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RE: Brought home my brand new 2017 Jayco 23RB

Got that pesky reconstruction of the forward cargo hold (pass thru storage) and bed platform to do first plus some preventive maintenance on the aft cargo hold (right rear storage compartment). Have to put in a panel to protect the black flush water line from getting damaged by stuff I will store in that compartment. Will probably be the 3rd week in July before the real maiden voyage happens. Will also take her out in August at least one weekend.However, the real workout begins in September. We'll be on the road almost every weekend, and sometimes 9 days in a row during football season. Congratulations!!! So when are you going to take her out and get rid of that "new car smell"? LOL.
Atlee 06/25/17 08:52am Travel Trailers
Brought home my brand new 2017 Jayco 23RB

It's my first brand new RV I've every owned. I'm excited so far. Even without a slide, it's feels much larger than the Koala 21CS I just sold. The Koala had a 18" shallow slide.
Atlee 06/24/17 08:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: My opinion on slideouts

I just sold a small 7.5 ft wide trailer (24 ft) that had a shallow slide (18"), and am getting a new 8 ft wide slightly longer (27 ft) that does not have a slide. I like having a trailer that I know will not leak around the slide, and whose slide mechanism will not break. The new one feels more open than the old one, even though it has a dinette in addition to a sofa. But our space needs are not great. I also know for some, the extra space provided by slides is nearly mandatory. But that's ok. It's why they still make both slide and non-slide models. By the way, while I was in the process of selling mine trailer with the slide, it broke while running it out. That was a bummer.
Atlee 06/19/17 03:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Forest River takes their ball and go's home.

There may be some confusion to this story. Ya think? Not complete accuracy on an internet forum? Say it isn't so! :W To the OP - your catchy little intro would be "goes home", not "go's home". Accuracy makes anything much more believable. :W Maybe he was saying the person named "go" is at home, in which case it is good grammar. :) But if "go" was a proper name, it should be capitalized as in Go.
Atlee 06/18/17 01:10am Travel Trailers
RE: What was your first RV noob disaster (or near disaster)?

I was unhitching the trailer. When the hitch cleared the ball, the trailer rolled back with the tongue jack sliding off the blocks I'd put down. You guessed it. I had forgotten to chock the wheels. Fortunately, nothing was damaged and I could raise the tongue high enough to go over the ball on the truck. I was able to begin anew, just remembering this time to set the chocks first.
Atlee 06/17/17 05:28am Beginning RVing
RE: Jayco and travel trailer quality

As far as I know, Jayco does not use Lippert frames. They either use BAL frames or other locally sourced frames (Jay Flight line). And unless they just changed, Jayco uses Dexter axles and not Lippert axles. LOL..... Jayco, Thor, Forest River, Winnebago, Grand design, fill in the name of your choice. The common denominator is Lippert Components. The less Lippert stuff, or one of Lipperts partners such as Furrion you get, the better off you'll be and the less Tylenol you'll need.
Atlee 06/17/17 04:50am Travel Trailers
RE: 2014 f150 max trailer pkg

My HD F150 came with 3.73 gears. It hasn't slowed down on steep grades yet. Could be good, pull a KBB and NADA on it. Only you can decide if you plan to tow with it, 3:73 gears are not that conducive to much towing, good mileage empty but wouldn't tow much in the hills/mountains. You will get overwhelming amount of opinions on that.
Atlee 06/02/17 04:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bison electric truck

I'm sure it will make a great "grocery getter". It looks like a Canadian mfg Havelaar has plans to build a electric truck called the Bison.
Atlee 06/02/17 04:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question about new at dealer 2016 model year TT

As it turns out, they did not go for it. The price they are selling it for, is the price they are selling it for, and they can't go lower. But they did say we could come to an agreement on the tires. So that is not now an option. Minimum 40- 50%%off MSRP and ask them to give you NEW tires as part of the deal along with an E2 WDH and an electric tongue jack! These are all things you need, but in order for you to take a 2 year old TT off their hands, make them pay for these items . They will go for it! I bought a 2014 at the end of 2014 and got 40% off! Look at several dealers, make them sweat a little!
Atlee 06/02/17 04:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Question about new at dealer 2016 model year TT

The 2012 model year Koala trailer I currently have was built in April of 2011. The tires, going by the date molded on them, were built in 2010. So it's possible they are that old. Any thoughts on why a 2016 model of a popular brand of travel trailer, that's not an orphan, would still be on a dealer's lot when the 2018's are either on the lot already, or are about to arrive? Also, I would assume tires would be a major negotiating point if I decided to get one of those two trailers. Those tires would be 2+ years old by now.How do you figure? If the '18s are just starting to show up, then the same for the '17s one year ago. That '16 may have been toward the end of production, so 1 year old tires, 2 at most, not "2+." RV manufacturers are cheap, they won't pay to keep tires around for long before they get put on a trailer.
Atlee 05/31/17 01:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Florida tolls

Federal legislation called for E-Z Pass and Sun Pass to be interchangeable by now. Apparently there was no teeth in the law. Sun Pass & E-Z Pass have just been dragging their feet.
Atlee 05/30/17 07:02am Roads and Routes
RE: F150 from 2500

Yes mine has both. In 2014, Max trailer Tow Package $565, and Heavy Duty Payload Package w/ 17" 7 lug aluminum wheels $1,695. The HD pkg was very hard to find also. My local Ashland, VA dealer finally found 4 up in PA at 3 different dealers. He did what ever dealers do to make trades between themselves. The truck came with LT245/75R17E All-Terrain tires, 3.73 Ratio Limited Slip Axle, 8200# GVWR pkg and almost as important, a 36 gal fuel tank. It also came with the 3.5L Ecoboost engine. My 2014 F150 has a cargo capacity of 2246#. But I have the HD package on mine. My previous F150, a 2005 model, had a cc of 1486#. Is that both max payload and max trailer packages? I looked for one set up like that but the dealer said there were none in the region he could trade with. I bought a 2015 GMC Sierra with their max trailer setup and my payload is 2015. The extra 200 lbs would have been nice. I tow 8,200 loaded and it works well.
Atlee 05/29/17 10:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about new at dealer 2016 model year TT

I realize that. It's just the one's from Jayco are a little more known. I've never seen any other manufacturer list their MSRP. That why, any claimed MSRP by a dealer of those RV's, is pure fiction. Even with car dealer MSRP's which are real, and must follow Federal rules, the MSRP or sticker on the window, while not fiction, is just a starting point in negotiating the purchase price. With some so called MSRP's, 30 or even 35% off would be pure gravy to the dealer, while others, 30 or 35% off MSRP would be a pretty good deal. All RV's (including trailers) the MSRP is not realistic, including Jayco. It is strictly a starting point. Most of the time for an RV you can start at 30 - 40% under sticker price (MSRP).
Atlee 05/29/17 11:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Question about new at dealer 2016 model year TT

This is a Jayco trailer, so the MSRP is less made up than normal. Jayco does a good job letting folks figure out what the MSRP is for the trailer they want, or see on a lot. Jayco gives the base price plus the price of the mandatory "options". Plus the price for any real options. This total is the MSRP from Jayco. To this, the dealer would add his freight costs and what he wants to add as dealer prep. So the MSRP of thus trailer is real, since I compared it to what Jayco listed as MSRP. But I do understand about some dealers coming up with a sales price that is out of touch with reality. They will make up a listed MSRP by adding several thousands of dollars to the real MSRP and then will discount that number by 20%. If a customer buys at that 20% or even 30% discounted price, the dealer wins big and then some. MSRP is not a real number on most units so 40% off a made up number may not be a good deal. Check the web to see the lowest price for a 2018 if comparable size etc. Use that number as a starting point. So for instance if you find a comparable unit With a supposed MSRP of $32000 but "on Sale" for $28000.. Negotiate the discount off the "on sale price". In my example I would start at 50% off the price or $14,000 because you will get caught up in the dickering game.
Atlee 05/29/17 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: F150 from 2500

It does come with one drawback. Don't know about the newer aluminum bodies F150's, but in 2014, the last year of steel bodied F150's, the HD package was only available in the longest wheel base available. For a standard cab and Super Cab, that meant an 8 ft box. For a Super Crew, it meant a 6.5 ft box. I have the Super Cab. My Virginia dealer had to go all the way to PA to find any HD packaged F150's, and the were all Supercabs. There were no Supercrews which I would have preferred. The result is I have the longest wheel base for any F150 in 2014, 163". Has the turning radius of an aircraft carrier. But it tows nicely though, which is why I got it. My 2014 F150 has a cargo capacity of 2246#. But I have the HD package on mine. My previous F150, a 2005 model, had a cc of 1486#. Towing with a half ton is limited by the max cargo capacity which is unique for each vehicle. It is often posted on the door jamb. My F-150 with a 1411 lb. max cargo is fine with my 700 lb. tongue weight and my DW, dog and camp gear. I have been told that some F-150s have a max cargo as high as 1900 lbs. while the lowest figure I have heard of is 1200 lbs. So, I suppose a large TT is possible. Also, some folks do not mind overloading their TV; especially pick-ups. They just accept the increased wear and tear. Nice, that's a lot of payload for a half ton truck. That's one of the highest I've seen
Atlee 05/29/17 05:18am Travel Trailers
Question about new at dealer 2016 model year TT

Any thoughts on why a 2016 model of a popular brand of travel trailer, that's not an orphan, would still be on a dealer's lot when the 2018's are either on the lot already, or are about to arrive? Also, I would assume tires would be a major negotiating point if I decided to get one of those two trailers. Those tires would be 2+ years old by now. And another thing, what about the caulking at the seams, especially on the roof? I doubt anyone has checked the roof since it was first brought in from the factory, if then. The dealer provides a picture of the MSRP sheet from the manufacturer, which provides a description, and vin nunber, etc., plus a list of all options and the factory MSRP for each option. The MSRP sheet also has hand written in the freight charge and a line for Dealer Prep. Any suggestions on what a good percentage off the total MSRP, including freight and prep, would be? Anything else to look for on a trailer that is now 2 model years old, since the manufacturer is now building 2018 models, and has begun to ship some of the 2018 models?
Atlee 05/29/17 05:06am Travel Trailers
RE: F150 from 2500

My 2014 F150 has a cargo capacity of 2246#. But I have the HD package on mine. My previous F150, a 2005 model, had a cc of 1486#. Towing with a half ton is limited by the max cargo capacity which is unique for each vehicle. It is often posted on the door jamb. My F-150 with a 1411 lb. max cargo is fine with my 700 lb. tongue weight and my DW, dog and camp gear. I have been told that some F-150s have a max cargo as high as 1900 lbs. while the lowest figure I have heard of is 1200 lbs. So, I suppose a large TT is possible. Also, some folks do not mind overloading their TV; especially pick-ups. They just accept the increased wear and tear.
Atlee 05/29/17 02:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire shops

I have the same problem with my dealer here in Virginia. Oil change, tire rotation, and check all fluids. In variably the tire pressure is backwards after rotation. (At least this shows the tires were rotated). Last time, I went over this point when requesting the service. It was noted on the order write up. Still got it wrong. My 2014 F150 says 55 front and 60 rear. I figure the tire changer is used to passenger cars which usually have the same pressure on all four corners. Dealer is only one touching my AMG. Tires might be a little higher but they know what the pressure should be and won't destroy very expensive wheels. ................. So I let the Dealer do it. They seem to get it right every time. I follow the specified tire pressure on the door jam for my F350, 65 front and 80 rear. At the dealer for oil change and tire rotation. Checked tires afterward and had 80 in front and 65 rear. They forgot to adjust the pressures. Don't assume anything.
Atlee 05/28/17 04:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Sealing holes in underbelly

What keeps rodents from chewing through the tape? We prefer tape. Foam can be a real PIA if you ever need to take down the chloroplast. It will expand and encase stuff above it.
Atlee 05/28/17 04:06am General RVing Issues
RE: 95 or 295 Jacksonville?

I don't like high bridges which is why I stay on I-95. I prefer 295 E, its a little further but more relaxing, unless you don't like high bridges!
Atlee 05/10/17 08:03am Roads and Routes
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