Originally Posted by grampscamper
We're presently looking at a Jayco Eagle (Residential Comfort) fifth wheel. We found a floor plan we like. We were all excited about trying to make a deal until I discovered it had a large Schwintek slide. I thought I would do a search on the slide because I wasn't familiar with it. I discovered pages of complaints of this slide not working properly. Now the excitement has subsided. Is this system as problematic as I think? Should we try to find a 5th wheel with hydraulic slides? The model we're looking at has a fairly large and heavy slide. I'm trying to get an idea of the failure rate on these units.
I called Lippert, the people that manufacture the slide system. They were extremely helpful. They said if installed properly should have very low failure rates. From what I understand it is very important to have the trailer level and operate the slide fully in and out.
My gut tells me move on. I think the system may be just a little to finicky.
Please provide feedback.
I have A 08 Jayco Eagle 341 RLQS 38 footer 5th wheel. Here are the issues you may come across. I live in my 5'er full time at the Colorado/Utah border.
Get rid of that Norcold refer. IMHO it's crap. Did not last more than 2 years. If the cooler goes out like mine did it will cost you $600 for a new cooling system. I said that hell with that and bought me a brand new apt. size Frigidaire refer@ home depot for $400 and works great. Fits in the refer spot no problems. In the refer area is a 110 volt outlet for it.
If you have a Splendide washer dryer you can only put a 1/2 load in and it will cost you an arm and a leg to run it. Sold mine in a heart beat. It's cheaper and faster to goto a laundry mat lol.
As far as the slides go I have 4 slides and not had any issues at all yet. ( Thank God )
The insulation is not all that great in my Eagle 5'er I suggest that you get some R-30 ( 8 Inch thick insulation ) and put all over your basement, heater area, generator area if you dont have a generator, refer area, battery area and remove the cover underneath the unit and stuff that insulation as much as you can there and get yourself a skirt for the unit.
Also get yourself some of that foam in a can. To plug up all the holes underneath the unit and inside your cabinets to make sure you don't get any mice in your unit. Don't know why Jayco does not plug up all the holes underneath the unit and inside your cabinets. Stuff the holes with steel wool then stuff the hole with the foam. Mice dont like steel wool
Other than that it's a good unit.