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Old 06-27-2015, 02:11 PM   #1
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Moving up to a 5th wheel

We are thinking of moving up to a new Jayco Eagle Ht. The one we are looking at is the 27.5. The max weight for this unit is 10000lbs. We have been told that the new Ford F150 with the Eco boost engine will get the job done. Does anyone out there have any thoughts on this?

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Old 06-27-2015, 02:43 PM   #2
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We seriously considered the 26.5 to be towed with my Tundra(10000 tow capacity). We decided against it as it is to much trailer and not enough truck for the southwest. We ended up with a tow behind rated at 5800lb dry. Even this is a struggle for the climbs around Las Vegas. We are going from 2200' to 8500' next week and I am a bit nervous about the pulling power and mpg consumption.

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Old 06-27-2015, 05:06 PM   #3
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I would be very careful about towing 10k with a 150. The engine might do it, but I don't think you are going to be happy with the handling.
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I have a feeling you would hate that.... I'd go 2500 / F250 no doubt.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:45 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by dib31850 View Post
We are thinking of moving up to a new Jayco Eagle Ht. The one we are looking at is the 27.5. The max weight for this unit is 10000lbs. We have been told that the new Ford F150 with the Eco boost engine will get the job done. Does anyone out there have any thoughts on this?
I have settled my mind on the Eagle HT RKDS. Lovely set up.
I also have to buy a truck too.
After extensive research, and although on paper, a 150 will do the job, I would not feel safe and would not recommend it. You also have to consider the braking capability too. I don't think a 150 is up for the job.

I am positive that a 250 will suffice but I personally have settled on the Ram 3500 HD Limited. Overkill but I love this truck. I'm opting for the 6.4 Hemi as I will do very little mileage in it and didn't want the maintenance of a diesel engine.

Good luck with the purchase. Please let me know your thoughts on the Jayco.
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If you check on the hitch weight, you will find out that although the F150 will pull a 10,000# trailer, you will be over the GVWR and possibly the GAWR of the truck. You will not be happy with the results of that truck and trailer combination.
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Old 07-01-2015, 05:28 PM   #7
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The 2015 F150 with the Max tow and RV packages is the one with the top weight carrying capabilities. And those options are so much $ that you might can get a 3/4 ton for the same money, even a 6.2 version.

I suggest going 3/4 ton, too.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:19 PM   #8
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Go with a 250/2500...maybe even consider a 350/3500 if price isn't much different to give margin for your next 5er Seriously, pin and hitch weight quickly mark the 150 untenable for that trailer.
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Old 07-02-2015, 05:36 AM   #9
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There is less than $2000 difference between a 250 and F350. I'd never buy a 250 for that price. Why limit yourself for $1800?
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Prior to my current 5th wheel we bought a 31' TT to be pulled by our Suburban which was "rated" to handle the 8000 lbs TT. The reality is the 1/2 ton was massively inadequate for the job. I made one trip with the rig and hated it despite the Blue Ox anti sway system. A semi passing me was amazingly challenging. It wore me out traveling. I dumped the Suburban and over bought an F350 DRW diesel. My intent was if I decided to upgrade to a 5th wheel I would already have the truck.it was a night and day difference. I now have a 40' 5th wheel and a new F350 DRW diesel and would not have it any other way.

I think the advise is good, if you can afford it go with at least a 3/4 ton truck. If you have more truck then you need it will still pull great and if you upgrade rigs the truck will handle more weight. I would be very reluctant to max out a 1/2 ton truck. It will handle very poorly.
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We just made a deal today on a 2016 Jayco Eagle 27.5 RLTS. It has everything we wanted. It was a real deal "maker" to find out the 2016 has a 16 inch wheel option. That's a biggie for me. It cost us an extra $700. We made that up on the purchase by passing on the "fireplace"... don't think I will regret that.

This will allow us to stay with our current TV which I believe is the best truck I have ever owned.

We got a nice trade in value on our bumper pull and since we've had loads of company this summer we haven't been able to get out and go like we wanted so waiting 10 weeks for it to come in is tolerable.

Hope to have many years of fun in the Jayco. BTW.. it has a two year bumper to bumper warranty.
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We purchased our Cougar 29RLI then went to order the truck. All of the truck data for the 2015 F150 said that it would have no problem pulling the 5vr. Well due to various manufacturing issues Ford could not deliver the 150 in a timely fashion, so they sold me a 250, same options, etc as the 150 for the same price. Yes the truck is harder on gas, but I really think that it was a great decision to get the 250.

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