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Old 03-31-2016, 04:26 PM   #1
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Found an Eagle 284BHBE

After placing order on an Eagle we were informed it was discontinued. Husband really loved the Eagle and wouldn't look at other options.
Searching around we came across one in NC. Today we put a deposit on it. Won't be able to get up there until middle of April.
Please give me any advise.
Dealer is installing slide topper.
We will be camping in NC to get any issues during pdi fixed.

Questions:
1. We currently have Draw Tite brake controller. Will this work or do we need a better one?
2. It has a wrap around dinette. Do you have to drop the table before traveling?
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Old 03-31-2016, 04:44 PM   #2
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I think brake controllers are all pretty similar technology. If you can save money on one and it works, I would not sweat it.

We traveled with the dinette table in tacked (not dropped).
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Old 03-31-2016, 04:46 PM   #3
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I use my stock Ram brake controller and it works great, not sure about the draw tite. I leave the dinette table up when traveling, it has not been a problem, it takes a good tug to get it out, so I guess it stays secure because of how snug it is. We have a Husky Centerline hitch and I've pulled about 800 miles with it performing well. What kind of truck are you pulling the camper with?
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:52 AM   #4
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We will be towing with Toyota Tundra 5.7L v8.
It has factory tow package. We will be using Equalizer 12k hitch/sway.
I have looked into payload and we will be close. So our plan is not too load anything in bed of truck. Bikes will go on back of camper. Camp chairs in rear storage under bunks.
Plan on replacing current tires.
We live in Florida so all flat land. I plan on driving slow and 60mph on highway same as we do with our current camper.
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:20 AM   #5
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Bradenton, Fl... we LOVE Anna Maria Island in the winter!

You will be awfully close to payload on your Tundra. The Equalizer hitch is a great idea. I had a 2010 Rock Warrior with the E rated tires, that is another great idea to make the Tundra a better tow platform... less flex in tires will make it more stable.

For a brake controller, I used a Tekonsha P3 and loved it. I don't know enough about the Draw Tite to make an education decision.

Your dinette is designed to be towed in table position, so nothing to worry about there. If it makes you feel better to lower it, that is perfectly fine too. We always tow with ours in table position... makes it easier if we stop for lunch in the camper anyways!

You said bikes will go on the back of the camper... what do you mean by that? Unless you have an installed hitch, I would NOT recommend hanging bikes off the back of your trailer. Those little "hitches" that simply clamp to the rear bumper of your trailer are NOT designed to handle the weight or movement of a bike rack. I have a 2015 JayFlight that has a factory Class 3 tow hitch mounted to the frame. You can hang bikes off of that... not the bumper!

Be careful about loading everything in the back of the trailer and reducing tongue weight. You will have a much better ride with appropriate tongue weight (and too much payload) than you will having too light tongue weight and trailer sway.

Slide topper... I thought I wanted one of these when I bought my current trailer but never got around to it. I read the stories of water pooling on the slide topper and putting extra weight on the roof. I read the stories of wind buffeting and noise. We decided against it for now and haven't regretted that decision. We bought a $20 electric leaf blower and have a small step ladder we carry with us. At the end of a trip I climb up the ladder and blow leaves and sticks off the roof... super easy, no new holes in the siding, no maintenance to worry about with the topper.
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We live in Florida so all flat land. I plan on driving slow and 60mph on highway same as we do with our current camper.
The worst towing I had with this size travel trailer and half ton tow vehicle was when driving over 60mph. >60mph will be much more comfortable.
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Congrats on new Eagle. Good idea to camp close to dealer to get any issues resolved
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