Originally Posted by Telle
So we are looking at a 2004 f-250 lariat 4x4 gas and a jayco eagle 298bhs. .... what do you guys think about this combo?
You'll be right up against the weight limits of your tow vehicle - not overloaded, but no wiggle room.
If your Ford tow rating is 10,400, then you have a 2004 F-250 SuperCab 4x4 with the V-10 engine and 3.73 axle ratio. GCWR is 17,000 pounds, so Ford thinks your truck weighs only 6,600 pounds. But the CAT scale will probably show that your truck weighs around 7,500 pounds when wet and loaded ready for the road. So your actual tow rating is closer to 9,500 pounds.
Your GVWR is 8,800 pounds, so if your wet and loaded truck weighs 7,500, you'll have up to 1,300 pounds available for hitch weight.
The 2006 Jayco Eagle 298BHS has a GVWR of 9,500 pounds, and probably a wet and loaded hitch weight of about 1,150 pounds. So with a good weight-distributing hitch, you won't be overloaded over the GVWR of the tow vehicle. If your significant other loads the trailer the way most sigs do, then you'll be right up against the GVWR of the trailer and right up against the GCWR of the pickup. No problem, as long as you understand that you're loaded to the max capability of your tow vehicle, so you won't be winning any races to the top of the mountain pass. I would be very weight consious and always dump the holding tanks before hitting the road, and haul only enough fresh water in the fresh water tank to flush the pottie while on the road.
The key to this is that CAT scale ticket. Weigh the wet and loaded truck (including driver, passenger(s), pet(s), toolbox full of tools, floor jack, extra fluids, hitch installed, full tank of gas, cooler full of cool, etc.) If it weighs more than 7,500 pounds, then maybe get rid of some of the weight before you tie onto the trailer. No, keep the floor jack. You might need it to change a trailer tire in a muddy gutter during a rainstorm.