Originally Posted by TouringRetirees
Currently own a very nice and well-built 5er. But having a space for DW to do her sewing is causing us to consider this unit.
And this would allow for more Grandkid time as we like to include them annually.
Seems like a solid unit; but I have seen several posts about the front frame needing major repair. That is scaring me away from this thought. Feedback please.
I wouldnít say the frame needed major repair. I have had ours since 2016 and believe I was among the first handful of owners on the forum of the floor plan. Weíve had the sidewall crack, which was repaired by adding additional bracing to the wall and an outrigger in the propane compartment. But, others with different models/makes have had the crack as well so itís not isolated to the 377.
Early models really required vigilant attention to 2 items imho...the kitchen slide and the electric leveling system. Having very healthy batteries helped mitigate some of the problem but still I had problems with each. Slide problem was due to a failed bearing block and leveling issue was eventually found to be a bad jack (worm screw stripped causing excessive strain and requiring full 12.5v). Eventually the screw failed. Once I replaced it, the system has worked beautifully ever since, even on less voltage.
Newer models may not face the same issues since Jayco switched to the slim rack instead of schwintek and switched to hydraulic leveling. We have loved our unit and continue to love it. However, I have done all my own repairs (and mods) except for the slide out and side wall crack so my rig hasnít spent a lot of time at the shop. If youíre willing and able to fix the little issues that pop up, youíll probably be fine. But thatís the same advice for pretty much all brands. Good luck
2016 North Point 377 RLBH, with a few mods, disc brakes, shocks, Sailun g rated tires, wet bolts
2014 Ford F350 Platinum sold
2017 Ford F350 Lariat, CC, 6.7PSD, DRW, Trailer Saver BD3 hitch