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BigMcD6

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In the process of buying our first TT ever. we have decided on a used 2004 Jayco Eagle 29BHS.

I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado ½ ton, standard V8. I am putting a weight distribution hitch and adding a break control. My truck specs say that it will tow 6700 lbs. the Jayco specs are below. I am a little nervous about not knowing for sure that it will be able to handle it. What do you guys think?

Jayco 29BHS
UVW = 5,475#
GVWR = 7,700#
Hitch Weight = 715#
Trailer Length = 30'6

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You'd be right up against the wall and by some respects over wt. Question is if you did do this, could you be happy with the towing performance? It'd be slow going especially on the hills, up and down.

Just arbitrairly throw 1300 pounds on the TT and that puts you a bit over what your truck is rated to tow. That's not taking into account the weight of passengers and snacks in the truck, you know.., that single bag of potato chips and that soda. It's gonna be very tight, you'll probably be over the rated spec's.

I know I'm gonna get flamed for this but with MY experience I'd do it. You know your driving ability better than anyone whether it'd be a good idea if YOU should do it. I'll just say if this is your first time towing use a whole lot of caution or reconsider the size of TT you are look'n at.

* This post was edited 04/02/12 08:50pm by E&J push'n wind *


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Posted: 04/02/12 08:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hitch weight will be 1000# for that rig. Is your Chevy spec'd ok with that? I would think so, but it is worth checking IMHO.

Be sure your WDH bars are rated for 1000#.


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You will wish for more motor at some point.


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By "standard V8" I have to assume you have the 4.something and not the 5.3. With a trailer with a 7700 GVWR you are going to be right up against the tow rating just driving it home Adding food, clothes etc is probably going to push you over your limits. I would instead be looking for ether a smaller lighter trailer or a tent trailer. Remember everything you load into the truck above the base stripped vehicle will reduce your towing capacity.


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Posted: 04/02/12 08:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That TT is going to be too heavy for you. You need to look at more than towing capacity. You need to look at tongue weight and payload. Using an unloaded weight is of no help to you and an unloaded it dry tongue weight is of no help either. You are safer shopping by gvwr of the TT. You should figure on a max of 15% of TT gvwr for tongue weight. As to payload, look at your door sticker and see what your starting payload is. From this number you need to subtract the weight of all occupants, gear and a full tank of fuel. This will be your available payload. Your tongue weight will also come off your payload. Another way to figure out payload is to go weigh your tv fully loaded w/ occupants and any gear you would put in it while towing as well as a full tank of fuel. Subtract this number from the tv's gvwr to get your payload.


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Not enough truck, you will regret it. We tried towing our new to us 18 1/2' fiver with a 4.0 liter Ranger. According to Ford specs it should have handled the load but two trips proved otherwise.

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Your tongue weight will be about 900+lbs when towing, not what is listed.
Other than that, so much depends on your truck that I can't advise accurately, but IF you have the 4.8L, 4L80E auto(might be 4L60E), 3.23 rear end and HD suspension option, you may be just OK if you stay in Florida or close where it is flat and drive very conservatively, keeping a close eye on the temps for the engine and the transmission.

So much I don't know about your truck, but reading my '05 Silverado book, my advice is to get a 2500HD. Likely an even trade due to poorer fuel economy w/ 6.0L - but they are out there.

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I do have the 5.3....... Not the 4.
I was hoping that would make the difference.

Thanks for the info everyone.

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I think you will be fine. What kind of travel do you plan on doing? Short trips? Cross country?

If you will mostly take short trips go for it.

We tow a 22 foot shadow cruiser with our 2010 for flex and it is a great combination that handles great. Although many on this site would say we should not use this towing combination.


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