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Old 04-04-2016, 06:56 PM   #1
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Picked up our new 2015 16XRB today

Well, we went and traded our 03 pop up for a new old stock 16XRB today. I'm excited, and, dissapointed at the same time. We are towing with a 2012 Xterra, which had no issues pulling the 2200 lb pup. Along with the new 2800 lb hybrid, we got a weight distributing hitch, and sway control. It was a bit windy during the ride home, and I'm sure I'm not use to pulling a box camper, but, we were all over the road on the way home. Probably still need to play with the new hitch set up some to work that out.

On to the camper, there were a few minor issues during inspection that will be addressed by the dealer. After we got home, got it parked, and, went to set it up so we could start loading our stuff, another issue surfaced. As I was lowering the stabilizers, the left one just wouldn't go down over half way, and, seemed extremely loose. Upon inspection, the jack was about to fall off due to stripped mounting bolts, and, the jack frame itself was bent, not allowing the screw to make contact with the leg! So, it looks like it will be going right back to the dealer in the morning. Hoping to get it back up to speed in the next day or two, as, we already had plans this coming weekend!!

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Old 04-04-2016, 07:06 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard. Hopefully the dealer will get everything working properly. Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:14 PM   #3
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Congrats on the new trailer.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:35 PM   #4
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Congrats David from Northeast Ohio. A box camper had a lot more side surface than a popup, so you will feel the effects of wind more. Once you get your stuff into the camper, the WDH will most likely need some tweaking.
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Congrats! we picked ours up last friday and spent the weekend setting stuff up and playing board games with the kids in it.

I too have found some stuff that has bothered me a bit in terms of quality so far, simple stuff that i can and likely will fix at home so far, but still issues that are there. Our PDI guy at the dealership was a very old fellow who thought the tv mounting bracket on the outside was for the awning (sigh). None the less i am curious as to what all you found other then the jack so i can look at mine more subjectively this weekend as well. I will take some pictures of the issues i have found so far and share them on here.

As for towing, its a large box in the wind. After towing around a 1207 for a couple years it was definetley a little more susceptible to wind on the way home i felt as well. Still i was surprised at how well my TV handled it with ease, these things really are incredibly light for what all is in them.
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:14 AM   #6
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Congratulation on the new trailer! No matter what others might say, you should not be "all over the road." Make sure the trailer is level or slightly nose down. You never want to be nose high. His can cause the back of your truck to be lifted when stopping. Also, check how your weight is distributed. A light tongue can cause sway. You might need to move some of the things in the trailer towards the tongue. Finally, make sure your hitch is set up properly. My dealer messed up the installation of my hitch. I had to take it apart and redo it. They had mounted some of the brackets upside down. Don't trust how your dealer installed yours! If you tell us what kind of hitch you purchased, maybe others with the same hitch can give you some pointers. Just going through the hitch assembly instructions should verify if it was installed properly or not.

I'm sure your dealer and Jayco can correct the stabilizer and other issues. Jayco trailers are some of the best. Just like a new house, a few issues are to be expected. It's how the trailers hold up in the long run that counts.
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new trailer.

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Well, we went and traded our 03 pop up for a new old stock 16XRB today. I'm excited, and, dissapointed at the same time. We are towing with a 2012 Xterra, which had no issues pulling the 2200 lb pup. Along with the new 2800 lb hybrid, we got a weight distributing hitch, and sway control. It was a bit windy during the ride home, and I'm sure I'm not use to pulling a box camper, but, we were all over the road on the way home. Probably still need to play with the new hitch set up some to work that out.

On to the camper, there were a few minor issues during inspection that will be addressed by the dealer. After we got home, got it parked, and, went to set it up so we could start loading our stuff, another issue surfaced. As I was lowering the stabilizers, the left one just wouldn't go down over half way, and, seemed extremely loose. Upon inspection, the jack was about to fall off due to stripped mounting bolts, and, the jack frame itself was bent, not allowing the screw to make contact with the leg! So, it looks like it will be going right back to the dealer in the morning. Hoping to get it back up to speed in the next day or two, as, we already had plans this coming weekend!!

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Hopefully the dealer has/will have all the jack issues squared away.

Regarding your hitch: Which weight distributing hitch (WDH) do you have? Be sure you get the manual and understand how your hitch should be setup. Sadly, trailer dealers don't always get it right! Too little weight on your tow vehicle front suspension or having the trailer 'nose high' can result in poor handling; especially on windy days.

Also, increase your trailer and tow vehicle tire pressures to the maximum shown on the tire sidewall. This reduces the sidewall flex and frequently improves handling and reduces sway.

EDIT: I'm slow and see ddrueckh has posted similar points.
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We returned to the dealer this morning, and, a single chain link on the hitch made all the difference in the world. It pulls much straighter, and, even seemed to struggle less at highway speeds (got the nose back down some). They repaired the stabilizer enough to get us through this weekend's trip, and, have ordered new jacks to be replaced under warranty. Plus, we are going ahead and having them install two more jacks on the front to help with the wobbles.

Issues we found during the PDI:
1. Loose corner wall board behind the toilet in the bathroom--fixed.

2. Inside plastic panel of the main door had a bent edge that stuck out at the bottom above the trim--fixed good enough for me, but, dealer order a new panel anyway.

3. The black vinyl insert around the trim at the bottom of the camper had a couple of "pinched" spots causing it not to seat properly--fixed, they replace all of the lower trim.

So far, that's it. I feel confident, if anything comes up, my dealer will take care of us. They've been great so far, our delivery PDI, and walk through yesterday took 4.5 hours, and, they spent another couple this morning teaching me the ins and outs of our hitch.

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David,

Good to hear everything worked out for you!

I have the same problem with the corner in the bathroom, i think i will be gluing it myself instead of the hassle of taking it back to the dealership.

We have only set it up in our driveway so far (Its snowing again today) but i already find myself thinking front stabilizer jacks may be a good investment.
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:10 PM   #10
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We came across another issue on the new camper while on our maiden trip. Luckily, one of our camping group, was a plumber, even though it was a simple fix. The water line running into the back of the toilet was dripping, and, only needed tightening. When I take it in this week for the stabilizer fix, I'll mention it to them, and have them double check it. The only other issue, which is common with hybrids, was condensation under the bunk mattresses. The temps really dropped on us, and, we ended up running the furnace more than anticipated, but, forgot to add ventilation for the moisture. Nothing a bath towel couldn't handle.

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