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Old 11-06-2014, 06:16 PM   #1
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New to the forum. My wife and I have never owned a camper but just bought a 2014 Jayco X17Z. We wish it was spring! If anyone wants to share some of the essentials for a first timer, it would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 11-06-2014, 06:35 PM   #2
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Welcome from Kalamazoo! The first camper we owned was a 2007 17 Export. Basically the same thing you have but 2014 model. You'll find all kinds of advice here on what to get. What we did was camp out in the backyard and make a list of important items to have, then we made a list of nice to have items. We built our "essentials" list from there. One other thing we did also was pick up a camping world master catalog and looked thorough it. You don't necessarily have to buy your stuff from there, you can get stuff cheaper online and at Walmart we have found. Don't be afraid to ask questions, there are a lot of knowledgable people here. Good luck.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:00 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Here is a top ten must haves thread to sift through.....


https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f18/top-10-must-haves-before-first-outting-5081.html
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:54 PM   #4
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Welcome to JOF...and I really wish it was April instead of November. Enjoy that X172....in a few months.
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Old 11-06-2014, 10:45 PM   #5
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Welcome. We are from the north side of GR!
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:51 PM   #6
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Welcome....I missed a few things the first time I went camping and so does everyone.....if you do not bring it you did not need it!

Spring is sadly far away!
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:14 AM   #7
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:01 AM   #8
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Stuff for X17Z

Welcome...my wife and I love our 2014 X17Z. Didn't miss a camping weekend all summer. Some essentials we picked up that we had to have.
  • 2 x Conntek RV 30-Amp Extension Plug Adapter Cord and Connector with Ergo Grip, 25-Feet - $110
  • 2 x 2.5" Lucid by LinenSpa Gel Infused Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Removable Bamboo Cover, QUEEN - $260.00
  • Valterra F02-4100 45 RV Hydroflush - $23.00
  • Fat Cat 55-0104 "29" Cribbage Board - $11.00
  • Scrabble Deluxe Edition - Total $39.00
  • Winegard RV-WING Wingman White UHF Booster TV Antenna - $32.00
  • Camco 42693 RV Grey Party Light Holder for awning - $8.69
  • Camco 57632 Olympian Grill Storage Bag - $20.00
  • Maxxair 00-933072 MaxxAir II Translucent White Vent Cover - $58.00
  • Camco 42148 RV Flying Insect Screen-RS 500 - $16.00
  • Outdoor breathable mat under awning - $125.00

There's more.... Two outdoor zero gravity chairs, Two outdoor director chairs, Small hatchet, collapsable aluminum outdoor table, Rhino sewer hose, Badminton set, Outdoor lights for awning, Cheep coffee maker, 22" TV, Lynx levellers, sewer hose support, step rug, Dogbone adapter 15/30 amp, a sway bar hitch tote, two RV fan lights for bunks, and a translucent sewer hose swivel fitting. I think we are good now. Enjoy!
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:51 AM   #9
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Welcome to the JOF and congratulations on your X17Z. We have a 2010 X17Z and love it. It has been an excellent unit and was our third camper. Our first one was a 1975 Winnebago D-21 Brave followed by a 1991 Fleetwood Flair 26R.

Maybe, just for you, we could all agree to just skip winter this year and go right to spring!
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:46 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the responses. We are picking it up tomorrow.
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