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Old 07-06-2016, 09:53 AM   #11
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Update-need advice!

The tech is here. Diagnosis an open neutral. He wants to know where the 110 junction boxes are in our 2015 36FBTS. Does anyone know?
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:50 PM   #12
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We have a 2016 27.5 rlts. I tow it with a 2001 dodge ram 2500 diesel. IT tows fine with that for sure but as others have stated a 1/2 ton is really going to be stretching it. I suspect you will run out of payload and then probably past or at least very close to gcwr as well. Our unit tag shows without water weight at 8240. which leaves us with 1750 ish lbs of trailer cargo weight. Water at 8lbs to the gallon will eat up a good 300 lbs. So loaded up pin weight might be in the 1800-2000lb range, you throw in a couple passengers in the truck and a little other stuff along with a 150-200 lb hitch and you are getting close to 2400-2500lbs payload. Our 2500 tows it well but honestly I wouldnt want to tow it with a 1/2 ton.
My hitch height is 59 inches and the trailer is maxed out as far as height without adding something to it. I think I am off by about 3 inches total based on some quick math I did with a tape measure and level. I have put a tpms system on the trailer tires and the temps seem to be very even. leading me to believe that the weight is fairly well balanced even with the 3 inch nose high (which to be honest is hardly noticeable looking at it). Last week we drove in 105 degree heat at 65mph and tire temps did not get over 124 deg (this with max inflation of 65psi cold and translated to 74psi at that temp)). I was not carrying any water and black and grey tanks were empty as well. The stock tires 15 inch on ours the tires are rated for 2540lbs so the tires are not under rated (9950lbs-1800 pin weight =8150 vs the 10160 tire rating). There is a very good cushion there. Tire quality remains to be seen and when the time comes I will upgrade the tires to LT's and 16 inch wheels. However after about 4.5k miles the tires seem to be doing ok.
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:39 PM   #13
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I've got the 26.5 RLS HT and we love it. . . . and we do tow it with a half ton.

So far no problems, with one exception, we're still working on getting the 5th wheel's electric brakes working correctly - and suspect it's the Ford integrated controller.

BUT - the HT we tow is smaller and lighter than the models you're thinking about.
AND - I'm towing with a Ford F150, 2016 model with the aluminum body - which saves a bunch of weight and makes the towing capacity (with Max Tow Package) just over 12,000.

So - on the two models you're looking at, I do think I'd go with the 3/4 ton TV.

As to "living it it" for a few months at a time - that's exactly what the wife and I plan. We had a 20ft TT that we did a lot of weekend camping and the occasional 2 week trips. Loved it - but I retired last month and the Wife said - we aren't living in that for 2 or 3 months at a time - so we upgraded to the Eagle HT.

Personally, I could tent camp for 2 or 3 months at a time. In fact I used to do that during the summers as a Boy Scout leader when I was in College. But the wife thinks the HT is just perfect for longer trips and I agree.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:46 PM   #14
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Buddy Ray, just out of curiosity on your braking problems have you ever pulled the breakaway switch to see if it stops you from moving? I ask this because on our HT 28.5 RSTS I had brake problems as well and only after the 3rd trip to the dealer by pulling the breakaway and letting idle take me around their lot did I finally convince them I had brake issues on the unit. My FIL also had troubles with his HT brakes. Just throwing it out there.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:54 PM   #15
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Also remember, it's not what you can tow, but what you can haul, will become a limiting factor with a half ton. We just returned from a trip out west and I saw a lot of half tons struggling at elevation or in a head wind. Not fun!
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:41 PM   #16
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In5er,
I took the rig back to the storage lot last Friday and I was going to try it then.
But it was pouring rain and I decided that wasn't the best conditions to be testing brakes.
I'll try it the next time I take it out and I'll be sure to report back.


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Old 07-07-2016, 08:43 AM   #17
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BuddyRay, in the for what it's worth category, early this summer I, and my dealer, were struggling with a trailer brake problem on my Eagle HT that turned out to be my Ford truck's problem. When my Jayco dealer advised that everything was working properly with my braking system when hooked to a truck (not a Ford) at the dealership, I called my Ford dealer and they found a service bulletin notice for a Trailer Break Controller Module change. My truck was a 2015 F250.
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Old 07-07-2016, 10:25 AM   #18
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I was going to buy the 2015 HT 27.5 rlts with my F150 (and airbags), but held off and then saw the pin weight jump up 300 pounds from '15 -'16!! '16 model was 1525, with my wife and just camping gear I would be at/over my limit of my F-150. Forget trying to throw lots of wood in my bed = way over the limit. I just traded up for an F-250 yesterday, and can't wait to get our -'17 HT 27.5 rlts!! Great advice about ordering with the dealer agreeing to move the axles around for the additional height of the 250, and 4x4 !!
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:36 AM   #19
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Thanks tld, I'm due an oil change soon and I'll ask the dealer about that.


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We have the 28.5RSTS and tow it with a 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 long bed 4x4. You can hardly feel you're towing anything. The engine is a 5.7 gas. We just took ours on its maiden voyage and I was quite happy with it. Really like having two grey tanks and the black tank is larger than our previous trailer. Plenty of room. We also have a golden retriever. Get it with the fireplace. It took the chill out quickly. Ours is 30amp but have not had any major issues, just a couple of cosmetic things. Hope this was helpful.
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