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Old 09-08-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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I just purchased a new 2012 Jayco Eagle Super Lite 29 RES, and Im going to pick it up tomorrow. This is my 1st camper, is there anything that I should know good/ bad about this camper, or how it pulls???? Ive researched online and have been looking at different lots for about 3 months and this is the one that fit us best( minus the outdoor kitchen) Any comments or help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:16 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum 05hemi. How well it pulls may depend on what tow vehicle, sway control, and weight distribution hitch you have.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:26 PM   #3
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Thank you. I'll be pulling it with a 2005 Dodge Quad Cab 4X4 SLT with the Big Horn package. The hitch, bars, and sway control is DrawTite.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:50 PM   #4
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Is that a 1500 or 2500 truck?

Specs on your trailer for our members to ponder:

Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 7,100
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 905
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 9,200
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2,100
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Exterior Length 33' 11"
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:35 PM   #5
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snip.......I'll be pulling it with a 2005 Dodge Quad Cab 4X4 SLT with the Big Horn package. The hitch, bars, and sway control is DrawTite.
05hemi,

Welcome to the Jayco forums.

As Lee mentioned, knowing whether your '05' Hemi is a 1500 or 2500 may have an impact on towing the Eagle Super Lite 29RES. The 29RES may be labeled a Super Lite, but a 33ft long TT in the "loaded weight" range of 8,000lbs to 9,000lbs is a heavy TT.

Below are some weights to noodle over until we find out your TV model (1500 or 2500), and the respective TV model weight limits and TV receiver weight limits.

Since we don't tow an empty TT to the campground, we need to focus on potential "loaded" weights. As Lee noted, the UVW of the 29RES is 7,100lbs...., Ship Weight 7,350lbs (approx.), off the RV Dealer lot (battery, hitch, etc.) about 7,475lbs. Add a conservative 800lbs for TT cargo (not including fresh water, etc.) we are at a loaded TT weight of 8,275lbs. Please note that we all have our own loading habits, so your actual weight may be a "little" less, or 100's of pounds more. The GVWR of the 29RES is a hefty 9,200lbs.

Ok, your loaded tongue weight should be 13% to 15% of the loaded TT weight. At 8,275lbs the loaded tongue weight should be 1,076lbs to 1,241lbs. The minimum weight rating for your WDH should be 1,200lbs for towing the 29RES.

You mentioned a Draw-Tite sway control, if this is the manual friction sway control bar you will find that the manufacture recommends that two friction sway control bars be installed on TT's 25ft or longer. But, in lieu of the two friction bars you would be wiser to look into an Equal-i-zer WDH brand or Reese HP Dual Cam WDH brand because the sway control is integrated into the WDH, and are more effective at sway control.

One of the disadvantages of 1/2 ton trucks is it's low cargo capacities. In many cases a 1/2 ton can tow the weight of a loaded TT, but do to the low cargo capacity it falls short in accommodating the added heavier loaded TT tongue weights.

Hope this gives you a little insight.

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I'm sorry I forgot to put in that its a 1500.
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snip...... its a 1500.
Great info.

Do you know the following weight limits of your TV:

* GVWR
* GVCWR
* Cargo Capacity
* Tow Rating
* OEM Receiver weight limits in WD mode (should be a tag on the receiver)

Thanks in advance,

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Welcome to the forum 05hemi and congrats on your 2012 Jayco Eagle Super Lite 29 RES.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:03 PM   #9
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The gvwr is 9200#, cargo cap. is 2100#, and I have a class 4 receiver
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The tow capacity of my tv is 8700# and I've seen also a rating of 9200#, so I'm not sure. Called Dodge and they used my vin to check and said I should be good....
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