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Old 05-25-2010, 10:57 AM   #1
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Hi all, we are picking up our new 26BH on Thursday and I'm hyperventalating a bit here. We are trading in our popup, a Fleetwood Williamsburg, for this one and it's the thought of pulling something that's not only 5 feet longer, but something that will also block my view in the rear view mirror! And getting into camping spaces. I have never had a problem with the popup, but I guess it's just the imposing size of it all.

some basic questions:
*is the water pump as loud in a TT as it was in our popup? I am putting on the silencer kit to try and help that out, but man was our popup load when I first turned it on! Every pipe was rattling on something below and making all kinds of noise. I wonder, since the piping is now inside versus under the carriage, if it will be a little quieter??
*for a family of 4 (two girls, ages 7 and 4), do I need to buy a blue tote for water waste right away? We only emptied out our canister toilet a couple of times over the course of a typical 4 day outing (holds 5 gallons). And the grey water was really only 10 or 15 gallons. This 26 BH has 32 gallons per black and grey, which seems more than enough, but just want to know before we head out in two weeks for our first trip.

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Old 05-25-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum Darrin! Congrats on the new tt!!! Our experience.... When we use our pump (traveling or dry camping) we can definitely hear it. As for the blue tote... when camping or traveling we may typically stay 4 nights (occasionally 5-7 days). With just the two of us camping with full hookups, we only dump when we leave the CG. Will you usually camp for up to four nights and camp with no dump? If so, you can play it safe, buy the blue tote and keep the receipt. If you find you don't need it, then take it back. Have fun on your trip
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Old 05-25-2010, 05:05 PM   #3
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Hi Darrin and welcome to the Jayco forum!!
I have never heard a water pump in a Pop-Up, so I can not compare them.
I will tell you that you will hear the pump, but our pipes do not rattle at all.
As for the blue tote.....
Black Tank of 32 gallons may be enough for 4 people for 4 days.
Grey Tank of 32 gallons may be pushing it a bit with the 4 of you and all the dishes. If you conserve water while doing dishes, brushing teeth, washing hands and faces or if your family takes baths/showers.
I guess I would wait for a few trips to see how it goes and let everyone know to be a little more conservative until you learn the usage.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:25 PM   #4
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Ah, another family that has upgraded from a popup (and a really nice one, at that) to a travel trailer! My wife and I made the jump four years ago and can't imagine going back to a popup--even if it was easier to pull and manuver at the campgrounds. No more having to deal with too little privacy, wet canvas when needing to break camp, not being able to access the refrigerator, pantry and bathroom while traveling.

You will quickly get the hang of the bigger rig. Get you some good extendable mirrors (I personally like the Mckesh mirrors available from the Hensley Hitch folks), plenty of leveling blocks (you can make your own from 2X6 or 2X8 lumber or you can purchase some of the plastic blocks from an RV dealer or Wal-Mart), a good level to make sure the TT is level side-to-side before you unhook, and a waste hauler to take the fear out of toileting, dish washing and showering. I know Healthi and Daryl&Sandy suggested that you might get by without one but take it from a proud owner of a waste hauler--you will be glad you have one when the monitors tell you the gray water tank is full and you still have another day or two of camping. I carry a standard hitch ball and stinger to insert into my receiver hitch (I store the equalizer hitch after I unhook the TT) and I can pull the full waste hauler at slow speed for as far as I need to to reach the campground dump station. Wouldn't leave home without the waste hauler unless we were planning on spending no more than one night in a campground. Oh, you might want to get a waste hauler with a capacity of at least 32 gallons--you don't want to overflow you waste hauler. I'm just sayin'. . . .
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
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Hi Darrin Welcome
Well we also had a pop up and this is our first year with our 19bh , the water pump is a little quieter but you will hear it . Last time out I took a shower and felt bad for the people in the next sight , they were in a tent. We have had our Jayco out 4 times this year , each time for 2 nights and we always end up at 2/3 s full or full on the morning we leave , thats on gray and black tanks , 3 people 2 adults and a child .
As for towing and not being able to see behind you , well I could'nt see out the rear view on our pop up due to the a/c on the roof . But that was never a problem anyway because when I switch lanes I close my eyes and drift into the other lane . (only kidding) no it wont be hard to adjust . Have a great time , let us know how you make out , and again welcome Kipper
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:35 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the great hints. I think I may just buy one and see what happens. (My wife is hyperventalating to all the cost and me to the towing/manuvering!). Knowing my kids, I know I'll have to eliminate some of the grey and/or black on this first trip or two!

We loved the popup we had but, after having back surgery this year, it was just too difficult to work with. I even had the electric tongue wheel installed on this new one to help eliminate some of effort that will be left.

I plan on adding a silencer kit to the TT and go with that.
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:37 AM   #7
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Thought of something else! As I never really payed much attention to it with the popup, what IS the size of my trailer - do you say it's a 26 footer or is it considered a 30 footer (I know it's an additional 3 feet with the tongue)? when I booked sites online for Michigan State Parks, you have to pick 25', 30', 35', etc. and I don't know if I should be looking at the 25' or the 30'?
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:27 AM   #8
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Welcome to the forum. I would go with 30'.
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Old 05-26-2010, 12:50 PM   #9
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Darrin,

If you are eliminating things that will stress your back, invest in an inexpensive cordless drill and get socket and drill adapter to use in lowering and raising your four stabilizer jacks--easier and faster than using the hand crank supplied with your trailer.

Also, if you have an equalizer hitch you can avoid having to use a breakover bar to put tension on the equalizer bars. Just hitch your new trailer to your tow vehicle, then raise the trailer tongue and rear of your tow vehicle with the electric tongue jack on your trailer. Once it is high enough to attach the equalizer bars without use of the breakover handle, attach them and retract the electric tongue jack all the way.

Many happy camping trips with your new trailer.
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Old 05-26-2010, 01:49 PM   #10
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Good tips on the hitch, Sam, thanks!

As for the drill, I have one manual one that loves to do the arms - my 7 year old daughter! :-) that was her job on the popup and fought with her younger sister to do it. However, I do plan on getting one anyway - comes in handy for various other 'what-if's', I'm sure!
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