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Old 03-26-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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thinking of upgrading to a new 26bh. any suggestions/comments

i currently own a 2012' x213 jayco. it is a great little trailer(also very lightweight). i tow with a half-ton. that is the main reason why i bought the x213. however. i do only dry camping, and run out of water real fast and feel cramped sometimes.
i have been thinking lately to trade it in for a new 26bh. 90 gallons fresh water, yet still towable with my 1/2 ton pick-up. (2011' toyota tundra crewman 5.7l)

any 26bh owners out there with any suggestions or comments about their own personal experience. also, how does it tow if you also tow with a half ton tv?

i'm still not sure if i should hang onto my x213 or trade up?
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:02 AM   #2
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You can solve a water problem with a 100 gal water bladder that stays in your truck bed. Deep down inside you really want that new trailer don't you?
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:05 AM   #3
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I tow mine with an Expedition. In 2003 they called it a 27bhs though. It tows great, nice and smooth and tracks nicely behind the TV. We love the floorplan with the larger bottom bunk and we use the top bunk for storage of games, towels, dirty clothes, whatever we feel like. It's our first TT and I specifically wanted no slides due to weight and concerns about leaks since we bought used. It's been an amazing trailer for us. We have the bigger, 15K a/c and all the electric ignition appliances and the outdoor grill hook-ups.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:52 AM   #4
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I towed by 26BH with a 1500 Yukon XL 5.3L. It does fine in most situations. We live in an area with hills/mountains, so I just upgraded my tow vehicle to a 3500 duramax (also want to get a bigger trailer in the next few years). If you don't have that many hills/grades, a 1500 would be fine for the 26BH.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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I bought, and will be taking delivery on a 2012 26 bh for similar reasons, no slides, light weight, lot of fresh water on board. We boondock a lot and plan on keeping it. My kids will go away someday, I hope... My tv is an 09 1500 suburban. I bought the cipa mirrors but I am not sure they will be needed. We just sold our wrangler towable pup that we towed to vermont and back at 18 -20 mpg though I am sure the mileage will be less with the tt...
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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Love my 26bh. Tows very very nice and is a good value for what you get IMHO. You can expect around 10mpg. I have the mirrors mentioned above as well and while I could probably go without them....they sure are a nice add on.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:24 PM   #7
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We love ours and have 0 problems towing.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:05 PM   #8
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I dont have the TT you are talking about but I do have a 2007 Tundra. The specs may be different for your year tundras towing capacity. My tow capacity is 10,400 and Max of vehicle, people TT fully loaded is 16,000#. I weigh in at 15545 for everything and it tows easily. Good acceleration power for getting on freeway, hills etc. MPG sucks at about 6.5 - 7.5mpg but if I wanted to save money I would stay home! Don't see where you would have a problem towing that TT.
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I dont have the TT you are talking about but I do have a 2007 Tundra. The specs may be different for your year tundras towing capacity. My tow capacity is 10,400 and Max of vehicle, people TT fully loaded is 16,000#. I weigh in at 15545 for everything and it tows easily. Good acceleration power for getting on freeway, hills etc. MPG sucks at about 6.5 - 7.5mpg but if I wanted to save money I would stay home! Don't see where you would have a problem towing that TT.
wow! you guys tow a super-heavy trailer with your tundra. my 2011' crewmax has the same power train, but in 2011' toyota was the first automaker to modify their tow ratings to be more realistic. with that being said, we have a lot of steep rolling hills in az. with my current trailer, it seems very heavy going up those hills in 5th gear(and it only weighs about 5k lbs. loaded). that is why i'm very hesitant to jump into a very large & heavy tt.
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wow! you guys tow a super-heavy trailer with your tundra. my 2011' crewmax has the same power train, but in 2011' toyota was the first automaker to modify their tow ratings to be more realistic. with that being said, we have a lot of steep rolling hills in az. with my current trailer, it seems very heavy going up those hills in 5th gear(and it only weighs about 5k lbs. loaded). that is why i'm very hesitant to jump into a very large & heavy tt.
Steep rolling hills may make a difference. By hills I meant overpasses on freeways LOL. I know people that tow heavier with their Tundra as they do have a 5'er hitch for it, they even make a custom one for the crewmax shortbed. I won't go over the max tow rating though. It's my wife's truck and I can't get her to trade it for a diesel. I ride a 98 Harley Road King Classic.
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