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Old 11-08-2014, 11:24 PM   #11
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Good to know everything went well. After reading your experience, we have decided to look for a little larger TT. We are thinking about the 28BHS but am worried that it is too big for our 2014 Dodge Durango V8 AWD with tow package (7,200 max). Because of that , we are still leaning towards the Fay Feather SLX 26bhsw which has aluminum frame, fiber glass exterior and id over 1,000 lbs lighter than the equivalent Jay Flight. What do you think?
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:03 AM   #12
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Oh, if we only knew then what we know now............ I love it when I make a purchase and then read reviews about the item and learn all the reasons I should have gone with the other one!! Enjoy your new tt!
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:53 AM   #13
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Kamakazi - I have a 28BHS now and am learning about its weights and towing manners. I wouldn't go for a trailer of this size with your tow vehicle. It's a big, heavy trailer with a tongue weight that would probably eat up most or even all of your payload on that vehicle. Do you happen to know what your payload is? It'll say on a yellow sticker inside the drivers door jamb.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:51 PM   #14
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Thanks SkyBound,

I think you are right. The tongue weight on my vehicle is 1,200 but the difference between the two trailers on tongue weight is only about 70lbs. I think the real limitation will be sheer size of the 28bhs which is 1,250 lbs GVWR heavier. The model I am looking at seems to be new. There are no You Tube videos on it not can I find a user who owns it. The model is the Jay Feather SLX 26bhsw. What is nice is it is aluminum framed with vacuum bonded fiberglass exterior (Much lighter and looks better in my opinion). It also has many little features the Jay Flight SLX 26BHSW does not have. My only concern is nobody seems to have this model? Anybody out there?
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:04 PM   #15
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Kamakazi...I'd think you'd want/need a lighter trailer based on your tow vehicle. If I had your tow vehicle, I'd want something under 4500 GVWR. Reason being is stability, braking and overall safety...not to mention gas milage and the ability to bring gear and all the other stuff you'd want while camping.

We've enjoyed the coast on our shake down run but heading back home in the morning. Haven't found anything else that is major...honestly, I'm nitpicking things at this point but, the TT has to be back in a week or so anyway so might as well note things.

Windy as heck tonight too...sure I'll have a full headwind tomorrow towing back home. Mileage here was a tad over 11 so we'll see tomorrow.

We are staying at Balli Surf/Bob Hall Pier in north Padre Island, decent enough but nothing to write home about. We are feet from the beach but amenities are bare as well quality being minimum.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:31 PM   #16
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Hey Blue Deuce,

Thanks for the feedback. So even though my tow vehicle has a maximum GVWR limit of 7,200 you think I should not go larger than 4,500? The model I am looking at has a GVWR of 6,250. We plan on only camping within a few hours of SA. On the river or lake most but hope a few trips to the beach (Just looked at the place you just went). So, obviously being over or neer the rated max is not recommended but just curious since you are experienced why a TT 1,000 under the max would not be wise. I do appreciate your advice and concern.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:46 PM   #17
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Kamakazi...I can tow 14,200 with my current truck but I'd not even want to. Could it? Yes, but that doesn't mean I feel comfortable doing it. I've towed near max or over my max and it's just not fun or safe. The stability of your tow vehicle on a trailer 26 feet long, 29 feet bumper to hitch...not something I'd want to tow, even short distances.

Thats me though and really you need to look at the weights before deciding. Hitch weight, front and rear axle weights as well as GVWR and payload capacity. If everything is inside the numbers, then decide if you are comfortable and make a decision.

The numbers will tell the answer...
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As with most travel towing limitations, your payload capacity is first in question. Have a look on that sticker that I referred to in my previous post and report back to us with what it says. Generally speaking, the max tow rating for a vehicle only holds true when it's completely empty.
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Back home and trailer is cleaned and back at the storage lot. Great trip, beautiful weather, and good food...gulf coast food is sooooooo good! Had french toast this morning from a German bakery and it was awesome!

Met the front (the same one causing ice cold temps and snow throughout the mid west) about an hour after pulling out. Had a 30+ mph side wind for the next hour then a solid 30+ head wind the rest of the trip! Not ideal towing conditions but the Ram 2500 was awesome...gas mileage not so much...haha. We don't pull these things for milage though so part of the experience. I was down to a tad over 8 mpg for the ride home.

Good trip though and now back to work tomorrrow...
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:02 PM   #20
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Hey SkyBound, have some numbers

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As with most travel towing limitations, your payload capacity is first in question. Have a look on that sticker that I referred to in my previous post and report back to us with what it says. Generally speaking, the max tow rating for a vehicle only holds true when it's completely empty.
Thanks for your help. I have taken the numbers directly from the stickers of both TT's I am considering and my tow vehicle. Here are the numbers. I would love your feedback.

Towing Vehicle
2014 Dodge Durango
GVWR 7,100
GAWR Front 3,200
GAWR Rear 3,900
Vehicle Max Load 1,200
All Wheel Drive
V8
Factory Tow Package

Travel Trailer Specs
Product Line Jay Feather SLX Jay Flight
Model 26BHSW 23mb
Trailer Length 30' 5" 26' 10"
Factory Weight (Empty) 5,041 4,661
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1,209 1,589
GVWR 6,250 6,250
Dry Hitch Weight 435 590
Fresh Water Weight 399 399

Travel Trailer Features:
Fiber Glass/Aluminum Frame Yes
Aluminum Siding/Wood Frame Yes
Power Awning 16' 15'
Power Tongue Jack Yes Yes
Ducted AC Yes Yes
Vent In Bathrooom Yes
1,500 BTU AC Yes Yes
Ladder Yes
BBQ Gas Outlet Yes
Separate Bedroom Yes
Couch, Dinette and Bed Yes
Murphy Bed Yes
Slide Yes
U-Shaped Dinette Yes
Double/Double bunks Yes Yes
Sleeps 6 Easy/10 Max 5 Easy/8 Max
Pass through Storage Yes
Wide Duel Axle Yes

Thanks for any advice.
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