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Old 09-25-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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Ordering (our first Jayco)Eagle 314BDS this weekend!

We having been camping for the last two years and absolutely love it(10 times this year). We bought a 2011 Keystone passport 300bh as our first camper and it has served us well, but it is more of a entry level trailer and since we enjoy camping so much, We wanted to upgrade to a camper that has more amenities and features. After doing lots of research, we decide on Jayco because they are family owned, a two year warranty, and have been around for a while. Looking to order;
2013 Eagle 314BDS
Outside kitchen
Power tongue and stab jacks
15k AC
Bike rake
Alloy wheels
Trundle in bunkhouse
Any other suggestion on comments would greatly be appreciated!

My tow vehicle is a 2012 Ford F150 ecoboost with max tow(11,300 rated) E rated tires
I know some may think it is not enough truck but it tow my current 34' trailer with no problems.
I have owned an 06 Duramax and an 08 silverado 6liter gasser, there is no question that the diesel was the best, but I can tell you that the ecoboost out pulls the 6.0 liter gas by far.
Thanks again and look forward to collecting and sharing info with everyone.

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Old 09-25-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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We really wanted the 314 but settled on the 32BHDS because it was lighter. I see you are going to order the trundle bed option. I guess you also have a large family. Just keep in mind your F-150's tow rating will be decreased with every pound you add to the pick up.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:13 PM   #4
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It's me, my wife, and two kids(7&11) @500lbs for all of us and I think Ford's cargo capacity includes a full tank of gas and allows 150lbs for the driver in addition to the cargo weight posted in the door. So I guess with a high estimate of 1000lb hitch weight I am still left with@ 800lbs for people and gear. I do have the Reese wdh and my truck has built in brake control, sway control, and hill descent. Trundle option is for kids in our group of families that we go with so they can sleep in our trailer if they want.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:49 PM   #5
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On a big trailer a second AC is nice to have. Electric stabilizers and power tongue jack is also a nice option.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:03 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum and Enjoy that new Eagle!
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:38 AM   #7
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I love the J-cubes in ours. The kids can arrange them as necessary, and we have slept as many as 5 kids (under 10) on the two. It allows flexibility.

As for the tongue weight, your estimate may be light. When I picked my 32BHDS up, and put only my camping items in front compartment, my tongue weight was over 1400 lbs. This was without bedding, clothing, food, water, dishes, staples.

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Old 09-26-2012, 06:59 PM   #8
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Hey! I have the same trailer. You can check out my review on this site. It reads overly negative, but that is ONLY because I was attempting to point out every little flaw. All-in-all I LOVE my Eagle and would not trade it for any other trailer.


Here are my thoughts on your question:
* Outside kitchen is a MUST. It is easily the coolest/awesomest thing about my new trailer. I use it EVERY TIME I CAMP.
* Get the glacier package. It is like $140 upgrade and it gives you a bigger furnace and better insulation. No brainer. Wish I had it No Dice since I bought off a lot.
* I wish I had the power stab jacks No Dice.
* Bunks with Trundle is the way to go. You can easily fit 4 adults back there. J-cubes are kind of cool...but trundle is far superior IMHO.
* You will want to have your dealer install brackets on the tongue so that you can add a second battery.
* When you get your unit, make sure you find the thread about water on the bathroom floor and perform the shower fix suggested by Shaner. Easy and TOTALLY effective.
* Also, I highly recommend the rear bumper mount for the BBQ from Jayco. $144 and it allows you to mount the BBQ right next to the kitchen and removes any insecurity that the BBQ will scorch the side of the trailer.

Enjoy! And post your experiences/thoughts on the site after you get it!!
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:33 PM   #9
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Welcome to JOF

I'm sure you will like the Eagle and it's standard amenities. I think Jayco has done a nice job on the color and graphics..., especially going to the fiberglass front cap!

On tongue weight, think in terms of "loaded" weights. With a 33ft TT a loaded tongue weight range of 13% to 15% of the loaded TT weight would be desirable. For example, with a 9,000lb loaded TT a loaded tongue weight range of 1,170lbs to 1,350lbs would be recommended.

Going with the 15K A/C minimum is a good move on a TT that long. Don't forget to post some inside/outside pics once you get the TT home!


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Old 09-26-2012, 08:52 PM   #10
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We have the eagle ht 23.5. Not a trailer, but a 5th wheel. I guess they are similar in features. We do enjoy the outside kitchen and bbq on bumper. The glacier package is great, the furnace kicked in the other day and is right in front of the bedroom. Hot!
We did not think we'd use the Outdoor shower but it's bery handy to wash the dog or in provincial parks where there is no sewer, can take a shower outside and not fill the grey tanks.

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