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FireCapt564 10-17-2013 11:34 AM

Need Info
 
We are looking to upgrade from our Jayco TT to the 2014 Eagle Premier 5th Wheel. Would really appreciate any helpful advice on this purchase. Main reason for switch is need more space. I'm 6'4" and need better sleeping conditions. We are looking at the 361REQS and the 371FLFS. Really want to make the right choice but brand new to 5th wheels. Thanks for any advice!

tinlizzie23 10-17-2013 07:56 PM

We made the switch from TT to 5er three years ago, and have never regretted it. So much more stability on the road, easier hitching/unhitching, more room, and many other improvements. We'll probably never go back to TTs.

First thing is to make sure that your TV can adequately handle the 5er, and particularly the brakes. Most any truck can pull the 5er, but can yours stop it comfortably ? Your owners manual should state your weight and cargo capacities. Then invest in a good hitch.

The only other thing you have to get used to is that the 5er will not track around curves the same as a TT. While the TT will pretty much follow the TV around the corner, the 5er will cut the corner short. So you have to get used to swinging wider on turns, similar to a semi-truck. A little practice in a large parking lot (such as Wal-Mart on a slow day) will get you used to it.

Other than that, it's just a personal choice of floor plans. One other thing - I recommend that you have at least two slides that are opposite each other, if possible. That really opens up the interior, and helps with stability by counter balancing the weight while parked. Hope this helps you a little.

3330 10-17-2013 09:37 PM

That's a good feature of opposing slides but that feature is going to take some getting used to by the wife and I. We are used to pulling over at break or lunch time and heating coffee and a sandwich in the microwave. With this rig now I might have to slim down a lot and grow some long arms to get the microwave door open for a quick snack:facepalm:

Rob_Fla 10-18-2013 05:41 AM

I looked at the new 371FLFS floorplan on Jayco's website, wow that is one big 5th Wheel, looks awesome.

The only issue I had with Front Living room 5ers for somebody over 6' tall is the front living ceiling height and the slide height in the Front Living area.

With the new Arched Roofs it is much better in the Front Living area but still when sitting in the front slide area, the slide ceiling it pretty close for tall people, but the rear bedroom area is great.

FireCapt564 10-18-2013 06:10 AM

Thank everyone for great feedback. As with anything, the trade offs are what we are contemplating...which can we live with. As well as the ceiling height in the front living room,, the kitchen/dining area seems cramped...although the huge bedroom might make up for that...DW not so sure. Thanks also for the heads up on the slide out issues, including when traveling. We had not thought of the accessibility to microwave issue.

As for towing, I'm pretty confident my F-350 diesel dually should work but I appreciate the turning tips. Practice will help. Are there any preferred hitches to recommend? Rather spend the money on a really good hitch system now then suffer for it later.

Once again, thanks for all your help. That's why we posted here...we knew the information would benefit us as we move forward. Keep the tips coming!

troutslayer 10-18-2013 10:37 AM

We don't worry too much about accessing the microwave when traveling cuz we don't have an onboard genny. Our criteria while on the road is accessability to the bathroom, the refrig and the dinette area...and maybe the bed:D. Good luck on your decision and happy travels!

jimandcarol 10-18-2013 07:46 PM

Our 321 has opposing slides and we can use everything in the kitchen with them retracted. We also have access to the bathroom. Our hitch is a 18K Pull Rite.

Rob_Fla 10-19-2013 04:47 AM

We do not worry about Microwave access either as we do not have a generator.
We do have the Generator prep but for our lifestyle we have a hard time justifying the cost and maintenance.
Important to us was Refrigerator, Bathroom and Bedroom access with the slides closed.
Since our typical days travel is about 350 miles or less, access to the Refrigerator to make a sandwich and get at drink at a rest stop is all we need.
Also access to the bathroom is nice during those stops.

sailor 10-19-2013 07:30 AM

We have had our 361REQS for about 5 weeks. We are very satisfied with it so far. You do have to open the door side slide and the kitchen slide a few inches to access the refrigerator. This has not been an issue for us. The unit tows very well with our F350 diesel and is very livable. Ceiling height in the 2014 bedroom is better than the 2013 model. I am about 6'3" and can stand anywhere in the bedroom without hitting my head. We recently toured a friend's front living room model but still prefer our trailer for our lifestyle.

tinlizzie23 10-19-2013 05:16 PM

We also do not have a generator, and thus cannot use the microwave anyway. Bathroom access is all that we need on the road. DW makes sandwiches in advance if we are going to need lunch on the road.

As for a hitch, we have a Reese 16K Signature Series, and it works well towing an 11,000# 5er.


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