January '18

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18 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com Jayco Eagle HT 30.5MLOK Rear kitchen models have become passe to many dealers, but Chris Barth, senior director of product development for Jayco's Eagle travel trailers and fifth wheels, thinks he has just the solution for their boredom in the Eagle HT 30.5MLOK. This model not only has a large rear kitchen, but an equally impressive outside kitchen with a hybrid style Capital Grill that is located under the indoor kitchen. The layout may appeal to customers who haven't bought a new unit over the past four or five years and are looking for that rear kitchen, which was popular at the time of their last purchase. Barth not only is proud of the amenities like a deep refrig- erator, solid-surface countertops, large pantry and the outdoor kitchen, but he is particularly proud of an updated concept of the Dream Dinette that has been in Jayco motorized models for several years. The dinette doesn't have any legs, so it makes it easier for people to slide in and out of the booth without banging their knees. The table also easily folds away and lowers down to make the dinette into an extra sleeping area when not in use. "We think the customer is going to be very interested in this, especially since our traditional customer likes a booth, even though most frequently a couples' coach is with a free- standing table and chairs," Barth says. S H O W C O V E R A G E S H O W C O V E R A G E Jayco's Eagle HT 30.5MLOK fifth wheel in essence is a rear kitchen model, but designers took great care to offer a product with enough pop to overcome any dealer reservations about the rear kitchen. A Dream Dinette with no table legs makes the eating area spacious and keeps users from banging their knees on the legs while they slide in and out. The use of the MORryde Orbital pin box makes the vehicle towable by a half-ton pickup without the need for a slider hitch. Although a great deal of attention went into the kitchen of the 30.5MLOK, the mid-coach living room also is attractive, with theater seating across from a large TV and fireplace setup that are conveniently located to avoid making anyone have to turn his head to watch TV. The size of the vehicle – 34 feet long and 8,950 pounds – make it national park friendly, and the inclusion of a MORryde Orbital pin box makes the vehicle towable by a half-ton pickup with no need for a slider hitch. What impressed RV PRO: It seems rare that as much atten- tion is given to the kitchen area of a couples' coach as has been done with the Eagle HT 30.5MLOK, but it pays off. The result is a wide-open floorplan that has the feeling of enormous interior space without a cargo carrier feel. Eagle HT makes the most of every possible storage nook and makes for a comfortable extended stay option.

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