We just upgraded our 10ft 2009 StarCraft pop up to a 2014 Jayco 184BH last month. Last weekend was our first trip out and we had a blast with our our two very young kids! It was nice to not have to pack up a tent trailer in the rain, no more wet canvas! And we were surprised that both kids fell asleep in the bunks, we were expecting some drama from our 2.5 yr old who is still in a crib at home. I found the bed at the front uncomfortable and plan to get a memory foam cover for it. We did have one problem with the camp ground electrical, I got a shock from the metal door frame of the TT, turns out there was 11v on the ground line from the CG 30Amp outlet.
I am towing with a 2011 Kia Sorento v6 LX. I am happy with the way it tows, I had the trailer dealer add weight distribution kit to the TT. I am getting ready to replace my Curt time based brake controller with a Curt TriAxle controller with a gyro. I did not feel safe if I needed to do an emergency stop with the time delay braking. I will installing this weekend. The curt hitch I have is rated for 350lbs tongue weight, but I think that is cutting it too close with the weight distribution kit. Plus curt hitches for the Sorento are not rated to be used with WD, it clearly states not to use them, they will bend. I will be installing my new Reese hitch this weekend also.
I am really impressed with the A/C in this trailer, we have the 8K version. I get a rattling noise from the unit when it starts but after running a few mins it does not seem as bad. Does anyone else get that? I found I can run the A/C on low when connected to 15A power at home, does anyone else do this, and is there much risk to melting wires in the house doing this?
A things we have found work well for us:
We plan to make a few small additions to the camper, which include:
- I keep a USB outlet connected to the small cigarette lighter. One of those ones from vendor swag bags, it just converts a 12v cig lighter plug into usb for the iPhones etc.
- I have some small adjustable jacks I am using to stabalize the front of the trailer when parked/camping as I found it to be too unstable.
- I keep a cordless drill with a 19mm socket attached to use for putting the stabalizing jacks up and down quickly. It saves some back breaking work. I just charge it at home between trips.
- We use the microwave as a breadbox with the added benifit of a light and a clock! The odd time we will use to pop popcorn.
Some other things we need solutions for:
- Adding a under cupboard dvd/TV combo for the rainy days (like the one xkuzme1 used). I am concerned about the power that runs through the bottom of this cupboard that feeds the light though.
- Adding a metal cover to the two burners so that we get the extra counter space
- I was thinking of adding hook to the wall tot he left of the sofa (that separates the bunks from the main area) to use for light summer jackets we sometimes take (for those sometimes cold Nova Scotian evenings).
- Moving the electrical outlet that is under the table at the front of the trailer down a bit so that it can be reached easier when the table is setup. Any input on this would be appreciated. I will likely keep the existing one there and add an outlet rather than actually move the existing.
- Replacing the light bulbs with LED. I can order lots of low cost ones with good reviews from China, but I am concerned about them meeting safety standards (knock offs) and causing a fire.
- Add a propane outlet with adapter outside trailer near where the fridge exhausts for our small Weber BBQ.
- Electric jack
- Curtains for the bunk beds for added privacy and keep the lights from waking kids.
- Water dripping on the outside from the A/C onto the window. It is not leaking, it just does seem like good practice to leave it. I was thinking a bit of flashing mounted below angled to make the water drip to one side or the other.
- Small fans that can run off of battery for when we are camping without power.
- Solar Power to charge batter. I have found 20/30 W panels for $89.99
- Bedsheets for the bunks and large bed. Memory foam for my back.
- Shelving for the cupboards, There is wasted space at the top of many of them we could use if there were shelves.
- Small garbage maybe on inside of a cupboard door.
- Remove the mirror in the bathroom and replace with a small med cabinet (with a mirrored door if I can get one without glass).
That is all that comes to mind, I would love some feedback, ideas, maybe let me know what you have done to modify your 184bh?