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Old 06-07-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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24fbs real world loaded tongue wt

Anyone have a Jayflight 24 FBS? Wondering what loaded tongue wt runs and how you like this model.

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Old 06-08-2015, 06:59 AM   #2
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That's very subjective and can vary widely by how the TT is loaded. I'm guessing your trying to figure if x vehicle can safely pull it?

It's best to use max weight of the loaded trailer, listed as GVWR and take 12% of that as tongue weight.

What vehicle are you planning to tow with?

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Old 06-08-2015, 08:42 AM   #3
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Anyone have a Jayflight 24 FBS? Wondering what loaded tongue wt runs and how you like this model.
Joe- We bought the 24FBS because the floor plan exactly fit our needs. It works for the 2 of us with an occasional grandkid or two. Ours has all the extras we wanted. It's 27' so it pulls with my F150 easily and is a breeze to back into smaller CG sites. You can sure get one bigger but who spends time inside anyway, unless it's raining?
Good luck on your decision.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:19 AM   #4
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We also have 24FBS. A 2014 model and we also pull it with a F150 Supercrew.

It is a great size for a couple, but I wouldn't recommend it for a family. Pulls easily with a half ton. I agree with everything Jeff said as well.

We have been considering upgrading to a larger unit, but that's only because we may be doing some snowbirding and its a bit small for that.

Below is a link to a post with my mini-review of the trailer after a four month road trip. I hope it helps.

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Old 06-08-2015, 09:25 PM   #5
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Our TV and why we ask

We have a 2014 F 150 crew cab 4x4 FX4 with 3.55. Max tongue wt 1050#, Max load 1520# Max GCWR 15,500 Max Trailer 9600# GVWR 7200#
GRAW 4050# FGAW 3750# P Tires 20" yellow sticker says max load 1147#, called Ford Detroit they say yellow sticker has to be wrong should be twice that, haven't had time to get to dealer to check out.

Been torn between Jayco 27 DSRL when I bought truck and thought it would work hands down, to now maybe a 24 FBS would be better. Also looking at Lance trailers. They have some models that are extra tongue heavy and thus make it difficult to balance within truck specs. I realize if trailer not heavy tongue I can use 12% of max load of trailer but after seeing the Lance 2185 was so heavy tongue wt and also much heavier than sales literature quote it vs real world reports from their forum.

Appreciate all help on these forums, sure don't get much from truck or rv dealers.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:26 PM   #6
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I agree with ykcamom. The FBS is perfect for a couple and a dog, maybe smaller kids. It is a great layout and not too big. I have found that quite a few places have size restrictions, so in our case smaller is better. I was towing it with a yukon before I upgraded with no problems. Your Ford should handle it just fine. I would buy the Jayco over the Lance just for this forum. This site has been invaluable.
Best of luck to you and let us know what you decide

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Old 06-09-2015, 04:19 PM   #7
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I would suggest adding 600-1000# to the "shipped" weight of the TT (found on the TT's yellow sticker). 13%-15% would give you an idea of what tongue weight to expect. For an even clearer picture visit the CAT Scale and get your weights. (The trim line and drive train will affect payload). I seem to recall that the 20" rims lower the payload but I can't say with certainty.
There seems to be quite a few folks towing this TT with the F-150 so it's probably a good combination.
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:04 PM   #8
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24FBS dry hitch weight is 505 LBS. this is calculated from the factory with full 30 lbs. propane tanks.
Unloaded weight of 24 FBS 4655 lbs. No fluids our personal contents.
Cargo capacity 2345.
GVWR 7000 lbs.
We had a 2011 for 3.5 years and loved it.
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Old 06-21-2015, 10:22 PM   #9
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Really like this trailer. Dry weight was 5240 lbs with propane. We've loaded ours at 6000 lbs for a 6 week trip in the Rockies. Loaded tongue was 800 lbs. Perfect couples TT. Towing with an equalizer 10,000 using a Ford Expedition. Towed great over Loveland and Vail passes.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:44 AM   #10
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First off the dealer is wrong and your yellow sticker is right. The FX4 is pretty optioned and with the larger rims your payload will be lower than typical. 1147lbs sounds about right to me. There is no way it will be double that.

Go weigh your truck at a scale and you will know for sure.
7200lbs - actual truck weight = your payload capacity

1520lbs would be your payload if you had the absolute, most basic truck without any options. Carpets, floor mats, stereo (nav), leather (big one), backup camera, running boards, fender flairs, tonneau cover, center console, fog lights, 20" rims.......

It all adds up very quickly.

The Kroc gives good info. I think 6000lbs loaded is very reasonable for this trailer and with careful packing the tongue weight will be around 700 to 800lbs (12-13%). It could creep up to 900 - 1000lbs though if you load it up.

Loaded up you will probably be very close to your max payload but considering the "smaller" size of the trailer and if you keep it light you should be fine. People do tow larger trailers with half tons.

How many people will be travelling in the truck while towing? If it is more than just you and one other person your payload probably won't be enough.

Does anyone know if the FX4 package changes out any suspension components for a better "offroad" experience? I think the leaf springs might also be softer. I know the Raptor's have really low payload as well. Right around 1000lbs.


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