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Old 02-16-2016, 04:43 PM   #1
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Considering a Jayco 28bhbe

Hey all. Me and the family had a large tree "claim" our last trailer a few weeks ago😩 So we are looking at a Jayco jay flight 28 bhbe. I would be towing it with a 2015 Silverado double cab. 9200# tow cap and 1750 payload. I use the an equalizer WD hitch as well. I know the trailer is on the heavy side so I am wondering if any of you tow yours with a 1500/150 series?What has your experience? Also the tongue weight is only 650#? My last trailer was lighter but heavier tongue weight. Just want to be sure before I commit to it. Love the the layout and the big shower, I am a big guy lol, and hope to make this work safely. Any info would welcomed! Thanks
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:56 PM   #2
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I towed this camper with a F150. Actual tongue weight from multiple weigh-ins from CAT scale and a sherline scale ranged from 900-1100 lbs depending on how I was loaded.

I used an equalizer WDH.

It's dooable. I was not always comfortable towing with this pick up. Semi's and big trucks would push/pull me around on the highway. I was searching for mods to improve the towing. I tried Roadmaster Active Suspension. There was no significant change with that (except my springs would squeak unlaoded). I was going to try LT tires and air bags next. Then changed trucks.

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Old 02-16-2016, 05:07 PM   #3
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I have the Eagle version of that same trailer. It's basically the same and similar weight. Just got back from a 2000 mile drive with it.

Honestly, while you might be able to squeeze it into the towing specs of your truck, I would feel uncomfortable doing so. Your main concern by spec will be payload, assuming you have kids, but you and everyone riding with you and your stuff in the truck weight less than 700 lbs, you're probably ok there.

But even in my 3/4 ton truck and my fancy pro-pride hitch, I can feel the pull when semi's go by and it can feel somewhat dicey when you get broadside winds. I'd probably be driving a slow 45 MPH down the highway if I were towing with a 1500 in similar conditions.

I've heard a lot of guys doing it, so yes, it can be done. Whether it's advisable or not is up to you, but I certainly wouldn't do it given a choice.
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:29 PM   #4
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LT tires are a must, I tow with basically the same truck, adjust the WDH to keep the tongue weight below 1000# and you'll be fine for short trips and occasional long ones.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:00 PM   #5
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Slick I was towing a similar trailer with a 1500 last year. A 29 qbs with a Silverado 5.3. I was definitely underpowered going up hill, almost all my towing was flat ground and with the blue ox and stable loads attached it did pretty well. I towed in some huge wind and never had any big movement. I believe my hitch weight was also rated around 650 but it was always over 1000. I was always over on my rear axle weight. I was not comfortable putting my family in the truck when I knew I was so close (or over) max weights. So.......new truck. If you do get it I strongly suggest you put on stable loads, I much preferred them to air bags.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:14 PM   #6
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So my other trailer was an Aspen Trail 28bhs. We bought it in August and did a few trips around New England. The truck did pretty well I guess. It could be a handful but keep in me I jumped from never owning a trailer to a hulk of one! Lol. I see a lot of people went to CAT scales and such but I don't have that luxury since I don't own the Jayco yet. Nervous to get in over my head but we really like this Trailer.
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I have the crew cab version of his truck, which must have a 3.42 rear axle given the tow rating he stated. The GAW for both front and rear axles is 3900#, as long as he has WDH setup properly and is under 1000# tongue weight he will be within the rating of his truck. My tongue weight for the same trailer with, essentially, the same truck is just below 800# using a Blue Ox hitch with 1000# bars (7 links showing). This leaves me with 950# of payload.

The 2014+ 5.3 is a different engine, same displacement, but more torque and a broader torque curve. I have had the opposite experience, good power going up grades, the worst I have done is a 12% grade for about 1km and RPMs were under 4k. My only issue with a 1500 towing the 28BHBE is crosswinds, it is basically a 28' long 12' high sail in the wind.

He already has the truck, it can definitely tow the trailer, it is prudent for him to see how comfortable he is towing with his current TV before he starts spending more money or goes into more debt. That's just my opinion, of course, but I do have the same truck and trailer.

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Slick I was towing a similar trailer with a 1500 last year. A 29 qbs with a Silverado 5.3. I was definitely underpowered going up hill, almost all my towing was flat ground and with the blue ox and stable loads attached it did pretty well. I towed in some huge wind and never had any big movement. I believe my hitch weight was also rated around 650 but it was always over 1000. I was always over on my rear axle weight. I was not comfortable putting my family in the truck when I knew I was so close (or over) max weights. So.......new truck. If you do get it I strongly suggest you put on stable loads, I much preferred them to air bags.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:04 PM   #8
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Motorbreath what is your rear axle weight empty? My truck was 2706lbs on the rear axles empty. That leaves 1200 lbs before putting any people, trailer, anything you want to haul in your box. Front axel too for that mater, GVWR is going to be maxed out for sure! That's a choice we all have to make on our own but if you break down the numbers it's to much trailer for that truck.
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I think it is about 2550#, not sure if I had a full tank of gas when I was on the scale, my front axle weight was 3020#. My understanding is that if you adjust your WDH properly the tongue weight is partially redistributed from the rear axle to the front axle. Really, the axle to worry about overloading is the front axle.

I do not put any substantial cargo in the bed of the truck when towing, just the basic tools I need in case I get a flat and some other conveniences, ~50-75#. My weight (275#) plus my wife and children are under 500#. Almost all cargo goes into the trailer, which has a payload capacity of >2500#.

I am going to spend some more time at the scale in April with a full tank of gas to confirm my weights from last year, but I am quite sure we at 80% or less of the truck's capacities all-around. It is important to note that most 1500s don't have payloads as high as GM's 5.3 and 6.2 V8 1500s with the 3.42 and 3.73 axles, especially the newer RAMs.

I tow the travel trailer about 5%, my car hauler another 5%, and 90% of the time I am either unloaded or lightly loaded. I am quite happy with the truck and trailer combo so far, even drove to Maine and back with it last summer without any significant drama.

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Motorbreath what is your rear axle weight empty? My truck was 2706lbs on the rear axles empty. That leaves 1200 lbs before putting any people, trailer, anything you want to haul in your box.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:56 PM   #10
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My truck was 3366lbs front axle 2706 rear axle with a GVWR of 7000lbs. That was with a full tank of gas but just myself in the cab. That left under 1000lbs for tongue weight, wife kids and dog. Not possible. Sounds like your trucks weight significantly less then the 2009's did so maybe it is possible to be within the weight limit but I'd be very surprised if you where less then 80% of the limit.
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