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Old 11-14-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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Eagle HT 29.5 BHDS questions

Finally found a 29.5 BHDS to look at today. Pretty nice unit. We really like it.

There are a couple questions that we didn't get answered though and I'm hoping that someone here that has one can help. Salesman wasn't very knowledgeable and wouldn't hook a battery up for us.

Where is the water pump located? Looked all over and couldn't find it.

How do you fill the fresh water tank if you don't have a pressurized water source with a hose? There is no gravity feed on the unit. Does the lever above the city hook up use the pump to suck water from a jug? We camp at lots of places where you don't always have a pressurized source with a hose to hook up to, and I'd usually dump 5 gallon jugs in my gravity fill.

Is there anyone that can measure how wide the opening is to get to the bunk when the slide is CLOSED? We do a bit of overnighting in Wal-Mart's when trying to cover long distances and we prefer not to deploy slides in these cases. Want to make sure the kids can squeeze through to get in bunks with slide closed.

Propane stove for outdoor kitchen: it looked like you have to connect it to the bumper mounted propane quick connect fitting for use, which also means disconnecting it when putting away? It that correct?

Auto leveling system: we are really liking the idea of this. Anyone have it? If so, are you happy with it?

Sorry to bombard with questions, just trying to clear up some things.

Thanks for any help!!
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Old 11-14-2015, 08:08 PM   #2
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Water pump is probably under the bathroom floor. Access from the basement storage compartment.

Auto level- get it, worth it.

As for the gravity fed water. I've never thought about it as I always fill up prior to going to place or taking a trip where I wouldn't have pressurized water. Fill up at home or at a truckstop near your destination would be my thought.

Propane stove- yes, but it's a quick connect like an air hose.

Not sure about the slide and bunk room. Looks like a pocket door so it is probably doable.
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Old 11-15-2015, 12:35 AM   #3
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Ok so I have a 2015 29.5 BHDS so I can help you out.. Like already said the pump is in the basement on the left side behind an access panel.

There is no gravity fill. Jayco has what they all a country fill and it is suppose to use the onboard pump to suck water out of a water can into the fresh water tank. I have not used this feature. I purchased a 12 volt pump to transfer water from my water barrels to my fresh water tank. From what I have read in order to make the country fill work you need to remove the wire cone screen at the fill point and reverse it prior to using this feature and then place the screen back to original the position when done. I have also read this takes a considerable amount of time.

As far as clearance between the counter and the dinette ther is none. So you need to open the slide or climb over the dinette to access the rear bunks.

In regards to the grill, you are correct. I did not purchase the bumper grill because I have not yet found an rv grill that is worth a darn. I use a camp chef pro 90 which allows me to do 100% of my cooking out side by using the grill box, griddle or burners individually, but typically I end up doing a combination of two if not all three depending on what I a doing.

Auto leveling was not an option for me. But if it was I would have passed only because I boondock and I pull into some areas that have some rough terain and my concern would be grabbing one of the auto levelers and ripping it right off.

I also skipped on the power jacks after talking to a guy in the parts department at the local dealership who said there is on way to manually deploy the jacks if the motor fails. He also said that they don't snug up as well when compared to the manual jacks.

I use the Anderson leveling wedges and that works fast and easy. Absolutely love them.

If you have any other question feel free to PM me.
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Old 11-15-2015, 02:22 AM   #4
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Looking through the owners manual today and it says to use the SANITIZE settings to fill the tank without a pressurized source. Guess they don't call t Country Fill any more
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DPI7800 - thank you, that helps a lot!

One more question - is there a whole house water filter somewhere? Couldn't find that either....
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Nope, no filter. So if that is something you desire you will need to purchase an aftermarket one that you put on at the water source.
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Finally found a 29.5 BHDS to look at today. Pretty nice unit. We really like it.

There are a couple questions that we didn't get answered though and I'm hoping that someone here that has one can help. Salesman wasn't very knowledgeable and wouldn't hook a battery up for us.

Where is the water pump located? Looked all over and couldn't find it.

How do you fill the fresh water tank if you don't have a pressurized water source with a hose? There is no gravity feed on the unit. Does the lever above the city hook up use the pump to suck water from a jug? We camp at lots of places where you don't always have a pressurized source with a hose to hook up to, and I'd usually dump 5 gallon jugs in my gravity fill.

Is there anyone that can measure how wide the opening is to get to the bunk when the slide is CLOSED? We do a bit of overnighting in Wal-Mart's when trying to cover long distances and we prefer not to deploy slides in these cases. Want to make sure the kids can squeeze through to get in bunks with slide closed.

Propane stove for outdoor kitchen: it looked like you have to connect it to the bumper mounted propane quick connect fitting for use, which also means disconnecting it when putting away? It that correct?

Auto leveling system: we are really liking the idea of this. Anyone have it? If so, are you happy with it?

Sorry to bombard with questions, just trying to clear up some things.

Thanks for any help!!
First off..... Find another sales person with more knowledge or even a different dealer. Stay away from salespeople that don't know what they are selling and especially if they won't hook up a temporary power pack or battery to check out the powered components of the unit that you are looking to spend $$$.
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First off..... Find another sales person with more knowledge or even a different dealer. Stay away from salespeople that don't know what they are selling and especially if they won't hook up a temporary power pack or battery to check out the powered components of the unit that you are looking to spend $$$.
No worries about that! We are likely going to order, since I don't imagine that we'll find one on the lot with dual pane Windows, Mor Ryde pin box and a leveling system.

We only went up there to look at the unit. Can't find one anywhere else within a couple hour drive, nobody had one in stock. Was pretty disappointed that they wouldn't hook up a battery. I was considering having my wife go in and discuss things while I pulled up my truck and hooked up battery cables to it to see what I wanted to see.

We'll be finding a dealer closer to home that gives us a better warm and fuzzy feeling.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:02 PM   #9
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We have the 2016 29.5 BHDS

1. Pump under bathroom in basement behind small removable panel
2. Country fill is inside that panel near pump for filling with jugs
3. Dont have auto level but I do have power rear jacks
4. You can take the table down and make into bed so the kids can climb over that to get to rear beds - new model has pocket door for rear. Very nice new feature.
5. Propane out side has 2 quick connects - 1 for rear 2 burner stove located under the sink and 1 near bumper for outside grill.

Also, I ordered mine with the Reese Revolution king pin. Allows having a short bed without needed a slider.


For those of you with the 29.5 BHDS. I have a question. What is the switch inside the battery compartment for? Not the battery disconnect. It looks like a light switch. Just found that today while I was going through all openings and closing them up with spray foam.
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:32 PM   #10
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That switch you are referring to is most likely the power switch for the rear mount camera, at least that is what mine is for. I suspect jayco just does a pre-wire for the camera on on the models that have it as an option.
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