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Old 08-09-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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1st trip in our new 2012 Swift SLX 184BH

I am 5 says in to my first trip with my new trailer. There are some things I love and other things I am noticing I wish I had.

First I am glad to report it seems Jayco has addressed the A/C leaking issue. I have used it steady with no indication of water coming in. They to get a bone head award for the placement of the unit, as it is impossible to remove the A/C filter for cleaning.

It has rained for the last 48 hours and we are very comfortable in the trailer. The layout is perfect for our needs.

A couple of dislikes...

First, the black and grey water tanks are very small. I have to empty the black water every 2 days and the grey water is nearly full after my wife and I have our showers. I have started leaving the grey water valve open. I am very lucky both the camp grounds we visited on our vacation have 3 way sites. Otherwise we would have to tow the trailer to a dumping station or buy one of those black water caddies which just doesn't seem very appealing.

Second is the various build quality issues. One of the mounts for the L/P stove isn't attached so I can lift it right out, the radio isn't fastened securely and the dinette has a bow in the middle. These are relatively minor and compared to some issues others have had I should consider myself lucky.

Some things I would like to see made standard...
-Front stabilizer jacks. We had them installed for $150 and we tried it with them up (to make sure we didn't waste our money) and it rocked like a boat in water. It might not be so bad on the smaller SLX's but it is terrible on the 184BH.
-Vent fan in the bathroom. I didn't know it wasn't there until i picked the trailer up. I didn't realize trailers didn't always have one. It takes a long time to get the steam off the mirror.
-Reduce the size of the fresh water tank and increase the black and grey water tanks.
-A 120V plug behind the bench seat. When the bed is made that turns into a make shift night stand.
-There is lots of storage but not enough doors. There is also a big storage area under the bottom bunk but it is hard to access because you have to lift the one piece mattress up in a confined space.
-Add a cable TV hook up. It has a TV antenna but no hook up for Cable or Satellite TV. That isn't a big deal yet (we don't have a TV in the TT) but DW is expecting and I figure we will need one soon.

All that being said I wouldn't trade this purchase for any other TT, I still think it was our best choice and an excellent price. I hope this will help others know what they are getting if they are considering a Swift SLX.

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Old 08-09-2011, 04:54 PM   #2
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The tanks are small in the Swift SLX series because it is a liteweight trailer with a small CCC to keep the weights down so more tow vehicles can be used. I would recommend getting a blue tote tank to empty your tanks into when camping without sewer hookups. The Jayflight 19BH for comparison on the other hand has much larger tanks and a larger CCC because it is not a "liteweight" TT, and things like stabilizers, cable hookup and vent fan are standard. But they are heavier and more pricey then the Swift series.

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Old 08-09-2011, 07:22 PM   #3
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The tanks are the same on my 154bh. I have a 15 gallon blue tote and have used it a few times. Not my favorite thing, but it works.

Last weekend when the grey was almost full, I just opted to take Saturday night's shower in the shower house instead of the camper, since I was leaving and thus emptying the tanks in the morning. It didn't make sense to me to have to tote the water away for one shower.

I agree on the front stabilizers. They came on my last two pop ups, why not on a small tt?

Vent in bathroom a must too. Fortunately, it's an easy upgrade.

I'd like a 120 outlet in each bunk, instead of just the lower, and I'd like another 12v auto outlet on the kitchenette too.

Wouldn't want a smaller fresh tank, since we ran out of fresh water on our last outing. (Hand toted more to my site).

I don't feel your pain on cable/sat TV either. Strict rule against television on our camping trips!

But I'm a lot like you ... I see some shortcomings, but still LOVE the rv. It's a perfect fit for my family
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Old 08-09-2011, 09:30 PM   #4
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I would e-mail Jayco a copy of your post, let them know what an actual camper's experience is with their product.


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Old 08-09-2011, 09:49 PM   #5
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I have a 32 gallon blue tote and generally do gray, but have also done black -- it really is not that bad...sure beats packing up and going to the dump station.

On the fan - even the Jayflights have a bad fan. I replaced mine with a nice Maxx Air fan and it made a huge difference!
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:47 PM   #6
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Congratulations on your new unit bender031177 , what a wonderful investment for your growing family!

After reading your comments, a few things could be changed/added to hopefully increase the pleasure of your stay.

There are low flow shower heads that put in air pressure to give you the feel and sensation of a full blast, but save significantly on water usage. They also make kitchen and bath sink inserts to do the same thing. These may help the running out of water scenario as well as the prematurely filling tank scenario for your grey.

As for the toilet, in our TT, with 5 people, even a larger tank fills quickly so we save on flushes by checking to see if anybody else has to use the facility before we flush. This conserves the water used to flush, I also just ask the kids to not flush at all. The TT is small enough, I know when they go, I can conservatively flush whereas for them it's fascinating to hold down the pedal and see what happens. I just come behind them, ask their siblings if they need to go and do one flush.

I agree with the comment to put in a maxair fan in the bathroom. We love ours, it's so powerful and useful, we are looking to change the bedroom vents into maxair fans for non ac air flow.

Best of luck, and it sounds like maybe you can get your hands wet with doing some mods to your new TT to personalize it and make it work perfectly for how you intend to use it!

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Old 08-09-2011, 10:56 PM   #7
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Bow in the table, our's was the same way when we purchased the unit last spring. When I took the trailer in for some warranty work I had them replace the table. With that said, the new table also had a bow in it (yes, it's a differnt table, I marked the old one). When I stow the table away, I have it "resting" upside down to try and take the bow out of it to no avail.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:13 PM   #8
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I just booked my trailer ion for it's warranty work. I can't get it in until late September. I expected a wait because I bought my TT in the US to save several thousand $$ and don't expect priority service. I am happy they are willing to service me at all.

Thanks for the suggestions for my trailer to make it better for me. I asked my local dealer about installing a ceiling an in the bathroom and he said it is a major job if there isn't already wiring for a fan, and he doesn't think there is.

Like I said though, it was the best deal for what we needed and and I don't regret it a bit.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:32 AM   #9
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Hey Bender! Glad your experience was a positive one. We just got done with a long first trip in our 154bh and loved it as well.

Regarding the A/C filter issue: I was of the same opinion as you, but discovered that if you're careful, you can finesse the filter out by pulling and bending. It's pretty flexible.

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Old 07-29-2013, 10:42 AM   #10
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we also purchased a jayco 184bh we already camped twice once at st joseph peninsula which was great. tanks were ok. but wished they had put a small sink in bathroom but dont know where it would have fit. also the tv has to sit on the only counter space. the 154bh had a place for your tv. we always camp in state parks the antenna on the camper was great for us we picked up some local stations.. other wise happy

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