Pinnacle's First Long Trip Update
Just returned from a 24 day, 10 states, 4000 mile trip to the Smoky Mts and Gulf Coast. Our new 31rlts performed flawlessly. We did have 1 minor incident on our initial shake-down trip to a local state park.
The desk drawer slid out of the drawer guides and was lying on the floor when we arrived back at home from the shake-down. No damage was done to either the drawer or the guides. I don't know if we had pushed it back in securely or not to cause it to come completely out when towing. However, in three days we were set to leave on our SE states trip, so I removed the desk top as couldn't get it to the dealer for a fix or guides adjustment (which Jayco recommended when I emailed them). The desktop lid is a complete, solid piece of wood and is very heavy. We did not need a desk top as could use the dinette table.
So, I do give a thumbs-up on our Pinnacle. The slides worked as you'd expect, the Utility Center is fantastic, and the DW likes the kitchen layout. We even like the firmness of the Cloud 10 mattress. And for the 2 of us, the 31 is perfectly sized.
And, it is very towable. I was surprised to find that our MPGs are not much lower from our former 28.5 Eagle SuperLite 5W. And, we are towing about 2 more tons than before. On our trip I averaged about 11.3 MPG with a high of 11.9 and a low of 8.8 going into a 25 MPH head wind and up and down the hills of eastern Oklahoma and Kansas. I tow going about 62 MPH which seems to be the Duramax's sweet spot for towing as the tranny is locked in 6th gear and in a favorable torque range at about 1600 RPMs.
All in all, I'm a very happy camper, er...RVer!
'06 2500 Silverado 4X4, Duramax LBZ Diesel, Firestone air bags
'08 Tracker Pro Guide V-16 Boat
'12 Pinnacle 31RLTS