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Old 12-21-2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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Precept opinions wanted

We are just about to be new Jayco owners....after looking and comparing we have pretty much decided on the 2014 Precept. Would appreciate any input about this unit and/or the Ford chassis.

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Old 12-29-2013, 08:30 AM   #2
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Precept

The wife and I thought long and hard and decided not to move up from our 2013 Greyhawk. The Precept had some real advantages such as the great view out the front window, outside entertainment. great space, and fresh water capacity. A small but troubling issue was the lack of electrical outlets in the kitchen. Did not drive it but I bet it is a great ride. Bottom line, not 20 thousand dollars better.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:31 PM   #3
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we, too, are seriously considering the precept

We are moving from a 5th wheel to a class A. We love to stay in state parks, so we need to stay around 30'.....so glad to see several companies going to the shorter gas A. Looked at the ACE and the FR1....liked the idea, but not the manufacturers, so we are thrilled that Jayco has joined this shorter class A...gas......concept. won't be purchasing for another year, so anxious to hear your thoughts.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:56 PM   #4
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We test drove the precept today...then put a deposit on it. We are trading up our 2013 grayhawk Ds and will be our first class A. Hubs likes its turning ratio and that he didn't have to wrangle with the steering wheel. We are both pretty tall and broad shouldered so we really liked the space, length and the easy ride.

We noticed only one outlet in the precept kitchen like Bob noticed too, but that is the only downer we caught.

We hope to have it in the next two or three weeks and plan on taking it on a loop around the country.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:35 AM   #5
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Hi Lakeside - Wondering how the Precept is working out. We're looking at one and would love to know your thoughts now that you've had it a few months. Thank you.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:05 PM   #6
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Precept first trip

We just finished our first camping trip in our 2015 Precept. Awesome
It was hot and muggy out but there was sufficient air coming in the windows. If you need more air than these windows will allow then GO OUTSIDE. When the rain downpour hit us I was glad that the windows didn't open too wide. During the rain we got enough air to be very comfortable. Were there problems, sure but most were minor. Loose mirror, loose windshield wiper, etc. I would have given up two of the TVs if I could have gotten one decent 1080p/120mhz TV. When I brought the unit home there was a terrible wind noise at freeway speeds. I built a small platform for my wife's feet (she's only 5ft2in). The platform was only 3inches tall so it only partially blocked airflow from under the dash. Surprise we did 400+ miles at freeway speeds and there was no, none, nada, wind noise. We were really pleased how quiet this unit was. I wish they hadn't put in a radio that was technologically 2011. Clarion makes a nice unit but they made an even nicer one in 2014. Overall were very pleased with the unit. We traded in our 2011 Montana toy hauler which was a very nice unit, but a little too big for our driveway and it was a little too big for many sites in state parks.
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rahawk: Thank you for the great feedback. The radio is important to us and on the rig we are looking at it has AM/FM, Sirius/XM Bluetooth and a USB port capability in addition to the GPS and backup camera. Is that the same as yours?

I'm told that unless one has an HD antenna, satellite or HD cable service from the park, the picture is going to look poor. Were you using just the digital Antenna that comes with the Precept?

Thanks again!
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The radio in our unit is the Clarion NX 501 a 2011 model. It does have sirus capability/Bluetooth/dvd/cd/and 3d GPS. Its just not as easy to use as the newer models. As for the tv its poor quality comes from it being only a 60 hz refresh rate on the screen. In action scenes or sporting events you get "ghosting" around the moving characters. This has to do with the quality of the TV not the signal being received.
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Also the rearview camera is excellent as are the side view cameras.
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:22 PM   #10
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Thanks again rahawk. Ah, the 60mhz refresh. That is a disappointment.

If you don't mind - a couple of quick questions:

1. What is the model of outside radio and does it have an aux inputs?
2. Did your dealer recommend regular or mid-grade gas? Which have you used?
3. How was the mileage on your first trip?

Thanks you.
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