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Old 03-26-2012, 01:35 AM   #1
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Potential new owner. Need help.

Hello, I'm new to the forum. My wife and I live in Northern British Columbia, Canada and currently own a 2008 Fleetwood E1 PUP. Our TV is a 2011 Grand Cherokee v6 Overland (max tow 5000lbs). We currently have 2 bassett hounds and a little guy on the way who is due mid June. We towed the PUP across Canada last summer and found it to be a bit cramped with the dogs but liveable. We also found the canvas to be a bit of a pain when it was windy as it would flap and keep us awake. This was especially noted when we stayed near the glaciers in Jasper!! So since we're expecting we started thinking about getting into a larger travel trailer so that we would have more room, less set up/tear down, quieter atmosphere with hopefully a better "R" value as we found the PUP was hard to regulate temp at night.

We test towed a 2012 Jayco X213 this past Saturday. We took it to the local scales and confirmed the actual weight (including propane and battery) to be 4300 lbs and our Jeep weight while hitched with us in the Jeep to be 6050 lbs (gross allowable is 6500). So we have some weight to play with and we know from our trip across Canada that we don't pack along much more than approx 300-400 lbs food, dogs and cargo.

The trailer towed surprisingly well with the aid of a WDH but the Jeep was definately working on hills. We had previously looked at a 2012 Jayco X18D but we like the X213 better due to the lack of canvas and use of interior space.

I'm at the point of signing the dotted line but am really torn between these trailers. The X213 has a great layout and no canvas but the X18D is approx 650 lbs lighter, a couple feet shorter (I have limited parking) and may be easier on my v6 when being towed. The prices are only a few K different so that's not as big a factor at this point. Any input will be greatly appreciated at this point.

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Old 03-26-2012, 04:22 AM   #2
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First off Welcome to the Jayco Forum,

I'm from Prince myself and it has some of the best camping around for northern BC. 15 minutes in any direction and your in the middle of nowhere.

It comes down to what you realy want and what you feel comfortably towing. I don't know much about the X18D but I was looking at the X213 recently and found that to be a great trailer. It felt very cozy yet spacious with room to grow.

It's a tough call..... and I feel your pain just recently going through this delema myself on some different units..

My only advice is to spend some time in both trailers and do the pros and cons.

Hopefully someone else will chime in here and offer some more advice.

Good Luck.
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I'd go with the X123. That 'little guy' due in mid June will appreciate the quietness of the hardwalls during nap time and the comfort of a more even interior temperature that the hardwalls will provide. Plus you get, IMHO, a better use of space. Good luck with your decision and congrats on the new member of your family due in June.
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Hey welcome. Tough call, good luck, let us know both now and in June!
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:57 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I guess I'd like to know whether the weight difference of 650lbs would even be a consideration when towing trailers in the 3-4 thousand lb range. Would I even notice the difference in fuel savings or vehicle strain? Since at highway speeds both trailers being almost the same physical size would have similar wind drag? Thoughts?
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Hey Overlander welcome to the forum

I do not know much detail on the weight ect, I leave that to the DH but I can tell you we were in a similar situation a few months ago when choosing between two TT. The one we preferred came in much closer to ourlimit than the other. What we decided was (since we are empty nesters and retirement has poked its head over the horizon), That this trailer may be the only one we purchase. So we felt we would rather get the trailer that we really wanted, try camping close to home for the next season, and if we find that our tow vehicle is just struggling too much, then we would look into changing that end of it. We also made sure that the TT would be able to carry more weight rather than getting a larger vehicle only to find that our TT could not be loaded up anymore anyways. Now you guys are young and just starting out so you are in a different space. The advice given about spending time in both trailers was also a very good idea. Check things like storage space, window views ect. I know all the guys here on this forum will be able to give you better advice on the weight issues so will leave that for them to dish out. But do let us know what you decide. I have seen others here asking for help on decisions and we never find out.....it's nice to know in the end
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I have a Grand Cherokee with a V8. It's a lousy tow vehicle even with just 3000 lbs of trailer. I predict that you will want a more suitable TV shortly after your purchase of a new trailer.

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What is it about the Cherokee that you don't like and how big of a trailer are you towing? I'm just curious as I'm potentially bumping up from a 16.5' trailer which towed great to a heavier longer unit.
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Hello, I'm new to the forum. My wife and I live in Northern British Columbia, Canada and currently own a 2008 Fleetwood E1 PUP. Our TV is a 2011 Grand Cherokee v6 Overland (max tow 5000lbs). We currently have 2 bassett hounds and a little guy on the way who is due mid June. We towed the PUP across Canada last summer and found it to be a bit cramped with the dogs but liveable. We also found the canvas to be a bit of a pain when it was windy as it would flap and keep us awake. This was especially noted when we stayed near the glaciers in Jasper!! So since we're expecting we started thinking about getting into a larger travel trailer so that we would have more room, less set up/tear down, quieter atmosphere with hopefully a better "R" value as we found the PUP was hard to regulate temp at night.

We test towed a 2012 Jayco X213 this past Saturday. We took it to the local scales and confirmed the actual weight (including propane and battery) to be 4300 lbs and our Jeep weight while hitched with us in the Jeep to be 6050 lbs (gross allowable is 6500). So we have some weight to play with and we know from our trip across Canada that we don't pack along much more than approx 300-400 lbs food, dogs and cargo.

The trailer towed surprisingly well with the aid of a WDH but the Jeep was definately working on hills. We had previously looked at a 2012 Jayco X18D but we like the X213 better due to the lack of canvas and use of interior space.

I'm at the point of signing the dotted line but am really torn between these trailers. The X213 has a great layout and no canvas but the X18D is approx 650 lbs lighter, a couple feet shorter (I have limited parking) and may be easier on my v6 when being towed. The prices are only a few K different so that's not as big a factor at this point. Any input will be greatly appreciated at this point.

Cheers!
I just bought the X213 in Feb 2012 and you are right it is a really nice trailer, I decided that it was time to get away from canvas. Your 5000 lb tow rating capability drops once you start to add passengers and cargo in the TV. I have a Dodge Ram 1500 with the Hemi and it is rated for 8200 lbs so I have a very good comfortable range for towing. That was one of the main criteras for my selection. Since you are at or near to top of your tow rating.....IMHO...I would not do it. I would be weary pulling it up the hills.
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