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Old 05-02-2012, 10:19 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone! We have purchased a P2 brake controller & an equalizer WD anti-sway hitch..Still need to get the mirror extensions. Will be picking it up June 28th & heading out for 10 days in the Black hills of South Dakota.

Matt & Josie Devlin
2012 Jay feather 197, 2011 Toy Tacoma 4wd

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Old 05-03-2012, 06:18 AM   #12
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only advice I would give for a first use don't go to far away stay a night close to home try everything out and work out any bugs. Have fun

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Old 05-05-2012, 09:16 PM   #13
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I know that is good advice, but we are traveling from AZ to IA to pick it up & then heading to South Dakota for a week. Long way from home. Hopefully, all will go well.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:30 PM   #14
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Ordered the 2013 Jayco 197 on July 14th. I picked it up August 22nd. We went to a local campground this weekend to check things out. This camper is outstanding. There were some minor issues with it, I think it's a quality assurance issue at the factory. I was able to solve these issues myself. My dealer is getting a list of these issues so they can call the factory and address them. On a scale of 1-10, I'd put a 10 on it for this class of camper. We added all the available options and it was worth it.

Towing with a 2003 silverado 1/2 ton 6 cylinder. No problems.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:32 PM   #15
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Congratulations! Last Spring I bought a 2008 197. Very nifty little trailer. This summer, my wife and I stopped in at Virden,MB to see if they had a 197 with a slide-out. They had a 2012 and were quite anxious to have ours, so we took the 2012 home. The slide (or pull-out, or slide, or whatever they are called) makes a huge difference inside! I didn't even get both feet in and I decided we had to have this one. The 2008 was like new, and hadn't likely been towed anywhere. The 2012 is entirely different inside, aside from the pull-out.

So far, I haven't found any problems or defects. I am definitely going to make either doors or drawers under each side of the bench seats. The storage area is accessible from inside, but you have to take the seat cushions off.

All in all, Jayco has vastly improved the 197. I'm not sure if the pull-out is optional, or if all 197's have it now, but it it well worth the extra cost. I am looking forward to taking some little excursions after harvest. I am running a half million dollar combine (1 of 5), harvesting just over 20,000 acres.

Enjoy your 197!

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