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Old 01-02-2015, 11:36 PM   #1
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To Buy or Keep Shopping?

Greetings Jayco Owners, we are seriously considering the Octane T32C. I have been all over the internet and have realized that Jayco owners love their rigs. Would love anything insightful you are willing to share. Our concerns: plastic sinks (scratch easily?), upgrade to 15k BTU or is 13 enough (this is our first RV), party deck ( over rated or used often?). This is our first foray into RV'ing and just want to create family memories. Thanks for your time!
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:35 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum, I can't give you much advice about the unit in question, but I can definitely agree to making great family memories, our first of two sons where born in 95' and we picked up a new Jayco 264BH trailer the next year, our sons have camped with us for the last 19 years and we had two units in that time frame, we just ordered our 3rd unit, that is more suitable for just me and wife, oh and our two walking partners, Char Pie dogs......for me It did take long deciding what unit, so good luck and enjoy the family time in a RV......you won't regret it.....

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Old 01-03-2015, 01:36 AM   #3
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Plastic sink, I'd just say don't throw a big cast iron pot in it. Not sure on the Octane, but the Jay Flight sinks are quite thin. We only wash the smaller dishes in it. I hate them, but have lived with them. Yes, they will scratch, but that never stopped us from using it. We did buy it to use, a LOT. On the AC, 15k without question. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Party deck, I'm not real familiar with the Octane, but I'm guessing you're talking about a rear ramp being a deck. I have no experience with these and feel I wouldn't use it if I had it. Overrated to me. We like all our stuff set up on the door side, but that's just us. Out of all the haulers I've seen in campgrounds, very few ramps were being used as a party deck. The fact that most have no stair access to them when set up, deems them useless to me. There are only a handful of manf that make a deck with stair access.

Hope yall enjoy your new RV when you get it. We're on our 8th one and have previously full timed, so it goes without saying, RVing is our drug of choice.
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:37 AM   #4
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I can't answer anything about your specific unit either, but agree with BigJohn about the sink and 15k. I am looking into replacing our current sinks with stainless but have to figure out how to get them out of the unit without taking the counter top off. On the AC, we only have one, and have found that in order to be comfortable in the bedroom we have to almost freeze ourselves out of the living area - when the time comes we will definitely go with the second unit in our next TT.

You're right, camping is definitely about making family memories. 2014 was our first year out and we've already had a number of experiences (all good) that we'll never forget. The best advise we were given was to take it slow and easy, and be methodical. We heeded that advice and it worked well for us - ~4900 miles and 40 night with no issues.
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:58 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum!

I can't help with any of your questions about the equipment. But while our kids were growing up, we did lots of camping in tent trailers and a class-B motorhome.
Ahhh the memories... ... all good; even when things didn't go exactly as planned.
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:59 AM   #6
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Bigger Ac always better...party deck great looking and makes you want to purchase more...but I have friends who have them and they never get used. So I wouldn't waste the extra $$ on the party deck.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:47 AM   #7
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Welcome to the JOF! and good luck making your decision!

The sinks are acrylic to keep the weight to a minimum. They are reasonably durable, but they will scratch. Then again, so will the vinyl floor, the fiberglass sidewalls, the cabinets, . . . I think you get the idea. You're suppose to have fun in a trailer, so don't worry too much about keeping it show-room perfect! The one caution about the kitchen sink: be sure to run some warm water (not cold) in the bowl when you're dumping boiling water into it (ie. draining pasta, etc.) That will prevent cracking from thermal shock. I also agree with the earlier post that recommended NOT setting hot pots or pans in it - especially cast iron, because it retains heat so well. Just let them cool down for a few minutes and you'll be fine.

As for the deck; I've not seen anyone use theirs in the 6 months I've been full timing. But if you think you might use it, by all means go for it! Of course, you can always just prop your ramp up with some blocks, and attach some mesh to the opening with some Velcro to keep the bugs out of the rig. Viola! Party Deck!

Good luck with your decision, and Happy Camping!
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:32 PM   #8
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Exceptionally minor upgrade cost to get the 15K AC right now is worth it. If you get the 13.5K and find out its too small, its quite a bit more expensive to replace it.

Just go easy on the sink, you should be fine. Personally we wash most dishes outside at the outdoor shower. Easier to move around, less grey water issues to deal with etc. Invest in a 4 or 6 foot folding plastic table and a Rubbermaid tote to use as the "sink" outside.

Like others have said, the party deck looks like an awesome idea... but it is any better than standing outside the RV and hanging out? Its not covered, so you get no benefit in the rain or hot sun. Its limited by weight and size, whereas your campsite isn't. It encourages more people to wander around the private areas of your RV, whereas if they were outside they would be significantly less likely to use your bathroom, etc.

RV'ing is a great way to make memories with the family. We grew up going camping. Mostly small weekend trips once or twice a year, but we did go across country for 6 weeks when I was 14. Took the bride camping 9 years ago and she loved it as much as I did. Bought our own camper 4 years ago. 2 years ago we introduced our 1 month old daughter to camping, she loves it too. Hopefully in a couple of months we will have a new camper to introduce our newborn son to camping as well! Its a great family tradition, especially if you have (or make) friends with fellow campers. We usually do 3 to 5 trips a year with a group of friends... makes it that much better!
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Welcome to the forum..Happy camping
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:02 PM   #10
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I agree with most of these posts. I wouldn't worry about the sink, spend the minor fee (it was $100 when I ordered my unit last summer) and get the bigger A/C; and the party deck, while looking cool, doesn't provide any real function the campsite can't IMHO. So I'd skip that. Good luck!

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