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Old 09-26-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Pinnacle 5th Wheel

Hello!

My husband and I are in the planning stages for purchasing a new fifth wheel, and I'm looking for some advice / opinions, if someone would be so kind.

We saw a 2011 Jayco Pinnacle at the Hershey Show and are very interested in this unit. Our understanding is that the Pinnacle has replaced the Designer. Does anyone on the Forum have a Pinnacle yet? We asked if the front and rear caps were gel coated, and the salesman answered "yes", but hesitated when he replied. Can anyone here confirm that they are indeed gel coated? The literature says the baggage doors are and refers to "Gel 360 Exterior Shell", but some of the Designers we've seen appear to have a dull finish on the front cap after a few years.

He also told us the unit came with "heavy duty" brakes, and disk brakes were not available. What are your thoughts about pulling a fifth wheel of this size without disk brakes?

Also does anyone have the Mor/Ryde CRE 3000 suspension on their unit? If so, what is your opinion of this?

Thanks kindly!
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:06 PM   #2
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Hi Sandy & Welcome
We have a 2010 Designer and the front and back ends are Fiberglass. We looked at the Pinicale at the Jayco Factory last week. Looked good we liked some changes but, we'll stay with our Designer.
Sounds like the saleman was just that a salesman. When we bought the sale girl said we knew more about the product than her. I don't think I would admit that. The brakes are sized with the axles as in HD. We have the Mor/Ride suspension. We opted out for the Mor/Ride PinBox and went with the AirBourne Sidewinder PinBox (Love It)
Good Luck with your search.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:46 AM   #3
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Awwww, fond memories planning and shopping for the new rv! Lucky you. We have a tt so can't help ya out with your questions. Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum and happy shopping!
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Old 09-28-2010, 02:50 PM   #4
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Can't address your question (s) but did walk through one of the Pinnacle's Jayco had on display at the factory, nice unit. Have to admit there were some things I liked better in the Eagle (forget which model), i.e. recliners for one thing but they could be changed out, and after viewing what they had on hand I'd have to say I'd pick the Eagle. This might change after a further inspection of various models. Either way I doubt you'd go wrong regardless of the model.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:27 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. The pinnacle is a nice long unit. Might need a MDT to pull it.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:51 PM   #6
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Hi Sandy,Be careful about a Jayco Eagle,I have a2008 31 ft. RLQS, it has so many squeaks in the floor I am starting to hate it.Dealer just claims they all sqeak.
Good luck. Larry
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:14 AM   #7
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I have a spread sheet Jayco sent me earlier this year with the differences in a Designer 35RLTS and the comparable Eagle. PM me if you want a copy. The differences are really there and some of them major in my opinion. I know the Pinnacle is a new model, but since it replaced the Designer I'm sure a lot of these differences are still valid.
Again, this info was sent to me direct from Jayco at my request. I'm sure they would do it again for you if asked.
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Old 10-09-2010, 05:36 PM   #8
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Thank you everyone for your responses. I also liked the Designer RLTS, and was concerned when I heard they were no longer making them. I was happy to see the similar floorplan in the Pinnacle. And I noticed what appeared to be the exact same floorplan in the Eagle. We will be full-timing in ours, so thought we would go "whole hog" and get the Designer / now Pinnacle, but wanted to get opinions of others.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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We just picked up our new Pinnacle last Thursday and so far we are very happy with it. This is our first Jayco so I can't compare it to the Designer or Eagle but I am very pleased with the quality of the unit and especially the woodwork. Let me know if you have any questions and I will try to help, but since I've only had it for a few days I'm sill learning about it myself.
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Hi Sandy,Be careful about a Jayco Eagle,I have a2008 31 ft. RLQS, it has so many squeaks in the floor I am starting to hate it.Dealer just claims they all sqeak.
Good luck. Larry
I disagree with your dealer about they all squeak. If I were you I'd contact the factory and see what they have to day. Be sure and tell 'em what your dealer said then add that you doubt the brand would sell good if they had a reputation of squeaky floors. I'd bet the factory might try to help you out, can't hurt to contact them either way.

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