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View Poll Results: Would you buy a Jayco 5th Wheel AGAIN?
Yes, indeed I would buy one again 81 58.70%
I would consider it, but was not totally thrilled with mine 28 20.29%
Probably would not, I have not had a wonderful experience 17 12.32%
Definitely not, I've had a bad experience 12 8.70%
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Old 01-03-2020, 08:29 PM   #61
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It sure seems like some people bought Chevy when they could have bought a Cadillac then trash the Chevy. Everyone thinks for what they spent it should be “better”. The fairest comparison is take the same dollar amount, look at competing brands, and decide. These low end apple to high end android type debates are amusing but not really helpful to a buyer.
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Old 01-04-2020, 09:28 AM   #62
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It sure seems like some people bought Chevy when they could have bought a Cadillac then trash the Chevy. Everyone thinks for what they spent it should be ďbetterĒ. The fairest comparison is take the same dollar amount, look at competing brands, and decide. These low end apple to high end android type debates are amusing but not really helpful to a buyer.


Do you mean low end Android to high end Apple?
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Old 01-04-2020, 10:12 AM   #63
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Not sure anyone is comparing 1 to another. The poll question was about experience w/ Jayco products, specifically Pinnacle. As for comparing equal value brands, we spent a year comparing "best value/design" brands, irrespective of cost, before buying our Pinnacle. My comments regarding the quality of my unit are based on a 20 yr career as a quality analyst for a major auto mfg. The issues I have seen w/ my unit are directly related to a) my determination of value for $ and b) my knowledge of assembly & workmanship quality.The originator of the poll was asking "would you buy another Jayco prod. & why". No mention of how does Jayco compare w/ another brand. Incidentally, I like my android phone.
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Old 01-04-2020, 02:38 PM   #64
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It really seems like Dhart and Lowmiler had a very informative conversation comparing two.
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Old 01-04-2020, 05:36 PM   #65
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I see that now, after my last post. Further to their discussion, we looked at DRV,before deciding on Pinnacle. Yes it is a very nice unit w/ 1 major flaw. On the 37' model, you can't access the bathroom w/o opening the slide. For us, having our hotel room attached to our truck means being able to access the b/r when needed. No question there are probably better units available, and we looked at all that were available in Canada, some mfg. don't sell here yet.
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Old 01-05-2020, 04:24 PM   #66
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We bought a used 2015 Jayco Eagle HT27RLTS in 2017. We love our fifth wheel and we pull it with a 17 Silverado 1500 Z71 1/2 ton. We have driven it to Texas once and twice to Florida from Michigan. We would buy it again.
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:53 AM   #67
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When the time comes to trade, I will certainly look at other brands. My biggest complaint is the lack of value/quality for the $ invested. In Canada, a Pinnacle is a $100k investment, based on what we found on our first trip (7000 km), I really think they (Jayco) could have done better. I hope I'm proven wrong after I get it back from the dealer.
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Old 01-07-2020, 10:33 AM   #68
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We purchased a 2006 Designer 35CLQS in 2006. Prior to that, we had travel trailers, and since, a motorhome, a travel trailer and 5er's of different manufacturers. The Designer was far and away the nicest in both fit and finish of what we have owned prior and since. In seven years of ownership, we never had a warranty issue, and other than general maintenance, not a nickel in repairs. Hind sight always being 20/20, wish we still had that rig. Would I buy another Jayco? I have, just not new.
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Old 01-07-2020, 05:44 PM   #69
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We looked for a "Designer" when we were shopping, I believe the Pinnacle replaces that model as I can't find any info on them after 2017. If I'm wrong, please let me know. You also state that it was a 2006 which was before Jayco was bought out by Thor Ind. While I can't say that the Pinnacle was the best fit & finish when we looked, it was among the better ones. You've been in the rv lifestyle for a while, we're just starting. I hope I don't look back in 14 yrs and say my current unit is the best I've owned.
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Old 02-06-2020, 12:51 PM   #70
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I know we arenít supposed to Jayco bash here so I will just list the problems we have had. We have a 2017 Pinnacle 36 FBTS purchased new in August 2017. From the factory to the dealer to our seasonal campsite the camper had only 300 miles on it.

What we have replaced: (under warranty)

Kitchen slide out motor (one side)

Kitchen stool

Entry door (the window was so out of plumb it could not be adjusted) and before anyone starts the door was always open when we saw the camper.

TV in living area

Awnings (both)

Propane hoses from regulator to tanks (both leaked)

Propane regulator (twice)

Furnace blower was making a funny noise (turned out to be construction debris)


What we are currently working on:

Downstairs air conditioner/heat pump (the wrong thermostat was installed at the factory and the wiring is so fouled up no one can make sense of it) still canít use the air or electric heat.

Theater seating chairs ďleatherĒ cracking and peeling, Iím sure the sofa will soon follow (we purchased the interior protection package thru the dealer, the ECP Platinum plan , which is a total waste of money, the warranty is written in such a way that they can weasel out of covering anything)

Front cap fading (ECP did pay to have it buffed out, but it is still 4 shades lighter than the rest of the camper, it will need repainting.

Safety Recall for the suspension (we are currently snow birding in Florida so this could be interesting)


What I have repaired myself:

Basement door lift assistís fell off (all 4 lifts, screws were all striped)

Plugged black water tank (construction debris)

Bathroom cabinet (cracked style, dealer provided material)

Bathroom trim (missing, dealer provided material)

Bedroom to bathroom sliding door fell off wall ( 1 screw out of 5 was in a stud)

Installed lift assists on all 4 upper cabinet doors in kitchen (dealer provided lifts)

Purchased and installed new TV (had a fair allowance for a new tv)

All window blinds

Vertical trim on kitchen slide out (both sides fell off)

Vallance trim on 3 windows

Slide out seals (living area slide)

Countless screws on exterior and interior


Iím sure I have forgotten some things and our dealer has been helpful with most of our problems but if Jayco had any quality control at all most of these should have been repaired before this unit left the factory. Jayco has no problem giving you a $1000.00 headache to save themselves a nickel.


Other than these few problems we love our Pinnacle.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:03 PM   #71
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I've personally owned two campers, been around plenty others growing up and camping with friends.

First was a Keystone Cougar TT. It had issues. No worries, fixed them myself.

Upgraded to an Eagle HT Fifth Wheel. It has issues, but the floor plan was 100% perfect and after shopping for a full year it was the best fit for our family and fixed our major gripes over the Keystone TT.

Would I buy one again? If the floorplan works for us, of course. They all are built quickly and cheaply, and everything man made is can fail.

Honestly, everything that's failed on these RV's I've owned have always been subcontracted out parts that are common to all RV's I've seen so I'm not like super surprised.
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Old 02-29-2020, 11:42 AM   #72
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Run, don't walk away. We have a Pinnacle 2016 FBTS which has given us NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS. The Schwintek slide system is a piece of you know what. Have had ours repaired 3 times by 3 different Jayco dealers/RV certified Jayco mechanics. Underpowered, gets out of alignment too easily and the slide is way to heavy for the Schwintek system - frig, micro, stove, fireplace, TV. Our frig had to be replaced, the power cord system failed, the furnace had to be fixed - twice. We traded our 2001 Jayco Designer Legacy that NEVER gave us problems for the 2016 Pinnacle for its bath and a half. BIG MISTAKE. The original Jayco family that started Jayco sold out to some conglomerate and ever since then, quality has gone way down. The Pinnacle is our 4th Jayco product - never again would I buy this. Of course everything went wrong after warranty expired - and no help at all from Jayco. We are going to sell this lemon asap.
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Old 02-29-2020, 01:29 PM   #73
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Jayco used to be great product, till Thor Industries took over and owns 3/4" of the RV I industry. I purchased a new 2017 Jayco Eagle 321 RSTS with 19 issues in the first 2.5 months of ownership. Lucily I had a great service manager and went all out to repair them: I have numerous posting of not great reviews, so will try and stay away from all the negative issues. The biggest was major water leaks where water lines were hand tightened from factory, back window was totally removed and replaced- 8" of daylight, floor squeaks everywhere and plywood not screwed down, actually not placed properly. Where accessible was fixed-OK? but in bathroom still and never fixed as had to tear the whole bathroom, linoleum apart. So will live with it and have a rug to hide it so my buddy does not point it out! In short the inspection process did not or maybe Jayco does not have anyone doing it when they leave? They say they are best in the business?? Yet my dealer passed it off to me the way they received delivery. I di ask Jayco that I would be willing to be their Quality control manager! Never got a response after 2 years. I read a lot of RV's are thrown together! Pretty sad, in our day and age- not such quality control. Quick builds and then your headache!
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