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Old 09-27-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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Maiden Trip Report - 2012 184BH

We went on our maiden trip last weekend in a brand spanking new 184BH. The location was the Chickasaw Recreation Area which is just south of Sulphur, OK. Being my first time towing except for moving 2 miles from the dealer to the storage lot, I was as scared as could be to the point my wife kept asking me "are you ok?" while we were driving out of Oklahoma City.

Got the feel for the trailer and by the time we hit the campsite I was much more comfortable with the tow. Backing was actually pretty good considering I'd had a friend with a CDL coach me for a couple of hours prior to the trip. Setup went fine but I had to back up twice setting the awning as I'd forgotten to extend the arms once the awning was unrolled.

All of the trailer's equipment worked flawlessley and I got a good laugh when my wife began heating a pot of water for washing dishes. I reminded her we now have a hot water heater and got chased out of the trailer with a dishtowel. :lightning:

Chickasaw has no full hookups so I was a bit nervous using the tote for the first time. We did not get a Robin Williams moment but I did figure out real quick that a hose with two bayonet fittings is a must when dumping to the tote. We added a lightweight ball hitch to the "must have" list since the WDH is dang heavy to be installing and removing when pulling the tote to the dump site. :drooling:

The rest of the trip went great with no problems with the trailer at all. The only issue was backing into our spot in the storage lot and I am going to get some traffic cones since getting the trailer straight with no reference points is a real trick. We are very happy with this trailer and had several people ask if they could "take a peek" at it while we were out. Since this model is pretty new, many have not seen them yet.

Trip two is this weekend to a local site and we are looking forward to several more before weather forces us back into the house.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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Sounds like a successful adventure. Glad it went well. I get quite a few folks coming to my trailer asking to see it too. Mostly pop-ups who would like to get into the hybrid.

My Jayco has also performed nealry flawlessly since I began using it. The very first trip I did notice a bit of water on the floor by the waterpump door. Hand tightened the water line coming to the pump that had a drip on it and haven't had any more since.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:56 PM   #3
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I also have a 2012 184BH. I just picked mine up from the dealer today where I had some warranty issues fixed. I couldn't be happier with mine and I know you will continue to enjoy yours too.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:37 PM   #4
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Good camping stories make me smile. Congrats on a successful and fun outing.
We're into our second week of ownership of our 2k12 184BH. Yep, great little unit.
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Should have posted before, the AC unit dripped to the right or the window with no issues at all. Glad to see that Jayco seems to have addressed this issue from the 2011 models.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:40 PM   #6
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Should have posted before, the AC unit dripped to the right or the window with no issues at all. Glad to see that Jayco seems to have addressed this issue from the 2011 models.
Ditto on the drip to the right! I watched that like a hawk while it was being prepped for PDI. I had them run for over two hrs.

Again, congrats!
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Thanks for the detailed trip report and I'm glad things went well on your maiden voyage. I'll be looking for a coach when I eventually hook up a trailer to my truck .
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:21 AM   #8
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184BH Maiden Trip

We didn't get a chance for a quick trial run with our 184BH. The maiden trip was a 2500 mile trip to Winter Haven, Florida this month! I was amazed at how stable and easy the Jayco pulled. I used my Nissan Frontier with a small V6 engine and quickly learned that I needed a larger truck! There were no surprises from the 184BH, it was a pleasure to use. The gas bill on the other hand was very large, but if you are going to pull a travel trailer it's to be expected. We only had a few close calls on I95, most from those small cars which refuse to be patient and shoot in front of you on the entrance ramps. Of course the New York City area is never a pleasant experience and we had to go through it to get on and off Long Island. The next trip will have the Jayco 184BH pulled by a new Cheyv Silverado LTZ 4x4 with plenty of power.
Love the 184BH!!
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We didn't get a chance for a quick trial run with our 184BH. The maiden trip was a 2500 mile trip to Winter Haven, Florida this month!
This kinda scares me as well... I have pulled my POPUP Trailer all over the east and south and as far west as OKLA with no problems at all. It weighs in at 4200LBS but being a POPUP you can view all around it and my gas mileage doesnt change whether I am towing the POPUP or not. Still the same 20-21MPG going down the road if I use Shell gasoline. I've never towed a trailer that had high sides where you can't see around it very well so that is going to be a new experience for me when I get my JAYCO this spring.

Of course my fear is finding an easy on-off access for getting gasoline. Not much of a problem with the OFF-ROAD POPUP I have as I can pull into anywhere and get gas.

I guess if it gets too bad you can unhook in a parking lot and then go get some gas haha... We are looking at getting the JAYCO X213 model...

We will be going down I95 to Mytrle Beach alot and also going down I81 to get to the Smoky Mtns places around Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge areas. My truck is a 2010 F150 FX4 model with 5.4 gas engine with 3.73 gears and towing package...
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We didn't get a chance for a quick trial run with our 184BH. The maiden trip was a 2500 mile trip to Winter Haven, Florida this month! I was amazed at how stable and easy the Jayco pulled.
We picked our tt up at the factory, camped a few days in the local cg, and hit the highway for home. Stopped in Michigan and Wisconsin along the way to Cali. What a wonderful 3 week maiden run we had!


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This kinda scares me as well... I have pulled my POPUP Trailer all over the east and south and as far west as OKLA with no problems at all.

Of course my fear is finding an easy on-off access for getting gasoline. Not much of a problem with the OFF-ROAD POPUP I have as I can pull into anywhere and get gas.

I guess if it gets too bad you can unhook in a parking lot and then go get some gas haha... We are looking at getting the JAYCO X213 model...
We pull almost 31' of tt and have never had problems finding a gas station to pull into, even on the side roads. In small towns, we do better with the pumps that run parallel to the station, but on the highways and interstates, there's enough room to pull into stations with pumps perpindicular. If you are off the beaten path, you may want to consider watching for gas stations suitable for your set-up when your tank gets to 1/4 of tank. Planning ahead should help you find stations that are conducive to your needs and you will never have to 'unhook'
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