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Old 04-22-2016, 01:37 PM   #1
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Greyhawk Coming

I have never owned a Class C MH before but I ordered a Greyhawk 29MV about two weeks ago which will be here supposedly around the first of June. I ordered the front entertaiment and the wheel options along with the new Summer Breeze paint. (think thats what they call it)

Anyway I am working on installing base plates, lights and and SMI break system on a 2015 Canyon pickup that I plan on towing.

I have previously owned a Class A Dp and three 5th wheels so do not have any experience with a Class C and will have a lot to learn I am sure. One or two things I have questions about if you guys can expand on a little I would sure appreciate it. Will this MH do a decent job in the mountains towing the canyon. I am not concerned about leading the pack over the passes----just want to get over and down safely. Just your thoughts in general about using this rig in the mountains. Also I have been cautioned to watch out for the tail dragging on dips---is this a big problem with the C?

Any tips and/or suggestions of things to be aware of while driving a Class C will help a lot.

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Old 04-22-2016, 06:41 PM   #2
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In all likelihood it is on a Ford E350 or E450 chassis. As such, it appears these units are being delivered to the end user with too little front end +caster for highway driving.


The symptoms of not having enough +caster are loose steering and excessive wandering AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS.


Jayco appears to be receptive to cover the cost of a front end alignment to correct this condition where applicable, assuming you can find an alignment shop who are aware of same.
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Old 04-23-2016, 03:51 AM   #3
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Tail Dragging

I can confirm the tail dragging can be an issue to watch out for. We came down a hill in a residential neighbourhood last fall trying to get into our campground and I heard a hideous thump and grinding from the back end.

When I inspected for damage, I was lucky the hitch for the toad was the low point and it took the hit. I grinded a nice new flat spot in the bottom of the hitch but was otherwise ok.

Now to be fair my hitch set up required a 2" drop so it is both low and long. Towing a Canyon, I suspect you will need a raise on the hitch so you should have more clearance then me.

As for the Mountains... I had mine in the Smokies last October and had no problems at all. But my Toad is half the weight of yours so others will give better advice on performance.
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Old 04-23-2016, 05:10 PM   #4
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Congratulations on your choice. It's a nice and popular unit. You should read the strand on the helper spring. We adjusted ours (when we had an (FK) and that combined with a well done front end alignment made it drive like an SUV! I would consider adding a Super Steer unit to firm up the handling.

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Many thanks to all who have replied.. Do any of you guys or gals tow a GMC Canyon. If so please chime in and tell me your thoughts on how it tows.

Also would like to hear any opinions on the Jride Plus.

Thanks again.
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We can also say that it is very easy to drag the hitch. We did so pulling into a gas station with a sharp grade change in their driveway. It does make a hideous grinding noise.

It is also not difficult to drag one of the Bigfoot leveler pads if, for example, you drop one of the rear duals into a very depressed storm inlet grate. That has the potential for being a very expensive drag. We were lucky.

Both of the above we're learning experiences which make us much more cautious when encountering a dip, a sharp crown or an abrupt grade change.

Congratulations on your Greyhawk. We've had ours about twenty months and used it over eighty-some nights. Just pulled into home tonight after eight nights using it to visit our daughter's family in Nashville. We have been very happy with ours.
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Levellers fixed

I will add to NCROAMER's comments about the levellers... Measure their height from the ground during your PDI... My rears were installed on the wrong set of holes and were only 6 inches off the ground. If I recall correctly the manufacturer specs are 7-8 inches. The dealer repaired mine under warranty no questions asked.
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I will add to NCROAMER's comments about the levellers... Measure their height from the ground during your PDI... My rears were installed on the wrong set of holes and were only 6 inches off the ground. If I recall correctly the manufacturer specs are 7-8 inches. The dealer repaired mine under warranty no questions asked.
After reading an earlier thread about some Bigfoot levelers being installed too low, I had checked ours and they were correct. Even so, we still managed to drag one (lightly thank goodness).

I remember being warned by the Cruise America rep when we rented a class C in the mid 90s that the insurance did not cover damage below the bumpers. Class C's have a lot of low hanging components.
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I bought the same unit today at a dealer next to the Jayco Factory in Middlebury, In. They were pushing them out to get room for 2017 model. Got good price on it. Only 9 miles on it. Pick it up in a week. Good luck with yours, enjoy.
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When we purchased the Greyhawk 29MV, we also chose to tow a Subaru Forester (manual Trans). The Subaru TOAD has an eight inch clearance so hitching it to the 29MV is straight forward to the coach bumper. It makes for a very simple towing unit (3300 lbs). Subaru indicated that this car as a TOAD does not create any warranty ...... period ..... It handles very well behind the coach.
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