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Old 04-24-2015, 02:31 PM   #1
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Hi all. Newbie here, but been on other fora for years. The above FW is on my short-list to replace my '04 Komfort 25FSG. Given that the Jayco is almost 2' longer, with 3 slides, but weighs in about 1,300 lbs LESS (11,300 GVW vs 9950 GVW), durability does concern me. I'd appreciate hearing back from any owners with their experiences on these FWs in the past couple years. TIA...

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Old 04-24-2015, 02:45 PM   #2
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We just got ours in January, and it's been in our driveway since, getting ready for our first trip, and tweaking some things, so don't have much experience with it other than that, but so far, we haven't found anything we don't like about it. Sure like the amount of storage it has in the basement, among other things.
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The Eagle HT line is targeted at half ton pickups, hence the HT. That said, while we don't have a 27.5 RLTS, we do have a 27.5 BHS (bunk house and one large slide). We've had ours now for close to two years (8/2013) and it's a 2014 model. It's been solid with zero problems. It tows well, is very comfortable and nicely appointed interior and exterior wise.
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:12 AM   #4
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We just got ours in January, and it's been in our driveway since, getting ready for our first trip, and tweaking some things, so don't have much experience with it other than that, but so far, we haven't found anything we don't like about it. Sure like the amount of storage it has in the basement, among other things.
When you say "tweaking", are you making small mods, or are you fixing stuff that's not right from the factory?

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The Eagle HT line is targeted at half ton pickups, hence the HT. That said, while we don't have a 27.5 RLTS, we do have a 27.5 BHS (bunk house and one large slide). We've had ours now for close to two years (8/2013) and it's a 2014 model. It's been solid with zero problems. It tows well, is very comfortable and nicely appointed interior and exterior wise.
Thanks, Quahog.

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Make sure you understand the tongue weight of the 5er, and your trucks payload capacity once fully loaded
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When you say "tweaking", are you making small mods, or are you fixing stuff that's not right from the factory?

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I fixed a wire that was pinched under the rear stabilizer jacks. It hadn't shorted out, but would have eventually. I think that was inexcusable to be missed at the factory, since it was right beside one of the bolts they had to tighten. Also had a small leak on a water valve. In fairness, it may not have been leaking when it left the factory. It was a defect in the valve they used, not the way they installed it.
Other than that, I've just been doing some other things to it, like adding carpeting in the metal tray in the front storage section, put in a different exhaust fan in the bathroom, and little stuff like that.
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:06 AM   #8
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Again, not the same model owned, but one that is very close. Starting the 3rd season with it.

All my issues:
1. Outside hose sprayer leaked a little.
2. Loose switch wire, preventing the awning from working.
3. City water connector froze and wouldn't unscrew (had to turn the hose, instead), so was replaced.

Repaired under warranty.

Two month long trips (Minn. to Maine, Minn to Calif/Oregon), plus several long weekends more locally.

Nothing that needed self-repair/adjustment (except, of course, things that I did to it that I had to then fix!)

There seems to be a reason Jayco is one of the few offering a 2-year warranty.
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I should add - upgrades I have done:
Added Strongarm stabilizers to reduce bounce/wiggle when in camp.
Upgraded battery to two 6v
Changed out lights to LED's (I believe new ones already have this feature).
Added a medium size inverter to run the TV/DVD when dry camping.

There are areas that seem very "lightly" built, especially wood panels and framing thereof - but Jayco does seem to have engineered them right - nothing has become loose, needs tightening, or has shifted due to wear and tear.
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Make sure you understand the tongue weight of the 5er, and your trucks payload capacity once fully loaded
Absolutely! I about walked out on a Jayco salesman when he started telling me about the HT being "half-ton towable". If they're empty, and you have a '14 or '15 with all the towing options and few other options on the truck, then sure, they're HT towable, but if you've got a loaded truck and you're ready to camp, I would, in no way, hook =any= of them up to a HT truck. My '02 2500HD 4x4, CC, std box is =solid= on the overloads with my 11,300 GVW Komfort at much less than gross, and I've scaled my rig when light, and am near my max #s on all but my tires. As I tell other newbies, "it's not what you can TOW, it's what you can CARRY, that's the important number. All else is hype."

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