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Old 10-17-2017, 11:21 PM   #1
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Jayco Accessories - opinions?

Any thoughts on the various Jayco accessories/options that are available with new trailers? specifically:
-sani-con turbo waste managment (so this sucks the "stuff" out of the tank?)
- roof ladder (good for inspection, but how often do you need that?)
- Bumper Mount outside grill (seems like a small grill, where does it store?)
- Cargo accessory receiver (good for bike rack I guess?)
- thermal package (if you aren't exposed to freezing temperatures, any benefit?)
- Aluminum rims (this one seems like a good value, steel rims never stay looking good for long)
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:50 PM   #2
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In the order that I rate them as useful.

1. Thermal package: Any additional insulation is good at each end of the climate temperature spectrum to help maintain that comfortable temperature inside the camper and save on energy.

2. Roof Ladder: Since I have a slide to clean off, I use the ladder on each outing.

I have the gas line at the rear bumper and the rear hitch receiver. I have not used them yet but it may be a selling point at resale time. I don't have the sani-con or aluminum wheels. I would prefer aluminum wheels but I have the upgraded Goodyear Endurance tires which are of practical benefit.
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Old 10-18-2017, 12:47 AM   #3
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Ladder is useful and you don't need to store it.

I would skip on the bumper mount BBQ, you can always get something better, ie. Weber Q long as it can be hooked up to the trailers propane line.

Thermal package is good cause you never know, we are always out in the weather
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:13 AM   #4
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We were told by our dealer that the Sani-Con is a waste of money - it's a great concept, but needs to be perfected.

Roof ladder - I use it all the time, plus it makes a great mount for a flag
Grill - I don't want that much heat that close to my rig
Receiver - great for bikes/cargo. If used for bikes, be sure the rack is RV rated - most aren't
Thermal Package - a must
Aluminum Rims - personal preference
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:51 AM   #5
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Sani-con system - Don't know personally. Sounds great in theory, but in the real world ...?

Roof ladder - Good to have. I had insisted on having one on my 23RB. However, it doesn't help me much. I'm old and very out of shape. I have difficulty climbing the vertical ladder. In my youth, especially my Navy days, vertical ladders were no problem. Now, I need an angled ladder.

Bumper mount grill - It's not something I would want. Primarily because I usually don't want to cook anything at the back corner of my trailer.

Cargo accessory bumper hitch - I'm not sure I would want anything, other than the spare tire dangling off the end of the trailer. However, a factory installed hitch should handle the max weight it's rated for.

Thermal package - All thermal packages aren't created equal. My 23RB has the thermal package but it does not have heated air ducted down to the holding tanks. However, it is enclosed and insulated. This has to help with cold temperatures. Also being enclosed, a lot of road grime, etc doesn't get all over the pipes, tubing, and tanks. The biggest negative is you can not tell if anything is going bad under there unless the big cover is taken off.

Aluminum rims - This is a personal choice item. They certainly look better, but it was never a "deal breaker" for me. Mine happens to have aluminum wheels. One does not have to guard against rust like you would if you had steel rims.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:21 AM   #6
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Any thoughts on the various Jayco accessories/options that are available with new trailers? specifically:
-sani-con turbo waste managment (so this sucks the "stuff" out of the tank?)
- roof ladder (good for inspection, but how often do you need that?)
- Bumper Mount outside grill (seems like a small grill, where does it store?)
- Cargo accessory receiver (good for bike rack I guess?)
- thermal package (if you aren't exposed to freezing temperatures, any benefit?)
- Aluminum rims (this one seems like a good value, steel rims never stay looking good for long)
Tried a bunch of gizmos for the waste tank, nothing seems to make as much of a difference as making sure there is lots of liquid in the black tank.

Ladder
Bbq and line don't like the idea of major heat that close to the body probably just worrying for nothing.
Thermal

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The roof ladder and thermal package are the only items I purchased. I am quite happy with both, but am especially glad I have the roof ladder. It makes inspecting the roof a breeze, which makes me more likely to do so on a regular basis.

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Old 10-18-2017, 08:43 AM   #8
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I do have a macerator (removable) when at my sons. One, because extended stays and I can use his clean out sewer connection. Two, it will pump up and into the honey wagon when the honey wagon is in the back of the truck. We once stayed at a RV park in South Dakota that had their dump area over a mile away. Better to have when needed but I have room to stow away


On my last RV I used a bumper clamp for the bike rack/holder. I did rope the bike wheels to the bumper to reduce wobble. Worked good for 5yrs. I would use it again but my new NP came with the hitch.


In my opinion the rear ladder is used in an emergency. I carry a folding giant ladder, but again I have room for it. It works great for cleaning windows and the front cap on the RV.


Several thermo packages out there. I do like the tank heaters, however if your dump valve/connection is exposed it maybe a mood point. I wrapped my with heat tape when needed. I have been told that the newer dump station installed on RVs are the central point of concern. The c/o valves are in the protected underbelly but your water connections are partially closed of, in there own compartment. And, the access door(s) leave something of a concern. Lots of neat tricks out there to safe camp in the cold.


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Any thoughts on the various Jayco accessories/options that are available with new trailers? specifically:
-sani-con turbo waste managment (so this sucks the "stuff" out of the tank?)
- roof ladder (good for inspection, but how often do you need that?)
- Bumper Mount outside grill (seems like a small grill, where does it store?)
- Cargo accessory receiver (good for bike rack I guess?)
- thermal package (if you aren't exposed to freezing temperatures, any benefit?)
- Aluminum rims (this one seems like a good value, steel rims never stay looking good for long)
sani-con - no opinion
roof ladder - Yes. have one & climb it infrequently, but frequently use it as an 'accessory' mounting point (flag, antenna, etc).
bumper mount outside grill - No. too close to trailer & we place our portable propane grill anywhere
cargo accessory receiver - No. Trailer frame has mounting places & we could buy the receiver, IF we buy bikes
thermal package - Yes. More insulation helps in hot and cold weather & we have been in both.
aluminum rims - Yes. Look great IMO & will take higher pressure for tire upgrade, less maintenance (had a couple of friends that always seemed to be touching up stone chips on their white rims)
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Roof ladder would be my top option. When I originally bought my TT I thought I could get a better deal elsewhere - but found out later I was deceived. It is important to inspect the roof frequently.
The hitch receiver would also be at the top IF, and only IF it is reinforced/welded, etc. You never know if you want to put some weight on it. My bike rack weighs about 50 lbs. and then add the weight of bikes. Or you may want to put a cargo box, etc. My bumper is only rated at 100 lbs and the extra tire & rack take up a good part of that. I finally got an extra receiver WELDED on the I-frame and so happy I did.
Grill, I prefer the outside kitchen and as others have said, would not want the grill heat so close to trailer. You can buy a coleman gas stove (I prefer gas to coal) probably for half the price?
Thermal package - not - I originally wanted one but could not afford one at the time of purchase. After reading so many problems with grey tanks falling off, ETC. I am glad I don't have it. Once my metal strap for fresh water tank fell off. Thermal package would have been an issue. Just a lot easier to get under it and inspect things on a regular basis (which I am learning is a necessity!)
Waste & rims have no preference
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