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Old 06-21-2015, 06:26 PM   #1
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Going to look at a 26bh

Going to look at a 2013 26bh and wondering what I should be looking for. I'm told it's mint and only used one season in a park and only towed to park and back to storage where it is now. They don't have a tv so only had it parked.
Been looking for a while maybe this time will be it ? It is my first TT
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:48 PM   #2
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That is a popular model. Start with standard stuff, wear and tear then go to the important stuff. Leaks, solid floor and walls, etc. then have them operator every single appliance. Check the roof if you can and the under carriage. Also check with rvtrader.com and get a good price comparison.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:31 PM   #3
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We had a 26BH for two years. A good starter trailer, however came to the conclusion that our current floorplan is much better for us.

A trailer with a slide out will provide a lot more space to move around inside.

Have you looked at various models at an RV show or at a dealer with lots of different models?
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:33 PM   #4
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We had a 26BH for two years. A good starter trailer, however came to the conclusion that our current floorplan is much better for us.

A trailer with a slide out will provide a lot more space to move around inside.

Have you looked at various models at an RV show or at a dealer with lots of different models?
Yes have been looking for 2 years. Always come back to this trailer. Just want a place to sleep and out of rain. No more tents and tent trailers. Size is great for us and max I want to tow around. I will give it a look over and update the out come. Any more help is great. Thanks
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:00 AM   #5
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Can I ask what the payload is on your Ram 1500 Sport? If you are looking at a bunkhouse model I am assuming you have a couple kids? 4 people in the truck and 700 to 900 lbs of tongue weight. That trailer might not be an enjoyable tow for you.

Sorry not your original question but important to crunch the numbers before you buy. Many of us here have made that mistake, including me. Make sure your truck is capable of pulling that trailer or you may be upgrading the truck too.

To your original question....

Look at all the walls and ceiling for water damage or delamination (if fiberglass). If you can get on the roof that would be ideal. Any evidence of them caulking means they took care of it and did a needed maintenance item.

Operate all appliances, water pump, faucets, water heater, refrigerator, bathroom fan/vent, lights, microwave.

Ask if any mods or rewiring was done.

Inspect tires. They may need to be replaced if it was sitting for that long.

Good luck. It is a nice floorplan and we almost went with that one but ended up with the 28BHS.

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Old 06-22-2015, 10:05 AM   #6
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Just saw this in another thread....

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i bought my 26BHS and didn't like how my 2013 Silverado 1500 was pulling it. while it was within it's payload/towing range, the truck seemed to struggle. since we are planning a trip through CO/WY/MT and Yellowstone this summer, i knew i wouldn't be comfortable towing with that setup through the mountains. i wanted peace of mind.



i'm GM loyal, the Duramax engine/Allison transmission has a great reputation as a reliable, powerful setup, and my friend happens to be the general manager at our local Chevy dealership, so i got a GREAT price.



i was SHOCKED when i pulled the TT the first time with the 2500HD Duramax. you barely even know it's back there. plus, now i have enough truck to step up to that 5'er in a few years.
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We have two years in our 26BH now and love it. As others have said, check the appliances and the fresh water pump if you can. We didn't have any issues that required a trip for warranty repair
A trailer with a slide would probably be a better option but would easily add 800 lbs of weight over a non side TT which may be too much for your TV.
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Old 06-22-2015, 11:19 AM   #8
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So far our 264BHW (pretty much same size layout of 26BH) and '07 Ram 1500 tow well, but we do have the Equalizer. Interesting when got TT the Equalizer installed at dealer was okay towing, but since I have adjusted the TV to the TT and Equalizer per instructions. Now tows even better. The TV front does not drop down from measured wheel well height and the rear drops 1.5"s but still in the middle of unhooked and hooked up w/o equalization heights.

Also YouTube has a great introduction to 26BH (2012) that I found useful even though not quite same trailers.

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Hey thanks for the heads up on tv info. Truck payload is 1320 LB. Tw of trailer is 500. Should be good. I have Trailer tow package with 3.92. Rated for 10,200 LB towing. And TT is just at 5000. Should be no problem towing and the 8 speed trans should help. I'm at half the towing limit of truck and that's the way I want it. I want to tow it around not drag it.
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Glad to hear. You should be fine with those specs.

The tongue weight will be more than the 500lbs dry weight though. Anywhere from 700 to 900 lbs probably depending on loading habits.

Should move along pretty well with the 3.92 and the 8 speed! Just keep an eye on payload. That is what always limits tow capacity in the half tons.

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