. he is questioning if those people were average weekenders like we will be, or if they are 6 month out of the year towers. I think it's just the average camper like we are... but maybe you can elaborate on why you traded in for the bigger truck (for us who have not experienced it, it's hard to understand why, if you are within limits, you couldn't keep things status quo?)
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:19 PM   #8
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Ohio Mom,

How about a Whitehawk 28DSBH?

White Hawk 2015 28DSBH

It is nearly the same floor plan but the gross weight is 1700 pounds less on the GVW than the Jayflight. The price is probably higher on the Whitehawk but maybe less than the truck upgrade.

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Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 5,460Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 635Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 7,500Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2,040
its really only about 800 lbs difference on the unloaded weight(Shipped weight). the gross weight is only marginally important because we won't be loading 2000 lbs of stuff into it likely
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Look at the 26BHSW Jayfeather. Similar floor plan with 4815lb unloaded weight and a tongue weight of 580lbs. That would be much more doable with a 1/2 ton.
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