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Old 11-13-2015, 01:46 PM   #1
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Hello all from Harpster, Idaho. We have been looking at many RVs for the last two weeks and have decided on a Jayco X213 from Rangitsch Bros in Missoula, MT. We will pick it up next Thursday. We have camped for years starting with tents and backpacks, then to a Montgomery Ward tent/trailer hybrid, a small Coleman pop-up, and lately a Coleman/Fleetwood Westlake popup. We are really excited to finally have a hard sided camper with all the goodies(for us at least). We will be towing with a 2012 Chevy Traverse and look forward to some good camping. We spend time with family on the Oregon and Washington coast every summer, flying Rev kites and exploring coastal sights and scenery.
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Old 11-13-2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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Welcome!

Very similar story (and TV) to ours. We have just upgraded to the X19H, but the X213 was on our wish list too. We were buying used, so were looking for the first good condition one that came along.

I really liked the idea of the King bed in the slide, and being able to stow our bikes in the back bunk area would have been a real bonus. Both units have a very usable floor plan, and a kept us well within the GCVWR, and that's what sold us on these two.

Hope you really enjoy the new unit! Happy trails!
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Thank you for your reply. I was hoping someone who had towed similar TT with a Traverse. Any issues I should be aware of ahead of time. Have pulled the Westlake with a 2004 Ford Ranger and the Traverse with no issues so don't anticipate problems with the X213.
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:06 PM   #5
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That was on my early wish list in 2009 for just the two of us... Almost did it but finally just stayed with what we have.

We are more into the RV CAMPING and not much interested in the RV TRAVELING... I liked the idea i could use the F150 to pull the X213... It had good writeups...

I even went as far as thinking about how to mod the bicycle storage area into a smaller storage just inside the outside door and use the rest of that area for my Ham Radio/Computer Office layout... It would have worked out great. The front wall has a large empty space area for all kinds of extra wiring using the wall to wall 12-inch raised platform for all Battery Bank Support systems for long term camping off the power grid. This wall being close to the tongue area was just what we was looking for.

This was my planned X213 floor plan complete with a desk top to ceiling hutch arrangement with many shelves etc...


Would use one of these L- Desk with hutch plans with the left angle desktop cut down to fit the width of the storage room.


In the end we are still running the East side of the US in OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer.

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Thank you for your reply. I was hoping someone who had towed similar TT with a Traverse. Any issues I should be aware of ahead of time. Have pulled the Westlake with a 2004 Ford Ranger and the Traverse with no issues so don't anticipate problems with the X213.
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Wish I could help, but in all likelihood I'll be coming to you. We traded late season after spending the second part of the summer looking around. The X19H went straight to storage for the winter; we'll take delivery in the spring when the snow melts. I will be upgrading to a WD/AS hitch as well - not needed for the little pup (sometimes could forget it was back there).
Our pup had a bent axle that was proving difficult to replace so we were motivated to trade. A late season trade-in of the 19H at our original dealership was just about perfect and they gave a lot of goodwill for our damaged pup (better than I had seen them selling privately in good condition).
I did have a quick chat with a guy towing a larger Roo with a slide using a '15 Traverse at our last camp of the season. It was bigger than either of ours. He indicated it was smooth, and it certainly looked level and well balanced when he pulled out of the site Sunday morning. That was probably the weekend or two before we traded, and may have influenced my decision a bit?
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Old 11-14-2015, 12:42 PM   #8
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Here were my responses about a 2011 Traverse and the 2015 X213. The person I responded to actually did further calculations and ended up cancelling their order for their X213.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...tml#post349031

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...tml#post349129

If you're looking at a 2016 X213, the shipped dry weights were heavier than the 2015 on the 3 I looked at.
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Old 11-14-2015, 08:48 PM   #9
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Jarm,

Congrats on the new trailer, but I have to agree with Silver concerning the Traverse as the tv (tow vehicle) for the X213.

Does your Traverse have the factory tow package? As mentioned in the linked thread, even if so, you are still limited by the max tw of the factory receiver hitch. Without the factory tow package, you are limited to something like 2,000, or 2,500lbs tow capacity.

Also, the "brochure" dry weights do not always include options, even those that are "mandatory" options. That can add 2-300lbs (or more) to the "brochure" dry weight. ALL newer trailers have a yellow sticker stating the uvw as it rolled off the assembly line including propane, but not a battery. Same with the "brochure" tw (tongue/ hitch weight) not including the propane tank(s) or battery weight.
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My Traverse does have the factory tow package and is rated for 5200 lbs tow. Will pick up the trailer tomorrow and see how it does. Purchase is contingent on being able to tow it safely.
Thanks for all the comments.
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