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Old 05-18-2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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Owners of Jayco 28bhbe

We just brought home our new 2016 Jayco 28bhbe and are currently towing with Ford F-150 with toe package. Looking to buy new Tow vehicle and curious as to what other 28bhbe owners are towing with. We have big plans for this TT. Ontario to Florida first after a few local trips of course. The current tv was ok, but hoping for a smoother ride.
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Old 05-18-2016, 05:54 PM   #2
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We have a 2013 28BHBE, I towed it with our 2102 F150 S'crew 4x4 5.0 for three years. The payload on the truck was 1625# and we used every bit of it. It was never very comfortable towing it, it always felt like the trailer was driving the truck.

Last year we finally upgraded to a 2015 F250 FX4 crew 6.2 with the camper package and snowplow package, huge difference. Payload is 2775#, the truck barely drops when the trailer is hooked up. It feels much more stable.

Of course, the empty ride on the truck is quite rough because it is so sprung....the price you pay.
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:25 PM   #3
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I'll be towing ours with a 2500 GMC Duramax diesel. We hope to have our new 28BHBE within a few weeks. Not saying that you need a diesel but I bought my truck before buying our first camper.
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:31 PM   #4
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We tow with a Silverado 3500HD 6.0 gasser. Great combo and handles real nice. 3754lb pay load. Climbs the hills just fine. No lack of power at all. We are in B.C. so we do have some good climbs.
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:20 PM   #5
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Welcome and congrats on the new rig!!!

As mentioned, payload can be a challenge towing a 28 BHBE with a 1500/150 truck. A lot of variables come into play, as the total passenger weight, cargo (coolers, bikes, firewood, etc), any accessories added to the truck (truck topper, step bars, bed liner, etc), the wdh, and the tt tw (travel trailer tongue weight) all count toward the payload of the tv (tow vehicle). There is a yellow sticker in the drivers door jamb stating the payload for that particular truck you are looking at.

Considering how far you plan on traveling, and the length of the 28 you may want to consider a longer wheel base like a crew cab standard bed (6.5') and probably a 2500/3500. Gas vs diesel is a tough call!!!

Get a good wdh with integrated sway control if you haven't yet. A Reese Dual Cam, Reese SC, and the Equal-I-Zer 4 way system are all very good.

Good luck deciding!!!
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:15 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone, general consensus seems to buy a 3/4 ton.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:10 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone, general consensus seems to buy a 3/4 ton.
Yeah. You can get by with a half ton, but it is really quite border line. We originally towed ours with a '15 Yukon (half ton), which performed flawless in my opinion, but I recently upgraded my personal vehicle to a 3/4 ton so that is what we will be using from here on out.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:06 PM   #8
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Saw ours today and the yellow sticker said 7201 lbs. A bit more than the listed weight on Jayco's site. That's about 1000 lbs tongue before I add a single item. I know this is due to options but just putting it out there that these are heavy for their size of 33.5'. As a comparison our 2014 264BH at 29' only weighs 4778 lbs. I wouldn't have subjected my 1500 to this weight with the hills I encounter.... It could do it but I wouldn't be able to take the high rpms to get up them... Let us know what you decide...
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:06 PM   #9
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I upgraded last year from a 2011 F150 Supercrew 6.5' bed with an Ecoboost to a 2015 Ram 2500 MegaCab with 6.4 Hemi and 4.10 gearing. Much more stable and handles the load without blinking!!

Moving up will make your towing much less stressful.
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:45 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies, decided on the F 250 for sure. Now to go gas or diesel 🤔
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