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Old 10-31-2017, 06:18 PM   #1
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New to Jayco owners forum from Va.

I am fairly new to owning a Jayco and I am now alone after losing my wonderful wife of 41 years, 3 years ago to cancer. We had been campers and owned several rv's over the years and we had slowly gotten larger and larger trailers the longer we camped. The previous trailer we owned was a Flagstaff 831 FKSS. This trailer was 34 feet long and quite nice when my wife was still here with me, but after she passed away, I sort of lost my desire to camp and sold the trailer. It was really too large for just myself anyway. I have now gotten back into camping, but decided to downsize and purchased a new 2017 Jayco SLX195RB in June of this year. This trailer is much smaller, lighter, and easier to set up by myself. I really like it so far. I have made a few mods since I bought it. I added front stabilizers, reinforced the rear bumper for a bike rack and moved the spare tire to the trailer tongue. I also added 2 max air vents, and bought a small portable freezer, because the one in the fridge was way to small. I also added an electric tongue jack and gas bottle cover. I think it tows better than any previous trailer I have owned and I have not had any problems so far....I hope to learn more from all the wonderful people on this forum. This is my first Jayco and I am quite pleased.....Thank You! Ron Bower
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Welcome to the forum and my sympathies for the loss of your wife.
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Smile Thank You Midnightmoon

I really appreciate you giving your sympathy's. It means a lot, because she was my whole life and although I still enjoy camping and meeting others, it will never be the same again. Thank's so much...
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My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your wife.

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Thank You oldmanAZ

I certainly appreciate the warm welcome and the sympathy
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Ron, condolences for your wife and welcome to the forum. So glad you got back into camping.
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Sorry for your loss.

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Ron, welcome to the forum from Western NY. So sorry for your loss of 41 years. It's never easy to lose a loved one, for whatever reason, and there's a process to grieving. We'll all experience it some day. God bless, and happy camping.
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Thank You JayFlightRisk

I really appreciate your kind words. It seems everyone one this forum is very nice and considerate. You are right that the grieving process is something we all have to go through. It has taken a long period of time to get up the courage to face life without the the most wonderful person to ever enter it, but thanks to people like yourself, it does make it possible. I bought my Jayco from Albany RV in Latham N.Y. because the price they offered was almost 1/3 less than any local Jayco dealer. At first, I didn't want to drive that far to get my trailer, but I am glad I did. I met a lot of very nice people and I thought the drive from Binghamton to Albany was beautiful. It actually reminded me a lot of the area I live. The Shenandoah Valley on Va. I want to get back up in that area next year to camp, but I have already winterized my camper, so it will have to wait awhile. Thank You again....Ron Bower
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You are most welcome. Yes, everyone here is great, and more than willing to help out any way they can. We were in your neighborhood last August (Misty Mountain Campground) near Greenwood. It's beautiful country down there, and the local wineries kept a lot of our money. That's saying something, since we're in the Finger Lakes area, with a couple hundred wineries. Happy camping, and make yourself at home here.
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It's a small world!!!

My wife and have camped at Misty Mountain 3 or 4 times going back about 10 years ago. It is about an hour from my home. We discussed many times going to visit the Finger Lakes region of N.Y., but unfortunately we never made it before she became sick. I still may try to make a trip to that area. I understand it is quite beautiful and I am sure there must be plenty of great campgrounds near the lakes. I would love to find a place that has lakefront sites....If you are back in this area in the future, you might want to check out Goose Point Campground on Philpott lake. We have camped there for years. It is an Army Corp of Engineers campground with many beautiful lake front sites. Unfortunately it is about 3 hours further south than when you were at Misty Mountain. You can actually see a picture of all the sites and the lake if you go to recreation.gov and search for Goose Point campground. Goose Point is the nicest campground on the lake. The lake offers boating, skiing, fishing and swimming beaches at all the campgrounds. It's also off the beaten path and seldom overcrowded.
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My condolences on your loss. It can never be easy.

Welcome to the Jayco Board. I live in Mechanicsville, VA. We stayed at Misty Mountain two years ago when we went to the Va Tech-UVA football game. Maybe our paths will cross in Virginia sometime.


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I am fairly new to owning a Jayco and I am now alone after losing my wonderful wife of 41 years, 3 years ago to cancer. We had been campers and owned several rv's over the years and we had slowly gotten larger and larger trailers the longer we camped. The previous trailer we owned was a Flagstaff 831 FKSS. This trailer was 34 feet long and quite nice when my wife was still here with me, but after she passed away, I sort of lost my desire to camp and sold the trailer. It was really too large for just myself anyway. I have now gotten back into camping, but decided to downsize and purchased a new 2017 Jayco SLX195RB in June of this year. This trailer is much smaller, lighter, and easier to set up by myself. I really like it so far. I have made a few mods since I bought it. I added front stabilizers, reinforced the rear bumper for a bike rack and moved the spare tire to the trailer tongue. I also added 2 max air vents, and bought a small portable freezer, because the one in the fridge was way to small. I also added an electric tongue jack and gas bottle cover. I think it tows better than any previous trailer I have owned and I have not had any problems so far....I hope to learn more from all the wonderful people on this forum. This is my first Jayco and I am quite pleased.....Thank You! Ron Bower
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Mr Bower, welcome to the forum and congrats on your new camper. Itís nice to see you get back into an activity that brought you and your wife soo much happiness. Iím sorry for your loss. If it wasnít for my wife I donít think I would have gotten into this activity. And it has brought our family many happy times.

I bought my Jayco from Albany RV in NY as well. I drove that far, like you, because they offered the best deal I could find.

Iím not familiar with the campgrounds you mentioned but we have camped in Luray VA many times not far from you in Shenandoah Valley Va.
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Ron, it is indeed a very small world. Thanks for the tip on Goose Point Campground. If you get up here in the future, check out our state park website, https://parks.ny.gov/parks/. Our favorites in the finger lakes region are Cayuga S.P., Keuka Lake S.P., Sampson S.P., Letchworth S.P., and Watkins Glen S.P. There are many private ones also. You do have to reserve sites early, and can, no more than nine months in advance. Hope you can make it sometime.
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Thank you for the info on your state parks. The Army Corp of engineers campgrounds in Va. have unfortunately closed for the season and they allow no more than a 6 month in advance reservation. I just reserved my favorite site at Goose Point for April of next year. That's the biggest drawback, is that you have to reserve the waterfront sites as soon as the 6 month window of opportunity comes available. If you wait until they open in the spring, it is nearly impossible to get a waterfront site until after labor day and even then,not on the weekends. The sites further from the lake are available nearly anytime during the season, but you don't have a view of the lake, however the sites are still nice.
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