2010 318RLS. Commenced full timing this past week. First stop? Kids house high in the mountains of NC. Freezing cold, ice, snow and mud galore. My instincts told me to stay clear of this narrow road up a mountain side, better fit for a dirt bike, but my adventurous spirit was in denial
I was dying to test out my new 2015 Duramax diesel 3500 crew 4x4 with this longer than needed, fiberglass lead weight on the back. Man oh man. Got stuck more times then I care to remember and I don't mean only mud rut stuck, though that did happen constantly. I mean also like stuck stuck. Stuck between a creek and tree or stuck with one side of the trailer on an incline and the other wheels in a ditch, as i rounded curves obviously not made for this tractor trailer combination of length. At times it was leaning at a precarious 45 degree angle. You name it, this trailer was doing every Kamasutra postion in the book for hours on end.
But moral of the story? I tweaked, twisted, squeezed, winched, jacked, turned, tipped and lifted this thing so many times I was convinced I had completely and utterly trashed my 17k investment.
When I FINALLY arrived, I had ripped the entire aluminum side molding clean off, bent all of my tank rods, broke two stabilizer jacks and dented the roof when it slid 5 foot into an electrical pole on a muddy incline.
Set it up with two floor jacks as stabilizers I brought just in case.... Leveled it out, hit the slide out button and the thing came out so smooth and perfect it was like it rolled off the factory floor. Everything and i mean everything worked without a hitch.
In short, other than the ascetics of it all and some minor mechanical (Amazon had replacement parts at my front door 2 days later) there was no frame damage and or roof damage and or leaking and or anything I could see wrong with it
Man, what a WELL MADE UNIT Jayco puts out. Can't say as a Newbie, I bought a Jayco for any other reason than it had the floor plan I wanted. But now? I am a Jayco owner for life!!!
One question and this was an issue BEFORE my lapses into stupidity. If you are hard turning this thing, one tire will be out of alignment with its mate in front. Is that normal? Like it will protrude out some and not be in a straight line with the other?
Thanks and I'm here to end again in saying, I highly doubt anyone has put their trailer through such a torture test as I did. May be wrong. But it passed with flying colors
. I just can't see how a trailer could be made any better