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Old 07-22-2020, 09:40 PM   #21
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Hi. I tow a trailer but can definitely relate to your moments of high stress driving. One time in particular that stands out in my now 3 years of travel was driving along a very narrow, winding highway with a steep drop off on one side while having angry drivers behind me as I was moving carefully slower than they wanted to be driving.
This experience has taught me to plan ahead! (My husband was supposed to be my navigator but we managed to miss the correct exit). I now use Google satellite to map out a route. This allows one to see how large gas stations are and how certain routes might lead to perilous situations. (Just last month ended up on a dead end and had to back out!). You learn to roll with it and trust yourself to get through it.
Kudos to you for going solo and enjoy!
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Old 07-23-2020, 01:32 PM   #22
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Thank you!
The turn signals still work just fine actually. There are wire hanging underneath the rig and underneath the dash that go to the auto-levelers. I will have to have them professionally fixed or I will probably electrocute myself.

Thanks for sharing what you added. I am working on that with another new Jayco Greyhawk owner now and figuring out the best way to get that installed. APpreciate your feedback greatly!!
My ground wire has come off hydraulic pump. Easy fix. New eye crimped to wire, double nut it and a couple zip ties for added assurance. You shouldn't have trouble finding a handy person in the rv park to crawl under and do the fix. I would for some wine tasting.
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Old 07-30-2020, 12:19 PM   #23
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Fuel planning?

I'll try to get the state sales tax cost. Sometimes it is cheaper to purchase where taxes are lower.
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Old 07-30-2020, 01:58 PM   #24
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I'll try to get the state sales tax cost. Sometimes it is cheaper to purchase where taxes are lower.
California has some high gas taxes but there is a reason for it and you should want to pay. First off we have designer gasoline. Ain't that special? Also, we have the gasoline of the stars.
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Nice looking rig. Look for true truck stops for fuel/gas, they are bigger and designed for larger vehicles. Until you deal with the sway issues, actively use your mirrors so you don’t get surprised by a passing semi or RV. Experience brings confidence, the more you drive it the better you’ll get. Safe travels
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Old 07-31-2020, 04:29 AM   #26
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California has some high gas taxes but there is a reason for it and you should want to pay. First off we have designer gasoline. Ain't that special? Also, we have the gasoline of the stars.
Gosh, Jim.
Send me a sample?
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Old 07-31-2020, 06:39 AM   #27
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:42 AM   #28
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Hey Jayco Family!

My name is Dawn and I have two rescued shih tzus, One-Eyed Willy and Mr. Bojangles. I drink lots of wine, work full time as VP of Sales for a skincare company and love boating, kayaking, biking and anything outdoors.

Due to pandemic, my sales job has gone to 100% remote so I decided to take this show on the road wherever and whenever I want. I still have a condo in Tampa, FL so I'm not full-time, but my first trip will be for 6-8 weeks up and down the East Coast. This has been quite an adventure thus far and it's been 3 weeks.... lol

Since this is a Jayco forum, I want to share the pluses and minuses I have had with my new 2020 Greyhawk 30XP prestige. Please attempt to not judge this newbie and my blunders thus far... I am trying. I swear.

Pluses (will just write up 5 but there are many more!)
1- Damn. This thing looks good. My ex-bf saw it and thought I hid a boy band up in this thing. I totally wish.
2- The Dogs absolutely love it and i found this awesome love seat cover for them. It's easy to wash and allows them to scratch away and keeps the furniture from getting ruined.
3- I hosted 3 business meetings in here already, including a chemical peel training. The dining room is my new mobile office and I'm loving it. Wish it had some storage underneath for work items but I love that I have room for friends and I don't have to use the dining table for sleeping.
4- Spacious: I was going to buy a smaller one but I am definitely happy I purchased a bigger rig for the space for customers and my dogs hanging out too. Extra bedroom storage is used for my work items and the big fridge is packed with wine for my wine tastings *(another job I have and LOVE).
5- Separate bathroom sink has been a HUGE perk. It took me forever to find an RV that had the bathroom sink out of the bathroom so I can get ready for work there and not be in a little, stinky, tight bathroom. I'm a bit girlie and like to do my hair and make up (no judgment please...)

Plenty more perks... but let's move on with the 5 Minuses.

5 Minuses:
1- Auto-Levelers Not working at all: WTF Jayco and RV dealership! They didn't notice until the day I was leaving that levelers do not work at all or even turn on. Was told it could be 3 days to 3 weeks for the repair. Why didn't they fix it while it just sat there... I had to leave Florida without it repaired and i'll take it back in August when I return.
2- Entire floor has to be replaced. The glue is leaking through and staining the floors a yellow and orange color. The dealer noticed it and said I had to deal with it. Called jayco and said it was a warranty issue and they need to replace the floors. ALL of them. More time not in the RV.
3- Backsplash falling off the wall -Did I need a backsplash? Nope. I didn't but I definitely don't need one that has glass tiles falling off while driving.
4- Damn. This thing is BIG and I have run into a few things. It's a lot to handle alone but I'm figuring it out. I hate freaking gas stations and they hate me too.
5- AND the WORST part of this rig is the ENGINE! Oh damn. Whiteknuckled it from Tampa to Jax and then to Charleston and then to Colonial Williamsburg and THEN to the Pocono Moutains in Pennsylvania. I made it alive but it took my body days to recover. I know I need to get a sway bar or some other things added to improve this drive. If the Mercedes Sprinter Chassis was available on a larger model than 24 feet, I would have bought that in a HEARTBEAT! Maybe I will downsize one day but for now, I need to figure this out. I am open to ANY and ALL advice about this engine and how to improve the drive.



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You have a beautiful Coach and puppies.
Try to find someone that will align it with as much caster as they can get out of it and 1/ 8” toed in before they start selling you thousands of dollars worth of parts. You probably could benefit from some of the parts recommended but you will find that it drives 1000% better after your alignment to these approximate specifications. Don't feel to bad. My 1 month old Axis 25.6 needs a whole new full slide replaced and I can't get anyone to return calls or emails. Evidently, there is no such thing as RV warranties. BTW, both of my four legged people are also rescues. Bunny and DoDo.

The following is what to give to the alignment specialist:

For over 50 years I have been professionally aligning everything from fire trucks, motorhomes, drag racing cars, road racing cars, semi trucks and trailers and normal mom and pop cars including high end cars by Acura where I was an Acura Master Tech. At one time I was the shop foreman at Fort Worth Champion Spring in Fort Worth Texas which was the most prestigious suspension and alignment shop in the DFW Texas area until they closed after 80 years of service a couple of years ago. For almost 15 years there I performed almost all of the alignments. I’m sure you understand that Ford quotes specifications with broad parameters. The reason for that is because after they align it at the factory in a couple of years the springs start to sag and of course, there are many different loads put on these chassis which changes all of the measurements. When the springs sag the Caster goes positive and the camber goes negative.
Class C RVs on the E450 chassis or 350 chassis should be in the ballpark of 0 to 1/2 degree positive camber.. This is not set in stone. The Caster on our class C motorhomes should be between 4 degrees positive and 6° positive if you want them to drive straight down the highway without fighting the steering wheel. The caster from the factory is set with less caster because these trucks are often used in city settings. Having the Caster set at lower settings cuts down on tire wear in city driving. Most city trucks are constantly turning sharp turns forward and back but motorhome owners don't do that. If we drove in the city all the time with five or six degrees caster our tires would wear out rapidly. (mine is a 2020 Axis 25.6 which came to me with .6+ camber on the left side and .3+ camber on right side and caster was close to 2.+ on both sides and it is a pain to drive. I have ordered sleeves and caster eccentrics for the radius arms. It was towed out 1/8 of an inch. I reset it ⅛” toed in which helped greatly). Parts to correct the other problems are on order.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:37 AM   #29
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I miss Fort Worth Champion Spring.
One time I called them on phone, explained issue.
Rather than take my money, they referred me to a wheel alignment shop. Issue fixed.
79CVX20- y'all did do a great job!
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Old 08-03-2020, 11:16 AM   #30
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California has some high gas taxes but there is a reason for it and you should want to pay
And some of the best maintained roads in the Nation.......about 40 years ago. So, where is all that tax money going today!!
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I miss Fort Worth Champion Spring.
One time I called them on phone, explained issue.
Rather than take my money, they referred me to a wheel alignment shop. Issue fixed.
79CVX20- y'all did do a great job!
Thanks Gary. I miss it too, especially since I need parts myself. Which alignment shop did they recommend?
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:50 PM   #32
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California has some high gas taxes but there is a reason for it and you should want to pay. First off we have designer gasoline. Ain't that special? Also, we have the gasoline of the stars.
OK, you have DESIGNER gasoline. Gasoline of the stars.
COSTCO has "TOP TIER" gasoline. Yet, I watch the various brand gasoline tanker trucks all pull into the same big gas storage tank yards to refill their tanks?
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:59 PM   #33
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I believe it was Frank's Wheel Aligning Inc at 2800 W. 5th Street.
Took trailer there twice. Once for tire wear when the trailer was new, another due to shackle mount on frame replacement.
Timely, not expensive. Explained what he was doing.
Good job. Ended tire issue.
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