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Old 11-29-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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Eagle HT towing testimonial with HT truck

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We currently have a 267BH and may be upgrading to something slightly larger with a third (minimum) bunk. We have an F-150 eco 3.55 LB 4x4 and I am interested in the HT fifth wheels. Just looking for some testimonials from people with HT trucks that tow these trailers....I know it's best to have a 3/4 ton at least so please don't reply saying that. POINT TAKEN. I have lots of experience towing but just looking for some other point of views...
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Old 11-29-2016, 03:16 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

This is a hot topic. I hope you get the information you seek.
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Old 11-29-2016, 03:37 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! As mentioned by oldmanAZ this has certainly been a hot topic here. If you do a search, I'm sure you'll find some of the previous threads on the subject. We're hoping to upgrade to a FW in the next couple of years. I would love to be able to do it with a 1/2 ton like the Tundra or Ford, but we'll probably go with a 3/4 ton gasser that we can pick up for about the same cost and not be as restricted on FW choices.
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:33 PM   #4
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Not to keep beating a dead horse here about the 3/4 ton, but having more power and torque is much better than not enough. Some of the factors you should consider, when considering a tow vehicle:

1. The weight provided by the RV manufacturer is the "dry" weight. After cargo, hitch weight, water, holding tanks and mods, your overall weight can increase significantly.

2. The tow capacity of your truck provided by the factory leaves much room for debates. There are a lot of folks with 1/2 ton trucks who tow over the rated weight. Check out this link and calculate your total weight when considering your overall package: RV Safety|RV Towing Calculator|Tow Ratings|GCWR

3. The weight capacity that you'd calculated may be within specs, when you're not moving. But, when towing you need to also consider head winds, cross winds, uphill and downhill grades. These factors can reduce your overall towing capacity.

Others may have other inputs, but having more reserve power and torque will always come in handy, when you need them most!

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Hello,
We currently have a 267BH and may be upgrading to something slightly larger with a third (minimum) bunk. We have an F-150 eco 3.55 LB 4x4 and I am interested in the HT fifth wheels. Just looking for some testimonials from people with HT trucks that tow these trailers....I know it's best to have a 3/4 ton at least so please don't reply saying that. POINT TAKEN. I have lots of experience towing but just looking for some other point of views...
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Old 11-29-2016, 04:51 PM   #5
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I have a 1/2 ton with Air Bags, vented Rotors and 8 ply tires and with 45 psi. I have a 2016 Jayco Eagle HT 27.5 RLTS with a dry weight of 8800 lbs. Travel with 10 gallons of water in tanks. Just drove 1100 miles Chicago to Florida . No problems.

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Old 11-29-2016, 05:02 PM   #6
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It's great to hear that you are having a good experience with your set up. Every owner, of course, is responsible for his/her set up. My points were merely suggestions, not rules.

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I have a 1/2 ton with Air Bags, vented Rotors and 8 ply tires and with 45 psi. I have a 2016 Jayco Eagle HT 27.5 RLTS with a dry weight of 8800 lbs. Travel with 10 gallons of water in tanks. Just drove 1100 miles Chicago to Florida . No problems.

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Thank you all for your replies. If we go this route will definitely need high quality LT tires and most likely airbags, again if we go this route. The equivalent TT are also pretty nice so will think about those as well. Again just wondering about people's HT experience with these HT fifth wheels as it looks like they are getting more popular from manufacturers, thanks! Was hoping to stay around 33-34' total so that's why I was looking further into the fifth wheels.
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Old 11-29-2016, 05:42 PM   #8
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Yes the tow ratings from the factory are a guideline to start with I guess, A lot more goes into towing the heavy loads as you know. For starters and one thing quickly overlooked by less experienced folks are the tires, the tires play a huge role in total weight of the TV regarding to how much tongue or pin weight there is. Anyway....thanks!
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Old 11-29-2016, 05:46 PM   #9
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With $2500.00 to make the truck safer was my decision. The dealer never mentioned this to me. The Jayco Eagle HT Fifth Wheel was designed for half ton trucks. Hence the HT in the name.

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If you upgraded to LT tires, you should check the load inflation index for the tires. I think you are dead-on with 45psi for both front/rear, I believe that if you spec the LT option from the factory GM specifies 45psi on the tire pressure sticker on the inside of the driver door.

I have Cooper LTs, after consulting the load inflation index I found that I need 40psi unloaded and 45psi for maximum payload. They ride rough and loud, but are night and day compared to the stock P-rated tires when it comes to tracking on the highway.

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