To all concerned,
Couple days ago we reached the year mark for living full-time in our Bayhill. And we have loved it! After having the chance to look at other RVs and different floorplans I would like to take a second and tell everybody why I love this Bayhill 385BH versus some of the others and what has made our full-time experience worthwhile.
Number 1: I think the biggest thing that we have on our rig that allows us to full-time comfortably is a washer dryer. And after looking at other models and where they place their washer drier, in the master bedroom on the front bulkhead, if you want to place a washer dryer in it would take up valuable closet space. In our Bayhill the washer dryer is still in the master bedroom but it is on the other wall and does not take up any closet space on the front bulkhead. Also if we did not have a washer and dryer we would have another whole closet which would give us a lot of room.
Number 2: on demand hot water heater. Yes everything you've read in the previous posts about the hot water heater being finicky is still true, and we had some of our own problems. Like I came out of the camper one morning and it was completely dumping water on to the ground because it was leaking and then the part took about a week to get in and we didn't have any hot water for that time. Yeah it was that bad. But the fact that we have as much hot water as we want and my wife can enjoy endless hot showers(or until we run out of propane). Is a big plus, And for us it is worth any extra work.
Number 3: The full-size 20" stove that we put in. (see a post about 10 or 20 ago)That allows us to cook like we were in a regular house. It allows us to bake whatever we want to include turkeys. The note I would add though is this. The burners that we have on top even though we got an extra one are all 9000 BTUs. There were a couple models that we looked at that one or more of the top burners were over 9000 BTUs. If I could do it again I would get a different oven that had at least one burner over 9000 BTUs. I think I remember seeing one that had one burner with 12,000 or 10,000 BTUs. It is not that big of an issue but when it does come to boiling water 9000 BTUs will work but 12,000 would obviously go a lot quicker. Another thing we had to install after the fact of installing the oven was some tile. Some of the burners on the left side would get the wall a little bit too hot. So to protect the wall, keep it nice, and prevent it from burning down our house we got two or three pieces of tile that we liked and glued them to the wall. Problem solved!
Those are our top three biggest onboard equipment items that I feel make it easy for us to full-time.
Now since the conversation has moved to Bayhill warranties I will let you know my experience. Luckily we did not have any Bayhill warranty issues! However I checked the closest Evergreen dealer to us to see if I had a warranty issue if they would be able to take care of it. I did not buy my RV from this dealer. The dealer had told me they would be glad to take care of it, provided Evergreen paid them the money upfront. Then they went into how Evergreen has a problem with paying out warranties. All the other appliances that we did have problems with a slide motor, the hot water heater, and the refrigerator were all under their individual companies and those warranties worked great! I was able to get a repairman to come out and either fix the problem or I was able to get it covered at a dealer and the turnaround was very minimum. I think in the last year we had to spend two nights in a hotel because RV was getting checked on or in the shop. And the only reason we did that as we did not want to stay in our RV at the dealer or there was a timing issue from the time I got off work and the time that they actually closed the dealership.
The last thing I wanted to mention was valves for all of our water tanks black and gray on our Bayhill. The valves that Bayhill used have a braided cable and were pretty poor quality. The first time I had to change one it was on our main black tank. What had happened was there was a little piece of toilet paper or something that was stuck in the valve and the braided cable was not strong enough to fully seat the valve. So when you try to close it the braided cable had bent, So our black tank was leaking just a little bit, which everyone knows is really bad. Changing the valve for the first time took about half a day and I had to empty the tank a couple of times before I changed it. The new valve I got was of better quality The cable itself is a solid piece of metal. I think the brand-name was Valtrex. And the valve itself is only about 50 or 60 bucks. But the thing that took the longest was to drop the underskirting to be able to get to it. I would recommend two things if you're ever going to drop the skirting. Number 1: get a crawler! The type that you would use to get into a car, and with that you need to have your RV on a concrete pad. That makes all the difference in the world. Number 2
o not use a ratchet to unscrew all of the screws down there. It will take you forever. Ace Hardware sells a little drill bit where you can attach sockets to. Once you have a socket attached your drill it will make the time it takes to take off one screw about 5 to 10 seconds versus using a ratchet and it would be over a minute.
So far I've had to change out two of the four valves that we have on our rig. I will eventually have to change out the two gray tanks but both of the black tanks had to get changed out. We just use our black tank valves more often.
Also if you have to change out the main galley black tank valve getting an extra person to help you out once you get the skirting off would probably be helpful. And that one is just a little bit harder to replace because you got three of your four tanks draining into the single tube that comes out over there. The back black tank was easy because there was only one drain to connecting to it. Changing my black tank in the back only took me about two hours.
Good luck and I hope this post helps