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Old 01-07-2015, 10:10 PM   #1
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MH Newbie - Seneca

We looked at a new 37HJ Seneca for the first time today. We've never had a MH, but DW likes it, so...
Obviously, we have a lot of research to do. But initially I'm wondering how many or how few problems are cropping up on these vehicles. I've seen so many MHs from cheapos to Prevosts on the side of the road that I've said for years, not for me. But, happy wife...
I'd appreciate any information you owners may have to offer. My immediate thoughts have to do with warranty work on the road, should that be necessary, as our plan is to head to the east coast, travel up to Canada and west, down to visit in Seattle and Mission Viejo, on and on.
Our Eagle had zero problems worth mention during the warranty period. But if that is not the case with our next purchase, the salesman (I know, I know) assured me that they are part of a network of dealers that will put travelers at the top of the service list for any disabling problem.

Are you familiar with that program and, if so, does it work?

Any common problems with either the coach, including suspension, or the Cummins/Allison?

Again, any advice or tips?

Finally, price. This unit lists @ $239,000. I look for 30% off MSRP on campers. What should I reasonably aim for here?
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The dealer probably belongs to the Route 66 network and they do provide priority to those traveling. You have to remember with a MH however, most RV dealers do not work on the chassis only the house. You will still need to get chassis work done at a Freightliner Service Center.

We had an 08 SENECA that was virtually problem free so there are alot of good units coming out of the JAYCO plants.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:44 AM   #3
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Seneca to me spells DIESEL engine. And with a new diesel you now have to deal with DEF fluid technology issues. I may be wrong but this new system of DEF fluid in our diesel trucks, including motorhomes, should be carefully researched before putting out that kind of money. Ford, GM, and Cummings all have problems with DEF. It has not been perfected. Carefully research Freightliner for these issues.
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Ford's 6.7 has been around for over four years and the only problem I'm aware of has to do with the crappo U.S. diesel fuel causing problems with the Bosch fuel pump in some trucks. I don't know anything about Cummins, though. But at our 9000' altitude, gas engines, particularly in Ford products such as the Greyhawk has, power dropoff is pretty serious. And we spend most of our time at or above 6000', this one big trip being an exception.
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We have a 2015 Jayco Seneca 36FK which we bought in November. We got a couple of trips in before the super cold weather hit, and haven't had any problems. Fit & finish is good, systems are all working fine. We're very satisfied with the quality. It drives really well - doesn't wander and I don't notice trucks passing, unlike our previous E-450-based motorhome.

I wouldn't be too concerned about the DEF issue - there are thousands and thousands of Freightliner M2's on the road and most diesels produced since the emissions standards were introduced in 2010 use DEF. It's one more thing to keep track of (and spend money on), but it isn't a big deal.
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The Bride and I have had our Seneca 37FS for 4 months now and we use it about two weekends a month. We LOVE IT. Winter RV'ing it a bit different but fun none the less. Will be taking a trip to CO from AL in March. We moved from a class A to this Super C and I do not miss the A. Just make sure to record(video)your walk around and ask lots of questions. Remember VIDEO record your indoc.
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We'll continue the hunt and not jump into this after looking at just two vehicles, but the gassers are out. I appreciate these responses.
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Since the Senecas are priced similar to an entry level diesel pusher class A, I am curious about the benefits current Seneca owners found in a super C as opposed to a diesel pusher. Do the Senecas drive nicer with the engine weight up front? etc.
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Since the Senecas are priced similar to an entry level diesel pusher class A, I am curious about the benefits current Seneca owners found in a super C as opposed to a diesel pusher. Do the Senecas drive nicer with the engine weight up front? etc.
There were two reason we bought ours when we had it. Easier and less expensive to get serviced and I wanted something between me and the bumper besides the windshield.
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There were two reason we bought ours when we had it. Easier and less expensive to get serviced and I wanted something between me and the bumper besides the windshield.
Those are two very good reasons, IMHO!
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