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Old 11-12-2017, 03:07 PM   #1
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Brand new member! Thank you to everyone for their past and future help in getting us into a 2018 Jay Flight SLX 284BHS. Question: 2009 Ford 150 5.4 L with tow package- can I safely tow this TT and feel confidant that I'm not over working the truck?
I have done the numbers and it looks ok, but there's so many variables that I would sure appreciate some of you veterans out there showing me some light in the tunnel.
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Old 11-12-2017, 03:11 PM   #2
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Brand new member! Thank you to everyone for their past and future help in getting us into a 2018 Jay Flight SLX 284BHS. Question: 2009 Ford 150 5.4 L with tow package- can I safely tow this TT and feel confidant that I'm not over working the truck?

I have done the numbers and it looks ok, but there's so many variables that I would sure appreciate some of you veterans out there showing me some light in the tunnel.

Thank you in advance!

Davetheslave


If you post the numbers we can check. I tried towing my 27dsrl with my f150 and found I was 300 lbs over weight. Although I had a 4x4 , a spray in bed liner, two kids, and some personal insulation that all contributed to,the extra weight


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Old 11-12-2017, 05:01 PM   #3
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Not sure what your vehicle is rated at ..... but, it's not all that heavy of a trailer, i'm sure when you look at the numbers, u will be fine.
As for the Jayflight, the Wife n I looked at that model a few weeks back, and really liked it. Tons of storage, tons of room, and the outside kitchen a bonus. Only problem is, when we went out and measured, it would take up to much room in the driveway .... not allowing me to get my "stang" out for a Sunday drive without having to move the trailer. So we have opted for the 26BH Jayflight .... 3 feet shorter, but that was the difference of staying in driveway, or finding a storage area. You are gonna love it!
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The sticker in the door jam will tell you the GVWR. That's the max tow for you truck. Then it's just a matter of the numbers. What is your trailer empty vs trailer GVWR (max). Add the number of people in the truck and approx. cargo and there ya go. After your connected stop at a truck stop that has a scale (several are available). and weigh it twice. The cashier is very familiar and will assist to tell you your max total weight. (CGVWR). Sounds technical but it is just numbers. Do you have air shocks or Timbrens? Just in case?
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:24 PM   #5
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At 6100 lbs the 284BHS seems pretty heavy for an F150. Run the numbers and see if you are within the limits then tow the camper a few times to see if the truck is up to the task. I pulled my 26BH the first season with a 1500 Silverado and found the truck wasn't up to the task...it constantly shifted gears in the rolling hills of Missouri and had to rev high to make power. The 1500 also porpoised greatly and the side winds really pushed it around. I sold the 1500 and bought an older 2500 the next season and never regretted the decision. The 2500 handles so much better, brakes better and has the added power to keep the transmission from constantly hunting for the right gear.
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I have nearly that exact truck right now and while you won't win any races, you should be fine. Get that combination to a cat scale and get your load moved around, and yiur wdh adjusted and you will be good to go.
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The best thing you can do is take your TV/TT combination under loaded conditions (full fuel, passengers, cargo, etc.) and visit your local CAT scale. The CAT scale visit will take all the guess work to of dialing-in your TV/TT setup.

The CAT results will provide you with all your TV/TT loaded weights, confirm WDH size/adjustment, etc..

CAT scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...v-tt-3871.html

You can initially adjust your WDH with the TV fender height method and get yourself in the ballpark, but the CAT will confirm loaded weights and confirm and/or dial-in your WDH adjustment.

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Old 11-13-2017, 12:34 PM   #8
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Thanks for helping!
GVWR is 7100 The TT says it's 6100# I haven't bought the TT yet but I am trying to see if my truck can actually haul it without issues. So I really can't CAT Scale it at this point. I just don't want to buy one that I really like but then find out it won't pull it well.
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Follow this link for all the straight poop on the F-150. Most of the information you're looking for is on page 17.
https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...9RVTTguide.pdf
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Thanks for helping!
GVWR is 7100 The TT says it's 6100# I haven't bought the TT yet but I am trying to see if my truck can actually haul it without issues. So I really can't CAT Scale it at this point. I just don't want to buy one that I really like but then find out it won't pull it well.
As others have said, the cargo capacity of your vehicle is the important number. Typically a yellow sticker on the drivers door jamb will give you that number. Subtract from that the tongue weight of the RV, your hitch, cargo and people. That will tell you if your over weight or not. Figure about 12 - 13% of RV weight as tongue weight.

Than you can verify your numbers once you get your Rv.

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