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Old 05-13-2012, 09:54 PM   #11
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Now that's a trailer! Glad to hear your back out camping with the "fam". BTW, is your Excursion a diesel?
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:12 PM   #12
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Fabulous camper, and I love the Excursion as well. That trailer looks like it has a lot of room in it, sure to get many years of great use out of it.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:18 PM   #13
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Now that's a trailer! Glad to hear your back out camping with the "fam". BTW, is your Excursion a diesel?
Nope, it's the V-10 gasser. I wouldn't have minded a diesel, but when not towing it's mostly used for short errands by the wife, and diesels aren't really fans of lots of short trips, plus the higher cost of diesel (IMO) doesn't seem to pay off. I'm sure the towing MPG is higher, but for most regular driving I don't think it justifies the higher cost of the truck and the higher cost of fuel.

That being said, I wouldn't have said no to a diesel either, but this one has plenty of towing capacity.

The truck appears to be "squating" a bit more than normal there - maybe it's the hill I'm parked on...



Thanks for the kind words all - it's really great to be "back in buisness" again!
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:30 PM   #14
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Nice TT! We considered that TT when buying the 2012 32BHDS but didn't for whatever reason. I was thinking it was due to weight but it's GVWR is only 300lb. more than mine. Maybe it was the wife wanting the second door or me wanting the outside kitchen, I can't recall. Anyway you NEEDED the extra space lol. I only have 3 kids and 1 is an 18 year old daughter that doesn't like to go camping so much anymore, so we have all the room we need. It was a heck of a step up from the Jayco Select HW pup we had!
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:19 AM   #15
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Hey Ranger, sweet looking camper! Looks kinda familiar! I am very happy your story has a great ending. We love our 32TSBH, even with the issues, which for the most part we should have never seen due to a dealer that didn't do their job. The bunk area is versatile and works so well with the J-cubes. My 9 year old daughter continues to amaze me with all the different configurations she comes up with for that 100 sq ft or so of space! The bunk house of the 32TSBH with the J-Cubes, some blankets, and pillows is a dream come true for a kid.

Here's another aspect we've found works very well... pets! We have a couple medium size lab mix dogs (one yellow and one black) and the bunkhouse has plenty of space for the dogs and the kids. The J-cubes are easy for the dogs to climb up on and sleep next to the kids. The dogs really like the J-cubes actually since they are the perfect height for them. The large windows on the lower bunks of both slides provide a nice viewing area for them to look outside too.

There's one other thing we use the bunkhouse and all it's space for, our ice machine! Our Emerson ice maker fits perfect in the right corner of the bunkhouse near the door. It kicks out ice all day and we have plenty for drinks, snow cones, etc! We fire it up in the morning and turn it off at night to keep the noise down.

I really think Jayco did a lot of things right in the design. The missing storage space hurts at times, but can be overcome with smart packing and some vehicle support.

PS - Don't forget to open your stove vent outside! We just got rid of the bacon smell a few days ago... My wife found a very nice scent to replace it with
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Preston - Before our 32 BHDS we had a Jayco 232 - it's a Hybrid design that worked great when we had 4 kids, but we knew we outgrew it as soon as we found out my wife was carrying twins. It felt like a huge jump to go from 23' (closed for travel) to 32+ feet - I can't imagine jumping there from a PUP. I have to admit, on nice nights there are still times I miss the canvas.

Forgvn77 - I read your thread and was on the lookout for similar issues. Luckily I didn't see any issues at all with the cabinetry, or really anywhere else. The only issue we had, and you can see it in the photo at the campsite, the orange running light by the cargo compartment (curb side) had the cover come off. Kind of annoying, but I'll have it replaced this week. If that's our biggest issue I'll be thrilled. Your right about pets, in addition to our kids, we have a Golden Retriever - she's plenty happy just to be camping, and when everyone is in bed has laid her claim to the couch. One of our older kids has shown the twins that a couple of comforters thrown over the table in the back makes for a nice "tent". I imagine it won't be long before a couple of Jaycubes turned sideways are brought into the mix - or at least that's the way I'd do it
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Hey Ranger (or anyone else with a 32TSBH), ran into an issue today that you'll want to watch out for. We parked the camper and unhitched this evening after a weekend out at the campground. All went well and then I hit the switch in the back to deploy the door side rear slide. It was deploying and then got hung up on the far end towards the back and was turning sideways. I stopped the motor and wondered what the heck is going on? I went to the stuck side of the slide and noticed the top drawer in the wardrobe on that side had slid open and the slide had gotten hung up on it while deploying. I pulled the slide back in and closed the drawer. It was too late, the guides were bent I figured out what had happened. When we got our 32TSBH there were a number of screwed in things that weren't screwed in tight and were loose or somewhat loose. Door latch in the bathroom and the smoke alarm were two. The drawer latch on the top drawer in the left side of the wardrobe was also loose, but I didn't realize it. When the drawer was closed, it didn't latch tight enough to hold it in place. Without going all the way to the back and looking behind the slide there was no way to tell the drawer was open. I'm adding the drawer guides to the list of things my dealer is going to fix. I'm sure I won't be the only person this'll happen to. Anyways, heads up before you deploy the rear slides!
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:30 PM   #18
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Thanks for sharing that information! I can see where that could happen and you'd never see it. I will be sure to check for that. We had something kind of similar happen with a broom in ou old 32BHDS, luckily no damage other than a bent broom handle.

I will check the drawers in our unit, and be sure to share this with my wife, who usually does the slides while I am outside.

Thanks agan!
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #19
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Ranger, glad to see things worked out for you. If that's your house in the background, it looks really nice too.
I think in another post you recommended Roadmaster Active Suspension. I wasn't familiar with it so I read up on it. I liked what I saw and read and might buy one. Thank-you for that. I know you mentioned that your truck is squatting more than normal in the picture. I thought you don't have the spring bars connected or possibly the rise on the hitch shank isn't tall enough. The trailer looks level, just wondering if the height of the hitch ball is higher (plus more) than the height of top of the coupler on level ground? Sorry if I'm being too judgmental.
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I have everything adjusted about right. The shank on the hitch bar is within a half inch of being perfectly level, which is as close as you can get since the adjustment holes on the draw bar are about 3/4 - 1" apart. I may have to adjust the WD a bit, and the truck is carrying more weight in the back than usual (plus the whole tribe & dog) because I had just picked up the trailer and threw stuff in the back. I may have to crank up the RAS a bit too, but wanted to wait a bit until the the TT was loaded more like it will be for camping. Even with a TT that size, the Excursion handled the TT great, no issues whatsoever.
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