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Old 02-25-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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We brought back the 2012 298RES that we got in December and traded her in on the 2012 308 RETS today.

Had some issues with the old one that could not be resolved without the trailer going back to Jayco and there was no guarantee we would get it back in time for the camping season. Didn't want to get into details on the forum. Dealer did right by us and are content with the outcome.

Because of the trade in part, we picked a trailer off the lot. It had the right options so there really wasn't a need to special order.

It has the fireplace, air mattress sofa, table and chairs, glacier package, electric jack and stabilizers, rear ladder, larger frig, larger AC unit, and aluminum wheels. I am most excited about the standard new feature of the wardrobe/linen closet that set it apart from the 298RES.

So, here is the weird thing. The 298RES had the foam core floor. You could see the sandwich of it if you looked in the bathroom. The floor was the problem in trailer that was beyond an easy fix and needed to go back to factory.

The 308 RETS, we see plywood everywhere. Bathroom, under kitchen sink, floor vents under carpet, holes in carpet for rear shower plumbing. Under the plywood is white fluffy insulation. We are not sure what is under that. The plywood is 5/8 thick. This is not thick enough to span 3 feet. Houses use 3/4 and span 16 inches.

So question is, are the floor joists closer than 3 feet or is there more to the flooring than one piece of plywood and insulation?

I will be calling Jayco Monday to see if they can tell me anything, but I figured I would get just a good an answer here with you all.

There were no major issues during check out and are really looking forward to warmer weather for a shakedown. We have high hopes this time around.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:05 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new trailer! I can`t speak for the Eagle Superlites but on our Jayflight the brochure which I have here in front of me in regards to the floor says "5/8 tongue and groove plywood main floor decking" and " 2"x3" longitudinal floor joists 16"-18" on center". This makes for a solid floor, with only a few occasional squeaks. You should be able to download a brochure from the Jayco website which should go into greater construction detail. I was also under the impression the Eagle Superlites used the sandwich core floor. Perhaps they changed that this year to plywood. At any rate, good luck with the new unit!
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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We had the older brochure that still has the 298RES in it.

Downloading the pdf of the new one, it does say it has the 2 x3 floor joists on 16" centers.

WooHoo, don't have to make the phone call now. Thank you Crabman.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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Congratulations Lady Ann! You got a few extra options that we did not! We pondered the Glachier & Roof Ladder and decided to for go them. Everything else sounds the same as ours. Our dealer informed us yesterday that our 308 will come off production 3/7 and usually takes about 10 days for delivery! I bet you guys are so excited! Best of luck and happy camping!
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Congratulations Lady Ann! How exciting. You got a few extra options on yours that we did not. We pondered the Glacier Package and Roof Ladder, but decided to for go them. Everything else sounds the same. Stopped at our Dealer yesterday and looks like our 308 should come off production 3/7! He says it takes about 10 days after that for it to arrive at his place. I bet you guys are so excited. Enjoy and happy camping..
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You don't happen to be the same John that commented on the Jayco thread about the refrigerator panels?

Our dealer was able to to order them. We are not sure how much or when they will be here, but they are due to arrive around the same time as the new door header for the egress door. That fabric panel had a small tear in it.

I will let you know final outcome.
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Hi Lady Ann.. Yes, I am the same John! We talked about those panels and at this point we may stay with the fridge the way it somes. We can always add them down the road if we choose too. Bummer about the egress door.
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We were just going to go with the black panels until we took time to sit in for a while the week before our check out.

It just really looked odd sitting in that corner. There are the wood panels on the sitting side, the wood panels on the bathroom wall and the wood above and below. You don't really see the black from the stove/microwave while looking in the corner. The black just really stuck out like a sore thumb, to us. Plus the table and chairs are wood. So looking at it from the chairs or looking at while walking in from outside, BAM! there it is. LOL

If it had been stainless steel, it would not have looked quite as bad. Not that I wanted that headache on vacation. Love the look, but it can be a pain to keep clean at home.

We just felt it would look more cohesive to us if it had the wood panels.

Another thing that doesn't quite work well for us is the placement of the main light switches. Although this cannot be fixed and we will just have to get used to it. It probably won't be so bad when the trailer is outside, but inside the barn, it is pretty dark inside the trailer.

The old trailer - everything was on the wall facing you as soon as you walked it. It was easy to feel for the proper switches since they were also in the middle of all of them.

The new trailer, you have to walk inside and turn to the immediate left wall. Open the panel and then find the switches. They are in the lower left corner. Yet they have the fireplace/hot water switch outside the panel. Right were you would expect to find light switches on the wall. I understand that it made more sense for them to just stick it there on the units that had the fireplace instead of leaving a gap inside the panel box on those that don't. It is just awkward right now. We will get used to it. =)

Hoping it takes less than 10 days after completion for yours to get there. We share the same the weather, so we should both be getting out at the same time.
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We were just going to go with the black panels until we took time to sit in for a while the week before our check out.

The black just really stuck out like a sore thumb, to us. We just felt it would look more cohesive to us if it had the wood panels.

We share the same the weather, so we should both be getting out at the same time.
Lady Ann, a fellow Ohioan, Your fridge sounds like the perfect place to hang the kids' beautiful artwork and 'honey-do' list!! Is it magnetic? I do understand what you're saying b/c when we were shopping, I'd notice the difference right away. Our TT did come with raised panels. Live with it for a few trips & you'll decide then if it even matters to you anymore.
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It is magnetic.

We actually put the kids' art work on our real walls at home. They are both older now and don't make anymore art work. But I still have stuff from when they were preschoolers in the kitchen and primary years are in the family and computer rooms.

We are hoping to keep the trailer clutter free. Unlike the house. LOL


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