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Old 10-10-2018, 12:13 PM   #1
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We have finally decided to move up to a travel trailer. My DW said the popup was too much of a hassle. We found a 1996 Jayco Eagle 265BH that was too good to pass up. We only paid $500 for it. It will need some minor repairs and a little elbow grease to clean it up. Being the son of a contractor and the fact we have already restored (2) popups we're up to the task. We plan on posting the restoration on the forum with pictures along the way. We towed it about 70 miles to its restoration destination without any issue. I checked out the dry weight (4800#) and estimated the tongue weight based on the dry weight but, I got a lot of sag on the rear end when hitched. Our TV is a 2106 Nissan Frontier with a Tounge Max of 610# and Tow capacity of 6100#. I have a WD hitch I will use in the future and sway bars. I am also installing Firestone Ride-Rite air bags. We do not plan to ever tow with water in any of the tanks as we only use campgrounds with hookups and facilities to empty the tanks. We mostly camp in eastern NC and southeastern US.

Any thoughts on the TV-TT set up?
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:31 PM   #2
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What's the gvw of that trailer? That's what it'll weigh going down the road, or closer to that then the dry weight.

Load it up and take it to a cat scale. I'm guessing you are over your payload, tongue weight, axle weight or maybe all three.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:40 PM   #3
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Good luck with the restoration. Look forward to seeing pictures of your progress.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:06 PM   #4
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Oops. It's a 1996 Jayco Eagle 264BH and the NADA lists the weight at 4955#.
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:56 PM   #5
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Have fun with the restoration and looking forward to pics along the way.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:26 PM   #6
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Congratulations! Please share photos of your project.

Never ever use the "dry weight" to calculate towing. It's a fictional number. You will never tow the trailer at the dry weight when ready for camping.

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What's the gvw of that trailer? That's what it'll weigh going down the road, or closer to that then the dry weight.

Load it up and take it to a cat scale. I'm guessing you are over your payload, tongue weight, axle weight or maybe all three.
I concur. That's a big trailer. Ready and loaded for a camping trip you'll be a lot closer to the GVWR. Calculating your tongue weight (10-15%, I always use 13% because that's more realistic than 10%), your "dry" tongue weight is 624#. When you load the trailer your tongue weight will increase.

Look for a sticker in your driver door that lists the payload. Subtract from that number the weight of your family, anything you carry in the truck, and the weight of the WDH (usually around 100#). The final payload # will determine how much tongue weigh you can really support.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:49 PM   #7
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I'll get it weighed after the reno. On the short trip I mentioned I did not experience any alarming issues. I guess having towed all manner of things over 2 decades makes me a little wiser and cautious when towing/driving. My RPM's were within their normal range unless on a steep grade. Trailer brakes performed well. Tongue weight is by biggest concern. Once I add the air bags to the truck and WD hitch is on it should level out more. I'll likely remove the fresh water tank and store it since we won't be needing it. If it wasn't for the tongue jack I'd ditch the batteries too. We only camp where there is shore power. The wife and I weigh in under 275 pounds and may toss the bicycles in the bed. We usually grocery shop once we set up camp so, a lot of the weight some folks have we do not..

If contractors stressed out over trailer weight everyday then a lot of houses would be built even slower or the cost would go up. Just a little humor there. Deep breaths...relax. Load those trucks and get to the job site. Hahaha
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Air bags may level the TT but do nothing about adding cargo capacity. That is the important number as others have said. Batteries, propane and cargo in the TT are not factored into their tongue weight number.

Good Luck with your rebuilt, make sure you use RV appropriate materials and not Stick and Brick materials. Weight is a major issue.

Enjoy your new digs..
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Sounds like fun. I look forward to ypu restoration posts.
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Wish you well on your new adventure.
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