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Old 12-02-2010, 09:07 AM   #1
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We picked up our 17c this week from our dealer after deliberating, (I swear) for a year and a half over whether we should do it. My wife finally put her foot down and we bought it.

We have not used a travel trailer previously but we have towed several hundred all over the US and Canada as RV transporters for one of the Goshen (IN) based companies. So, lots of towing experience but we were never allowed in the trailers while transportiung them.

Our tow vehicle is a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4d with the tow package. The Wrangler is notoriously underpowerd so we are pretty nervous about towing in the west (our usual, favorite destination). I don't think putting a super chip in will do much but we are considering installing a supercharger. (about $5K in cost)

We have traveled extensively all over the country and Canada. First on a Honda Valkyrie Interstate motorcycle (100K miles when we sold it) and then as RV transporters and now in the Wrangler. We have always stayed in motels or cabins but have decided this is a much more economical way to continue traveling.

I am sure I will be asking some dumb questions in the future so, thanks in advance.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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Seems to me that you have huge experience in travel and might be able to answer some stupid questions I might have!

Considering the 17C- it might be just right for your wrangler- and with your experience towing, you will probably be able to use it to your advantage in the long run. We started with a coleman pop-up and a 2002 Subaru Outback with the small motor- so lots of slow up hill climbs. But all in all- it was fun and we never over stepped our skill level. Now with the StarCraft CKS237 (apx 5300 lbs) and my Denali towing- I have plenty of power and that is good and at times bad. Good in getting out of the way, etc- and bad in maybe getting too anxious and pushing the issue. No matter what you do- it is never just right. With you, and the towing experiences you have......I would bank on your trips being the "sure thing".

All-in-All, it sounds like you are adding another chapter in your lives! MC touring, TractorT touring and now TT touring! Congrats!

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Old 12-03-2010, 09:33 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard! I think you'll really enjoy your 17C. We have the 17Z which is only slightly different.

You didn't say if you were in the mountains or the flatlands. I don't know the tow specs for your Wrangler, but if they are close give it a try before you do anything. Personally I would not go for the supercharger. I think the money spent would devalue the Jeep should you decide to sell it in the future.

One of the neat things about the 17C is the fact that it is lightweight and there are numerous tow vehicle options. In my area for a little more than the supercharger price, I could find a quality used vehicle with over adequate the towing capacity required for the 17C.

Once you get out and start to enjoy the 17C, you'll get a better feel for how it will workout.

Again welcome aboard!
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:06 AM   #4
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Go with a power programmer before you super charge it... $5000.00 plus having to burn premium fuel VS under $500.00 and most will let you still burn regular. I have the bully dog power programmer in my truck (yes it is a diesel) and not only did I get more power but my mileage went up too..... well as long as I can resist stomping on it...

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Old 12-04-2010, 10:18 AM   #5
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I think you will enjoy your 17C BudMan. You'll be glad the wife finally put her foot down. LOL

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Old 12-07-2010, 07:41 AM   #6
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I have a 17c and am very happy with it. I do a lot of dry camping and have found that on warm summer nights a pop-up or hybrid are a must. It's way too hot inside a trailer with four hard sides.

I'm new to this forum--hope this post works!
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum Bud! Congrats on the new tt! We bought ours to continue our travels around the country with a little more comfort (plus we have more room for when grandkids join us!).

Did you enjoy your Transporter job? We ran into a couple transporting a MH to Oregon a couple of years back. They really liked their job (even with some of the restrictions) and tried to squeeze in a few hours site-seeing when they could. Is being a Transportation Specialist something you would encourage others to look into if they have the time?

As for "dumb" questions... ask away, you will keep the members here happy! They love any kind of question and love to share their experiences
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Did you enjoy your Transporter job? We ran into a couple transporting a MH to Oregon a couple of years back. They really liked their job (even with some of the restrictions) and tried to squeeze in a few hours site-seeing when they could. Is being a Transportation Specialist something you would encourage others to look into if they have the time?

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I really enjoyed transporting but (and it's a big one) I almost went broke.

I am retired Army so my healthcare is paid for, and I have retired three separate times and that means with SSA I have four pension checks coming in.

I had a Ford F350 crew cab lomng bed with a 6.0L turbo diesel. That's more than enough power to pull anything made but not when it's broken. I broke down every where.

I am totally anal when it comes to preventative maintenance (I was in Army aviation) and the stupid truck still broke down. I spent $11,000.00 in juts 2008 on repairs and I had a 200,000 drive train factory warranty!

Transporting is fine if you can afford not to make any money at it. The only guys making money are the ones cheating on their log books (you are subject to all the DOT/Commercial trucking laws)and are willing toi frequently drive over 16 hours a day ( legak is 11 and less) eat out of a cooler and be concious of every single dime that you spend.

But I was once was stopped in Trans Canada 16 in Alberta by the Provincial Police so the park rangers could move a 7,000 buffalo herd across the highway. I had to time to grab my video camera and film a wolf pack in British Columbia and I went back and forth on Interstate 80 ninety-one time in 16 months.

Sleeping in the truck is not fun (and it is illegal unless you have a sleeper compartment) and trying to make just another 100 miles in a blizzard on I-80 in Wyoming gets old really fast.

Glad I am out of it and I sold my truck at a loss and I don't miss it either.
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Wow! Sounds about the same as the other couple we rain into! They did say that they spread their sleeping bags out on the floor of the MH's they transfered (they towed their own car) and slept there. I can't remember what they did for food, but they did say they couldn't use *anything* in the MH's they were transporting.

That sucks you didn't make $$. Doesn't really sound like an appealing job for retirement travel afterall. So how's the new 17c? Have you done your maiden voyage yet?
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