Unpacking the Jayco Eagle HT 26REC: A Closer Look

By Aaron Brunson

Hey everybody, Josh, your friendly RV nerd, just dove into the new Jayco Eagle HT 26REC. Well, it’s kind of new. They’ve made some changes that make it a fresh take on an existing model. They’ve streamlined it, dropped some unnecessary features, and made it more accessible to a wider range of budgets and vehicles. In this article, we’ll explore what’s new, what’s familiar, and help you decide if this is the right RV for your adventures.


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Maintaining Core Features

One of the first things to note is that Jayco hasn’t compromised on the core features that define the Eagle brand. The 26REC still boasts a two-plus-three-year warranty, making it ideal for full-time RVing. It also comes with automatic leveling and an enclosed heated belly, ensuring it can handle a variety of weather conditions.

Jayco Eagle HT 26RE exterior

A Look at the Design

Jayco has given the Eagle HT series a facelift, merging the previous Farmhouse and Craftsman decor styles into a more cohesive look. The interior now features a white farmhouse tone with natural wood accents, creating a clean and welcoming atmosphere.

Jayco Eagle HT 26RE kitchen



  • Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) – 1,615
  • Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) – 8,055
  • Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) – 1,695
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) – 9,750


  • Exterior Length (overall) – 29′ 5″
  • Exterior Length (pin to bumper) – 28′ 3″
  • Exterior Height – 12′ 4″
  • Exterior Height (with A/C) – 13′ 0″
  • Exterior Width – 8′ 0″
  • Exterior Width (with slides out) – 11′ 0″
  • Interior Height (main) – 8′ 4″
  • Interior Height (upper deck) – 6′ 2″
  • Awning Length – 19′ 0″

Tank Capacities

  • Fresh Water Capacity gal – 52.0
  • Gray Water Capacity gal – 82.0
  • Black Tank Capacity gal – 45.0
  • Propane Unit lbs – 60


  • Sleeps – up to 6
  • Water Heater – Tankless
  • # of outside storage compartments – 3
  • Furnace BTU – 35000
  • Tire Size – ST225/75R15’E’

Living and Kitchen Space

Inside, the living room is cozy yet functional. While it might not be the largest space, it’s perfect for couples or small families. There are multiple seating configurations available, including theater seats and a table with chairs. The TV is mounted on a pivot, allowing it to be viewed from various angles.

The kitchen has undergone some changes, too. It now comes with a smaller oven, which may not appeal to everyone, but it opens up additional storage space underneath. Jayco has also switched to GE appliances, ensuring reliability in your RV kitchen.

Bedroom and Bathroom

Upstairs in the bedroom, you’ll find ample space, although taller individuals may find the headroom a bit tight. The storage has been expanded, with more drawer space on both sides of the bed. While there’s no king bed option, you can opt for an Olympic queen mattress for a bit more width.

The bathroom retains its functionality, with open shelves for storage and an overall efficient layout. The small details, like coat hangers for towels, add a touch of practicality. And how could we NOT feature Josh’s toilet and shower photos?

Towing and Handling

One thing that sets Jayco apart from some competitors is their commitment to quality. The Eagle HT 26REC still includes features like Goodyear Endurance tires, MorRyde suspension, and auto-leveling. These are often overlooked by other manufacturers in pursuit of lower costs.

Optional Features

Jayco offers some optional features to customize your RV experience. You can add an outside griddle and sink basin, perfect for outdoor cooking. Plus, there’s a side-mount 2-inch receiver hitch for additional cargo or accessories.

Jayco Eagle HT 26RE side view

Final Thoughts

The Jayco Eagle HT 26REC maintains the brand’s commitment to quality and functionality while offering a more budget-friendly option for RV enthusiasts. If you’re in the market for a compact, well-built fifth wheel that doesn’t cut corners on essential features, the 26REC is worth a closer look.

Whether you love or dislike the changes made to this model, Jayco’s dedication to its core values ensures that the Eagle HT series remains a reliable choice for your RV adventures.