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Old 02-14-2015, 03:26 PM   #1
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Pulling an Eagle Premier - what vehicle?

We were originally thinking of getting a Greyhawk 31DS, but after some discussion of what my needs/uses of a rig would be, we're leaning towards a 5th wheel.

And, of course, this is decided *after* I spent 2 days at the recent Seattle RV show looking at Class C vehicles and ignoring the trailers and 5th wheels. Of course!

Anyway, just got back from the local Jayco dealer and I rather like the Eagle Premier 331RKTS and 351RLTS.

We were wondering if a Toyota Tundra would be able to pull one of these without any problems? If not (we don't think it's rated for that much weight), what trucks would you folks suggest? And trucks without a ton of problems either. I'm not too keen on diesels as I HATE how noisy they are.

We would be purchasing a vehicle as neither of ours would be able to pull it (older Tacoma and FJ Cruiser - yeah, we like Toyotas!)

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well good luck I don't know as I have the 338 rets and I have a 1 ton f350 with the diesel ... totally not the info your looking for lol
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to the switch from motorhome to 5r I would say I know we switched because of mechanicals sitting for most of the year and dry rotting on my motorhome ... with the tt I just have to worry about mice and tires
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No way! You need at least a 3/4 ton TV (a 1 ton would be better). Diesels are a lot quieter than they used to be. I drove a 3/4 ton diesel with a heavy 5er and can tell you from experience, it's no fun "white-nuckling" a trip. No matter what people say on this forum (including me), you have to live with your decision. Towing capacity isn't as big a deal with a 5er as the hitch weight. You are looking at hitch weights around 2300# dry. You have to add cargo in the truck and 5er plus, ideally, have a 10 to 20% safety margin.
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and another option is to look at the travel trailers ... I know they pull differently but are lighter weight and less tongue weight ... I am fine with pulling a tt and having everything on one level
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After cruising the Jayco site a bit, another one that might be an option is the Eagle HT 265RKS. However, the local dealer doesn't have it in stock so I can't say for sure. I looked inside the Eagle 321RLDS tt and there wasn't enough head clearance room when getting off the couch (I'm 5'10"). I just barely kept myself from bonking my head.

The dealer did now show us any of the Eagle HTs they had in stock - that'll be the next time I go in.

The Jayco site does say a Tundra could pull the HTs, so this might be do-able.

What's a 338 rets? And a Super Lite HT? I can't find them on the site.

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The 338 rets is a 39 ft rear living with 3 slides two in the rear living area and front bedroom king slide weighs in around 9400 lbs
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Great floorplan and huge shower and bedroom closet but it is a travel trailer
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Don't go by what the dealer says you can tow. Get out your truck manual and see for yourself. There's no way a Tundra could haul our 321RLTS, and it's the smallest of the Eagle Premier line.

Do your homework, and you'll be happier (and safer) in the long run.
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We've got a 2013 351 RLTS. We love the camper!

We pull it with a '96 Chevy crew cab dually 454. I wouldn't dream of trying to pull it with any less truck. This camper is 12,000 pounds dry, and I figure it has to be at least 14,000 pounds with all of my crap loaded in it.
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