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Old 10-25-2014, 06:27 AM   #11
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CHENT - I think the nerwer JAYCOs pretty much solved the problem with the 2010 model and up... Really haven't been reading the reviews from others since then as it was quite common on the models prior to the 2010 along with a weak slide motor...

The drop down on the end was quite noticeable when it happened. Was not level at all...

On the large doors of any of these type of trailers including the toy trailers you will just have to watch the seals etc and make sure they are weather tight. The large doors seem to slightly warp somewhat over time which causes the rubber seal not to their job. Just be aware... Lots of happy users out there with no trouble at all with the large door surfaces... The hybrid beds that drop down from the top are good examples of this possible seal problem areas.

All this talk is making me wish I went ahead and got one hehe...

This was my mod idea on making the bunk bed area into an office. Of course with your kids this would NOT be a good idea as you will need the bunk beds... Check the DARK BLUE and RED items shown... This is a L-DESK with hutch setup and a roll-n office chair...


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Old 10-25-2014, 01:01 PM   #12
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BCx213, that 2013 does sound a bit too good to be true. I saw a 2010 going for $16.5 in Hamilton, that looked to be the best in terms of something recent (and beyond the problems that Roy mentioned). It sold in a hurry at that price.

Mitch, that sounds about right for US prices - especially now that the exchange rate is much less favourable <- Canadian spelling

Roy, that's a pretty sweet mod, you got me thinking... We're planning on a long trip, maybe coast to coast if all goes well when my wife is off with kid #2 this spring. I'm fortunate enough to be able to work from pretty much anywhere there is an Internet connection, so I'll probably need a work surface somewhere. Maybe a rolling chair and a surface that sits on the bottom bunk... hmmm

I'm already chomping at the bit reading about all of the solar mods and wifi cameras... going to be a long winter!
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BCx213, that 2013 does sound a bit too good to be true. I saw a 2010 going for $16.5 in Hamilton, that looked to be the best in terms of something recent (and beyond the problems that Roy mentioned). It sold in a hurry at that price.

Mitch, that sounds about right for US prices - especially now that the exchange rate is much less favourable <- Canadian spelling

Roy, that's a pretty sweet mod, you got me thinking... We're planning on a long trip, maybe coast to coast if all goes well when my wife is off with kid #2 this spring. I'm fortunate enough to be able to work from pretty much anywhere there is an Internet connection, so I'll probably need a work surface somewhere. Maybe a rolling chair and a surface that sits on the bottom bunk... hmmm

I'm already chomping at the bit reading about all of the solar mods and wifi cameras... going to be a long winter!
Saw it listed on kijiji bc...type x213 and then scroll down...actually listed at $16990.00
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:27 PM   #14
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Well all, we've decided to go with a 2015 and going to sign on the dotted line this weekend. I negotiated to just over 21.5 with a wdh so I think we got a fair price. The dealer will be storing it for the winter as part of the deal as well. So does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should be checking out before hand? I've read about some rust on the frame in another thread that I'll definitely be checking out. Any other major items I should add to my checklist? I believe the unit has been winterized already. Any tips would be appreciated!
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:40 PM   #15
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Good luck, looks like an awesome unit. My next one in a couple years. Just look for quality, trim floors outside corners and slide it out.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:39 PM   #16
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We love ours! Wish it cost less, but thats how it goes... A couple issues we missed in the walk thru: door/screen door wasn't latching right, bathroom sink leaked... Walk thru was overwhelming- slow down and take your time. I modified the tall cabinet near the door with multiple shelves- it's been very useful. Gonna swap batteries to two golf cart batteries in the next month and add solar before summer.

For others reading about prices:a huge factor here was shipping fee.... Makes it harder to compare prices across regions of the US.

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Old 11-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #17
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Good tips Dan, thanks.

What are you planning for solar?

I've been doing some research and checking out what others have done around here, and I like the idea... but being newbies to all of this I don't want to jump the gun before we have more than a few trips under our belt and get a real idea of what our power requirements will be.

I would imagine that most of the camping we'll be doing to start will be always close to shore power, so not sure if we'll get a benefit from it until we venture out a little further.
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@chent- i am no expert on solar and may modify my plan before executing it.. But the first step will be to get the two golf cart batteries- that should be adequate for low/moderate use (for us) up to 4 days (I am going to buy the ones at Costco). But without a way to recharge batteries while we are out we skimp on using some of the amenities (hot water, furnace, etc). After installing solar and a trailer wide inverter we will use more power than what we use now. Some of the pieces I was looking at- Morningstar solar charge controller, 150-200 watts of high efficiency panel or panels, 1000-1500 watt inverter, + wires/fuses/etc. I plan to do this before a trip to Yellowstone next summer.

We only have camped at places without power available (and will do so in the future), so for us investing the $1000 should be worthwhile. If you always stay at places and pay for shore power, spending the money for solar may not be worth the cost and hassle. I would recommend using the trailer a bit and figuring out what your needs are before spending much money. Keep us posted!
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@RVCamperDan, I've seen quite a bit about the two golf cart batteries being better, will look into that for sure once we get an idea of out consumption. I'll probably start with a real meter so we can see our consumption before going too crazy.

I like the setup that Handy Bob has listed about halfway down the page on his blog here, seems like a good template to start with.

https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/...-other-things/

Another member here has a cool setup, he's got pics and details here:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/album.php?albumid=329

I'm a bit of a techie so I like the WiFi setup he's got...
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Not sure if it is okay to plug a company, but my friends and I have all purchased solar systems through AM Solar. Great quality kits and come with everything you need as well as easy to understand instructions. I just purchased a new trailer (sold my last trailer with solar system) and plan to buy a new kit through them soon. I plan to get the SunRunner Signature 25MPPT kit, the same I had on my other trailer. It was flawless and the battery monitor was great.
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