Originally Posted by bounder
Better quality control at the factory.
That was one of my top items. They talk about Amish craftsmanship, but from what I've seen, the entire camper is put together with screws installed crooked. I've found some too that weren't even there.
But I think my #1 top item has to be sloppy, hurried, electrical work. With my previous Jayco, a 2005 Jay Feather LGT, I came very close to the thing going up in flames (See: Almost-had-an-electrical-fire!!
Investigation revealed a very sloppy birds nest of 120v wiring inside the breaker box. So it goes without saying, the 120v electrical work is a point of heightened interest for me.
Once we got our new 2013 Eagle 284BHS home, I spent some time getting familiar with it. I took the cover off the breaker box and guess what I found?
The white neutral/common wire from the shore cord was barely attached and only about half of the strands in the wire inserted into the buss bar. This is in a 50 amp service. If I would have tried to push the rated 50 amps through an electrical conductor that was degraded by about 50%, I would have had another electrical fire.
Another thing I wish they would do was to run a 12v electrical supply wire to the overhead vent above the main bed. Many folks besides myself, like having a powered vent fan over the bed in the ceiling like the FanTastic fan. We got the optional prewiring for the 2nd AC, but all that is there is a coax cable. There is no thermostat wire or a 12 volt power supply wire. I just spent the last day and a half, fishing an electrical wire from the main power center under the stove to the vent opening above the bed. That had to be about 90% of the job of getting the FanTastic fan installed. Now that I have 12v electrical to the vent, putting the vent in should be a piece of cake.
The Eagle is supposed to be the top of the line travel trailer that Jayco makes. But I have to admit I am rather disappointed in the build quality and the corners that were cut.