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Old 10-24-2011, 11:05 PM   #1
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Eagle vs Eagle Super Lite 5th wheels

Hi all, new to this forum and I would like to get input on a couple of Jayco 5ers.

Can anyone tell me definitively what the difference in construction is between the Eagle and Superlite Eagle 5ers? I have been looking on the Jayco web site and it looks like the roof on the regular Eagle is 1/4" plywood and the lite is 3/8" plywood. Can this be right, the "lite" has heavier roof construction? I'm missing something here and I don't know what it is. Also, the floor on the regular Eagle is 5/8" tongue in groove and it doesn't really say what the floor material is in the Lite.

It has always been my thought that anything in life that carries the "lite" in its name is some what lacking in either quality or flavor.

We will be buying in the spring and I want to make sure we choose the right unit for us. Hopefully this will be the last trailer we will be buying so it must last us.

We go out about 10 to 12 times a year usually for a week at a time with a mix of dry camping and private parks. We hope to make a cross country trip in the not to distant future for a couple of months.

After looking at way more brands than I care to think about, we have narrowed it down to Jayco and we like 2 models, the Eagle 321RLTS and the Superlite 31.5 RLTS. The 321 is at the outer limit of length for us so I am leaning toward the Superlite but I want to be comfortable knowing that it will last us for several years.

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Old 10-25-2011, 07:37 AM   #2
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I`m wondering if that is a typo on the roof thickness. Even the Jayflight TT line has 3/8 ply for a roof. The floors on the Eagles are 5/8 T&G ply where the lites have a sandwich of foam and luan. Also in most cases the lites have less cargo carrying capacity and smaller holding tanks to keep the GVWR lower.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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On the regular Eagle fivers, the roof is 1/4" ply because the foam insulation helps distribute any load. The Jayflights and the 2011 and earlier Eagle TTs (don't know about the 2012s; Jayco's literature is totally fouled up) have a 3/8" roof because the insulation is glass. Based on that, I suspect the Eagle Superlight fivers have glass insulation (it's hard to tell from Jayco's piddle poor literature) which would account for the 3/8" roof. Glass is probably lighter weight than foam. It definitely is less expensive.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:37 AM   #4
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We have the 321RLTS and the thing that put me in this one vs the lite was the bedroom ceiling hieght.I can walk around the bed and not have to stoop over,I'm 6'1.IIRC the shower on the lite is part of the bedroom also which we didnt like.
Either unit you wont be sorry,but we really like our 321.
Get the insulation upgrade and if down south get the 2 ac's.we've camped here in east Tex this summer when way over 100 and had no problem keeping the rv cool.
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We purchased a 2011 31.5RLTS early this year after considering both the 31.5RLTS and the 321RLTS. We went with the 31.5RLTS for a couple of reasons. We were able to work a better deal and, the most important, was that we calculated that the extra pin weight of the 321 RLTS would probably put us over the GVWR of the truck. After getting the 31.5 and getting it loaded (really pretty conservatively) for a trip to the Yukon and Alaska we found that we actually had exceed the GVW of truck by a few hundred pounds (weighed on a CAT scale). And, that is on a new truck with the 10,000lb GVWR! With regard to the units construction we had the same questions before starting out, but after 8K miles on all types of gravel, dirt and frost-heaved roads the unit turned out to be pretty bullet-proof. When walking on the roof there is no difference between it and our previous Arctic Fox. However, there were a host of "workmanship" issues, mostly in the interior, that we had to have taken care of before leaving on the trip. A few more minor interior things needed attention when we returned (loose trim, etc). Overall, our experience has been good, although if it was not for an excellent dealer we might feel a little different.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:21 PM   #6
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We have the 321RLTS and the thing that put me in this one vs the lite was the bedroom ceiling hieght.I can walk around the bed and not have to stoop over,I'm 6'1.IIRC the shower on the lite is part of the bedroom also which we didnt like.
Either unit you wont be sorry,but we really like our 321.
Get the insulation upgrade and if down south get the 2 ac's.we've camped here in east Tex this summer when way over 100 and had no problem keeping the rv cool.
Thanks, Height in the BR is not a problem for us as I'm only 5'8" and the wife is 5' so we can get by with the ceiling height and the shower is in a separate bath room on the 31.5RLTS. Will remember the advise on the second AC

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We were able to work a better deal and, the most important, was that we calculated that the extra pin weight of the 321 RLTS would probably put us over the GVWR of the truck. After getting the 31.5 and getting it loaded (really pretty conservatively) for a trip to the Yukon and Alaska we found that we actually had exceed the GVW of truck by a few hundred pounds (weighed on a CAT scale). And, that is on a new truck with the 10,000lb GVWR! A few more minor interior things needed attention when we returned (loose trim, etc). Overall, our experience has been good, although if it was not for an excellent dealer we might feel a little different.
I'm not as concerned with the GVWR of the truck as I am of the RAWR and the rating of the tires. Based on those numbers I should be good up to about 6300# on the rear axle and with an empty wt of 2900 on that axle I can put a 321 or the 31.5 on there with no problem. I am going to put either air bags or the Roadmaster Active Suspension system to enhance the ride and help keep the truck level.

Glad to hear you put the 31.5 to the acid test and it survived.

Thanks a bunch for the feedback.

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You get what you pay for. The Eagle has bigger holding tanks, water heater, etc. They use better materials, nicer cabinets, etc. More standard, and available options.

If its the last trailer you will buy, why not make it a nice one.

You wont regret getting the eagle!

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Steve, the RAW on the CAT scale with the loaded 31.5 was about 5900lbs and I think the axle GAWR is 6200lbs on our truck.
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I bought an 321RLTS Eagle in May, No majotr problems so far, 2 a/c's is a must, I traded in an Laredo I had for 2 years because of the a/c. It only had one.
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