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Old 07-10-2019, 10:32 AM
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Finally getting what I got this truck for. We've been rv shopping for a while and just happened on this 2015 Jayco Jay Flight 26BH on a dealer lot. I'm going to give the tow rating on this 3.6L a go. Camper weighs in at just over 4800lbs and the truck is rated for 7340 so we'll see how long before I decide on trading in the truck on a new one haha. The ride home with the camper is 1 1/2 hours so i'll get a good feel for it. here are a few pics of the camper.







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Congratulations on your trailer! From the pictures, it looks brand new.
Happy camping.
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Very nice! Congratulations and Enjoy!!!
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Nice Camper and seems like, well taken care of.
I give you this season and a few hills- we'll see you next year in a Hemi.
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Very nice. We're just in the process of looking for a trailer to camp in. Have had 6 motor homes and in process of downsizing. 25'-30' is our goal for our '16 Rebel hemi.
Enjoy your new adventure!
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so in the 1.5 hour ride home my first impression is that the v6 will do it. but I think i'd be much happier with the hemi. It takes off fine up to 40 mph then that seems to be where the high revving starts. revs up to 4500-5000 rpm and i'm thinking is this thing going to shift? then it does ok. I can travel along fine at 60mph it will mostly stay in 5th gear, but i locked it at 6 max. I need a few more trips to be sure, and i did not go on the highway. I remember my '03 f150 supercrew had a 5.4L and with overdrive off it would rev at 3-3500 on the highway. that camper weighed 6500lbs and it was a good match for that truck. the tow rating on that truck was 8,000lbs. I'm wondering how a hemi with a 3.21 rear end would do, they are rated for 8150 lbs so that would be about what my f150 was. I would like to get a hemi with a 3.55 rear end. but for now this truck will have to do and i'll probably get used to the high revving V6.

this is picking it up:


and here's one at home because I thought the fifth wheel next to us made it look small

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we have 2014 ram hemi 392 gear pulls 22foot 3500lbs bumper pull travel trailer very well it's not the weight it's the wind which no matter what direction we go it's a head wind.
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I'm wondering how a hemi with a 3.21 rear end would do, they are rated for 8150 lbs so that would be about what my f150 was. I would like to get a hemi with a 3.55 rear end. but for now this truck will have to do and i'll probably get used to the high revving V6.


I can tell you, how the Hemi with 3:21 rear end would do:
You barely would notice the camper, you would cruise with simply tow/haul mode and about 1600 rpm down the road, when you're on leveled ground. Up the Tennessee mountains, I never seen more than 3000 rpm's. And the fuel mileage- I guess, there you will see the biggest difference- is about 12-13mpg. I even got that with a 35footer.
Don't get me wrong- as long as you don't pull nothing more than a pop up, I do believe, the V6 in the RAM with 8-speed transmission might be a good engine. but the moment, you hook something serious up, it's simply not enough- yes, it'll do it, but the question is always "how".
Wait, till you have your first 100 miles with 3500rpm behind you- you will automatically pull in at every RAM- Dealer on your way.
I hate to say it- and I hat to "downtalk" people's ride- because I believe, everyone had his reason why he has, what he has- but I'm just honest in my Opinion.
It all comes down to the point: what do you want to do with it. And I know from experience- every work can be fun, as long as you have the right tool.
The V6 pulling a camper is not the right tool- even though it "theoretically" can pull it.
What people always forget- what's on paper and what's reality are always two different pair of shoes.
Can you run a marathon with cowboy boots? yeah- why not. Is it easier, better, less painful and faster in running shoes? absolutely. Chose what you think you do.
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Nice camper, it looks well cared for.

I started with a similar Wildwood X-Lite 230BHXL, which is about 4900# dry. I had the same truck I do now, a crew cab hemi with 3.21 gears and 8 speed transmission. I towed that camper from New Hampshire to Colorado and back with no trouble at all. We went over Wolf Creek Pass (nearly 11,000 ft elevation and 6.8% max grade) and I was confident enough in the setup to stop on the way up Wolf Creek Pass to take a couple photos. I averaged about 11 mpg for the trip. The truck had stock tires and suspension.



You'll have room to grow to a larger camper with a hemi and 3.21 gears; I now have a Coleman 2855BH which is about 5900# dry. The camper is 31.25' long so there's a much larger profile to drag through the wind but the truck does pretty well and it's maxed out on capacity by the time I'm loaded. The fuel mileage isn't as good as guy65 because in the northeast there's always a hill or mountain to climb, and I have my truck leveled with E-rated 34" all terrains; I get about 9mpg. The farthest I've taken this camper is to Quebec, which is about a 6 hour drive.

My truck will get 12 mpg towing this camper when not on the highway and it doesn't need to work hard at all. When you get it on the highway, it's very different as you're dealing with keeping that barn-on-wheels at highway speed. The crosswinds,traffic, and simply maintaining highway speed will make the truck work harder than towing on back country roads with 40-50 mph speed limits.



Good luck with the camper and your decision; it's tough hearing the engine scream for air and fuel at higher RPM's, but that's where the v6 needs to be. More importantly, enjoy the trip and the memories.
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I think i'm going to have to wait until the fall to see what kind of deals they are doing before i try to get out of my current truck. I'm going to be over on my miles and I need as big of a rebate as i can to get out of this truck. The unfortunate thing is I really like the truck but the reality is I know that i'm not going to be happy with it. I really feel like this fall they are going to be dealing because ram is going to want to keep the #2 spot over chevy. Of course, it is going to be a long summer so stay tuned haha! I may even go this weekend and start looking.
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