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Old 08-27-2012, 06:11 PM   #11
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We have a 26BH, which seems to be a fairly popular model on this site. Grandkids and their mom can stay in the bunks, but for the most part we travel as a couple. The bunks provide a lot of storage space if you travel for an extended period. We considered a TT with a slide, however that generally adds another 800 lbs to the weight. We were pulling with a 4.7 liter Toyota Tundra (7000 tow rating) which was OK but would be tough in the mountains. Our trailer weighs 5500 lbs loaded, 4800 unloaded. Cannot imagine loading it out to 7500 lbs.
Durango with 5.7 Hemi is rated at 7500 lb tow rating according to Trailer Life 2012 Guide. I would't want to pull more than 6000 lbs
with it. You shouldn't have your total of TT and TV weigh much more than 80 to 85% of the Combined Vehicle Weight Rating.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:35 PM   #12
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Don't know what king of truck you have driven in the past but you should give the new ones a try. Like nighthawk96, I have a new Toyota Tundra 4dr., 5.7 liter, with the ultimate tow package. It is as comfortable as it gets and tows my Jayco 26RLS like it wasn't even back there. You can buy this truck for well under the $40,000. you mentioned.

My 26RLS weighs 6300lb. dry so with everything in it I am well into the 7500lb. actual towing range.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:44 PM   #13
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given the tv of choice i would select a trailer 5-5500gvw fiberglass w/aluminum structure (jay feather/select) strictly my own personal opinion...
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:35 PM   #14
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One critical thing, IF there is a slide, when the slide is pulled in will it block access to anything important, for example does it block the refrigerator door from opening, or access to a pantry cabinet. There is nothing worse than being stopped for lunch and you cannot get to your food.

For us, the X23B (hybrid) fit our needs. There was lots of storage, room for the three of use to sleep on the bunk ends when at our destination, which makes the trailer feel much bigger especially with the slideout, but we have enough optional sleeping (dinette & sofa) for a quick overnight, when we are power driving cross country.

I don’t want to scary you form a used TT, just make sure you look it over closely. I would go through the entire unit with a flashlight, and try everything. I would bring an ice pick (awl) and poke at the under belly if it is plywood. I have seen and replaced a few sheets of rotten flooring around the bathroom, water heater locations, and hatches. As 6 yr old rig should be showing some signs of use/wear. I don’t want to scary you form a used TT, just make sure you look it over closely.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:04 PM   #15
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We have a 26BH, which seems to be a fairly popular model on this site. Grandkids and their mom can stay in the bunks, but for the most part we travel as a couple. The bunks provide a lot of storage space if you travel for an extended period. We considered a TT with a slide, however that generally adds another 800 lbs to the weight. We were pulling with a 4.7 liter Toyota Tundra (7000 tow rating) which was OK but would be tough in the mountains. Our trailer weighs 5500 lbs loaded, 4800 unloaded. Cannot imagine loading it out to 7500 lbs.
Durango with 5.7 Hemi is rated at 7500 lb tow rating according to Trailer Life 2012 Guide. I would't want to pull more than 6000 lbs
with it. You shouldn't have your total of TT and TV weigh much more than 80 to 85% of the Combined Vehicle Weight Rating.

I have been pulling my Whitehawk which weighs 5,900 dry with my 4.7 liter tundra with no problem. With the family and all I'm sure I'm over the 6,900 I'm rated for.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:08 AM   #16
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The TT we had before had a deep slide and this slide contained only the U shaped dinette (hated it!). When slide was closed, you had to climb over the dinette to access the rest of the camper. Not good. The Eagle HT has a slide but even closed, we can access the whole camper normally except for bathroom where we have to open slide about 6 inches, easily done and quick.
We too thought about slide vs no slide for weight but since there are just the 2 of us, we decided to put the extra weight in the slide rather than bunks in the back we would not use and wanted a short heavier trailer with a slide rather than a longer same weight trailer for same square footage.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:54 AM   #17
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If you are looking at a 26BH, look at the 25BHS. That 13 feet long X 3 feet slide makes all the difference in the world when inside the camper! In 2011 we had rented another brand's 26bh and thought it was perfect for a family of 4 (as long as we didn't bring the dog or one of our kids's friends along). After renting that one, we went to the Jayco dealer and walked thru Jayco's 26BH. Almost pulled the trigger on the Jayco 26BH until we walked thru the 25BHS. We pulled it 1,300 miles with my '11 (1/2 ton) Suburban this pas summer without an issue.

Also, if you are looking at the $40k range for a TV, you can always buy one that is a year or two old and let someone else take the hit on depreciation.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:59 AM   #18
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Thanks again for your input. As far as how much credence to give to a manufacturer's stated towing capacity, in addition to external factors, climbing steep hills or mountains for example, there is also the matter of what one feels comfortable with. I think I would go by the traditional guideline of staying within 90% of my TV's towing capacity. If I go with the Jeep GC, that would be 6750#.

Right now there is a new development in the process. At the risk of being labeled a heretic, I would like to get your opinion on the Rockwood Ultra Lite series of TT. I was at a local dealer yesterday and I was impressed with what I saw: they were quite attractive and appeared to be well designed, though I have no reference to their quality yet. One model I liked (2604) had two captain's chairs in lieu of the bunk beds we had previously considered. My logic on this is as follows: I can see myself putting these captain's chairs to much better use than I would the bunk beds. Except for day visitors, my wife and I almost always camp alone, so it seems to me that on the rare occasion that we had guests, we could always open the sofa bed for their use. Any takes on this? I would especially like to hear from those of you who have captain's chairs.
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My wife and I camp alone, but after 5 years with a Jayflight 20BH (no slide, no queen bed), we were climbing over each other, in the kitchen, in the bed, in & out of the bathroom. We couldn't take it anymore.

While on our 5th night in Lake George this past July, I started looking on Craigslist for the fun of it, I came across a Jayco Eagle Super Lite 256RKS for sale. So from Lake George I called the seller and we had a long convesation about his trailer. We left the CG a day early just to look at this trailer. Well we now own the Eagle and sold the 20BH all in less than 15 days. This weekend will be the 4th weekend using our Eagle and couldn't be happier. Believe me a slide and a walk-around queen bed can save a marriage and keep you camping.

As far as Jayco vs Rockwood, I've owned both and both were great trailers. We owned our Rockwood for 21 years without a single issue, only replaced the tires.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:47 PM   #20
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The Rockwood series seems to get good reviews over at RVnet. I also agree with the logic of a rear living room floorplan or similar designed more for a couple to be comfortable if it will just be the two of you, instead of a bunkhouse. Jayco also makes a few floorplans with the rear lounger setup. Of course as with any trailer the TV must be capable of handling the hitch weight and the CGVWR.

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FLOORPLAN 27DSRL
Weights
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 5,400
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 610
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 7,500
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2,100
Measurements
Exterior Length 30' 11"
Exterior Width 96"
Exterior Height w/ A/C 128"
Interior Height 78"
Tank Capacities
Fresh Water Capacity (gals) includes water heater 46.2
Gray Waste Water Capacity (gals) 30.5
Black Waste Water Capacity (gals) 30.5
Other
Sleeping Capacity 3-

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FLOORPLAN 26RLS
Weights
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 6,005
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 820
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 8,500
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2,495
Measurements
Exterior Length 30'
Exterior Width 96"
Exterior Height w/ A/C 134"
Interior Height 81"
Tank Capacities
Fresh Water Capacity (gals) includes water heater 86
Gray Waste Water Capacity (gals) 32.5
Black Waste Water Capacity (gals) 32.5
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