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Old 01-14-2016, 07:20 AM   #21
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:01 PM   #22
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Sometimes I don't know who does the layout on these coaches as we have run across some strange stuff over the years, and the new Alante 26Y is no different. In the galley there is little to no counter space on the left, or entry side of the sink, yet there are 2 electrical outlets, one under the upper cabinet, and one on the entry bulkhead. But on the right side of the sink, where all of the counter space is, for coffee maker or toaster there is no outlet, you need an extension cord if you plan on having any appliances sitting there. So I am adding a surface mount 115V socket under the upper cabinet on that side. Also the pantry cabinets are 12" wide and plenty deep, and 26" tall, really? and there are only 3 shelves? Really!! Who does this?. So I have been busy cutting, staining and installing 3 more shelves in those overly tall cabinets. Also had to cut off the plug on the microwave to install a right angle one to keep the very large and stiff cable from protruding so far into the cabinet and taking up valuable space. If I can spot these things right off the bat why can't the people on the production line, aren't they allowed to think for themselves?
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:11 PM   #23
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Curious to hear about the poor quality ride and handling, at least in stock form, especially since Jayco touts the "J-Ride" as a signature feature of their motorhomes. My experience with my Precept 29UM ride and handling has been outstanding on the 18,000 lb Ford F53 chassis, but I have read of Precept 31UL owners, also on the 18,000 lb chassis, report poor quality ride and handling. Now with full fuel, my Precept still has 2,009 lbs of additional weight capacity, so even with a full 70 gallon water tank, it is still 1,500 lbs under the GVWR. The Alante 26Y is built on the 16,000 lb F53, so I'm wondering how far under GVWR it is with full fuel? Concerning the quality control, I have heard consistently that all of the manufacturers lack it. I have had great luck with my Precept so far (12,000 miles and 11 months), but read about another 29UM owner here that has not been as fortunate. Hopefully for you though, it's all just "small stuff" and after upgrading your suspension, you'll have years of good service and performance out of your Alante. I am fortunate to have an awesome dealer just 1.5 miles from my house. In fact, they are replacing my front AC unit and fixing some very minor issues right now.
In all fairness I think that the harsh ride I experienced might be because I was so lightly loaded on the return trip. The 7000lb front springs (3500 & 3500) need to be compressed to between 70-90% for the shocks to provide proper rebound damping. As the coach was near empty this could not happen and all of the road rash was being transmitted to the coach, My research so far has indicated that if the OEM 7000lb springs and HD shocks do not get loaded enough then performance will suffer. I will wait until I get everything loaded up for a trip and then get a 4-way weight check, so I can balance the side to side as well as front to rear weight, but most of the storage compartments are in the rear, except for one big one on the starboard side that offsets the genset weight. I still think I will need the Track Bar in the front.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:14 PM   #24
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Our family is shopping for a class A. We recently came across the 2016 Alante 31V. The floor plan, storage and large windows are perfect, but after reading different negative posts, we are now concerned about the comfort of driving the rig. The salesperson showing us the Alante told us that it did not have JRide. Last night, though, I was looking at the 2016 Alante brochure we were given and it clearly states "JRIDE-AN ALANTE STANDARD". Today I called Jayco in Indiana. The tech person I spoke to, at first said "no" it doesn't, but then after double checking, said that the Alante's do have JRide, excluding the front and rear sway bars. He said they have the Bilstein shock absorbers, a computer-balanced driveshaft & Jounce bumpers. Has anyone on this forum heard about this or have any thoughts? Thanks.
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I have the 2016 Alante 26Y and the Ford F-53 chassis and it comes with both front and rear anti-sway bars, and Bilstein 1.63" shocks. All Alante models have the J-Ride add on's also. Mine road hard on the pick up trip but I think (hope) that was because I had no load at all and the springs could not compress to soften the ride. I am of the opinion (and we all know what those are worth) that the coach would benefit a lot from track bars.
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Thanks for your response, JesseS. That's good news. It seems rather strange that the so called experts at Jayco all seem to have a different answer regarding their JRide for the Alante.
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Thanks for your response, JesseS. That's good news. It seems rather strange that the so called experts at Jayco all seem to have a different answer regarding their JRide for the Alante.
I guess it all depends on to whom you are speaking. Next time email Bill Isley at Jayco Customer service at motorizedservice@jayco.com He is knowledgeable, patient with questions, and very helpful.
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Thanks so much! We'll do that. I think we're almost settled on the Alante 31V. It has everything we want, including the large holding tanks. Most of our camping is dry camping without hookups, so large tanks are a must. Hopefully, in the near future we'll be pulling the trigger. :-)
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Good luck, we looked at both the 29 & the 31, but with just the wife and I the 26Y (actually almost 28', why call it a 26?) was the best for us, lot's of interior storage, large tanks (we boondock a lot on BLM land) and plenty of basement storage. Same power train in a smaller package. I will not pay to store my rig so it had to fit in my home RV area, and a 31' would be a tight fit as I parallel park behind a gate.
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Thanks, JesseS. I just shot Bill an email. We totally understand the wanting to park your unit at home. The 26' trailer we currently own was purchased 4 years ago because it was a perfect fit in our 26' driveway. We moved last year, however, and now have a huge driveway and RV parking on the side. We are looking forward to filling it up, with what we plan to be, our last RV purchase.
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