Impressions of our new Seneca from an old-timer..
As I was driving today I was adding up the RV’s we’ve owned over the last 38 years. I was surprised that it added up to 9! Very quickly, here they are: A little Jayco TT, a Pace Arrow Tioga “C”, a Pace Arrow “A”, a Safari Trek “A”, a Coachman 38’ diesel pusher, a Winnebago View “C”, a Dynamax Super “C”, a Leisure Travel Vans “B+” and now the Seneca TS. Out of these nine units I would rate 3 of them as poor to very poor (Pace Arrow A, Coachmen Diesel Pusher and Dynamax) and the rest as good to very good…
So, after having the Jayco Seneca for only a couple weeks now, and only 3 days on the road here are my initial impressions on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent:
This is the second Freightliner M2 chassis I have owned and it is an extremely capable and comfortable chassis. By far the best driving chassis out of the units I have owned. I am extremely happy that Jayco balances the drive shafts. The Dynamax that we owned had a severe vibration which required balancing the driveshaft. Jayco is very smart in balancing all of them. The 22” aluminum wheels are fantastic.
Coach Workmanship: 5
Having gone over every inch of the coach wiping it down to get rid of any stray manufacturing dust and film, I am very happy with Jayco’s workmanship on the coach. The other brand that we were considering was a Newmar Class A. I would put Jayco’s workmanship up there with Newmar for fit and finish.
Coach Amenities: 4
I think Jayco has done a very nice job with their layouts and use of space. For the most part Jayco has included quality appliances and accessories. (See my note on electronics…)
Coach Appearance: 5
I think Jayco has done a very nice job with their paint schemes and interior décor. I really like the new stain color in our unit. At first I wasn’t crazy about the new fascia trim, but it has grown on me. To me it has a western feel to it.
Coach comfort: 4
We love the layout and find it to be very comfortable and spacious. The couches are very comfortable. I dinged them 1 point for the following things: The mattress isn’t that great. I’d like to replace it with a 12” foam mattress, but on the TS you can’t because the bed tucks under the cabinets when the slide is in. We might be able to use an 8” foam mattress.
A couple other things; I don’t find the dinette seat cushions to be comfortable (not enough support) and the dinette table has a very sharp edge on it making it extremely uncomfortable to rest your arms on. As I'm typing this, my arms are sore from resting on the extremely sharp edge... (I’m thinking about routing a radius on it, just not sure if the edge lamination would handle it…) Otherwise very happy with the comfort…
Coach electronics: 2
So far this is my biggest and only real gripe. In my opinion, Jayco really cheaped out on the electronics. The Jensen TV’s are obviously older generation, and likely completely obsolete TV’s that they got a good deal on. Low resolution, extremely low dynamic range, and very low viewing angle.
The bedroom TV is especially bad… I bought a sound bar for the main TV, but have yet to be able to get the audio-out to work on the main TV.
If I’m going to take time watching TV, I at least want it to be a good picture. Come on Jayco, at this price point you should match the competition and include decent electronics.
As much as I hate to, and it seems like such a waste, I’ll probably wind up replacing the electronics.
Overall: 4 ˝
I am overall very pleased with the unit. By all indications this is going to be our all-time favorite coach!
Concerns? I expressed some concern about the main slide during my PDI. They assured me everything is normal. I still have some concern about its operation, so we’ll see how that goes.
I replaced the Thetford toilet with a Dometic. The Thetford seems like a nice enough toilet, but mine was malfunctioning. After researching it and finding several complaints about the valve not shutting off and flooding the RV, I decided not to even chance it with a new valve. Being under time constraints to get the unit set-up and head out for a commitment, I didn’t have time to try to get a warranty replacement so I bought a new toilet myself…
So, for what it's worth... I'm a happy camper.
Husband ~ Father of 4 ~ Grandfather of 17