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Old 08-29-2014, 08:45 AM   #11
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Actually I agree with the points about Jayco quality control. Every Jayco I have bought new (3 of them) had small issues like yours. On our X20E for example the bathroom door was misaligned and wouldn't always close. The plastic molding on one side of the bathroom door wasn't glued down. The main door had to be adjusted to close easily.

BTW, there is an entire thread about this subject somewhere. I just can't find it right now.

We have neighbors who had two different trailers over a period of years. They would use it for a 4 day weekend once every summer. They never used it at all in 2012 and 2013. They sold it early this summer. They told us that they just never really knew where to take it. I think they just weren't "into it" like the rest of us are. Someone got a great trailer, these folks would spend the better part of a day in the spring and fall cleaning and doing maintenance.

On the plus side for us, they had a rummage sale after selling their trailer and we got thier Kuereg Mini for $20. They only used it twice.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:06 AM   #12
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New potential RV buyer Questionaire.

1. Have you ever tent camped?
1a. If so how many times
1b. If so have you frozen your butt off at least once

2. If you have tent camped and cook over an outdoor fire circle which answer most applies to you.

2a. I burn my meat to a crisp
2b. We like half our steak raw and the other half burned
2c. Ashes give that "extra" flavor" to our food
2d. How do you build a fire

3. Sleep
3a. How does your back do on hard ground
3b. Do you carry a blow up mattress patch kit in your glove box

4. Supplies - Which answer most applies to you
4a. We have to rent a u-haul to get it all there
4b. We always make sure the campsite is near a Walmart
4c. YOU NEED SUPPLIES

And my dear fellow RV'ers. Please add to the questionaire if you so desire..

This message is in response to the great posts here about getting and using your new RV..
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:08 AM   #13
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Let me explain. I bought the unit from a dealer, with no explanation of it's past history.
After getting it home, I found several things that were confusing. All instructions for the fridge, were in the fridge. Tags were still on the upholstery, Oven and range were as clean as a new one. Outdoor grill had never been used.
I happened upon the original owners name, and googled him and found his number and called him.
He was 87 years old when he bought it, dented it twice trying to back into his yard. After about a year in the back yard, in which he said it was never used, he traded it for a Motor home for his son to drive.
I removed most of the very insignificant dents, after purchasing it.
As I said, we are very pleased with the unit, but I have heard such praise about Jayco quality, I just wanted to comment. This is my second Jayco, in the last 10 or 12 years by the way. Thanks to all for commenting. Jim
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We're not bashing you, we just making comments as to why so many campers don't get used. And what you said about the old gents is a prime example.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:21 AM   #15
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These people go to the RV shows, get all caught up in the glamor and see them selves siting up beside some crystal clear lake beside a fire with a full moon.
Then they actually go out...then they have to set up, hook everything up, level, back in..what's this..no water view...there's bugs here....there totally wore and stressed out from sitting up. Then what...gotta empty the crapper...what..this drawer don't work...what we got a water leak...crap...then they have to pack it all back in...there one and done. Then the RV just sits there.
You have to be a special person to RV..you need to have some mechanical skills..lots common sense..patience...hey it's a RV that's gonna get bounced all over the road..stuffs gonna break...if you can't fix minor stuff your RV will be at dealer for months. Screws always need tightens...roof sealed and on and on.
I've seen people take 1/2 day to get set up. Me..I'm done in 15 min.
+1 Very well said. It indeed takes a special person to really enjoy RVing. Unfortunately, too many people DO get caught up in the glamor and hype, and I feel bad for them. Like the old guy the OP bought the trailer from, that's a pretty sad story, I bet he had dreams of regaining some of his youth and traveling this great nation that got dashed when the reality of how much work it is to RV hit him.

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New potential RV buyer Questionaire.

1. Have you ever tent camped?
1a. If so how many times
1b. If so have you frozen your butt off at least once

2. If you have tent camped and cook over an outdoor fire circle which answer most applies to you.

2a. I burn my meat to a crisp
2b. We like half our steak raw and the other half burned
2c. Ashes give that "extra" flavor" to our food
2d. How do you build a fire

3. Sleep
3a. How does your back do on hard ground
3b. Do you carry a blow up mattress patch kit in your glove box

4. Supplies - Which answer most applies to you
4a. We have to rent a u-haul to get it all there
4b. We always make sure the campsite is near a Walmart
4c. YOU NEED SUPPLIES

And my dear fellow RV'ers. Please add to the questionaire if you so desire..

This message is in response to the great posts here about getting and using your new RV..

I VERY much enjoyed that little questionnaire! SO much of it hit SO close to home!! Like the cooking meat thing! We were backpacking in the mountains of Colorado. We camped next to a pristine mountain lake and broke out the fishing gear. You could've used a gum wrapper for a lure and caught your limit. Anyway, we caught some fish, cleaned and fileted them, got them into the pan, and our pan was too small!! So some of our fish was more like sushi! Still the best darn fish I've EVER eaten in my entire life!!
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:30 AM   #16
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We're not bashing you, we just making comments as to why so many campers don't get used. And what you said about the old gents is a prime example.
For sure.

What you just said however explains the difference in tires. If it sat in the yard the original tires would have been rotted and the dealer or orig owner replaced them.
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We've pulled our Jayco 36,000 miles since we bought it. We've had four or five fairly minor problems repaired under the warranty. I have repaired or modified many aspects of the trailer to make it better for us. I can say that my trailer has the basics of a well designed mechanical system --- I've had no failures of the frame or suspension, which is not something all trailer owners can say. However, the assembly of the trailer box and interior components is not laudatory.

I think RV consumers are more accepting of RV problems than consumers of other vehicles because everybody knows that RVs always have problems and issues. I don't know that there are answers to all RV problems; but I do believe that as long as the RV consumer is accepting of all the problems nothing will be improved. Perhaps more quality competition will develop.

Will I ever buy another RV? Maybe, if I wear this one out - or have a water leak. Would I buy a new RV knowing it had problems I don't think it should have? Yes. Why? Because that is all that is available in a size, weight, and price that is suitable for me.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:24 PM   #18
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These things are built by humans one at a time on a semi automated assembly line, aka moved from work station to work station. Most people compare RV manufacturing to cars, which is not the case. Cars are almost completely made by robots, with a few people doing a few tasks that humans can do better than robots.

Our HTT when new went in a few times for issues, all where minor and all were items I could deal with, but chose not to. If your TT was basically new and never used, it means he never truly check it out and found any of the potential issues and never had them corrected.
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These things are built by humans one at a time on a semi automated assembly line, aka moved from work station to work station. Most people compare RV manufacturing to cars, which is not the case.
Best way I have ever heard anybody explain an RV assembly line. Also if a person is off the person covering probably won't do that job exactly the same way.
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They slam them together and push out the door. That's why you pay $3-800 for a PDI. Fix all the rough spots.
I just picked up my new one Tuesday. PDI was listed as $650
Now they are sending a different technician out to my house to repair/fix what they missed. And we gave them Three weeks after purchase to do the PDI...told when we come for it have it ready...don't want to stand around all day...we still stood around for half a day. Them fixing things I was pointing out..like main slide not going all the way in at the bottom front by 2 inches. My son and I adjusted it on the spot so we wouldn't have to wait any longer. You know that small box on the bottom inside of your slide out. About 6 inches high by about 12 inches long and about. 4 inches deep....not even there...it covers all the wires going into the slide to keep kids from screwing with them.
Then that fancy fiberglass painted cover over gas bottles....well they took it off and laid it painted side down on the pavement...now all chipped up.
It can be frustrating at times.
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