Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-12-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 4
Jayflight 26 RLS: Real life weights

My wife and I will soon become full timers! We are considering a 26 RLS because we love: the floor plan, the aluminum siding- (delam anxiety), 2 yr warranty and the length (could actually be shorter). My concern is the weight and thus 1/2 ton tow-ability. The Jayco website lists the dry weight of the 26RLS at 6000lbs and a Tongue Weight of 820 lbs. I would like to tow it with a new Tundra 1/2 ton pickup that has roughly a 1300-1400 lb payload capacity and close to 10,000 lb tow capacity. I don't plan on towing with much in the tanks. I would like to hear from those who have a 26 RLS and I have the following questions.
1. What are you real life tongue and dry weights?
2. Do you tow your 26 RLS with a 1/2 ton pick up? Do you wish you had a 3/4 ton pick up?
3. Are you pleased with the 26 RLS?
Thanks in advance,
Ambrose
__________________

Ambrose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2013, 04:38 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
David472's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SW Ontario
Posts: 1,393
Hi Ambrose,

Our 2013 model 26RLS has the following weights;

Ship weight (yellow sticker): 6810 lbs
Loaded for camping (no water): 7240 lbs
Tongue weight ready to camp (no water): 1080 lbs
These weights are actual CAT scale weights.

We tow with a GMC 2500 HD with 6.0L gas engine and 3:73 rear end. Just got back from New Hampshire White Mountains, and the truck handled the 6% grades very well. I'm glad I have the 3/4 ton instead of a 1/2 ton. Much more sure footed. Previously had a 1500 Chev pulling a 22FB (weight 5600 lbs). That was enough TT for the 1/2 ton. I say this because towing in bad and windy weather is the kicker for the TV.

We love the 26RLS, and very glad we traded up.

BTW, our mpg towing is essentially the same mpg we had got with the 1/2 ton towing the 22FB.
__________________

__________________
Jayco Eagle 31.5RLDS
GMC Sierra 2500 HD
David472 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 4
Hey David474- thanks for your reply- very helpful. Wow! the wts go up in the real world don't they? I suspected the 26RLS could overwhelm a 1/2 ton- I don't want to be in the margins towing. I have been considering a GMC 2500 gasser. What kind of mpgs are you getting? BTW I grew up camping in the White Mtns of NH- ever been to Dolly Copp Campgrd in the Nat'l Forest?
Ambrose
Ambrose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2013, 06:17 PM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Rustic Eagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7,371
David,

Great loaded weight information on the 26RLS! As you noted, the 1,080lb loaded tongue weight would utilize a lot of a 1/2 ton's payload capacity..., possibly more if one towed with fluid in the tanks. It still amazes how much of a weight delta there is between published UVW's and actual "ship weights".

Ambrose,

The following JOF link you may find helpful when looking at TV Payload Capacities and Tow Ratings: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...uot-Tow-Rating

Bob
__________________

2016 GM 2500HD 6.0L/4.10
2018 Jay Flight 24RBS
2005 Jayco Eagle 278FBS (retired)
1999 Jayco Eagle 246FB (retired)
Reese HP Dual Cam (integrated sway control)
Rustic Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2013, 06:25 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
LongIslandCamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 832
Jayflight 26 RLS: Real life weights

We have a 2013 26rls with every single option with the exception of the power stabilizer jacks. Our sticker weight comes in at just over 6,800. I can't remember exactly but it's right there. I have no idea of the tongue or actual weight when loaded but I would assume around 7,300 lbs.

We tow with a brand new Ram 1500 with the max towing package of just over 10,000.

Everything looks and feels great when towing. You honestly don't even know its back there. We don't put much cargo in truck. Maybe two chairs and some assorted items probably all under 50 lbs combined.
__________________
2013 Jayco Jay Flight 26RLS - 2013 1500 Ram Big Horn
2013 Jayco White Hawk 28DSBH - 2010 V8 Tundra

2012 Jayco X17Z SOLD!:Beerchug:
LongIslandCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2013, 09:14 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
David472's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SW Ontario
Posts: 1,393
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ambrose View Post
Hey David474- thanks for your reply- very helpful. Wow! the wts go up in the real world don't they? I suspected the 26RLS could overwhelm a 1/2 ton- I don't want to be in the margins towing. I have been considering a GMC 2500 gasser. What kind of mpgs are you getting? BTW I grew up camping in the White Mtns of NH- ever been to Dolly Copp Campgrd in the Nat'l Forest?
Ambrose
I'm getting 9.5 mpg towing. The worst I've seen is 9.0 mpg into a 30 mph headwind. These are hand calculated.
We were in a KOA at Woodstock, NH near Franconia Notch State Park and had planned to go to Twin Mountain KOA, but had to leave early due to a family emergency. We will have to go back again to climb Mount Washington.
__________________
Jayco Eagle 31.5RLDS
GMC Sierra 2500 HD
David472 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2013, 10:56 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 55
I picked up a 2014 White Hawk 28dsbh yesterday with a sticker number of 5,973 lbs and towed it home with my 2012 5.7 Tundra CM with tow. I wouldn't want to tow anything heavier with that truck once the camper gets loaded. I have a 4 pt equalizer and had no sway, no bounce, and no squat. The truck did an admirable job with that load, but I have read others towing campers that heavy, or heavier, with a Tundra say that the truck tows it like it isn't even back there. That's BS. Our tow home was almost exactly 100 miles on almost perfectly flat roads (mostly on I 95 in VA south of Richmond to Fredericksburg). If you're full timing, I'm assuming that it will be loaded up pretty well. Also, if you have a new Tundra, you more than likely do not have close to 10,000 tow capacity. Toyota was the first manufacturer to adopt the new towing standards and they reduced their towing capacities substantially. My '12 CM 5.7 4x4 with tow package is rated at 8,300 lbs. I have seen that the '13 has been increased slightly. Regardless, the payload rating of less than 1,400 lbs severely restricts you, and, although I really love my truck, I would not recommend that TV for a full timing rig with a trailer that has an advertised dry hitch weight of 820 lbs.
mrp116 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2013, 05:59 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
David472's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SW Ontario
Posts: 1,393
Quote:
Originally Posted by David472 View Post
I'm getting 9.5 mpg towing. The worst I've seen is 9.0 mpg into a 30 mph headwind. These are hand calculated.
We were in a KOA at Woodstock, NH near Franconia Notch State Park and had planned to go to Twin Mountain KOA, but had to leave early due to a family emergency. We will have to go back again to climb Mount Washington.
I should clarify, these mpg figures are miles per US gallon, not Imperial gallon, which Canadians use.
__________________
Jayco Eagle 31.5RLDS
GMC Sierra 2500 HD
David472 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2013, 12:04 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southeastern Ohio
Posts: 102
I will go the other way than mrp116.

We have the 4dr., 5.7L Tundra. 6 speed, 381hp, full tow pkg. Our 26RLS stickers at I believe 6300/lbs. and we use a EZ lift hitch. Just got back from our 5th trip with it the week after Memorial day. Truck bed had 5gal. of spare gas, a Honda E2000 generator, numerous leveling boards, a fold up table, and 4 chairs.

We traveled from southern Ohio, to Charleston, WV., and then into Lexington, KY. No steep, steep hills but plenty of long grade hills all along the way. (300 hundred miles) No problems whatsoever, and I am running the original P rates Michelins on the Tundra. Continual 62/63mph. 9.7MPG.

We had a steady tail/side wind on the way home and only once or twice did I feel the least bit uncomfortable. The TT pulled great and the Tundra was excellent.

The only thing I will change when the time comes is to go to the Michelin MS/2 light truck tires. JMHO

By the way, we love our 26RLS. This is our third RV and it is the best yet. Hope it stays that way.
__________________
2011 Tundra 5.7L Double Cab
2013 Jayco 26RLS
Kevin21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2013, 03:41 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 4
Thanks for all your replies- very helpful on all my questions. As full timers we could probably use the extra payload capacity of a 3/4 ton. Looks like towing mpg between the Tundra and the 2500HD are very similar though. I have debated diesel vs gas but have pretty much decided on gas because of the increased diesel costs up front and with maintenance. Also I can do the maintenance on a gas truck. I guess when the time comes to buy the truck it may boil down to who is offering the best deal/warranty. For warranty purposes we want a new trailer and truck to avoid costly repairs on the road. After a few yrs of full timing we anticipate settling down again and selling the rig so resale is somewhat important. I have one more question. When we looked at the Jayco 26 RLS at our local dealer the salesman spontaneously said: "Oh sure you can the trailer cheaper at a place like RV direct but you won't get the Jayco warranty coverage." Is that true?
Thanks Ambrose
__________________

Ambrose is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:38 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.