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Old 06-06-2011, 02:33 PM   #11
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Thank you for all your input. We may be only doing very short trips, not loaded down at all until we purchase a new HD Pick Up...that or park this unit in a seasonal campground until we buy the new PU! In the meantime, how do you all feel about the The Hensley Arrow®? In comparison to the Reese Dual Cam or Equalizer?
Something to consider regarding some of the above concerns of being over your numbers.... even though you are going short distances, what if you need to stop suddenly and your tt pushes through because your brakes aren't able to handle the tt/tv set-up. You could be putting other drivers as well as you/passengers at risk. I only mention this because I've seen this topic repeated over and over as a liability... Not dictating, but the option to use your tt at a seasonal cg until you get that new tv sounds like the safer of the two options

Let us know what you wind up doing and definitely post pics
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:14 PM   #12
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snip......I do have one question though. I am having a hard time understanding the whole tow capacity thing and would really just like a difinitive answer, yes or no, whether our set up will tow this beast.....snip
No..., not if you consider the real world "loaded weights" that the 29QBH could bring to the table when traveling with a family. Ignore UVW, and/or dry weights.

A simple check would be to take your loaded EXPY (passengers, full fuel, cargo, etc.) to a CAT scale and weight it. Subtract this weight from your EXPY's GVWR. The weight remaining is what you have left for the TT tongue weight, and the 29QBH will have a loaded tongue weight in the range of 1,040lbs to 1,200lbs (13% to 15% of an average family loaded 29QBH of 8,000lbs).

.....OR,

Subtract the CAT scale weight from the EXPY's posted GCWR, and then take 80% (20% allows for tongue weight, WDH weight, etc.) of this total will give you the "what you can tow" maximum weight.

IMO you will find that you will exceed one (or more) of your EXPY's weight limits, that being; GVWR, GCWR, Rear Axle Weight limit, and possibly the OEM receiver WD limits. There is not a WDH that can compensate for exceeding the tow vehicles weight limits.

I agree with the prior forum member responses, not a good TV/TT combination even under ideal towing conditions.

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Old 06-07-2011, 07:08 AM   #13
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Well, I went home and looked at the inside of my door of the Expedition... 7200lbs. So, its a no go with the 29QBH. We will get the Jay Feather 28R instead. Max weight is 6500 fully loaded. We will also still buy the Hensley to avoid any sway.

Thanks for all your help. I will keep you all posted on the 28R

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It sounds as though you haven't yet purchased the new Jayco yet. Did you have a chance to read up on negotiating the best price for your new tt? Happy shopping! Definitely post pics when you have the new tt!
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:50 PM   #15
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I believe the 28R has the same floorplan as our 28BHS and the G2 29BHS. Yep its so popular they put the same floorplan in 3 different models.Enjoy your new trailer.
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We have a 98 Expedition with the tow package, 4wd. According to my manual, it has a 12000 pound tow rating. Though I would not be willing to pull that kind of weight with it. We purchased a Jayflight 28BHS and it tows beautifully. Have only towed it about 200 miles at this point with no troubles. (aside from the rear tire blow out, cause I was too cheap to get the new tires right away) The2011 28BHS has a dry weight of 5400 pounds. Not sure what the needs of your family are, but we are a family of 4. Im 6.3 and my wifes no shorty. 6 nearly 7 year old twins, and one big dog. We have lots of room and lots of storage. This was a win win win for us. Now if I had a larger yard to store it! I hope you find a camper that fits your needs. Best of luck!
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We have a 98 Expedition with the tow package, 4wd. According to my manual, it has a 12000 pound tow rating.....snip
The 12,000lb tow rating seems high for your TV, could you be referring to the GCWR?

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Thank you for all your input. In the meantime, how do you all feel about the The Hensley Arrow®? In comparison to the Reese Dual Cam or Equalizer?
There is no comparison.. I have the HA and it turned what I thought was a well behaved trailer into a GREAT TOWER.. could not believe the difference. Well worth the $$$ I paid.
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I tow my STARCRAFT 309BHU(same as 29QBH) with a 2500 suburban and pulllrite hitch,there is no sway but its a whole lot of trailer.
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