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Old 04-04-2016, 04:02 PM   #1
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First Big Trip - Lesson Learned

We just completed our first big trip in our 2015 JayFlight 23MBH. We drove from Orange County, CA to Seattle and the Oregon Coast. We logged 3,006 miles over the trip with 2 adults and 2 kids (7 & 5). It was spectacular!

Couple of lessons learned:

1. on day 4, our furnace went nuts. It wouldn't shut off, heat wouldn't come on, and then it would work fine. Thankfully we had an electric space heater and were able to keep warm. I pulled the grate under the fridge where the furnace sits and found a puddle of water on top of the furnace housing. After more investigation, we found our refrigerator condensation drain tube was not routed to the outside. I'm not sure if it had never been or not, but I pulled the fridge access panel and routed the drain outside. Problem solved. Within a couple of hours, the furnace was dry and worked as advertised for the rest of the trip.

2. Just prior to the trip I upgraded my electric tongue jack to a Husky Super Brute with 5K pound capacity. The electric one that came with the trailer was very loud, strained horribly when hooking up the W/D hitch, and constantly was blowing the fuse. The upgraded jack was $298 on Amazon, delivered in a day, and took maybe 20 mins to install. What a difference the new one makes. It is smooth, lifts with authority, no struggle lifting the rear end of my Ram 2500, and the remotes are handy to. I fully endorse this product.

Hope this helps someone else out who runs into similar issues. PM me if you want to know where we stayed on the Oregon Coast. It was a great place on the water with an indoor pool.
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:28 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great trip that your kids will never forget and of course Mom & Dad also, enjoy many many more .
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Old 04-04-2016, 05:58 PM   #3
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That's great, congrats on a big trip like that! We haven't ventured further than Nevada yet. We have a local trip planned every month through October.

P.s. We upgraded our TV to a black Ford Excursion in case you see us around town.
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:01 PM   #4
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The Excursions are great! I really wish they hadn't stopped making them. That would have been my choice when when I got the Ram. I'll keep a lookout for you!

We are going to Glacier National Park in June for our next big outing. Really looking forward to that trip too! We have really fallen in love with our trailer.
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Sounds like a fantastic trip and lots of great memories
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:40 PM   #6
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Congrats on a successful trip!

I will echo the jack upgrade. After our OEM jack gave up the ghost, I installed a Husky Brute 4500 lb jack, and I couldn't be happier.

I'm also going to have to check out that fridge hose. Mine goes into a little bowl behind the fridge, looks like a problem waiting to happen...
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Here is a video about the tube.
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Congratulations on your big adventure and hoping you have many more to come! We purchased our Jay Flight in 2007 and now our children are 14 & 16 and we have had many cross country trips. We have had such great fun building long lasting memories with the kids. Enjoy your many future adventures!!
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