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Old 01-25-2019, 01:35 PM   #1
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Fiance and I are looking to buy a new suv

What is a good suv to pull my 2014 32 ft jayco flight
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:17 PM   #2
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Fiance and I are looking to buy a new suv

This forum is particularly focused on all-molded fiberglass (“egg”-style) trailers, so I really have no idea what such a trailer might weigh, but that’s your starting point.

You need to find the actual fully-loaded weight with food, propane, water, clothes, and everything else you take with you. Load it up and take it to a CAT (certified auto and truck scale). It’s also helpful to determine the tongue weight.

If that’s not possible, you can use the GVWR, which should be printed on a sticker affixed to the trailer somewhere. Assume the tongue weight is about 12% of the GVWR. Do not use the dry weight.

Look for a vehicle that can handle both the trailer weight and tongue weight (probably with use of a weight distributing hitch) with some extra margin. Make sure to consider payload, which includes everything in the vehicle plus the tongue weight of the trailer. When you find something that appears to have the requisite ratings, I recommend you download and read the towing section of the owner’s manual before you purchase. It often contains requirements and caveats not covered in sales literature.

Full-size traditional SUV’s might work- Suburban, Expedition, Sequoia- but I wouldn’t dare to speculate without knowing more. Certainly nothing smaller will work.

As suggested elsewhere, you might find folks with actual experience with the same trailer on the Jayco forum.

I believe congratulations are in order!
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:47 PM   #3
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4 door 3/4 ton pickup of your choice.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:41 PM   #4
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4 door 3/4 ton pickup of your choice.
yeah, F250/F350, or Chevy/GMC HD2500/3500, or Ram 2500/3500 would be my choice.

if you want an SUV, I know Chevy/GMC used to make a 2500 version of the Suburban, I don't know if they still do. And Ford used to make a Excursion, which is a F250 class SUV (the Expedition is F150 based).

Another option is a full sized 250/2500/350/3500 van, such as a Ford E350, Transit 350, or Dodge or Chevy equivalents.

but yeah, what Jon in AZ said, this forum is for molded fiberglass trailers like Escape, Casita, Scamp, Bigfoot, not skin-on-frame stuff like Jayco.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:19 PM   #5
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You'd want to get the longest, heaviest duty Suburban ever built, and even then you should plan on using a top notch weight distribution hitch... preferably ProPride or Hensley Arrow.
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:12 AM   #6
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in addition to that WDH, I'd rear-airbag anything I used like that, *especially* a soft SUV. load and level the SUV with your cargo using the airbags, THEN hitch up, and use the WDH to level the tongue weight.

Pretty sure the 2500 Suburban does *not* have the pansy soft air-suspension rear end the regular suburban 1500's often had.... ahhh, wikipedia says the 2500 version was discontinued after 2013... they DO make fleet-only, and military 2500/3500 suburbans now, but not as a regular passenger vehicle.


Heck, I'm thinking of airbagging my 2002 F250 longbed diesel... So it would ride better when heavily loaded. its not bad now, actually, it rides worse empty, hah hah.
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Got curious and did some quick googling. For current models, it appears 32’ Jay Flight models have GVWR’s around 10-11K pounds, with UVW’s in the 8-9K pound range. Tow ratings of the half-ton, full-size SUV’s I mentioned top out around 8-8.5K pounds. Won’t fly.

You’re definitely looking at a heavy duty truck. Bill gets the prize!

A used Excursion, max rating 11K, seems like the best- maybe the only- SUV option. They were last sold in 2005, so they’re getting long in the tooth, and not all versions carry the highest rating. As best I could find, Chevy/GM Suburban 3500’s were only rated to tow up to 9600#, so marginal. HD vans top out around 10K, also marginal. That leaves pickups. Ratings vary with model year and equipment, so you have to evaluate each vehicle independently. Look beyond just the tow rating to payload, GVWR, and GCWR.

The other option, of course, is a smaller trailer. Maybe it’s not a coincidence you landed on a molded fiberglass forum!
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The Ford Transit vans, despite coming in three sizes including a one ton version, have relatively low tow ratings. The passenger van version maxes out at 5,000 pound tow rating, while the cargo van version maxes out at 7,500 pounds (the diesel version).

Seems like the vans are built with payload in mind, higher than the comparable Ford trucks, and not for towing.

I was considering a Transit van as a tow vehicle, as I like the enclosed storage inside the van, but the mediocre tow ratings changed my mind.
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I looked up the Chevy Express van. Being the last old-school design still in production, I guessed it might have the highest ratings. The 1T cargo version with the big 6.0L is rated to tow 10K pounds (passenger version is 400# less, before passengers of course).

You are right, though. Vans in general are designed more for payload than towing.
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Anybody else wondering why newlyweds want a 32’ trailer and an SUV?
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Anybody else wondering why newlyweds want a 32’ trailer and an SUV?
They watched "The Long Long Trailer" movie
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Almost lost my morning coffee, Bob. Good one!
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also, realize, a 32 foot trailer means your travel will be pretty much limited to interstates and RV parks. with a typically 20-22' foot long tug, your combined rig will be over 50' and even getting into a supermarket parking lot will be challenging. I would strongly suggest if you really want something that large to get a 5th wheel, which will still require a 3500/350 class pickup truck but will tow and ride better.
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Post #1 indicates that they already own the trailer. Their question is what SUV is capable of towing it. Seems that most agree a full size pickup 2500 series would be best. We have a friend that is towing a 35 footer with a F150, but only because he wouldn't spend the money for a F250.
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