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Old 10-28-2012, 01:16 PM   #1
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Okay, it's time. I've lurked and read, and lurked and read, registered, and lurked and read, and I'm ready to out "mybadself." I had looked at trailers for the past 4-5 years. Looked at used; new was too expensive. Over the past year, I looked seriously. I liked the Jayco product, and decided they would be the manufacturer of choice. My wife and I made the decision that we would buy new, if we found what we wanted... as long as it was "reasonable." In my research, I really liked the 2011 25RKS, but it's 2012, and the only one we both could agree on was the 26RKS. We found one at a local dealer, an upgraded (loaded) 2012 26RKS, and really liked the layout... but, the asking price was almost $30K... Nope. But thanks! Started looking online, and in the last week of May, found a new 2012 26RKS for more than $10K less - at Camping World in Albuquerque, NM. Did the deal over the phone, and left Wednesday (5/30) after work to pick up our new trailer!

We made it as far Gallup, NM and slept for about 4 hours and headed into Albuquerque to make our 9:00 a.m. appointment. Good service, got what we wanted, and were out in 2 hours. Visited with friends before leaving, and headed west. We picked up some food and supplies and decided to stop, once again, in Gallup. Nice little RV park. Had our first meal and got familiar with the trailer. We're owners!! Yay!!

We pulled out of Gallup and headed west and, since it was the weekend, decided we go to the Grand Canyon. It is on the way home... (I hadn't been; the wife had). Headed up through Flagstaff and around the south rim. Beautiful. Came out of the park on the west entrance and pulled in to the RV park there. Spent two days there, before heading home. Pulled the trailer ~700 miles before bringing it home!

Since then, we've camped at: Pine Valley, UT; Zion N.P.; and, Pahrump, NV. I need to camp more to bring that $ per night down... hehehehe... Here's a pic from our Pine Valley trip.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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Van Go, welcome. Now is a shakedown cruise!
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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I use to figure the cost per night with my second PU. Use it enough and the price is very reasonable. I haven't done it with my Z, but maybe I should. Glad you are enjoying your trailer!
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:08 PM   #4
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Just did the math $44.88 per night. Not too bad.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:20 PM   #5
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Congratulations! That is a great model.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:10 AM   #6
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Lookin' good, there Van Go ! Welcome to the JOF and the Jayco family as well. That was some introduction to your new TT. Post often on the JOF, and enjoy !
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:40 AM   #7
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Welcome to JOF! nice rig, great story!
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:27 PM   #8
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Good looking unit we have the same floor plan in an Eagle. It was our favourite too.
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Congrats Van Go on your choice....enjoy.
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