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Old 10-19-2017, 08:59 PM   #1
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Opinion on my 377 RLBH build

Spec'ing out a 2018 377 RLBH:

Cashmere
King bed
Convection micro
On demand hot water
Furrion rear view camera
Dual patio awnings
Hitch receiver

We don't watch a lot of TV, especially outside when camping, so not interested in the slide out TV.

We're mostly seasonal, so no need for the Sanicon system or a generator.

Any other options to consider?

Going back and forth between two local Jayco dealers, neither of which I've dealt with before.

One of them plays hardball a bit more than the other. They have the better pricing of $59,400 regardless if I trade in or not, and would give me $13,500 on my trade but only if they take it now. They would reassess based on NADA value at the time of new unit arrival, late Feb (I assume downward). Won't give me a formal financing quote without a signed agreement and non refundable deposit. Little worried about something going wrong between now and then and being without a camper for 2018 since they would have taken mine...

The other dealer has been much more accommodating, but pricing is considerably higher: $61,800 regardless of trade or not, but $15k on trade in value. And their deposit is refundable, and they've been very pleasant during negotiations. They will hold trade in value regardless if I wait for new unit to arrive in Feb. They came down to this new price when I informed them of what their competition was selling for, and how I would prefer to buy through them, making both deals about the same price if I end up trading in.

My dilemma is with trading in. Market value of my current unit is probably around $18k, but selling season is definitely coming to an end soon (SE PA). And if I sell it, it would make the deal with the "nicer dealer" suddenly more expensive, and almost a wash. But if I sell and go with the "less nice dealer", I could be looking at a rig costing me almost $5k less...

Argh.
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:58 PM   #2
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Sell your trailer and dealer will come down in price. We hold the line until the trade is out of the picture. Normal practice in trading.

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Old 10-20-2017, 01:06 AM   #3
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Ditch the on demand HWH.

Pricing is resonable.
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Old 10-20-2017, 07:42 AM   #4
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My math tells me that you are only $400 higher with the workable dealer! I say go with them for there is always other things and warrenty work that you will need so woking with someone who is willing to work with you is important.

BTW we absolutely love our on demand hot water heater and will never buy another camper without it! So noce to take a shower and not have to shut the water off when soaping up or getting the cold bursts of water.

Definately get the 2nd awning and if your in a seasonal site then I might forgo the backup camera.
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My math tells me that you are only $400 higher with the workable dealer! I say go with them for there is always other things and warrenty work that you will need so woking with someone who is willing to work with you is important.
You are correct that the price is only $400 apart, but that is only if I do a trade in.

If I can sell my current unit for around $18k, the unfriendly dealer price for the 377 is still $59.4k, the friendly dealer reverts to $61.8k, meaning that my final price is $41.4k from the unfriendly (59.4k - 18k) plus 6% tax = $43.9k, and $46.5k with tax from the friendly.

I'm all for paying a bit extra for peace of mind on future quality service, but that's a $2.6k diff (not $5k as I previously stated, math error on my part).


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BTW we absolutely love our on demand hot water heater and will never buy another camper without it! So noce to take a shower and not have to shut the water off when soaping up or getting the cold bursts of water.
I am bouncing back and forth on this option. While I love the idea of taking "normal" showers when camping (to match the luxury of the rest of this unit), I'm finding threads like this all over the place:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...ues-32397.html

Seems that the tankless units are very finicky to pressure and incoming temp. We also take road trips, so water source variation will happen. Planning a month long cross country trip for next year, would hate for our hot water to crap out on the road.

The standard heater is a 10 gallon on the 377, right?

We have a small family, just one kid.


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Definately get the 2nd awning and if your in a seasonal site then I might forgo the backup camera.
For $400, and the handful of road trips we will do, I think I'll just go for the pre-installed camera option...
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2nd awning is a no brainer, camera I can live without, I have mirrors

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water heater

I am in the same dilemma. Cannot decide on the tankless or not. Working out an order now as find one spec'd out is impossible.
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Old 10-20-2017, 12:07 PM   #8
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Anyone know hot water tank capacity on the 377? 10 gal? I think I am leaning that way...

How about heat pump option? We maybe run our furnace a half dozen times per year and don't plan on any cold weather camping trips. No real need for heat pump then, right?
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It is a 10 gal. We are going that way too. Too many variable issues with the tankless. I hope to place the order soon.
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We have a 2017 377RLBH. On day three (6/1/16), we had a Truma AquaGo comfort tankless water heater installed. We are full timers and we love it. Paid $1700 installed. that's steep, but worth it. Minimum water flow is .4 gal/min for the heater to kick on. Not the 1 gal/min I've read with Jayco's brand tankless. Just recently, in Aug, we had a sensor fail, and Truma replaced it, no charge.
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