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Old 06-06-2011, 07:14 AM   #1
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Towing the 2011 Jay Flight 29QBH

Hello, I am new to the list and wanted to introduce myself and ask a towing question. We have upgraded from a 2007 Jayco 19H to the 2011 Jay Flight 29QBH. Its everything we ever wanted and gives us the trailer we need as our needs grow.

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.

We have a 1997 Ford Expedition. V8, 5.4L 4x4 EXP. We will be putting on a weight distribution hitch and dual anti sway bars. We are using a Prodigy 3 for our Brake Control System. So I have a few questions:

1. Can my truck with this gear pull it?
2. What brand of Weight Distribution Hitch do you recommend?
3. What brand of dual anti sway bars do you recommend?

Thanks so much!
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:16 AM   #2
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first thing to do is check the drivers side door pillar and see what it says for weight. There are many more factors that limit what you can tow.. this placard is the only real thing you can go by.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:16 AM   #3
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The MAX towing capacity for the Expy is 9200, and the GVWR of the trailer is 9250 so off the bat you would be overweight. In my opinion though is the 33' length of the TT and the 119" wheel base of the SUV. I had towed a 34' trailer (8500# GVWR) with a Hemi Durango. Although the engine and brakes were fine, the short wheelbased SUV and long trailer made the combination very unstable.

Your best bet is to upgrade to a HD pickup (insert favorite brand here) with a longer wheel base which would far better handle the trailer, or getting a Hensley type hitch would be your best bet.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:17 AM   #4
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devonquest --- Does your truck have a tow package option? If so what is your max tow capacity & tongue weight allowed by the mfg .Even if it doesn't have the option the door sticker will give you your info.
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Here is the 1999 guide-
http://www.trailerlife.com/images/do...owingguide.pdf
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:20 AM   #6
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The dry hitch weight of that trailer is 920 lbs. The loaded hitch weight will be considerably more. Given the hitch weight and passengers and gear in the truck you will possibly exceed the payload of the Expy and its GVWR, even if you remain below its tow rating. This is the weak link in half ton trucks and SUV`s IMO. Not so much the weight they can tow as the weight they can bear on their suspensions. In all candor, that is quite a bit of trailer for your truck, IMO. Please check the weight ratings carefully and if you do use this combo, load lightly.

Weight distribution: I recommend the Reese Dual Cam or Equalizer. They integrate sway control into the WD system so there is no need for independent sway bars.

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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum DevonQuest! Check out this thread on towing. Rustic Eagle is our resident expert, very knowlegable, and extremely helpful when it comes to towing, weights, safety, etc. Definitely post your questions or PM him
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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?

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I have never owned one, but they are supposed to be the best. If I were to do a new TT again, I think that I would opt for the Hensley, even with the F250.
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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?

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The Hensley, Pullrite, and Propride are all top of the line hitches. I have never owned one either but they get very good reviews for performance. They are heavier (further adding to tongue weight) and much more expensive though then the other hitches mentioned.
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