First an introduction. On Friday 4/22/16 I picked up my first Jayco. The factory order was placed in February and it was close to 12 weeks from order to pickup. This is my second travel trailer. I had a 2008 KZ Spree that was bought new that we have outgrown and traded up for the 28BHBE. Prior to that we had a pop up for about a year before we got tired of the setup / tear down and sold it to purchase the KZ. I spent a lot of time reading posts on this forum leading up to the purchase of the 28BHBE. This site was extremely helpful to me while researching travel trailers. I decided to put this thread together to track tweaks I make to my trailer. I hesitate to call them mods as that implies some form of creativity and handy skills. Neither of which I claim to have. If anything I hope to document the many hours of research I've done and hopefully save somebody some time in the future.
So here is what I am starting with.
Customer Value Package
Electric stabilizer jacks
Cargo accessory receiver
Bumper mount outside grill
I also had the dealer install a 2nd battery and a cutoff switch. Tow vehicle is a 2015 Ford F-350 4x4 with the 6.7 Powerstroke diesel single rear wheel. Hitch is an Equalizer 14k/1400.
First tweak. Living in central Florida hornets and mud daubers have been a problem. After learning from my KZ I decided to begin bug proofing. So far I have installed Camco bumper ends along with Camco screens on the furnace exhaust, water heater door, and fridge side vent.
Part numbers used were:
Bumper caps - Camco 40325 no insect bumper caps. These are direct replacements for factory caps. I have previously had hornets build a nest in a bumper stored sewage hose.
Heater vent - Camco 42144. Even though the exhaust vent is square this was a tight fit but did cover the vent. It's actually tight enough to stay on by itself but I did use the included spring clips just to be sure. I'm not sure if Camco makes a screen specifically for this heater but this one fits just fine.
Fridge exterior removable panel - Camco 42148. These are exact fits for this panel. The screens connect from the outside and are held in place with the included zip ties.
Water heater - Camco 42145. This is also sized to this specific water heater.
I have found that they like to build nests in the spare tire under the nice protective cover. Also in the cover of the propane tanks and under the retracted awning and awning arms. I typically spray these areas with an outdoor pesticide. I haven't decided how to seal the rooftop vents. Oddly enough I haven't had a lot of bug problems on the roof.