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Old 06-09-2018, 03:48 PM   #1
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Nervous First Time Buyer

I've spent months researching floorplans, options, and pricing -- I think the family is ready to take the plunge. We've narrowed the selection to the Jayco Redhawk 31XL for once a month trips & the ocassional long vacation.

All things considered, I'm nervous about things I DON'T KNOW (aren't we all). Love the Jayco brand, but since I've never owned an RV I'm curious if there are things I should consider before purchasing.

Thanks, Jayco friends! Love this forum!
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:27 PM   #2
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Go for it! You won't be sorry. It's really not that difficult and easy to learn.

Most seasoned RVers had this same anxiety going in but it soon fades to fun, relaxation and enjoyment.

Don't let negative comments bother you. There are plenty of us happy campers here too.

My advice would be to enlist a friend who has an rv to bring his and go along with you on your first outing. They can help you with questions you may have forgotten or didn't ask the dealer.

First trip try to stay a few days close to home. Find a rv park close by that you can use to get accustomed to things. If something goes wrong your not far from help. Your probably going to forget some stuff you didn't know you needed and having a walmart or camping world close by is also a plus.

Good luck and get out there and have some fun! You only live once!
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Go for it, i did a lot of research and we decided on a 29xk model and love it. Best driving class c motorhome and very comfortable camping. 3 weeks owner now, been camping two trips and seven nights so far, two more trips planned within a month. Sooo nice having a motorhome, especially after owning trailers, now no more hook up and easy to jump in and go.
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Oh, great advice about having a seasoned vet go along. Thank you. I've been checking our RV parks nearby to do exactly as you've said, I think that's terrific advice. Anxious to start on many adventures!
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Should I be asking to see the slide go in and out when I look at a model? I saw one yesterday at the dealer...

Looks like it will be hard to get out of the cab to go back into camper, and am not sure if I will be able to go by the slide (if it is in) to get to the bathroom!

They have to be making this with getting to the bathroom while traveling in mind right?
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Go for it, i did a lot of research and we decided on a 29xk model and love it. Best driving class c motorhome and very comfortable camping. 3 weeks owner now, been camping two trips and seven nights so far, two more trips planned within a month. Sooo nice having a motorhome, especially after owning trailers, now no more hook up and easy to jump in and go.
Great to hear! Being able to contain all that we need in one vehicle seems to work well for my family. How's the highway driving on the 29?
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Should I be asking to see the slide go in and out when I look at a model? I saw one yesterday at the dealer...

Looks like it will be hard to get out of the cab to go back into camper, and am not sure if I will be able to go by the slide (if it is in) to get to the bathroom!

They have to be making this with getting to the bathroom while traveling in mind right?
Class A's are easier to get around in the cab area but it can be done in a class C also. We leave the overhead bunk cutout area at home or lay it on the bed in back which makes getting in and out of the cab much easier when underway.

Remember you also have doors up front which is much nicer and easier to enter or exit. If traveling and you must get up and back you just need to step over the console and like I said leave the bunk cutout out and your good to go.
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Freakin drives like a giant mini van
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Should I be asking to see the slide go in and out when I look at a model? I saw one yesterday at the dealer...

Looks like it will be hard to get out of the cab to go back into camper, and am not sure if I will be able to go by the slide (if it is in) to get to the bathroom!

They have to be making this with getting to the bathroom while traveling in mind right?
We totally asked to sit in the thing with our kids WHILE the slides went in and out. We really wanted to see what the space looked like. I was pleased with the Class C's (even a long one) ability to have enough space to move around in WITH the slides in.
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So nice driving with the JRIDE system
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