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Old 02-14-2020, 05:13 PM   #1
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Matteo's 2008 Jayco Select 14HW

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I came from the Jeep world where I kept a Jeep build thread and thought I would do the same for our new to us trailer. And hopefully this is the place to do it!

So to start, I grew up camping with my parents and siblings in a massive canvas tent before my parents wanted to be off the floor. They purchased a mid 90's Flagstaff PUP. It was so awesome! fast forward a few years, my wife and I just bought a used 2008 Jayco Select 14HW from auction. I like to watch Copart in Calgary where I am from and there are always a few good items from time to time. This trailer popped up and I won the bidding. It really was a gamble as all I could see was the exterior while it was collapsed. Such as these:





Once I picked it up, I was shocked to see in the front compartment, there was still someone else's gear inside! Wow! there was a lot of stuff, I found everything from nice camp chairs, boots, clothing, liquor, and fantastic fridge food..... yes, there was still stuff in the fridge. pulled up my rubber gloves and protective mask to help the smell and emptied that rotten, fowl smelling stuff out of the fridge.



Next thing we found once we opened it up was that the interior was in fantastic shape. Everything looked great, no sign of rodents or badly worn materials.









It was well taken care of except for one small thing.... last person had to of been a smoker....So now I go to work with the smell extraction, I've stripped everything I can(seat covers, couch/futon material, curtains, the roof boarder curtains) and then we plan to replace the mattresses (and potentially the seat foam).





This is where we continue with new things to come.
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Old 02-14-2020, 05:14 PM   #2
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Matteo's Tow Rig

For now, this will me my tow rig.

2017 GMC Acadia SLT-2 until we find something with a little more power and capacity.

Now down't worry, I only pulled the trailer off the driveway to take a picture and them park it in the garage. didn't bother with the safety chains at that moment. haha.

Right now it seems pretty level but once we put a few things in the back of the SUV and the trailer, it will most likely sag a bit. I am currently looking for a replacement weight distribution hitch setup. (Any one use the Anderson Chain setup??) The trailer has the saddles and load bars, but no hitch was with it. Darn I know.

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Old 02-14-2020, 05:15 PM   #3
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Matteo's Shore Power Upgrade

First modification I did was removing the shore power cord and installing a Kohree RV 125V 30 AMP Power Plug Twist Lock Inlet. The cord that was already in the trailer had a damaged end and I was planning to replace it. I went a step further and made it cleaner and I would like it.

The original cord hole, I plan to turn into a vented hole as I plan to relocate my battery's under the seat inside (AGM batteries).





While at home, when I want to just cool the fridge and have lights on, I bought this dogbone adapter which worked great so far. The previous owner had a adapter that plugged the 30amp cord into a 15 amp socket but I don't want to drag that heavy cord out if I don't need to. this adapter with a light weight (with suitable gauge wire for 15 amp service) will do just fine. I also like the LED light on the 30 amp plug to show there is power.



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One piece of good news. That is at least a 2009 model. The plastic fascia on the back didn't start until that year - 2008's still had diamond plate on the rear end. So the MY is at least a 2009. 2008 models also had the anniversary sticker (45?) on the sidewall.

ETA: also a quick tip. I cleaned all of the soft surfaces on mine after a few years (they also hold the smell of campfire pretty well). The cost of professional cleaning seemed way high, so I called head office and talked to a guy who cut me a deal based on the square footage of material; probably a quarter of the rate if I went through their schedule of costs. Was well worth a few minutes on the phone.
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It looks very nice. Our last pop up was a Fleetwood/Coleman high side, 14' box, and it opened up to just shy of 27' long. Thanks for the pics. You're going to love it.
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Nice pop up. I would definitely look at the brakes (adjust them) and wiring at the axles both sides, bearings (properly pack) and the date on the tires. I went from a Load C on my pop up to a Load E, they track better, handle rough roads and pot holes better too.
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One piece of good news. That is at least a 2009 model. The plastic fascia on the back didn't start until that year - 2008's still had diamond plate on the rear end. So the MY is at least a 2009. 2008 models also had the anniversary sticker (45?) on the sidewall.

ETA: also a quick tip. I cleaned all of the soft surfaces on mine after a few years (they also hold the smell of campfire pretty well). The cost of professional cleaning seemed way high, so I called head office and talked to a guy who cut me a deal based on the square footage of material; probably a quarter of the rate if I went through their schedule of costs. Was well worth a few minutes on the phone.
Thanks bankr63!

Looking into more of the brochures, I now see that this definitely looks to be a 2009. I will have to double check the VIN as the paperwork shows a 8 in position 10 which means 2008...

Thanks on the smoke tip. Its pretty muted but still there and I have a few things to try before we bring in any professionals. haha. I like to think of myself as resourceful and handy.
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Nice pop up. I would definitely look at the brakes (adjust them) and wiring at the axles both sides, bearings (properly pack) and the date on the tires. I went from a Load C on my pop up to a Load E, they track better, handle rough roads and pot holes better too.
Already working on the full inspection. I just finished clearing the lines of water that was left inside and removing all the interior, I can now lift it up on the hoist and do my underside inspections and maintenance.

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Matteo's LED Upgrade

So in our home, the wife and I really prefer the whiter light (~5000K) for living spaces so I went ahead and installed new LED lights that really brightened up the space. I have replaced the 4 dome lights along with the portable bunk fan/light units. Just need to find replacment options for the flourescent above the sink. Definite improvement though!





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I also finally remembered to take some exterior pictures while I had it set up. (trying to limit the up time while it's so cold and snowy out)



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Went ahead and ordered new foam for all seats and couch cushions. Looking forward to having this whole thing back together soon enough!
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Nice work so far! One tip: We bought a house whose previous owner was a smoker. Did a ton of research and found a product called Vamoose that really worked (along with a lot of other remediation.) I sprayed it into the furnace return ducting and it neutralized the residue. My brother used it in a used car and it eliminated the awful smoke odor. Company is out of Texas: https://www.vamooseproducts.com/ . Also, the Anderson WDH works well. You’d love it.
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Nice work so far! One tip: We bought a house whose previous owner was a smoker. Did a ton of research and found a product called Vamoose that really worked (along with a lot of other remediation.) I sprayed it into the furnace return ducting and it neutralized the residue. My brother used it in a used car and it eliminated the awful smoke odor. Company is out of Texas: https://www.vamooseproducts.com/ . Also, the Anderson WDH works well. Youíd love it.


Thanks for the tip on the Odor eliminator.

Iíll keep an eye of for a deal on the Anderson hitch. I like the light weight of it.

For now I picked up a second hand Blue Ox SwayPro hitch. Havenít towed with it yet but hope to soon enough. Need the snow to go away!
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Youíre welcome. BTW, Vamoose works well for skunk spray on the underside of sports cars. Donít ask
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You're doing a great job of getting your Jayco Select 14HW ready to get out there and enjoy it. We had a 2004 Fleetwood HW camper with a similar floorplan and it was great having that open feeling once getting it all set up. I suggest you google the Reflectix mod as it might be something to consider. Keep up the great work!
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