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Jayco Motorhome+Ford E450 Review

Unread postby jncrowe12 on Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:39 am

I have a jayco motorhome on a Ford E450 chassis, original. Tires Michelin 225/75 with load factor E. max load of the tires is 9880lbs, my actual rear axle weight 9270 (static and motorhome empty with no water, fuel tank 1/3 full) according to Michelin that is asking for tire failure ( had 2 already) because the dynamic loads (going down the street, bumps - uphill - downhill- sideloads) will be over the tire limit. That's the reason the law requires pass, cars and light trucks to have a 16% reserve capacity; mine is down to about 2%. with full fuel and water tank, little bit of staff loaded for vacation or putting anything on the trailer hitch (boat or even loaded bike rack) I am overweight for the existing tires and max rear axle weight I know that is not an issue Ford has to deal but jayco.but I would very much appreciate your expertise about what to do (is that motorhome a risk to drive, maybe unsafe?) is there any means to increase the max rear axle weight on that E450 chassis? any way I could put on a different tire size (enough room on the rim / wheel-well;that would increase the max tire load about 1000lbs - but is that legal and doable, especially. With the dual tires. I am looking forward to your answer.Ford-E-450+jayco motorhome 2012.
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Re: Jayco Motorhome+Ford E450 Review

Unread postby malexander on Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:39 am

I wish this site was more active, but......
I know we're in the class A subforum but I'll answer briefly about my 1997 class C Jayco on the Ford E450 chassis.

I had a 1997 class C Jayco (33dbb IIRC), We really liked it. As far as weight and distribution goes, I really didn't know much about it. I actually just loaded the MH up for my trip & went. Never giving much thought about weight & tires.
I did have a lot of trouble with tires on a trip to Branson, but I'm convinced now, after lots of reading on the forums, they had aged out rather than worn out.

I wouldn't overthink it too much if it were me. :) YMMV
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Re: Jayco Motorhome+Ford E450 Review

Unread postby RonJK on Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:29 pm

Sometimes we worry too much....
We have had three motor homes, one Class C and two Class A's and have not worried about ratings.

We have travelled 100's of thousands of event free miles without sweating the small stuff.
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