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Old 06-25-2015, 01:03 PM   #1
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Newbies - are we crazy??

We've been looking at trailers for some time, and finally felt like we had found 'the one' (26BH elite). There was one sitting at a dealer just a couple of hours away... we were ready to go check it out and buy it... and of course it had sold (the day before) when they had been sitting on it for months.

Anyway... the dealer can order us a new 2016 for a slightly higher price, but still a good deal (36% off MSRP, which based on what I'm reading is a good price). However, the catch is that we would take delivery only a week before a planned 2 week, 3000 mile trip. We are new to travel trailers. We have, however, towed a 24' race car trailer before, so we feel confident on those fronts, but all the bells & whistles related to *living* in the trailer seem like a lot of possible user-error or early-life failure modes. (Two engineers here - we tend to think in worst-case-scenario mode...)

We would have one weekend to do a trial camping session with the trailer before our long trip. And, worst case, we would have some flexibility to move out the dates on our trip - although we're planning to head West to Yellowstone and it will start to get cold there so we wouldn't want to push it out by much.

So - is this a totally crazy plan to think we could have a new trailer ready for a 2 week trip 1 week after taking delivery??

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Old 06-25-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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Welcome to the club!

No, I don't think you're crazy (at least no more or less than most of the rest of us!). Now that we got that out...

I think I would, however, consider the possibility/probability that the ordered trailer won't ship by the date they promise. Granted, I've never ordered one, but it seems like Jayco is having trouble meeting those delivery dates based on others' experiences.

As far as getting ready for your trip, there is much you can do to prepare before you take delivery, and much to do in a hurry afterwards. A trip to Yellowstone is a once-in-a-lifetime for many of us, so I would do everything in my power to make it happen if I were in your shoes...
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:10 PM   #3
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Somewhere on this forum is a list of things that you should have for a new trailer. Find the list, do some shopping, and you'll be fine!
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:34 PM   #5
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New to owning a travel trailer, "You don't have to be crazy, but it helps".


My opinion is ordering a big-ticket item is generally a poor choice. Back in 1979 my parents ordered a new car. Delivery in 8-10 weeks. 5 months later it was delivered.




Delivery schedules can only slip one way. Photographs of the prototype are no match for touching and getting a true feel of the item.


When shopping for cars, I only look at what the dealer has in stock.


My new (May 9) trailer purchase was after looking at what 3 dealers had on their lots. We explained what we wanted to the salesman and looked at the brochures. Once we saw the units it was 3 disappointments (unworkable floor plan, missing appointments, etc.)


On the way back to the showroom was an unlocked unit that was a little bigger than what we KNEW we wanted. It had almost exactly the appliances and appointments we wanted and a great floor plan. That's when the negotiations started....
Never would have considered it on paper.




So, if you have a time constraint, consider buying off the lot. Or specify that if the ordered unit is not delivered by (2 weeks ahead of your trip) the dealer has to supply a free rental unit for your trip.
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Welcome to the club!

No, I don't think you're crazy (at least no more or less than most of the rest of us!). Now that we got that out...

I think I would, however, consider the possibility/probability that the ordered trailer won't ship by the date they promise. Granted, I've never ordered one, but it seems like Jayco is having trouble meeting those delivery dates based on others' experiences.

As far as getting ready for your trip, there is much you can do to prepare before you take delivery, and much to do in a hurry afterwards. A trip to Yellowstone is a once-in-a-lifetime for many of us, so I would do everything in my power to make it happen if I were in your shoes...
What he said...

You have a lot to digest with all the mechanical systems on a TT; fresh water, waste water, propane, electrical (AC and DC), hitching, leveling, etc. It's all doable, especially for logical engineers.

I suggest you stay VERY close to home for your 'shake down' trip. That will make it easier to recover from any forgotten items etc.

Be logical, go slowly, and both of you keep your sense of humor.
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Engineers?? I missed that part.

Well heck, you could design and build anything you've forgotten!

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Unfortunately, we seem to be looking at the wrong time, and haven't been able to find another trailer sitting on a dealer lot that would work - at least not within a reasonable driving distance. We're only finding 26BHSs, and although I'm sure the room would be nice we don't really want to spend the additional money, or have the additional complication of the slider. I'm still kicking myself for not moving faster on the one they had sitting there, but it is what it is at this point. There are SLXs with the same floor plan out on dealer lots... but they are wanting the same money as a Flight Elite... just doesn't make sense to us. Our closest local dealer only stocks limited brands, if we're buying new (even if not from them) we want to make sure they can simply handle warranty service, and out of those few brands we really feel pretty strongly about sticking to Jayco.

Our plan for the shakedown trip would be about 1 hr from home and 1 hr from the dealer... just in case it needs to go back there for any issues we find. That's a big concern of mine - that we'll find some major issue on our shakedown trip that can't be fixed in time. Not sure how probable that is, but from reading here it seems like there certainly are sometimes 'quirks' that come along with new trailers.

I am also concerned about delivery. The idea to ask them to give us a rental if delivery is delayed is a good one!
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Was that camper at jims trailers service in grafton ?
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:46 PM   #10
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Nope. Does that mean there might be one there?
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