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Posted: 09/19/10 11:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice pictures.

Somehow a truck and truck camper in the National Parks just looks right.


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Posted: 09/20/10 07:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mrit- nice pic's, and very nice looking rig. It brings back a few fond memories for me because your camper is very nearly the twin of my first truck camper. Mine was a 1988 9.5' Jay Huter IIRC. Same color scheme, same filon siding with the horizontal ribs.

I bought it new at an RV show in Tulsa from a young dealer just getting started who I knew when he was just a salesman at another dealership we both worked at. I think I payed about $8K for it. Yours has better jacks than mine had. Mine were hand crank type that mounted under the wings. There were four of them, but I hated them because they were so unstable.

The nicest thing about your camper for me is just that it's still around. The TC's from my model year if I'm not mistaken were the first TC's for Jayco in a few years. Many of them from that year had leakage and delamination issues that caused them to have a short lifespan. Mine was one of those, and when mine was about four years old, I drove it back to the factory and brought home a new one. Jayco treated me very well considering the camper was out of warranty, and they ended up buying the old camper back at it's depreciated value, and then selling me a new at dealers cost. I kept that camper for a bout 10 years, and sold it when I bought my current TC.

I'm always interested to see Jayco's from that period, and I'm happy to see that yours is still holding up. I'm sure if it had the type of problems mine did, it would have showed up long ago. Jayco quit making TC's around 1997, which is a shame.

Post more pictures or just a link to your album for us. Most members here love to live vicariously through other peoples TC travels. I'd be interested to see pictures of the interior of your camper too, as I don't have many pictures of mine. Those were the BDC (Before Digital Camera) years in my life, so all I have are a few exterior photo's and that's it.

Thanks for the memories!

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Here is the album with the camping and interior pics. When I get home from work tonight I'll try to scan the original sales brochure in also. Your right about the price too, they wrote down $8200 on the brochure +taxes.

What areas did your camper have problems if you dont mind me asking? I've resealed the top already, but never know if I missed a problem spot elsewhere...

Thanks

http://s40.photobucket.com/albums/e204/russellc60/Camping/

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Alright thanks for all the info.

The mirror was smashed when I was in Yosemite, some jerk in a rental motorhome cut into my lane, The guy didn't even stop. A park ranger was behind me and saw everything, but they didn't find the guy. She was checking on me since the glass exploded, lucky my window was up, other wise I would have been going to the hospital with glass in my eyes/skin. There are probably 100-150 scratchs on my D/S door's with a bunch down to the metal.

Im waiting for the police report before contacting insurance, basically the ranger was saying it was a hit and run/leaving the scene of an accident. It was a fun drive home for 950 miles. I've been told by friends that have had the same thing happen that it can be covered on uninsured motorist, I hope so.

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Thanks! Those are great pictures. What happened to your truck mirror? Looks like something tried to chew it off! [emoticon] I love traveling in that part of the US.

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What areas did your camper have problems if you dont mind me asking? I've resealed the top already, but never know if I missed a problem spot elsewhere...


Jayco acknowledged a problem with most of the glues and sealants they used on my year model. The filon siding was coming un-stuck from the luan plywood it was glued to all over the camper, and the sealants used on all the seams was failing prematurely. Where it first started showing up was on the front corners of the "wings" (the areas that hang over the truck bed sides).

The jacks on mine didn't mount like yours do, they were bolted to the bottom of the wings like these, so it was a surprise to me when I first noticed that the walls above the wings were starting to get soft, because there weren't any penetrations in the areas that were rotting. When we took the camper back to the Jayco factory in northern Indiana, I could no longer get the camper off the truck. The side walls would just crumple as the jacks tried to lift the camper.

On the trip up, every time we stopped for a rest, I'd find that we had lost another piece of the camper. The jacks were also the tie-down points, so I couldn't use them to tie the camper down to the truck on the trip. I had to throw a 2" wide ratchet strap over the top of the camper to take the place of the front tie-downs.

Thanks for the interior pics. Yours is configured exactly the way mine was. I liked the "C" shaped dinette, the wet-bath was a nice size, and I remember the water heater being on the rear wall. I lived in that camper more than once for as long as 3 months at a time on business trips.

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mrit wrote:

GoinThisAway wrote:

Great trip and photos. I agree about Lassen. A beautiful national park without the crowds. The thought of going over the edge at Crater Lake would be a little frightening. It was a long way to the water down a steep slope slope as I recall. I haven't made it to Yosemite yet but if I keep seeing photos like yours it'll move higher up my priority list [emoticon] That's a nice rig you have. I like the way the cabover doesn't stick way out past the truck cab. There's something to be said for those E-W beds.


Thanks, I figured the camper was big enough for me, and didn't need the extra space. Every thing lines up pretty good. Im not familiar with the acronym, E-W bed? According to the news article it was 1100ft fall! I knew it was high but thats crazy!

I got about 300 pics if you guys want more


Learning the acronyms on here is always a lot of fun. E-W bed stands for east-west bed and refers to beds that are oriented from side to side rather than front to back (N-S or north south beds). The latter have a longer cabover length. And I'm always game for more trip pics [emoticon] You might try adding a blank line between the photos though so they don't stack up top to bottom instead of right to left ... or is that N-S versus E-W?


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