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Old 07-27-2016, 03:07 PM   #31
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My rig weighs 18,000 combined with my golf cart in the bed. While you don't need a dually to pull it theres no way an f-150 is a comfortable ride at 70mph towing a 32bhds.
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:56 AM   #32
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We tow our Whitehawk 32dbsh with a 1 ton Chevy van. It does a great job, we get round 9mpg on the East Coast (no real mountains).

I can't imagine towing this beast with less truck.
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Old 08-05-2016, 07:35 PM   #33
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Hi Guys,

I am reviving this thread as it kinda relates to a question I had while reading it.

We are planing on getting a 32BHDS in about 18 months pending DW trying camping in a rental and like it as I expect she will . Currently my truck hitch is rated to a max of 8000 pounds with WDH and a TW of 800 pounds. This is not enough, so at some point of the winter I am going to buy a Curt hitch to replace it, I was looking at the Class 4 with a max rating of 12000/1200 as this is very near the max ratings of my truck. After reading this thread maybe I should get the Class 5 which exceeds my truck ratings and maxes out at 17000/1700. It is about 25 pounds heavier but I am expecting to be near the max gvwr of my truck anyway.

Just for reference my truck is a 2003 6.0 F250 with the camper package, not that the camper package changes the GVWR for this truck even with much beefier suspension. I am sure the truck can handle the trailer, I am not worried about that just making sure I get the right hitch for the job.

Thank you all for your input and time.

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Hi to you. Welcome to the forum and happy trailer shopping.

The 2017 32BHDS on the Jayco site shows a Gross Weight of 9,975lbs and 0.15 of that is ~1,000lbs.

So, from what you provided, the Class 4 would be fine. I'd be fine with that if it was my truck, but that's me. I'm sure you'll hear from others very soon.

EDIT: Oops! Tongue weight ~1,500! Thanks need-a-vacation.
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Welcome and hope the camping experience is a positive one!!!! Tell your wife even if it rains, camping is still better than being at work!!!!

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Hi to you. Welcome to the forum and happy trailer shopping.

The 2017 32BHDS on the Jayco site shows a Gross Weight of 9,975lbs and 0.15 of that is ~1,000lbs.

So, from what you provided, the Class 4 would be fine. I'd be fine with that if it was my truck, but that's me. I'm sure you'll hear from others very soon.
I have to disagree with old man on his math and suggestion that the class 4 hitch is enough. At almost 10k lbs gvwr, a 15% tw would be ~1500lbs, not 1000lbs.....

With a "brochure" tw of ~950lbs, you are over ~1100lbs once the 2-30lb full propane tanks and a battery are on the tongue. Add a fair amount to the front pass through storage, haul a fair amount or water (or full tanks), and you are way over the 1200lb class 4 hitch rating.

While I haven't gotten any updated weights yet since I posted on the first page (post #3), I still stand by what I posted then. Hopefully if time allows I will get some updated trailer weights tmrw on our way north. If I do I will try to post the updated weights when I get a chance.
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While I haven't gotten any updated weights yet since I posted on the first page (post #3), I still stand by what I posted then. Hopefully if time allows I will get some updated trailer weights tmrw on our way north. If I do I will try to post the updated weights when I get a chance.
I've seen TW on mine approach 1600 pounds before. I've since put the trailer on a "diet," and now a adays my pickup body only carries three bikes.

But 1600 pounds TW on the 32 BHDS is easily accomplished with full tanks and full pass through. The distance from the tandems to the tounge is quite a long distance on the 32!
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Welcome and hope the camping experience is a positive one!!!! Tell your wife even if it rains, camping is still better than being at work!!!!
She stopped working when DS was born she is going back to work this month. Somehow she actually enjoys working, that I can't understand.

This is good information on the weights, I would prefer to be on the too much side than the too little side. Reading the responses I am leaning towards the Class 5.

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Our tw is routinely around 1300 lbs. the only outside storage is all the way across the front so the TW adds up fast.


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Being a newbe with my first TT, I looked into what I thought would be comfortable for the Truck I own because it's paid for... (2008 Tundra CrewMax, 5.7, tow rating 10,300, 52,000 miles)...I went with the Whitehawk 24RKS. 5400 dry, 6400 loaded. Did a little 2 hour, 3 day shake down, went fine. Then did a 2,000+Mile, 5 day run, through great roads, horrible roads, under construction roads, 6% upgrades, and 6% downgrades, don't forget thunderstorms. Much of which was 100 degrees or more. This is all new to me, so it was a white knuckle event, but upon reflecting back it really went fine. Never let my Truck go above 3,000-3,500 RPM, and worked with what I had. Not really comfortable with towing, but used common sense to give a little breathing room. The 24RKS is great for my wife, me and two dogs, but honestly a few more is fine too.

Don't want to purchase a new TV, buy what you can tow with what you have. On our long trip, saw way too many folks that were way overloaded.
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