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Old 04-16-2015, 10:45 PM   #1
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Getting 2015 264BHW

Well, we finally settled on a 2015 264BHW. We're trading in our Fleetwood E3 pop up (I'm very sad to see it go) for this trailer because we have a newborn and my wife says this will be more comfy for her and the baby.

We should take delivery next week. I think we did pretty decent on the price. $12,900 out the door.

My TV is a 2002 Yukon XL with 8.1 V8 (the 3/4 ton model) with AutoRide suspension. While only a pop up, the E3 slid across the scales at 4,933lbs when I had the trailer (dry) but with firewood, generator and other odds and ends up on the cargo deck. I didn't use an anti-sway hitch and never felt like it needed one.

Will I be able to atleast make the 2hour trip home from the dealership without the hitch in order to "test" it out?

Thoughts??
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Old 04-17-2015, 06:45 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new trailer! That is a very popular floor plan and a big step up from a pop-up. That E3 is a heavy beast by the sounds of things! This new trailer of yours will weigh roughly the same empty, but you will notice the increased wind drag while towing at speed. You also got a very good deal as well.

Your vehicle will handle this trailer just fine but I would highly discourage you from towing without a proper weight distributing hitch and some sort of sway control. If you get into a windy situation or passed by semi's you will be white knuckling the wheel and putting your family in danger.

For the good deal that you got and the money you saved, put it into a good hitch. It will be all the difference in the enjoyment you get out of your new purchase while in transit. I would recommend the Fastway E2, Equalizer E4, Husky Centreline, Reese Dual Cam, just to name a few.
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:10 PM   #3
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What axles are under the 264bhw? I assume they're dexter axles. The description says "EZ Lube" and I know they're tandem. I'm asking because I want to make sure I can get the leafs swapped to over top of the axle.
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:44 PM   #4
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You may have different results but I'm towing a 27BH with a 1/2 ton Tundra 4.6 w/ tow pkg. It is a pretty beefy frame truck in my opinion (many of the new ones all seem better) and I don't use a stabilizer or a WDH, I just load it equally front and back of trailer and it rides nearly perfect. THey are big empty boxes and wind affects them, but I haven't had any white knuckle experiences at 70mph on busy I-10 with semi's going past. Of course your tow vehicle may have shorter wheelbase and behave differently, but for the purpose of getting it home you'll likely be OK. I'd get dealer to estimate the height of the ball you need as you may need a drop hitch or flip it for the up of a inch or three.

Sounds like a great deal - wow. I got a used one with missing things I had to buy and paid $5k. Its still not totally all there, but usable. Make sure you know how all the stuff works - that's been a learning process for me
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:47 PM   #5
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Oh yea and get a trailer brake controller if you don't have one yet.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:35 PM   #6
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Dirkdaddy how much does that 27bh weigh?
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Old 04-18-2015, 11:26 PM   #7
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Jayco info says about 5000lbs.
2006 Jay Flight | Jayco, Inc.

Being my first TT, I was pretty impressed at how easily it towed. I was thinking it would be a dog, I am a tent camper normally and a friend had told me how her old Tahoe would not go over like 60 with their old toy hauler before they got a Duramax pickup (now they don't feel it LOL). I have to drive more like grampa, but I'm towing a 27' TT, its only being safe to slow it down and be conservative. I will say the little v8 Tundra (most use the 5.7) avoids the top gear most of the time and downshifts more than I would like, but it does the job. FWIW, the truck did have a rear sway bar on it when I got the trailer, and I've heard that helps too, but the trailer being longer than what I'm used to and the truck having a strong hitch setup seems to work well for stability.
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Old 04-18-2015, 11:41 PM   #8
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I don't want to sound like I'm preaching cause I'm very close to my max numbers with my current TV and tt but one thing I didn't know before I bought my trailer was that my hitch is only rated for 5000lbs without a wdh. I've always towed a dump trailer without and didn't realize. Just some food for thought.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:00 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the responses. You know what they say about assuming, but I would hope that a vehicle with a factory advertised tow rating of 13,000 lbs would be able to safely pull a 5,000 lb trailer.

Anyone with any thoughts on the axle flip?
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:11 AM   #10
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I have not even thought about axle flip, what would the benefits of such be???

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