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Old 01-02-2016, 11:58 AM   #1
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Eagle HT vs. other Eagle products

Is the Eagle HT 5th wheel a good quality 5th wheel? How does it compare to the other Eagle 5th wheels in quality? What makes an HT lighter? Is it just length? Thank you.
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HT stands for half-ton, which means the trailer can be towed with a 1/2 ton truck like Ford F-150. HT line is lighter than Eagle. Quality wise I think both the HT and Eagle lines are pretty good. It's really more about your tow vehicle's capacity and budget.
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Not saying heavier is always better, but if two rigs made by same company with similar floor plan and one is several thousand lbs lighter, the reduced weight has to come from somewhere. It's not like they r using high strength lightweight exotic materials on the ht series.

I looked at the ht series briefly (until I tried to hook it up to my ram 3500) and they were nice enough, but start comparing them to heavier, more costly models and the shortcuts start to show
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HT stands for half-ton, which means the trailer can be towed with a 1/2 ton truck like Ford F-150. HT line is lighter than Eagle. Quality wise I think both the HT and Eagle lines are pretty good. It's really more about your tow vehicle's capacity and budget.
+1 not sure how they cut weight
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I didn't do an in depth comparison, because we had to buy light. The regular line wasn't an option for us. It appeared that they were very specific in those materials we could externally observe. Thin luan plywood wherever possible, thin fiberglass skin for the shell, hatch frames are thin aluminum, light sinks/shower pans, light plumbing fixtures, thin counter tops, vinyl "stickers" for backsplash accents, faux wood interior trim rather than real wood, etc., etc.

That said, ours has not shown any type of wear in three heavy seasons and 12,000 miles. While there are a few places where I thought "they expect screws to hold this together?", nothing has stripped, come loose or been any issue. So while it may not be as robust, it was engineered right. I would not be surprised to learn that they are applying the material savings to the upper lines, and only sticking with heavier items where they are cheaper or give the impression to the buyer of "better value".
Maybe after 10-15 years of wear and tear there may be a difference...but then again, maybe not!
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Could have completely towed a standard eagle but we got the HT. I am extremely happy with it. For what we do the "lesser" materials work fine. The aluminum is a great addition and the "thin" fiberglass exterior is still solid.
Best of all I get 13-14mpg towing at sea level (when I am there)
Lighter materials don't always mean bad. For us it works great and am very happy with the result.

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We haven't had our Eagle HT long. We just got back from our first trip with it. We like it a lot, and it is made better than the TT we had, which was an ultra light.


I think part of the weight savings on these is the height. These are mid-profile, the ceiling /roof is not as tall. Even the front cap is smaller than the standard Eagle.
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As part of my purchase/decision making process, I was looking at weights and capacities.

Based on what I was looking at, I don't think the HT is all that "light weight" as much as it is "low GVWR". Comparing the 29.5BHDS to my 2006 Sandpiper, the weights aren't too far off. The Sandpiper however had 3000 pounds of cargo capacity, where the HT will be closer to 1000. I'm prepared to upgrade the springs, ales and tires if needed to provide additions all capacity.

I wish the offered that floor plan in an Eagle with a higher GVWR. I would have gotten that. The bunk plans in the Eagle are just too long for us.
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To long in total length.

And yes the GVW is low. I overload it all time lol.

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Crash, I wonder about your claim of low cargo capacity. My 26.5 RLS sticker states that my dry weight is 7,272 with a total GVWR of 9,950. That's almost 2,700 pounds of capacity. I don't believe I even come close to that, but where does your 1,000 come from. My recollection from when I bought my 26.5 RLS was that all the HTs had a GVWR of 9,950 with most, if not all, of them having a dry weight of less than 7,500 pounds.
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