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Old 07-18-2018, 07:53 PM   #1
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To Buy or not to buy new 2017 Precept 31 UL

We are 5 days away from signing the purchase documents on a New 2017 Jayco Precept 31 UL. My wife loves the inside and i like the full paint job .
However after reading all the posts about the handling , steering, wandering , trucks and wind issues , I am about ready to forget about the whole thing and not buy anything at all. Sounds pretty scary and I am thinking about pulling the plug
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:30 PM   #2
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ask for an extensive road test ... if they say no then ... you walk away ... its a lot of money to risk
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:33 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.
So, would this be your first motorhome? Your first class A? Your first RV?

Have you driven the Precept? If so, what did you think. If not, why don't you drive it before deciding.
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:43 PM   #4
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Don't be too discourage. This forum probably represents a small slice of Jayco owners and many find there way here looking for solutions to problems. I doubt there would be an RV industry if the issues on this forum represented a significant percentage of the RV's Jayco built.

I ditto homer1959, take the rig out for an extensive road test. During a portion of the road test have someone else drive and you follow behind to get a idea of how true the rig rides down the road. Run (not just be told how it works) EVERY system, flip every switch, open and close every door, etc. At least have an assures they are working when you leave the lot. Of course there is no guarantee you won't miss some little things but the little things usually aren't the things that cause heartache.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:07 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your reply. I should specify that this would be our 3 rd class A which would include a 2001 Fleetwood Bounder which had a wandering issue that never got fixed but it was work to drive. A 28’ Winnie did not have any issues .
I was more terrified of our 38’ Cyclone behind anF 350super duty going downhill, But never steering problems.
I did test drive the Precept about 20 miles but no interstate driving within 100 miles of the dealership. There was about 3” of play in the steering wheel but did not feel any wandering, just the back and forth to keep it straight .
This 2017 Precept has the J ride Plus which apparently does not mean much to some . I will do another test drive before signing though. It is such a beautiful coach that it is hard to pass up.
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This one will handle better than others...the wheelbase on the 31UL is 228". The overall length is 32'9" so your over the 55% rule.

Most of the bad handling motorhomes have under 200" wheelbases...I have seen some 30' with 190" wheelbases. The Alante 29S is a good example. Overall length is 31'4" and wheelbase is 190" which is below the safe margin and handling will be compromised.

I owned a Tiffin motorhome that had marginal wheelbase to length and I will never do that again.

Like others I say take it for a long test drive and see what you think. Make sure the dealer has the tire pressures set correctly. The F53 chassis will ride like a buckboard but all gas motorhomes have this feature. Unless you go up to diesel and airbag suspension it really doesn't matter which brand motohome because they all are on the Ford F53 in a class A now that GM bailed out of the RV world.

I actually owned a Georgieboy motorhome on a GM chassis with the 8.1 and allison 1000 transmission. That motohome handled well and ran great. Used oil but had plenty of power.

Good luck...it;s never easy writing that check. Just remember it's only money!
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:09 PM   #7
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As with any new class A motor home, once you get it fully loaded, weight it and then have 4 wheel alignment at a good truck/rv shop. Call Jayco motorized customer service and they authorized the service to be done and then reimbruse you. This will improve you handling. Add a super steer or other steering stabilizer not only for safety reasons but also to help tighten up the steering. Good luck and BTW I have a 2016 31ul on 19.5" tires. We really like our unit and can one hand drive when needed
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We have a 2018 31UL which has the 228" wheelbase and 22.5 inch tires. After test driving numerous brands of Class A's gassers this by far was the best driving and handling unit. The thing that helped it the most after getting it was a front wheel alignment which Jayco payed for after authorization. (Alignments are not done after the build on most all new units)

My concern would be the price you are paying for a 2 year old unit. Unless you are getting more than 35% off you aren't getting a deal. A few changes have been made for the 2019s with the biggest ones in my book being a residential fridge and tank hot water heater instead of tankless. Good luck with your journey!
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I'm with taking the extensive testing drive and checking everything out. Drive interstate at your normal speeds and rough two lanes. You have mh experience so that is good. If you normally don't drive over 60 you won't have a problem. Higher speeds with ill handling units is a chore. My 31ul is 190 wheelbase with 19.5 tires. It took $1000 of shocks, chfs, and alignment to get to ok driving now at 65ish.
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I did test drive the Precept about 20 miles but no interstate driving within 100 miles of the dealership. There was about 3 of play in the steering wheel but did not feel any wandering, just the back and forth to keep it straight .
This 2017 Precept has the J ride Plus .......[/QUOTE]

hawkster, we got a brand new 35S that had the same problem last year. I thought.
After installed a steering stabiliser the the back and forth to keep it straight went away. Sometimes with lots of cross wind i feel that there is still a little play in the steering wheel. But it is not a play it is the cross wind. The steering stabiliser helps to keep the steering wheel straight. So before you take it out for a test drive check the wind direction.
Otherwise we are very happy with our Jayco. Yes, there are issues (as every other brand has) but that's why there is a 2 year warranty.
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