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Old 01-09-2019, 10:15 AM   #1
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Narrowing the search...Precept?

Hello all and Happy New Year
Thank you for the welcomes and advise on our "Norcal Newbies" post.
We have been actively investigating and driving various makes and models and have decided that class A is the way to go for us (most comfortable driving for us, and we like the roominess).
We are looking to stay 30' or under at this stag of our adventure however. This is based mostly on rumors that we have heard about many state parks not allowing larger units into the smaller parks (and that size feels the most comfortable to us).
We have test driven 27-31' Winnebagos, 26 and 29' Entegras, Newmars 32' BayStar Sport and a 32' BayStar. Our favorite test drive so far has been in a 30' Bay Star.
We are thinking of purchasing a 3014 model Bay Star, but are also looking at a 29V Jayco Precept. I havent driven the Jayco yet but am hoping to this week. If it handles nearly as well as the BayStar, I think that may be our purchase. I'm not expecting the same cabinet quality as the Newmar, but we do like the warranty (2 yr) and all the extras the Jayco offers for about the same floorplan (outdoor kitchen and entertainment for example).
Any thoughts or insights you motor homing veterans may have are always welcome. We hope to see you on the trails out there by this spring/summer.
Thanks again!

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Old 01-09-2019, 12:02 PM   #2
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:43 PM   #3
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Be aware that there have been reports of handling problems (on the road) with the 29' Jayco motorhomes. Do some research as I found quite a few articles about problems with the 29' units, but their larger 32' units don't seem to have the same issues. And, do your homework on the Ford F53 chassis and how folks improve handling with rear tracking bar, front tracking bar, Summo springs, etc.

As a Newmar Bay Star owner, I'd say that between the Newmar and the Jayco, Newmar is the winner by a wide margin.

I also suggest looking at the following information:

I understand your reason for wanting to stay at 30' or under, but in my opinion, you can bump that up to 34-35' and find sites available in most campgrounds. We looked at a Newmar Bay Star that was considered 29' but actually measured out at around 30'. It was a great unit, but I noticed that there was little room to add a chair. You also lose a little compartment storage area space. Our 3302 which is just shy of 34' gives a bit more room with two couches and more storage compartment space....but, it does reduce the weight capacity for gear, personal belongings, etc. So, I suggest looking at other floor plans and/or rigs when looking at Newmar Bay Star units.
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:07 AM   #4
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Since I own a 2015 Jayco precept 31 ul I would strongly recommend that you test drive whatever coach you are thinking about buying on a test drive at interstate speeds around big rigs if it handles well ,and not pushed around too much you may have a winner. My rig is 33 feet long from front to back and I have no problems finding a spot in state parks or anywhere else . Good luck on your finding the right rig and enjoy the adventure.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:33 AM   #5
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I just traded in my Precept for the new diesel Embark, Anyways, the Precept was a joy to drive, mine was the 35UN, it drove and handled beautifully, We traded her in because the Embark had everything we could ever want in a coach. Good luck on you search. And as others said, test drive on the highway.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:01 PM   #6
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Our precept 31uL

Have a 2016 31ul precept. You should consider this little "bump" in size for a couple of reasons. First the room you have when you're camping. The 31ul has 2 slides (opposing sides) in the front living area. This gives you a really spacious feel. Many people have come into our coach and remarked about how open it feels compared to their coach with 1 slide. Second is most dealers seem to discount the 31ul more than other precepts. Overall we are quite pleased with our precept.

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