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Old 12-05-2015, 09:08 PM   #1
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Question W/D hitch for 2015 Jayflight 26rks?

My dealer set me up with an EAZ lift W/D hitch with 800lb. spring bars. I questioned this at the time thinking it should have 1000lb. bars. They said it is good enough. Does anyone any one else have a 2015 Jayflight 26rks that you can tell me what you use? Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2015, 01:41 AM   #2
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GVW of trailer is 8400lbs.. 15% of that as tongue weight= 1260lbs.
Probably a good idea to get bigger bars...
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:20 AM   #3
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My dealer set me up with an EAZ lift W/D hitch with 800lb. spring bars. I questioned this at the time thinking it should have 1000lb. bars. They said it is good enough. Does anyone any one else have a 2015 Jayflight 26rks that you can tell me what you use? Thanks.
You trusted what a dealer told you?

Just kidding I would get at least the 1000lb bars for that trailer.
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I know, I'm kicking myself for listening to the dealer because I had allready done the math. Now I'm going to have to buy 1000lb bars after allready paying for the wrong ones.
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snip........They said it is good enough.....snip
I disagree.

I would go back to your RV dealer and advise them that they provided you with an "underrated" WDH for the 26RKS...., and that with the Jayco designed loaded weight potential of the 26RKS the 800b rated WDH could easily create a TV handling and safety issue. Plus, you advised them at the get-go you felt a 1,000lb rated WDH would be more appropriate based on your calculated loaded TT weights. With most standard WDH brands this would only require the "dealer" swapping out the spring bars.

As mentioned the 2015 26RKS has a 8,400lb GVWR. The published UVW is 5,605lbs, but the actual "shipped" UVW is heavier (actual shipped UVW is noted on TT yellow sticker).

The 26RKS is a 29ft long TT, so a loaded tongue weight in the 13% to 15% range (of loaded gross weight) would be recommended for adequate TV handling.

Scenario #1 (worst case): TT loaded to GVWR of 8,400lbs = 1,092lbs to 1,260lbs loaded tongue weight.

Scenario #2 (moderate case): (5,605 UVW) + (400lbs for ship weight delta) + (100lbs Dealer added battery, etc.) + (700lbs cargo, no fluids) = 6,805lbs Loaded TT

A 6,805lb loaded TT = 884lb to 1,020lb recommended loaded tongue weight range. An 800lb rated WDH is not sufficient.

Incorporating your actual 26RKS's shipped UVW, add weight for fluids if applicable, if your loading habits are on the heavy side adjust accordingly..., for a more accurate representation.

If you dealer disagrees with the above examples then IMO they are not looking out for your best interest.

Hope this helps.

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Old 12-06-2015, 11:09 AM   #6
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Your real close on the loaded weight. I weighed it on the last trip, 6780lb. 860lb on TV with spring bars on so some of the tongue weight was transfered to the trailer. I couldn't tie up the scale long enough to properly get the accual tongue wt. I've been thinking about contacting the dealer again but this isn't the only dissapointment with them after voicing my concerns twice I don't know if it will do any good. Might just buy them and chaulk it up to experiance
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I would definitely rattle your RV dealership's cage on the WDH issue....., to many dealerships are sending folks out on the road with under-rated WDH's.

Every RV dealership should have at least one representative (tech, etc.) that understands how a WDH functions and how to properly size it to a specific TV/TT combination....., heck, it's not rocket science!

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I would call the mfg. i have a blue ox wdh and needed heavier bars. They swaped them out at no charge. I just paid to ship the old ones back. May be worth a call.
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:20 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input. I'll contact the dealer again now that I have the scale reciepts to proove the hitch is under rated. If that doesn't work I'll try the manufacterer and see what they say. I should have trusted my instincts and insisted on the 1000 lb bars in the first place. This dealer has been around forever so I trusted they new what they were doing.
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Do your current bars allow you to setup the tow vehicle properly? If you're getting the right weight transfer to the front of the tow vehicle then they're fine. Have you actually measured the front of the TV to see if it's right?
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