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Old 09-11-2016, 08:33 AM   #1
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Hello from Mississippi - Need input on Jay Feather 25BH

Hello Everyone!
My husband, Scott and I are purchasing our first travel trailer. We are looking at a Jay Feather 25BH and will be towing with a 2004 Ford Expedition. It has the standard tow package but we are going to upgrade it to the heavy duty tow package. I was wondering if any owners of this Jay Feather was out there and could tell us anything we need to know. Also I will read a lot of your threads but where does everyone buy their hoses, antifreeze, tissue, etc from. I realize the start up can be quite expensive. So I have googled and found some great deals (1/2 the price of some retailers). Thanks and Happy Camping!
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WELCOME TO JOF!!!

The members here are GREAT!!! There is a lot of GREAT information to be found here. I am sure that you will have information and pictures to share with us... so please do!!

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I can not comment on the 25 BH, but I do have an EAGLE 284BHS and we love it!!!! I am sure others with the same model will jump in and fill you in with some information.
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Welcome!

You're right, the initial start up costs are high, but in the long run I believe they are well worth the cost. Depending on the Walmart, they may have a decent camping section where you can get the basics like water & sewer hoses, chemicals, etc. If they don't have it, Amazon is your friend.
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WELCOME TO JOF! The dealer where you will be getting it from should give you some of the things that you are going to need but of course I did went out and bought some more.

I bought the clear adapter for my waste water hook up so I can see when my tank is clear of waste, etc, this is ours first time out and we believe that we done good on getting things, little things to make our camping more pleasurable.
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Old 09-11-2016, 05:40 PM   #7
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Welcome and congrats on your first rig!!!

As for accessories, Walmart and Amazon will be your best friend.

I have bought the following at Walmart:
Camco sewer hose kit. Comes with a transparent elbow, and the "doughnut", plus 2-10' hoses for under $30. Last I knew the online price was about $22, and the store matched it.
50a male to 30a female adapter and a 15a male to 30a female adapter. Both are about 1' long.
90* elbow for the fresh water hose so it doesn't bend/kink where it connects at the camper.
Water pressure regulator- though the camco one is a cheap, entry level model.

Amazon:
Fridge retainer spring bars for the outdoor fridge. Keeps drinks in place. No issues with food in the inside fridge.

Available at either or other stores like Menards:
30a extension cord. Sometimes you may need a longer cord to reach the electric pedestal.
Fresh water hose. How much you carry depends on where you camp. We actually have 160' total: 2-50', 2-25', and a 10'. I have actually used more than that to get water from 2 sites over that a friend was on that had water h/u, our site didn't.
Wheel chocks- you need a set of 4.
Some form of boards or "Lego blocks" to level the trailer side to side. I use 2x10's. Have two long enough for both wheels to fit on, then cut a third one in half. Treated boards from a lumber yard obviously. Cut an angle on the ends.

Optional:
Awning mat.
Water jug. May need once trailer is set up if you run out of water.
Fire tongs & poker/ hot dog forks.
Bacon grease/ paper towel- great fire starters!!!
One thing I need to still get, and electrical management system. Will protect from surges, over/under voltage, and more depending on the model.
The normal camp chairs, grill, possibly an ez up, etc....

We use household toilet paper.
To winterizing with the antifreeze, you do not want to buy the stuff that has ethanol in it, only the glycol. So check the bottle for which type it is.

I probably missed something.

Hope this helps you get started!!!
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:51 PM   #8
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Thank you for the input and adding me!

We are excited to be owning a Jayco. We will pick it up sometime this week so I will post some pictures. Here is one picture I took of me on the top bunk. And yes it is difficult to get up there without a ladder. I hope Jayco does something with this issues because they do not offer an optional bunk ladder. But I am very excited to have the outside kitchen.
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Sorry I can't figure out how to make the picture correct.
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Is this a new trailer (or at least buying from a dealer if not)? Have you already negotiated the wdh? If not (or even if so), make sure it is one with integrated sway control. The side mounted sway bars generally need to be removed when making very sharp turns (usually when backing into a campsite).

Also, once the trailer is loaded, you may need to readjust the wdh. The dealer is only setting up the wdh to an empty trailer. If needed, follow the link in my signature for the wdh how to. Tons of info!!!

If at a dealer, make sure you go through the unit with a fine tooth comb. Some units have minor issues as that is one area the RV industry can and should improve, so check it out closely!

Good luck!!!
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