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Old 09-25-2017, 11:06 AM   #1
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Eagle 28.5 RSTS HT

The DW and I currently have a 27DSRL that we have had for a year. We have found that we love going away on trips in it. As we near retirement, we are looking at going further distances for longer periods of time. This past weekend on a whim, we looked at the 27.5 HT and the 28.5 HT. We feel like the 28.5 will service our needs for a long time to come. I have some questions or maybe some concerns with our current TV and would garner the advice from the forum.

Our TV is a 2017 F250 Lariat 4X4 off road, 6.2L, 3.73 gears , 6.5' bed and 20" tires. Ground to top of side rails measures 60".

With the DW, myself and the stuff we put into the truck, we have 2500 lbs left over as weighed(3000 lb payload from the factory). My biggest concern is the height of the bed rails in regards to turning and leveling the 5ver. The 28.5 has a MorRyde suspension that can be flipped to provide another inch or two.

Any and all suggestions, experience, comments, concerns welcomed. If it doesn't work, we would be happy with our current TT. Please feel free to PM if you'd rather.

Thanks in advance.
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Hey 2nOZ,

Not certain what you mean by "MorRyde suspension that can be flipped to provide another inch or two" but, see my sig for my rig. My truck also has 20" tires and, I believe I have read that a Chevy maybe slightly lower than a Ford. I have also had the springs on the FW lowered to the bottom hole of the spring perches in order to raise the FW. It still runs somewhat nose high but I haven't noticed any ill-effects. BTW, our FW has 15" tires ... the optional 16" tires would help a little with the nose high issue.

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My biggest concern is the height of the bed rails in regards to turning and leveling the 5ver. .
I have about 6" above bed rails and zero issues with turning. I did choose to have a slider hitch and have used it once ... just for testing functionality. I have not been in a situation where I felt I needed to use the slider ... yet ;-)
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We have a 2017 28.5 RSTS and are very happy with it! We tow it with a 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 long bed gasser without any problems. We ordered it with the Maxxus tires. A few minor issues but nothing significant. Plenty of room. Very comfortable. Could easily live in it for quite a while. Sufficient storage. I'll comment more later.

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Our TV is a Ford F250 FX4 Lariat with 6.7l. The distance from ground to top of the rails is 56". We have the upgraded 16" wheel package on the FW and ours does ride a bit nose high. We have the B&W companion hitch and it is set in the middle holes at 17 3/4 inch i think. It tows well but I might try lowering the hitch all the way down as we have plenty of bed rail clearance. I have attached a couple of images. Let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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Hey 2nOZ,

Not certain what you mean by "MorRyde suspension that can be flipped to provide another inch or two" but, see my sig for my rig. My truck also has 20" tires and, I believe I have read that a Chevy maybe slightly lower than a Ford. I have also had the springs on the FW lowered to the bottom hole of the spring perches in order to raise the FW. It still runs somewhat nose high but I haven't noticed any ill-effects. BTW, our FW has 15" tires ... the optional 16" tires would help a little with the nose high issue.

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I have about 6" above bed rails and zero issues with turning. I did choose to have a slider hitch and have used it once ... just for testing functionality. I have not been in a situation where I felt I needed to use the slider ... yet ;-)
The TT has 16" Goodyear wheels and the Mor/Ryde CRE 3000 suspension. The dealer said they could move the suspension up to the next hole and gain one to two inches.
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Our TV is a Ford F250 FX4 Lariat with 6.7l. The distance from ground to top of the rails is 56". We have the upgraded 16" wheel package on the FW and ours does ride a bit nose high. We have the B&W companion hitch and it is set in the middle holes at 17 3/4 inch i think. It tows well but I might try lowering the hitch all the way down as we have plenty of bed rail clearance. I have attached a couple of images. Let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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Grumpymedic,

Thank you for the pics. Did you add anything to the truck suspension?
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Thank you for the pics. Did you add anything to the truck suspension?
Not yet, I ordered the Timbrens SES that are due to be here on Wednesday. Hope they help to level out the TV a bit. Will compare before and after once I get the Timbrens installed.
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The TT has 16" Goodyear wheels and the Mor/Ryde CRE 3000 suspension. The dealer said they could move the suspension up to the next hole and gain one to two inches.
Yep, same Moreryde 3000 as is on mine. What the dealer will do is lower the springs which in-turn raises the FW.
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The DW and I currently have a 27DSRL that we have had for a year. We have found that we love going away on trips in it. As we near retirement, we are looking at going further distances for longer periods of time. This past weekend on a whim, we looked at the 27.5 HT and the 28.5 HT. We feel like the 28.5 will service our needs for a long time to come. I have some questions or maybe some concerns with our current TV and would garner the advice from the forum.

Our TV is a 2017 F250 Lariat 4X4 off road, 6.2L, 3.73 gears , 6.5' bed and 20" tires. Ground to top of side rails measures 60".

With the DW, myself and the stuff we put into the truck, we have 2500 lbs left over as weighed(3000 lb payload from the factory). My biggest concern is the height of the bed rails in regards to turning and leveling the 5ver. The 28.5 has a MorRyde suspension that can be flipped to provide another inch or two.

Any and all suggestions, experience, comments, concerns welcomed. If it doesn't work, we would be happy with our current TT. Please feel free to PM if you'd rather.

Thanks in advance.
We've got basically the same setup. We have a new 2018 Jayco Eagle HT 28.5 RSTS (loaded w/16' wheels) and a 2017 F250 6.2L 4x4 3.73 LB SCREW with 18" wheels. We also have 3K# payload from the factory. Our 5'r came from Jayco weighing in at 9,500# DRY - so not much left for storage. That means if we maxed it out at 10K#, the king pin weight would be close to 2K# - leaving 1K# left over for passengers and extras. When we hitch up, the ass drops about 2". Since we use an Andersen hitch, I can lower/raise the hitch to level up the 5'r nose and still have 6"+ of clearance on the bed rails.
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We have this same 28.5 eagle ht we pull it with a GMC 2500 and our hook up is with a reese hitch pivot point is out further due to the hitch . We really enjoy this set up and we plan on long distance travel in future retirement adventures . pretty nice set up good luck and enjoy .
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The DW and I currently have a 27DSRL that we have had for a year. We have found that we love going away on trips in it. As we near retirement, we are looking at going further distances for longer periods of time. This past weekend on a whim, we looked at the 27.5 HT and the 28.5 HT. We feel like the 28.5 will service our needs for a long time to come. I have some questions or maybe some concerns with our current TV and would garner the advice from the forum.

Our TV is a 2017 F250 Lariat 4X4 off road, 6.2L, 3.73 gears , 6.5' bed and 20" tires. Ground to top of side rails measures 60".

With the DW, myself and the stuff we put into the truck, we have 2500 lbs left over as weighed(3000 lb payload from the factory). My biggest concern is the height of the bed rails in regards to turning and leveling the 5ver. The 28.5 has a MorRyde suspension that can be flipped to provide another inch or two.

Any and all suggestions, experience, comments, concerns welcomed. If it doesn't work, we would be happy with our current TT. Please feel free to PM if you'd rather.

Thanks in advance.
Lowered springs to lower hole on our 2017 RLTS - gained about 1" At the same time I also replaced all nylon spring bushings with greasable MORryde Heavy Duty Spring Shackles. I think you may need more drastic changes to get near level and 6" bed clearance- The New F250's really sit high.
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Lowered springs to lower hole on our 2017 RLTS - gained about 1" At the same time I also replaced all nylon spring bushings with greasable MORryde Heavy Duty Spring Shackles. I think you may need more drastic changes to get near level and 6" bed clearance- The New F250's really sit high.
The dealer has stated there are some things they can do to the TT to gain an inch or two. He also said they may not be able to get the TT level do to the 60" height of the side rails. It may ride a little high they said. Seems a bit tedious at this point.
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Yeah. I was thinking something else.......Thanks for the clarification...

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I want to thank all those that provided excellent suggestions, information and pictures. It is so nice to have such great people on this forum with a lot of experience to help out when someone has a question. Thanks again.
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Just to be sure. You mention TT but I think you mean FW. TT usually means travel trailer (bumper pull) vs fifth wheel.

Our HT already has 'flipped' axles and 15" wheels. It rides about 5" nose high. Noticeable, but, not a big deal. One of these days I'll lower the shackles and put on 16" wheels/tires and that should get me closer.

Note that you may need overload springs depending on what your final cargo and pin weight end up being. We are at max load for the truck when traveling so I added Timbrens.
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Just to be sure. You mention TT but I think you mean FW. TT usually means travel trailer (bumper pull) vs fifth wheel.

Our HT already has 'flipped' axles and 15" wheels. It rides about 5" nose high. Noticeable, but, not a big deal. One of these days I'll lower the shackles and put on 16" wheels/tires and that should get me closer.

Note that you may need overload springs depending on what your final cargo and pin weight end up being. We are at max load for the truck when traveling so I added Timbrens.
Oops, you are correct on the TT reference vs the FW. So used to referencing TT in the past. Thanks.
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