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Old 09-27-2020, 06:40 PM   #1
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Durango RT/Jay Feather 212 QBW

Greetings. After years of Class A RVing weíve made the move to a travel trailer. We just bought a 2021 Jaco 212 QBW and will be pulling it with our 2019 Durango RT. The pertinent numbers are:

Jayco
Unloaded weight 4135 lbs
Dry Hitch weight 460 lbs
GVWR. 6000 LBS

Durango RT

GCWR. 13,100 lbs
Gross Trailer weight 7200 lbs
Max Tongue weight 720 lbs

These numbers should give me plenty of margin for safe towing. My question is, should I get a WD rig? And if so, should I get one with anti sway control? My gut tells me yes to both questions. Even though the Durango has the HP and Torque, and is equipped with a factory tow package, itís still a relatively short wheelbase vehicle.

Just thought Iíd throw it out for discussion
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:43 PM   #2
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Greetings. After years of Class A RVing weíve made the move to a travel trailer. We just bought a 2021 Jaco 212 QBW and will be pulling it with our 2019 Durango RT. The pertinent numbers are:

Jayco
Unloaded weight 4135 lbs
Dry Hitch weight 460 lbs
GVWR. 6000 LBS

Durango RT

GCWR. 13,100 lbs
Gross Trailer weight 7200 lbs
Max Tongue weight 720 lbs

These numbers should give me plenty of margin for safe towing. My question is, should I get a WD rig? And if so, should I get one with anti sway control? My gut tells me yes to both questions. Even though the Durango has the HP and Torque, and is equipped with a factory tow package, itís still a relatively short wheelbase vehicle.

Just thought Iíd throw it out for discussion
The tongue weight on paper is based on estimated dry trailer weight. Actual tongue weight will always be heavier. Your actual dry TW will likely be in 500-550 lbs after propane and battery. Your dry TW is 11% of the dry weight (I personally prefer 12-13.5%). So your fully loaded TW will be 660 lbs on paper. It will be over 700 lbs after propane and battery. If you use a weight distribution hitch, that will be an extra 80-100 lbs. You will be over your hitch weight limit if you fully load the TT. Itís probably within the limit if you tow all tanks empty and donít put too much stuff in the camper.

Also make sure you are below your payload capacity.
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Old 09-27-2020, 08:03 PM   #3
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Thereís only 3 of us and we tend to pack light. We donít carry water, usually buy food when we get where we are going, and of course the grey/black tanks would be empty. I forgot about accounting for the weight of the WD hitch. Almost sounds like a self eating watermelon.

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The tongue weight on paper is based on estimated dry trailer weight. Actual tongue weight will always be heavier. Your actual dry TW will likely be in 500-550 lbs after propane and battery. Your dry TW is 11% of the dry weight (I personally prefer 12-13.5%). So your fully loaded TW will be 660 lbs on paper. It will be over 700 lbs after propane and battery. If you use a weight distribution hitch, that will be an extra 80-100 lbs. You will be over your hitch weight limit if you fully load the TT. Itís probably within the limit if you tow all tanks empty and donít put too much stuff in the camper.

Also make sure you are below your payload capacity.
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That was what I use to do when I was towing my 3200 lbs little trailer using a 5000/500 lbs midsize SUV.
What I use to do, but I don’t recommend, is to transfer some cargo behind the axle if I’m carrying some extra gears. I have a set of homemade scale and I always weigh my trailer weight and tongue weight before the trip to make sure the tongue is at least 12% of the trailer weight.
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