Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-18-2014, 08:58 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Olathe
Posts: 2
Eagle 5th Wheel (Soon-To-Be) Rookie Questions

I'm set to pick up a 31.5FBHS in a few weeks. I've got a couple of questions that I'm researching online but could used some more expertise if anyone wants to claim that.

1. Hitch Recommendations: I've got a recent model year F350 with a 6.5ft shorter bed with the Ford 5th wheel attachment points/holes/structure. Does anyone have any recommendations for a hitch on this? Is a slider required with this combo and Eagle 5th Wheel (which will have the MorRyde pin box)?
2. Height Adjustments: I've got the possibility of being able to store the fifth wheel in a shed at times with an opening of 13' even. The 31.5FBHS is 13'1" in my configuration... Is there any adjustment that could be made to the fifth wheel (e.g. remove an air conditioning panel, etc) or trick (e.g. reduce tire pressure, park and use a dolly, etc) that could lend me a couple of inches when trying to clear an opening of this height? Once inside the shed there is plenty of clearance... it's just getting through the door that is tight.

Thanks.
__________________

jayco_ro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2014, 11:46 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
cariboocreek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Just outside Calgary
Posts: 472
We have a Pull Rite slider fifth wheel hitch. I love it. Has a couple of extra moving parts so there is a little running maintenance that needs to be done but no biggee. We got the cheaper Pull Rite with the rails in the box. I don't mind them and have used them for tying down other stuff when not hauling the camper.
__________________

__________________
2013 Ram Longhorn 3500 Crew Cab 6.7 Turbo Diesel, Aisin Transmission.
2014 Jayco Eagle Premier 351 RSTS, Mor/Ryde Suspension and Pin Box, 17.5" wheel upgrade, 18k Pull Rite hitch.
cariboocreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 12:21 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
UPCamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: The Mitten
Posts: 459
Quote:
Originally Posted by jayco_ro View Post
I'm set to pick up a 31.5FBHS in a few weeks. I've got a couple of questions that I'm researching online but could used some more expertise if anyone wants to claim that.

1. Hitch Recommendations: I've got a recent model year F350 with a 6.5ft shorter bed with the Ford 5th wheel attachment points/holes/structure. Does anyone have any recommendations for a hitch on this? Is a slider required with this combo and Eagle 5th Wheel (which will have the MorRyde pin box)?
2. Height Adjustments: I've got the possibility of being able to store the fifth wheel in a shed at times with an opening of 13' even. The 31.5FBHS is 13'1" in my configuration... Is there any adjustment that could be made to the fifth wheel (e.g. remove an air conditioning panel, etc) or trick (e.g. reduce tire pressure, park and use a dolly, etc) that could lend me a couple of inches when trying to clear an opening of this height? Once inside the shed there is plenty of clearance... it's just getting through the door that is tight.

Thanks.
1) I have a 2013 F350 with the 6.5' bed. I have a Husky 16K slider hitch. I haven't had to use the slider function yet with my 5er but with my 2015 Jayco Eagle HT it has come close at times. I also have the Mor/Ryde. Unfortunetly the Mor/Ryde does sit a little higher than a normal 5er hitch but your hitch can be adjusted. I would recommend a slider, but IMO it is not worth it to spend the big bucks on an auto slider because you won't have to use it very much.

2) I have no experience here. Good luck!
UPCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 01:41 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
sask934's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Regina SK Canada
Posts: 635
Welcome to the forum.
__________________
2013 Jayco Flight 33RLDS ( Parking this at seasonal site)

2013 F150 EXL Screw 5.0 4x4 3:55 locking ( not towing the above trailer with this truck)


Spending my children's inheritances on my toys!
sask934 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 07:14 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Southeast TN
Posts: 259
Id recommend a slider hitch as well. I have a short bed ford, with no slider, and have been closer to the cab than id like to be. I'll be getting one soon.
__________________
2013 Ram 3500 Laramie Cummins
2014 Eagle HT 29.5 BHDS
Sledgehammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 07:16 AM   #6
Site Team
 
norty1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 12,056
You have pretty much nailed the clearance issue. Take off the AC shroud and let some air out of the tires. I would consider putting it on blocks once inside.
This is not something I would do over once a year.
__________________
Moderator
2011 351RLTS Eagle, Mor/Ryde suspension & pin box
06 F350 Lariat PSD, SRW, LB, CC, EGR delete kit, 16K DrawTite hitch, Timbrens, TST TPMS

Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." - Mark Twain
norty1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 09:35 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Southeast TN
Posts: 259
Couple ideas on the shed.

Is the floor dirt or concrete? If it's dirt, probably be easy to take a couple inches off the ground one time and wont have to mess with airing tires up and down. A few minutes with a skid steer would fix that.
Another possibility....Could you trim a couple inches off the top of the door opening to get clearance?

Maybe a little bit of both to get about 13'4'' in the clear?
__________________
2013 Ram 3500 Laramie Cummins
2014 Eagle HT 29.5 BHDS
Sledgehammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 03:22 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Missouri City, The Republic of Texas
Posts: 3,010
I have a '13 F350 6.7 short bed and hitch with the B&W Companion OEM (attaches to the factory under-bed mount) and think it's great (but it's also the only one I've owned). We also have the Mor-Ryde pin box
To do over again, I would probably get the Reese slider that mounts to the under-bed mount.
"Why?", you ask.
I discovered the hard way that when making a full-lock U-turn the front cap will contact the rear of the cab and cause the rear window to explode which causes me to mess my pants. I am now super careful when turning.
Unless you can verify your new 5th doesn't need one I'd be thinking slider.
__________________
Cheers,
T_

2013 F-350 CC SB 2WD 6.7PS
2013 Eagle Premier 351 RLTS
-SOLD- 2012 X23B
-SOLD- 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4, Bilstein shocks
RedHorse1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 06:55 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Port Hope
Posts: 309
i bought the reese pro 15k slider new for like 500 bucks, works awesome just need to spray a little lube on the moving parts every so often and she slides back and forth like butter
__________________
2007 Dodge Ram 3500 SRW 6.7 cummins
2014 Eagle HT 27.5 BHS
1998 Tahoe Q5 4.3 (My Baby)
2006 Ford F150 5.4, (SOLD Oct 2014)
2014 Jayco Jayflight 26BH (SOLD Feb 2014)
carey965 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2014, 09:26 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Olathe
Posts: 2
Thanks

Thanks for the information so far. This is really helpful especially given that you have experience with a very similar installation. Sounds like a slider is the conservative best bet based upon experiences and I'd rather go that route for peace of mind - I don't want exploding rear windows.... I already did that once to my minivan when I backed out of the garage with the trunk open and that is no fun.

It seems like there are automatic and manual slider options so I guess that will be the next consideration. It looks like from a manufacturers standpoint that Reese may have the upper hand since it seems like Ford based its 5th wheel prep kit based upon the Reese, but with that said Reese and others make adapters that allow for pretty much anything to get installed.

With regards to height, does anyone have any input on if I am likely to have the right degree of available/required adjustment in the hitch to ensure a properly level and vertically placed hook up of the Eagle? I've got 18" tires, assuming a Reese Slider Hitch, and a Mor-Ryde pin box, I suspect there is some/enough vertical adjustment to the Hitch that would allow me to consider this. Thanks again.
__________________

jayco_ro is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.