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Old 05-19-2016, 01:58 PM   #1
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Towing larger bumper pull trailers

Hi everyone,
was wondering your different opinions on towing a larger bumper pull trailer like the one we are looking at Jayco 338rets. 39ft and don't want to go 5th wheel due to more steps as I have some health issues and want as little steps as possible. My question is if any of you folks out there pulling long bumper pulls and do you like it or would you suggest to stay away from that size as we are retired and plan on doing some long hauls. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Happy traveling.. Jim
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:09 PM   #2
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PRetty vague..

What pulling vehicle do you have? Hitch? more info on weights would be good, too.
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:46 PM   #3
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Sorry for that. I would be towing with a 2001 dodge 2500 w/ 5.9 cummins. Had the transmission rebuilt to handle the towing. The trailer is 9000lb unloaded and 11000lb gvwr. I would buy an equalizer hitch when purchasing trailer. The dry hitch weight is 1210lbs. Thanks again Jim
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:33 PM   #4
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I have a TT and like it better than fiver as I can still use my box for storage and have no problems pulling with my 05 Dodge and 5.9. I also have health issues and the lack of excess steps makes it nice. You will enjoy. My TT is 9,000 dry and about 11,000 loaded and pulls great. Have equalizer and like it as well, no problems at all when set up right.
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:37 PM   #5
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How are the bumper-pulls when it's really blowing on the interstate? Does the tail wag the dog?
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:58 PM   #6
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Sorry for that. I would be towing with a 2001 dodge 2500 w/ 5.9 cummins. Had the transmission rebuilt to handle the towing. The trailer is 9000lb unloaded and 11000lb gvwr. I would buy an equalizer hitch when purchasing trailer. The dry hitch weight is 1210lbs. Thanks again Jim
I pull 10K with a 3500 6.7/68rfe. I think 11K is a lot of trailer for a 2500 and will be hard on your rebuilt trans. Especially if you don't have an exhaust brake, go with a smaller trailer. You will have more enjoyment and be safer towing a trailer your truck can easily handle.
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Denlor What is the length of your trailer hitch to bumper? Thanks for the reply
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Timetogo I also looked at the Rockwood signature ultra lite which is 8000lb unloaded and around 9700lb gvrw. That was our first choice but then saw the jayco and big shower and king bed. That is why I am worried about the length and weight. Thanks
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Denlor What is the length of your trailer hitch to bumper? Thanks for the reply
31'
Your trucks gear ratio is another thing to consider, especially towing heavy.
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I pull 10K with a 3500 6.7/68rfe. I think 11K is a lot of trailer for a 2500 and will be hard on your rebuilt trans. Especially if you don't have an exhaust brake, go with a smaller trailer. You will have more enjoyment and be safer towing a trailer your truck can easily handle.
X2....

That 2001 2500 will be overweight with that Jayco.

Overweight is bigger issue than length

2001 2500 is only rated for a roughly 9900# (with 150# driver and 20# cargo)
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Yes I was thinking that too. My rear end has 355 gears so I know I would be out of o/d most of the time unless real flat hi way. Thanks for your input again. That is why I am asking as some trailer sales people just want to sell you a trailer that you seem interested in..
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:11 PM   #12
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I pull a 35' jayco. It should be no problem for your truck if you ignore the max towing numbers. The low tow rating for that truck is probably because of the 3.55 gears. There are a couple guys on here with older dodge cummins trucks Ill let them give the advice on that.

Having said that pulling a 39ft TT should be no problem once the truck is set correctly. Beware that a 39ft tt will need the same space as a 45ft fifthwheel to move around and backup. You need to plan ahead for sites because it's basically a big rig and should be treated as such. At 60ft overall length I plan everything we do way ahead so I don't get into a tight spot that I can't get out of.

I would have no problem with that trailer in fact the jayco eagle we almost bought was 38ft
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I tow a 35 ft bunkhouse TT with a crew cab long bed F350. I had a Reese Strait-line hitch from my previous 24 ft TT that I also use with this 35 ft TT and I have felt only minor sway or wagging when passing semis or during high crosswinds. I have not been concerned enough with the trailering performance to warrant switching to a Hensley or Propride hitch, although if I didn't already have the Strait-line I would have purchased a Propride with this long of a trailer.

It can be hard to maneuver in some campgrounds, and you will most likely be restricted to the semi-friendly fuel pumps when hitched up. I went with a TT instead of 5th wheel due to lower cost and more used trailers being available. Being able to use more of the truck bed is a nice side effect too.
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A consideration I don't think has been brought up. Where do you want to travel? Where do you want to park? If you want to go to state parks, national parks and COE campsites you may want to stay under 35'. If you want to stay at resorts then length is no problem.
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