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Old 10-10-2017, 09:47 PM   #1
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Considering Jayco Melbourne 24k, Questions

Hello All,

I've been searching for a MBS based class C, after going to the Pomona show last weekend, I think I narrowed it down to the 24k, but have some questions if you could help!

1) After looking at every brand, Jayco and Winnebago stood out in quality. Cabinets, fit and finish, exterior doors/latches all seems much nicer then Forest River, Dynamax, Thor (for sure). Am I fair in my assessment? Is Jayco quality considered up there?

2)If the quality of the winne and the Jayco are similar, then it appears the difference in price is a lot of the features that come with the winne. Tankless, special material cabinets, roller shades, slide out protections awnings, etc. Is that what the difference comes down to between the two and prices? I'm very handy, so I'm comfortable adding a lot of those things.

3) What's a typical CCC of the 24k in real life people are seeing?

4) I'm considering used, and I don't see any significant differences between 2016, 2017, 2018. Does anyone know of any major differences that I should be concerned about or are worth paying more for a newer model?

5)Any issues with the 24k layout/style? Any major issues with the Jayco Melbourne I should be aware of?
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:39 PM   #2
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Welcome to the JOF. We purchased a 2017 Melbourne 24L. We had also looked at the Minnie Winnie. We felt the Jayco was a better quality vehicle. Additionally, we like that the Melbourne is on a Mercedes 3500 Sprint chassis and uses diesel fuel. We have been getting better mileage on it that we have read others getting with a conventional engine on the Ford or Chevy chassis.

Regarding tankless water heaters, I believe Jayco is going away from them because of many issues experienced by those who had them.

The only major change that I know of between the 2017 and the 2018 is that the 2018 Jayco has incorporated a new infotainment system that includes a Garmin navigation system.

Good luck, whichever way you go.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:57 AM   #3
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Welcome to the JOF. We purchased a 2017 Melbourne 24L. We had also looked at the Minnie Winnie. We felt the Jayco was a better quality vehicle. Additionally, we like that the Melbourne is on a Mercedes 3500 Sprint chassis and uses diesel fuel. We have been getting better mileage on it that we have read others getting with a conventional engine on the Ford or Chevy chassis.

Regarding tankless water heaters, I believe Jayco is going away from them because of many issues experienced by those who had them.

The only major change that I know of between the 2017 and the 2018 is that the 2018 Jayco has incorporated a new infotainment system that includes a Garmin navigation system.

Good luck, whichever way you go.
Thanks for the welcome and insight. When I was referring to the winnie, I'm talking the MBS 24G, so a little more apples to apples, would your answer be the same?

Don't care about infotainment, so that's fine.
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Welcome to the forum. There are little problems with finish quality that I have found with Jayco but I imagine it is like that with most brands. Jayco seems to use the same components as more expensive models so fit and finish wasn't a big concern as far as the interior. My main issue with the 24K is the bed discussed in this thread.
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...ess-49622.html
I don't remember the #'s on the CCC but when I weighed mine as we normally have it loaded we were still below the max. AS far as differences between the latter year models, there was a discussion here about a shower door change but I don't have any issues with mine as is.
If you are going diesel and a smaller footprint then you cant go wrong with the MB chassis. It is more expensive to get serviced but so are all diesels. Service locations are limited as well if you need your unit scanned with a computer.


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Old 10-11-2017, 08:46 AM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome and insight. When I was referring to the winnie, I'm talking the MBS 24G, so a little more apples to apples, would your answer be the same?

Don't care about infotainment, so that's fine.
Yes, our answer would be the same we still would have gone with the Jayco. We felt the Winnebago Navion & View were too cramped. Never did see a Minnie Winnie with the Mercedes chassis.
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I have always felt that Winnie builds a better box, but you get less content for it.
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I read that Jayco has introduced their 2018+ Prestige version of the Melbourne. This upgrade features a more contemporary interior design, upgraded appliances, large front cabover window and some other features. You can find some pics and dealer info here...https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/201...TIGE-123328639

I don't see this on Jayco's website yet and not sure of availability.
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I have always felt that Winnie builds a better box, but you get less content for it.

Agreed.

But I also felt like I succumbed to the Model Home trap. Walk into any model home these days and the staging and upgrades make it hard to think about what really matters -- construction quality.

The Winnies we walked in were severely lacking in panache compared to a Jayco.
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Thanks for all the insight.

Anyone have comments on the CCC?

Any issues with keeping the bedroom cool in hot climates?
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One big difference for us in the later 2017 and beyond is that they have eliminated the back window for a headboard. We love our window. View has a much smaller frig and no access doors on the booth seats. We like the classic wood interior vs European look of the View. We like frameless windows, large entry door window, large microwave/convection oven, price...yes, just about everything better than View! 20,000 miles and counting. We love it.
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