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Old 04-12-2016, 07:07 AM   #11
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We have the 2015 Freightliner with the 2016 Jayco cabin on our 37FS. We have been living in it, almost continuously since October of 2015. Very satisfied with braking capability with little over 10,000 miles and the truck cab seats are very comfortable.
Purchased ours from Evan at MH2GO in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I can't say enough about my satisfaction with this dealership. They've answered every question, handled every minor warranty claim that came with a new unit and have become good friends. Very pleased that we did our homework before the purchase and found the unit we wanted.
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Old 04-13-2016, 01:18 PM   #12
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I'm upgrading from a 2014 to a 2016.


The big thing for me... No spliced frame.

The early 2016's and prior build coaches ride on stretched frames from MorRyde. Jayco would purchase the M2 106 chassis, send it to MorRyde and have the frame stretched, lengthen the drive shaft, brake lines, wiring and weld the supports for the coach floor. There is a plate welded to each frame rail where the rails are but-welded together.

When the new chassis are ordered with the air brakes they are also ordered from Freightliner with the lengthened frame rails, no welded, extended frames. The chassis is now all Freightliner. This was a biggie to me.

So my take, early 2016 and before, nicer interior. Later 2016, better chassis.
Where is this splice? I went to the factory when we ordered our 2014. Looked at the bare chassis sitting outside because I was interested in the frame. I did not see any evidence of a splice. Either I'm blind or they did it so well it was undetectable. I just crawled all over under mine, I cannot detect anywhere it was spliced together. There is no plate on the inside or outside of the frame. As I typed this I went back out and looked again with a bright light. I see a one piece frame rail. If the driveshaft was lengthened the splice would be between the axles.
I was at Hill truck in Elkhart for some warranty work in 2014 and they had some new M2 chassis sitting there the same wheelbase as the Seneca (I parked next to them). They were trucks not RV's. I did not see a spliced frame. Did your 2014 show evidence of a splice?
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:21 PM   #13
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As you can see from my signature, I own a 2014 Seneca TS. I have laid on a creeper from the front to the very back examining the frame and there is no evidence of any welds or plates described in a older post. I called Jayco and explained what I had read. Their response was no way. I called Freightliner and they said that Freightliner would not provide a two year warrentee if the frame was modified in any way. We have over 11,500 miles on our Seneca and are satisfied owners.

I think incorrect information may have been given out possibly by a dealer or salesperson. I agree with Mr. Oz, just no evidence of this. I made these inquires mostly because of curiosity, I am happy with my Seneca. Sure, we had some minor issues at the beginning but as I said "minor issues". Sam
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:32 PM   #14
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As you can see from my signature, I own a 2014 Seneca TS.
I was actually "concerned" when I read the Seneca had a spliced frame, I had been under it many times previously and never noticed any splice. I had two previous Ford Econoline-based Class C motorhomes, both were stretched and it was very obvious. I never had any issues, but.....

So I went under my Seneca again today and there is absolutely no evidence of a splice. No evidence of extension wiring harnesses either like on my Fords. I consulted the original Seneca brochure and it does show other 2014 Seneca models had differing wheelbases, not certain how the other models accomplished that. Likewise the 2016 models also have differing wheelbases. Does Freightliner supply Jayco with differing wheelbases? I certainly cannot say. But they were different then, and they still are.

I also have a "Marketing and Skills Training" file for the 2013 Senecas that shows that MORryde did do upfitting on the bare chassis such as constructing and installing the floor crossmembers, installing the leveler system, installing the coach battery tray, and adding the receiver hitch. No mention of frame modification listed.

If MORryde did splice the frame, you absolutely cannot tell how or where.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:08 PM   #15
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Hello Everone,

Great information on this forum.

I have a Seneca 2016 FK w/air brakes, the chassis was built in 7/13/2015 and the coach was built 12/7/2015. I went to the plant in Dec 7 to see it being built.

Not sure if this is the frame splice everyone is talking about. See attached photo.

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Old 04-15-2016, 08:31 PM   #16
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Rob, Thanks again for the fog light info, worked great.

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You are very welcome!

About where is the area you photographed? Being that an FK has the shortest wheelbase of the Seneca models, I wonder how that plays into the frame question?

I wonder why (for standardization) Jayco didn't use the same chassis wheelbase and just rearrange the interiors? Seems like that would have been "easier" than 3 different wheelbase numbers they use. Especially when you consider there is only 4" difference in overall length between the 5 Seneca models according to the 2016 brochure. Not like some of the Ford-based units that can go from low 20' range to 33' like my last Chateau. There I understand the need for varying wheelbases! But only 4"?

It would be nice if we could get an answer from one of the engineers at the Motorized Division to clear this up once and for all, inquiring minds want to know!
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The picture is about 3 feet before the door for the coach or about 9 feet before the rear axle.

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Hello Everone,

Great information on this forum.

I have a Seneca 2016 FK w/air brakes, the chassis was built in 7/13/2015 and the coach was built 12/7/2015. I went to the plant in Dec 7 to see it being built.

Not sure if this is the frame splice everyone is talking about. See attached photo.

Rob,
Thanks again for the fog light info, worked great.


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Well that is super obvious. My 2014 has nothing like that or any evidence of frame modification at all.
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Jim, thanks for the photo, it gave me something else to look for. That said, I again mounted my creeper and went from the front axle to the rear axle, both frame rails, and I am quite sure there is no evidence of a stretched or modified frame. I was careful to look for something that is depicted in your photo, nothing. I agree with Mr.Oz, that is "super Obvious".

I enjoy this forum and the discussions, it is very informative. Thanks for all the input.
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That's exactly the same splice as my '14 37RB. Never was comfortable with it. So it seems the RB and FK had the splice and the TS and FS don't?
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