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Old 09-19-2015, 02:55 PM   #1
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Hello All, new to the forums as of today and would love some input from experienced Jayco Owners. After spending an exhausting two days at the Hershey show, we have narrowed our focus down to the Eagle HT 29.5 BHDS. The height listed shows 12' 5" w/ AC. My question is, when hooked to a newer (2012-present) stock F250 or Ram 2500 (likely diesel), what is the overall height? I ask only because there is one cable running across my road and I want to be certain we cleared if we choose to go this route.

I apologize for the rookie question, my wife and I have had two TT's in the past, this is our first venture into the 5'r arena. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-19-2015, 03:07 PM   #2
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Welcome to JOF! The overall height shouldn't change, regardless of what you're using for a TV. The pin is adjustable to account for different TV ride heights.
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Old 09-19-2015, 03:19 PM   #3
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robkelly - Thank you. Dealing with fifth wheels is a learning curve to say the least, but that's what the wife wants. I am getting a parking pad installed next to the house at the moment and the last thing I want to do is buy something to tall for my road.
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Old 09-19-2015, 03:21 PM   #4
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The most important thing you can do is hook up and on a level surface go up and measure your height . Spec is for a level rig you may or may not be level hooked up ! Personally I want to know for sure .
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Like you we are new to 5th's, but I have been thinking about this.
The listed height should be with the trailer level as it should be when hooked to the truck. So the height should be the same or close to it. The trailer will tow better if it is level, so spend some time or get the dealer to set up the 5th hitch.
Also the regulated min height is 14 feet ?, 18 wheelers etc, if it is less it must be posted so you should be OK most of the time.
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I assume that is some sort of utility cable across your road, e.g. power or phone. If it is unusually low, it's parent utility company may raise it.
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:19 PM   #7
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I have a 2015 Eagle HT 29.5BHDS and my TV is a 2015 Ram 2500 4x4. As of now the trailer rides nose hight and it still is at the 12' 6" mark and that is with a front mount A/C. However I think once I move the suspention down and add a spacer to get it to level, the hight will change but not by more than the 3-4 inches that I need for it to ride correctly. But I boondock 90% of the time so I need as much bed clearance as possible, so lowering the hitch is really not an option for me. If you are only staying in parks lowering the hitch can be the better option. Regardless you will still be under 13'.
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Like you we are new to 5th's, but I have been thinking about this.
The listed height should be with the trailer level as it should be when hooked to the truck. So the height should be the same or close to it. The trailer will tow better if it is level, so spend some time or get the dealer to set up the 5th hitch.
Also the regulated min height is 14 feet ?, 18 wheelers etc, if it is less it must be posted so you should be OK most of the time.
Correct 14ft min all roads big rigs are normally 13'6" DOT Federal Standards
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Welcome to JOF! The overall height shouldn't change, regardless of what you're using for a TV. The pin is adjustable to account for different TV ride heights.
Respectfully, that's ideal, but it's NOT necessarily true. Trucks don't self-level (unless you got that option) and there may be a big difference in ride height between a 2500 and 3500 on a heavy-pin trailer.

Using the factory height is fine for "in general" - but to get true height, you'll have to measure it on your truck, on your hitch config, on your trailer, loaded the way you load it...
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We just set up in a locally owned camp ground for a Blue Grass Festival. When they directed us down the back roads of the campground to our camping spot, they directed us under some power lines. They guy in the golf cart leading was flying along but when I got to the power lines, I pulled up and stopped. Got out and checked and just barely was able to get through. The lines brushed against the cowling on the air conditioner. The guy with the golf cart came back and said, gee, I never thought about the power lines. It seems they had done some road work on the culvert there and had applied about 4 inches of crushed rock. We were at 13'5" and touching. The campground owners spent the rest of the evening pulling back on the power pole with an anchor line to get his lines up another 4 inches. Close call!
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