Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-03-2019, 05:56 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Madison Heights
Posts: 5
New to RV'ing - Jay Feather help

Hi all! I'm in my 50's and jumping into the RV world late in life - My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a used 2016 Jay Feather 22BHM from a private owner. The camper appears to be in good shape, but I'm a novice and not sure what to look for to ensure the unit is sound. I have looked through out all the cubbies and cabinets for any sign of water intrusion and have found none. The bottom of the camper has a plastic barrier - not sure what is under there or if I should remove to inspect. Also am not sure how to judge the state of sealant on roof / seam areas. Any issues with delamination of the fiberglass on these units? Any suggestions for a critical inspection list / procedure would be much appreciated. Should I hire someone to inspect the unit prior to purchase?
__________________

TAllen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2019, 06:45 AM   #2
Site Team
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Connellsville
Posts: 11,755
First of all, welcome to the forum. As an owner of a 2017 22BHM, I can tell you that they are absolutely solid units. Mine has seen hundreds of nights of use and has traveled up and down the east coast multiple times with just a few minor problems.

You really do need to get up on the roof and look around at the roof membrane itself and all of the sealant. Once you are up there, it will be really obvious if there are problems. Look for holes or tears in the membrane, cracks in the sealant, etc. Don't panic if you find some minor issues. As long as there is no water damage, a little self leveling lap sealant or enternabond tape and you will be ready to go.

Pull out the outside kitchen and look underneath to make sure that the strut arm mount hasn't pulled up from the floor. It is an easy fix if it has. Just drill some new holes and put some drywall anchors in and it will hold well.

Walk around around inside and look for any areas where the floor may be soft. On the feathers it isn't necessarily from water damage but usually from the laminate sandwich floor construction getting some give in it from traffic and wear. Again, not a deal breaker if some is there. There are lots of ways to mitigate that problem or prevent it from happening.

That's all I can think of for now. Please feel free to ask any additional questions. I'll be happy to help if I can.
__________________

__________________
2017 Jay Feather 7 22BHM Baja
2018 F150 4x4 3.5L Ecoboost Max Tow
2015 MB Sprinter 2500 Passenger 2.1L Diesel
2007 Ram 2500 4x4 Cummins 5.9L G56
Andersen WD

Midnightmoon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2019, 08:45 AM   #3
Site Team
 
JFlightRisk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Newark
Posts: 2,593
Welcome to the Forum from Western New York State! Have the owner start up the refrigerator for a day, prior to you getting there, to check it's operation. Then make sure the furnace works properly. After those, fire up the water heater (both electric and gas) to ensure its proper operation. This may take some time to check, allowing for the water to cool enough, so it will start up on the other source. The electric side will be silent, but when it starts on gas, you'll hear the burner.

Underneath, above the coroplast covering, are the fresh water, black water, and gray water tanks. There's generally no need to see above it, unless there's obvious damage to it.

If you know anyone that owns, or did own a camper, and you trust their judgement, ask them if they'd mind looking it over, also. An extra set of eyes never hurts.

If you're on your own, look at it twice. Sometimes the second time around, you pick up on things you didn't see the first time. Lastly, trust your gut. Good luck on your experience.
__________________
2012 Jay Flight 19RD
2010 Tundra TRD DBL Cab
1 Spoiled Dog
JFlightRisk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2019, 09:03 AM   #4
Site Team
 
norty1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 15,846
Welcome to JOF. If you are not sure and don't have a friend that could offer some camping expertise, I would consider having a reputable and qualified person inspect and advise you of their opinion. Nothing wrong with knowing what you are buying up front. Don't expect it to be perfect but it should not be a money pit to make it usable for your needs. Particular attention to verifying all appliances work and the roof openings don't show signs of neglect.

Visit some YouTube videos on delamination. If you see some it's a deal breaker for me as it indicates other problems that are expensive to correct.
You should be able to see it from an angle.

I hate to say it but the advice of the seller is not a dependable source IMO. I have looked at 2 friends rigs lately and told them to stay away but they had the can't help it's and purchased anyway.

Now they are suffering from lack of judgement.

Good luck and I hope you get the camping bug and it brings you many years of great times and memories.
__________________
Moderator
2011 351RLTS Eagle, Mor/Ryde suspension & pin box, PT50C EMS
06 F350 Lariat PSD, SRW, LB, CC, EGR delete kit, 16K DrawTite hitch, Timbrens, TST TPMS
2017 GMC Terrain (future TOAD)

Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search
norty1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2019, 09:10 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Madison Heights
Posts: 5
Great information! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience and expertise. My wife and I will giving it a 2nd look this weekend - if all goes well, we'll be bringing her home. Is an anti-sway bar a critical piece of equipment for towing that size rig?
TAllen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2019, 09:19 AM   #6
Site Team
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Connellsville
Posts: 11,755
I use an Andersen WD/Anti Sway hitch with mine. Yes, I think that it is necessary. I've pulled mine a few times just on the ball with my Cummins Ram and I don't like the way it feels, even with that heavy truck.
__________________
2017 Jay Feather 7 22BHM Baja
2018 F150 4x4 3.5L Ecoboost Max Tow
2015 MB Sprinter 2500 Passenger 2.1L Diesel
2007 Ram 2500 4x4 Cummins 5.9L G56
Andersen WD

Midnightmoon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2019, 01:16 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Kingman
Posts: 267
Make sure you get all the Owner's manuals for the RV and all appliances. Ask to see any service receipts as well as any receipts for repairs. Ask if there is any records of service for the wheel bearings and brakes. Ask to have them hook it to a tow vehicle so you can verify the lights and brakes work.


I would also look around for a Mobile Tech and ask how much he would charge to help you with an inspection. Money well spent and it could help you decide to buy or pass.
Route 66 Traveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 09:32 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Madison Heights
Posts: 5
Thanks - again. Brought her to her new home on the ball only - and yes, I didn't like the way it felt either. I will be purchasing an anti-sway set up before she moves again. Now that she's mine, I have a few discoveries / questions:
1st - one side of the camper has a few areas on the fiberglass that seem different - see pic.
2nd - does the leaf spring device and wheel position look right in this pic? I don't know if the position would change if I backed up a bit (my last motion while positioning the trailer was pulling forward)?
3rd - the previous owner left me with a 3/4 full black tank - any recommendations on portable waste carts? Campsite dump is not accessible to the trailer itself.
Thanks again-
TAllen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 10:00 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Madison Heights
Posts: 5
pictures would help


TAllen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 10:19 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Kingman
Posts: 267
Can't see any photos, but regarding the 3/4 full black tank, it's probably just the sensor. Leave the water and water pump off and look down the toilet with a bright flashlight and see if you can see the bottom of the tank......or anything else...
Route 66 Traveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 10:38 AM   #11
Site Team
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Connellsville
Posts: 11,755
Toss a couple of scalding hot buckets of water down the toilet and let it sit. Just be careful not to burn yourself. It usually works for me to clean off the sensors in that black tank.
__________________
2017 Jay Feather 7 22BHM Baja
2018 F150 4x4 3.5L Ecoboost Max Tow
2015 MB Sprinter 2500 Passenger 2.1L Diesel
2007 Ram 2500 4x4 Cummins 5.9L G56
Andersen WD

Midnightmoon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 06:49 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Madison Heights
Posts: 5
Having trouble posting pics - ?? Is there a trick? I'm copying url from google photos and pasting in link.
TAllen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 06:54 PM   #13
Site Team
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Connellsville
Posts: 11,755
Quote:
Originally Posted by TAllen View Post
Having trouble posting pics - ?? Is there a trick? I'm copying url from google photos and pasting in link.

Go to the reply tab. When you scroll down, you will see a section that says "Attach Files". Upload them there from your device.
__________________
2017 Jay Feather 7 22BHM Baja
2018 F150 4x4 3.5L Ecoboost Max Tow
2015 MB Sprinter 2500 Passenger 2.1L Diesel
2007 Ram 2500 4x4 Cummins 5.9L G56
Andersen WD

Midnightmoon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2019, 07:09 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Kingman
Posts: 267
Quote:
Originally Posted by TAllen View Post
Having trouble posting pics - ?? Is there a trick? I'm copying url from google photos and pasting in link.
Did you go into your Google settings and OK sharing photos? You have to give your permission in order to share your photos.
__________________

Route 66 Traveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×