Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-13-2014, 12:01 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Camp Hill
Posts: 239
We like our X23B. We sleep in the rear bunk while the kids negotiate over the front bunk, table bed and sofa. The slide out makes for enough space for the six of us. We tow with a Ram 1500 Outdoorsman Crew Cab with front bench that has the Pentastar V6, TF 8 speed and the all important 3.55 rear axle ratio. It gets about the same gas mileage as our old minivan when not towing. And it hauls more gear whether using the bed or aftermarket racks or tailgate pad.





The pic above was taken before we placed the bikes on the tailgate pad (shown).
__________________

__________________
2013 Jayco X23B
Solar System: Renogy 300W/Tristar 45 PWM
DC System: Trojan T-105 225 AH/Samlex PST-600 PSW
2013 RAM 1500 V6/TF8/3.55
sebring96hbg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 07:22 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Berlin Center, Ohio
Posts: 195
Sebring... You're doing what I need to figure out how to do. I have two 14' sea kayaks that I'd like to take along, but I have a hard shell bed cover on my truck. There's never enough room! Haha
__________________

12VOLTMAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 07:27 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Douglassville
Posts: 31
We have a 2005 which only has a full bed in the back so the wife and I sleep in the front. Move the table out at bed time so we are not climbing over it to get in and out of bed. Some times we just fold the legs and stand it up on the couch and sometimes we use it outside so it is already out of the way.
__________________
Jamie

2005 Jayco Jay Feather 23B -- current
1999 Chevy Suburban 1500 -- current

2001 Coleman Bayside Elite
2003 GMC Sonoma ZR2 Quad Cab
Jhmlbrgr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 09:33 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Missouri City, The Republic of Texas
Posts: 3,007
We used the rear bunk in our X23B. Climbing out of the front was always an issue in the night. It was also a bit quieter when the A/C was on. When it was just the bride and I travelling we left the table at home.
__________________
Cheers,
T_

2013 F-350 CC SB 2WD 6.7PS
2013 Eagle Premier 351 RLTS
-SOLD- 2012 X23B
-SOLD- 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4, Bilstein shocks
RedHorse1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 10:09 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Aurora, IL
Posts: 179
We have a 2004 X23B. Our family of 6 with kids age 1 to 11 fit just fine in it. 3 kids on 1 bunk, the baby with us on the other bunk. We've flip-flopped between the rear and front bunks, but really don't have any issues with climbing over the dinette. We turn the table sideways when it's bedtime. We've had an uncle and the grandparents sleep with us one night in a heavy downpour, so 9 of us in the camper slept comfortably.

As for tow vehicle, it's possible to tow with a mid-size SUV, but I'd go no less than a 6000lbs rating, so the Traverse and Explorer would be out of the question. We've towed with our 2005 Pathfinder on several trips now, including a 2000-mile rountrip from Chicago to Mount Rushmore. The best I can say is we got there and back without anything breaking. There were times we drove into 30-mph headwind that I wish we had a more powerful TV. If you are looking into buying a tow vehicle, the Durango should be able to handle it, but I'd also look into the 1/2-ton SUV's to give you more wiggle room. Sequoia may be payload-limited though. We stuck with our Pathfinder because we already had that vehicle, but the next vehicle will be a half-ton...
kvangil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 10:14 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 2,058
Quote:
Originally Posted by kvangil View Post
As for tow vehicle, it's possible to tow with a mid-size SUV, but I'd go no less than a 6000lbs rating, so the Traverse and Explorer would be out of the question. We've towed with our 2005 Pathfinder on several trips now, including a 2000-mile rountrip from Chicago to Mount Rushmore. The best I can say is we got there and back without anything breaking. There were times we drove into 30-mph headwind that I wish we had a more powerful TV. If you are looking into buying a tow vehicle, the Durango should be able to handle it, but I'd also look into the 1/2-ton SUV's to give you more wiggle room. Sequoia may be payload-limited though. We stuck with our Pathfinder because we already had that vehicle, but the next vehicle will be a half-ton...
I appreciate you sharing your experience. It confirms what I experienced. I would have kept my Trailblazer but with 160k on it I decided it was time to move to something bigger.
__________________
Chuck
2013 Jayco Jayfeather X20 E, 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Z71 SLE
DocBrown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 04:30 PM   #17
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Calgary
Posts: 3
We have a 2006 23B. We are presently looking over what is available as a replacement; still considering a new 23B in addition to some other models.

Love the 23B configuration, and echo comments above. I would select the 23B over the 20E, primarily for the extra counter space in the galley. I think there is additional wardrobe space as well. For a small difference in tow weight, the 23B really is great.

In our early version of the 23B we have found the U shaped dinette construction to be pretty lousy. I have re-enforced things a bit, but the seats and table are really too light for climbing on. They may have improved things with the current model, but really wish Jayco would build the dinette from square aluminum tubing like the Rockwood Roo. The trestle table they use now is a huge improvement. Might be more with the early models, but we immediately upgraded the dinette foam for denser replacements, which was a pretty easy mod.

Even with the hassles, we still really like the dinette configuration. The seat cushion depth is the best we have found, and the movable table is really nice. We often use TV trays (stow behind the couch) instead of the table, which we place outside under the awning. The Rockwood Roo 233S has a U-shaped dinette on a slide that comes close to the 23B's, but the cushion depth is a bit less; it does however offer easy access to the front bunk.

The 23B is a very versatile design for packing with bulky stuff. We fill the floor space and dinette with all kinds of stuff when we are going to dog shows. Can still get easily to the fridge, galley, and wash room at mid day stops without sliding things out.

We tow with a 2011 Ford E150 Econoline wagon. We used to have a similar 1992 E150, and probably due to age it was totally inadequate for the trailer weight and air resistance; was fine with the '70's vintage Jay Cardinal dual axle pop-up though. The new van can handle the 23B fine; with a 7,000 lb tow rating it is pretty well suited I guess.

HTH

Stu
2006 Jayco 23B
2011 Ford Econoline Wagon
stugilmour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 04:54 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 2,058
Quote:
Originally Posted by stugilmour View Post
The trestle table they use now is a huge improvement.
That's interesting that you like those type of legs. We hated them and replaced them with an old style set of folding legs.
__________________
Chuck
2013 Jayco Jayfeather X20 E, 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Z71 SLE
DocBrown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2014, 06:05 PM   #19
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Calgary
Posts: 3
Too funny Chuck. I should have been clearer; I haven't lived with them yet. Maybe trying to say they feel way more solid, and the table top seems a heck of a lot stronger than ours, which has a pretty severe bend in it. Did you find the new design more awkward?

Stu
__________________
Stu
Calgary AB
Jayco 23B
2011 Ford E150 Econoline wagon
stugilmour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2014, 12:17 PM   #20
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
That's interesting that you like those type of legs. We hated them and replaced them with an old style set of folding legs.
We too HATED the trestle table and made them replace the base with old style folding legs. The Z frame design is poor and collapsed easily on a few occasions. It's also a really heavy base. The table is much easier to live with now and no fear of it collapsing when somebody puts their elbows on the table.

We moved from a PUP to the x23B and LOVE it. We use the front bed so that we can watch TV in bed. Stepping up onto the dinette to get in bed is easy. We too turn the table sideways at night to open a path to the potty.

We tow with an '06 Tundra rated at 6,800 lbs. While it tows OK on flat Texas roads I would not venture cross country with it. The '07 and newer Tundras are tow beasts but the '06 and before are pretty lightweight. The x23B loaded up for travel along with a lot of stuff in the truck really taxes the Tundra and the MPG plummets.
__________________

__________________
2013 Jayco x23B
2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 Crew Cab
TXFolk is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:58 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.