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Old 05-20-2014, 06:44 PM   #1
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26bh ?

Now I'm looking at the 26bh over the x213 I like them both but now price is looking nicer on the bh. Wanted the x213 for lighter weight and ease of lugging around and putting in tight spots ? Wondering how you bh owners find towing is and any other info would be useful .
This is my first TT have towed boats that heavy just nothing that bulky ? I have a 14 ram hemi with tow package 3.92. The numbers for towing and weight are all good just wondering how it will do.


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I have the 26BH and will say it tows nicer than our 2007 Jay Feather 232 EXP ultralight. It is much more stable on the road. That is probably due to heavier tires and leaf spring suspension. We LOVE our 26BH! So glad we made the move. As for towing it, power wise, you are good. Your issue will be the payload capacity of your Ram. Look in the "Tow Vehicle" section for my CAT scale weights of my 26BH loaded. You will find the cabinets and the overall feel of the BH to be much more robust than the X213. The light weight camper sacrifice quality of materials for weight. The X213 will still be built well, just not as stout as the 26BH. That and the larger storage tanks are a huge bonus! 90 gallons of fresh will last the wife and I plus our 17 yo son almost a full week and thats washing dishes at least onece a day.
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I saw that earlier but if I tow without water I guess I could store lots in the trailer ? Not that we will put that much there. Food and bev ! Lol the payload is 1350 lb. so tongue weight ,full tank of gas and passengers not much left I guess. Guess I would be pushing it with my quad back there . I just want to get the right TT and not push my truck incase I travel across the country. How does your tundra make out with it on the hills.
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Just sold our 2009 Jayflight 26bh. I have a half ton pick up, never had any problems with towing. I doubt you'll have any problems.

The tight spot think is something to think about. The bh doesn't fit in every driveway, etc. More camping site options as well with a smaller trailer.

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Old 05-21-2014, 12:25 AM   #5
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i just traded in my 2012' x213 for a new 2015' 26bh. (Still waiting to take delivery on the new 26bh. ) I was also gun shy to buy a large trailer as my first trailer and i went for the x213. it is a nice trailer but a few cons about it…rear slide sags after some time and it felt like my head was lower than my feet while sleeping at times, also, if you're camping in cold weather, it gets cold up in the slide under your mattress. small water tanks, small 13" wheels, and not being able to install a second battery are some additional cons on that trailer.
the 26bh is about the same size as the x213 when the rear bed is slid out, and it is not much heavier. in my opinion the 26bh will be a much more comfortable trailer, and its just 5' longer when towing.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:15 AM   #6
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We love our 26BH! We traded in our 2011 19H last year (much earlier than planned) due to the soft floor issue that some of the Jay Feathers are experiencing discussed here

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=15354

We tow with a 2009 Nissan Titan and find we have no issues with towing. Love all the storage space. Because of the floor problems we experienced I don't think I could go back to an ultra light. I am a stick and tin person now LOL.
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2014 V8 specs I found for the Hemi say 395 hp and 407 lbs of torque with 6 and 8 speed transmissions. Given those numbers I'd say it's a great combo to pull 5500-6000 lbs but someone with the newer Hemi may give you a better perspective. My Silverado specs out at 315 hp and 338 torque (4 speed) and I find it a bit anemic when we are loaded for camping.
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We love our 26 BHS, a bit heavier because of the slide. Our 2005 Yukon XL is basically a half ton pick up with a 6 liter V8. We've taken our trailer from Montana to the Grand Canyon no issues. The biggest challenge was going from Montana down to the beaches of Santa Cruz California and then up 8,000 feet from sea level into Sequoia NP. After Sequoia we then went into Yosemite and traversed up and over Tioga pass, 10,000 feet, pulling 8,000 pounds. She did great. Slow and steady and you'll be fine.
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We love our 26 BHS, a bit heavier because of the slide. Our 2005 Yukon XL is basically a half ton pick up with a 6 liter V8. We've taken our trailer from Montana to the Grand Canyon no issues. The biggest challenge was going from Montana down to the beaches of Santa Cruz California and then up 8,000 feet from sea level into Sequoia NP. After Sequoia we then went into Yosemite and traversed up and over Tioga pass, 10,000 feet, pulling 8,000 pounds. She did great. Slow and steady and you'll be fine.
@ BigSky -- Wow tioga pass is quite a road to tow. Driven it several times. It never pulled the TT over it.

We had a 26bh and really enjoyed it. Having a 3rd kid made it a little tight, we could have managed but found a good private party deal on a 29qbh that was for sale locally.

There were some spots that we couldn't get into but not much of an issue. The new trailer at 33' and a large slide is a bigger issue.

We towed our 26bh with a couple of different TV. Both 5.3l v8 3.73 4 speed. The 4 speed was the issue, just didn't have enough gears for mountain travel. The slow mountain speed and high rpm for power caused the transmission to hunt a lot a run a bit hotter than I preferred. On flat land there was no concerns at all, both engine and trans ran sub-200* temp even on 100*+ days.

As the TT accumulated stuff we eventually started to exceed the TV cargo capacity rating when fully loaded. At the end my 26BH tongue weight was just over 800lbs. This combined with a 5 occupants, a dog, firewood and bikes I was ~300 lbs over in cargo...hence the move to a 2500 which ultimately led to the 29QBH.
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Although I do not own a 26bh, I would like to ask a question on the floor arrangement ???

We owned a Sunnybrook 30' 5th that had the couch, bed, TV, table/chairs in about the same location as this 26bh. When we travel, camping along the way there, and then reach our destination. Some times to relax, We like to settle down for an evening of TV. Where the TV is located in this model as in a lot of others, the persons sitting in that sofa, hast to crank their necks to their left for that amount of time in the evening to watch the TV. We both ended up cranking our bodies to the left to sit on the sofa side ways to keep from getting a crick in our necks. It got to be a hassle.

Does this 26bh TV location, bother anyone else, where it is ??? Now we own a much smaller Jayco 19RBS trailer, and the TV is straight in front of the sofa.
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