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Old 12-06-2018, 08:18 PM   #1
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Smaller 5th Wheel Advice Needed

Hello Everyone,

We just sold our Apex Nano 193bhs TT bumper pull. We love camping so much that we are looking to move up to a reasonable 5th wheel.

We've looked at the Jayco Eagle 265bhs and like the layout with the double double bunks.

The specs are:
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs)*7355
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs)*1525
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 9995
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs)2640
MEASUREMENTS
Exterior Length (Pin box to bump )30' 8"
Total Exterior Length 31' 6"
Exterior Width 96"
Exterior Height 144 - 1/2"
Interior Height 95"
Interior Height (Bedroom)74 - 3/4"
Wheel Base 232 - 1/2"
TANK CAPACITIES
Fresh Water Capacity (gals)42
OTHER
Sleeping Capacity8-10

Off the top of your head, good or bad about Jayco Eagle? Any other brands that are worth looking at?

Would like to stay about $30k

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Old 12-06-2018, 08:39 PM   #2
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https://www.allencampermfg.com/5th-W...oor-Plans.html

check out the size 5er you need
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:31 PM   #3
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What is your tow vehicle size? We pulled a 22' Flagstaff Ultralite allover AZ. 800' to 8,000' with our 1/2 ton PU. 8 years of primarily dry camping in NF. Only draw back to the very short 5th is the queen bed was not a walk in loft, but climb in.
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:00 AM   #4
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I went from a 35' Cedar Creek to a 30' Jayco 26.5 HT and love it.
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Old 12-07-2018, 11:17 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input everyone. The tow vehicle is a GMC Sierra 2500 HD.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:42 PM   #6
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The Keystone Half-Ton series has a couple similar floorplans w/bunkhouse. You are doing well to keep the gross weight under 10K lbs with the 3/4 ton Chevy. I pull a Keystone Cougar 5ver with my old F250 and it works well; have an Andersen Ultimate hitch as my truck has a gooseneck ball in the bed.

You asked about good and bad; the light weight 5ver will have less insulation, and be lower end in construction in general. A high end trailer will weigh thousands of pounds more in the same length. Keep in mind that the lighter weight is fine for going camping on weekends but not for extended camping and such. I would look for a 50A service in the trailer, if that is an option so a 2nd A/C in the bedroom can be added if you live somewhere warm and get the best insulation; sometimes called an "arctic" package, if available; these usually have the bottom sealed and the ability to heat the underside so the tanks/pipes don't freeze. Look for a larger hot water heater if possible such as 10 gallon (looks like you have kids) with both propane and electric heating.

I am sure Forest River also has similar floor plans but Keystone sells more and Jayco has a pretty good rep.
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:17 PM   #7
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I have the Forest River Cherokee 265B and love it, Ive had it a year now and have used it quite a bit, we camp every other weekend. Sleeps 10. Here is the spec sheet on it I found on the web when looking at mine, not who I got it from though. https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2017-...n-265b-tr34736 I added the Reese Goosebox to mine because I already had the Gooseball in the back of my truck and it just made sense. Mine has the outdoor kitchen (small) and every package they offer on it. AC upgraded to 15,000, all season package, limited package. Check it out.
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You might consider looking at Winnebago. They are just coming out with a couple of bunkhouse models of similar length to the Jayco you have seen. We have been very happy with our Winnebago so far.
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Great stuff guys! I plan to try and hit some RV shows.

The Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch, good for short bed crew cabs?
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Great stuff guys! I plan to try and hit some RV shows.

The Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch, good for short bed crew cabs?
When I purchased mine, the only hitch they would let me put on it was the Goosebox, its the only Lippert approved hitch to go to a Gooseball. Any other hitch according to them would void my frame warrant.
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We don't have a bunk house model,, but don't discount the "lite" series... We love our Cougar X Lite 5vr... Gross weight 10K,, actuall length 32'4" , pulled by our 2500 Silverado,, with a fixed Patriot hitch... No clearance problems at all,, this a short (6'4") bed and 4 door... Our rv has the "polar package" which is enclosed underbelly, the furnace heats the underside including all tanks and pipes... Lots of people say "light" rv's are cheap,,, thats fine.... We are very happy after 3 years with ours.... NO we don't full time, but take some long trips... Monkey
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