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Old 08-20-2015, 08:26 AM   #1
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Hi,
I noticed a huge(to me) change on hitch weight on this model from 2015 to 2016 versions.
2015 2016
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 455 625
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 4450 4705

Have Jayco added / changed something (other than aestetics) to this model?
Does anyone that have this TT have measured their hitch weight?

My TV have a 600 lbs limit so this is critical point to me.

Tks,
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:42 AM   #2
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Hi,
I noticed a huge(to me) change on hitch weight on this model from 2015 to 2016 versions.
2015 2016
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 455 625
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 4450 4705

Have Jayco added / changed something (other than aestetics) to this model?
Does anyone that have this TT have measured their hitch weight?

My TV have a 600 lbs limit so this is critical point to me.

Tks,
You don't need to worry about it to much:
Even if the dry tongue weight is 625lb, you can easily reduce it to the ~450lb mark just by loading your gear at the rear of the trailer.
Just make sure that the tongue weight WILL NOT BE LESS THEN 10% of the trailer actual weight while towing.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:51 AM   #3
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You don't need to worry about it to much:
Even if the dry tongue weight is 625lb, you can easily reduce it to the ~450lb mark just by loading your gear at the rear of the trailer.
Just make sure that the tongue weight WILL NOT BE LESS THEN 10% of the trailer actual weight while towing.

Which may or may not be possible in this model. I have the smaller model to this, the X213 and due to the rear slide, there isn't a lot of space to load gear in the rear. And it's not practical to store all of your kitchen, bathroom and front wardrobe clothing under the dinette and have to shift it all and load cabinets once you arrive.

The tongue on the X213 is heavy. There is no way I could get it below 600 pounds if I had to. Trust me, I had to and couldn't do it. Our tongue is over 700 pounds; 771 with bikes, somewhere around 720 without bikes.

Also, that x254 is going to weight closer to 5000 pounds once it arrives with all options. And will be close to 6000 once loaded. So you're tongue minimum will be 600 pounds assuming the trailer will even allow you to pack it to keep it at 600. But consider the tongue could be up to around 900 pounds.
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:26 PM   #4
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I've had the same issue on my 2014 197. I removed the spare tire From the front n placed it inside while on the move and also removed a 20lb p-pane tank n leave it at home, you only need one. It helped me .

Im looking into placeing the spare in the rear bumper.
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Touch N Go, In that direction I was thinking you could move the battery to the back of the trailer ....
have anyone done this?
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I'm sure they have. I've thought about that many times. I just dont have a place for it in the TT. I've even thought about hand cranking the electric jack and removing the battery and placing it behind the seat while on the move. I need to cut weight and that is my last option for now.

Still brain storming this issue.
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Yeah this kind of stinks. We ordered before the specs on the 2016 were out so wasn't really planning on such changes.

Wondering how much it will really affect things as the GTWR remains 5995# so the most the tongue could be is 900# at 15%. Will the extra hitch weight listed just make it more tricky to stay within the proper range?
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You don't need to worry about it to much:
Even if the dry tongue weight is 625lb, you can easily reduce it to the ~450lb mark just by loading your gear at the rear of the trailer.
Just make sure that the tongue weight WILL NOT BE LESS THEN 10% of the trailer actual weight while towing.
Do not load like this to reduce your tongue weight!!!

While it is possible, on average most trailers prefer anywhere from 12-15% tw, so reducing down as low as 10% could be asking for disaster. The tt may pull just fine most of the time with a lighter tw, but in the right (or would you consider it the wrong) conditions it could become a handful very quickly....

Does the dealer have a '15 on the lot still? If so, do they have a sherline scale to weigh the tongue? Maybe Jayco just "updated" the weights to be a little more accurate as the trailers roll off the line???

Good luck!!! Hope it all works out.
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Country Mouse, I'm ok with the 6K GTWR i'ts the hitch weight that is a "problem" to me since that not only is above my stated limit but will push me too close to my TV GVWR.....
My thought was that if I can put a hitch for our bikes (5) and the battery on the back that would balance the things....
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RAC,

Something else to keep in mind is the dry tongue weight does not include a battery or the propane tank(s) weight either. Not sure what tank size or if there's two on that trailer, but one 20lb tank and a battery will add a it 80lbs minimum.

Is there a replacement hitch with a higher rating that is available to swap out the factory hitch.

What is the payload of your BMW per the yellow sticker on the drivers door jamb? How many in you family, just the two of you?
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