I hope this is the right place to introduce myself and jump into the fun pool. Hello all.
After nearly a year of study, shopping, searching and debating … my wife and I finally purchased an RV (our first). We know not what we do – but for better or worse - we are doing it. Today we drove our RV home … a brand spanking new 2015 Jayco Precept 29UM (32 ft.) from Summit RV in Ashland, KY. Frankly, we really hadn't considered buying new (given the catastrophic depreciation of gas Class As), but we ran into a deal that was hard to pass up – at least that's how it seemed.
The window sticker in our Precept was an alarming $127K – well beyond the threshold of reasonability for us. But salesman Rick Cole assured us he had a very special deal, a deal he described as “almost giving it away.” Okay – let's hear it. He said they had received two of these 29UM units – identical – and the manager wanted to move one of the units cheap at $80K. Hmmmm … that sounded pretty good – though we were never quite satisfied with the explanation of the giant discount. Nevertheless, a quick search showed a few other Precept 29UMs out there at similar pricing – but just a handful. Most were priced well north of that. Whatever their motivation to move the unit, it seemed like a good opportunity. So we jumped on it.
So far, we're overjoyed. Summit RV has been terrific. Despite our newby exuberances, the staff at Summit RV have been patient, professional and accommodating. We nit-picked a dozen items during our walk-thru last week and they promptly attended to every nit without resistance. They were even helpful in getting our dinghy setup for towing (installed Invisibrake, bar, plate, wiring, etc.). Parts guru, Jim, along with tech/service guys Shawn and Aaron were particularly helpful. Bravo! We're not the easiest customers to work with (we're pushy and overbearing – there I said it), yet they never faltered. They even gave us some discounts on our add-ons. As I said, so far, this experience has been ideal.
Well … almost ideal. Though no fault of Summit RV, our first test drive didn't go so well. In my judgment, the “stock” chassis is completely unsafe at highway speeds. We took the unit out onto the interstate and the thing fishtailed all over the road (tail-wag). Of course, I realize that neither my wife or I have any experience driving motorhomes or heavy trucks, but even so, the handling was completely unacceptable. I objected immediately. I'm not going to spend my vacations white-knuckling the wheel and gritting my teeth while fighting to keep my vehicle in its lane – nor do I like the idea of clenching my butt cheeks every time a semi-truck approaches. Nuh-uh! Not for that kind of money!!!
After reading through some of the posts on this forum (in particular), I requested the unit be fitted with the Tiger Track Rear Track Bar and the Safe-T Plus Steering Stabilizer. AND THEY WORKED! Today's ride home was smooth as silk – no tail wagging – no drifting all over the lane. It was fine. I have to say … it kind of sucks that Jayco – or any MH manufacturer for that matter – would try to save a few bucks by not including track bars and steering stabilizers. I know MH manufacturers don't “make the chassis,” but they should step-up and make these F-53 based RV's reasonably safe to drive. Without the Tiger Track and the Safe-T Plus, I wouldn't drive that thing over 50 mph. Shame on them. But with all that said … the problem is now resolved and all is well. All it took was another chunk of our checkbook – which may be part of the fundamental strategy. Who knows …
What we know for sure is that our RV is now safely home and we have only two days to load-up our linens, cookware, clothing, outdoor furniture and fancy new sewer pipe kit. We cast off for our maiden voyage (a week long trip out of state) this Sunday. Adventure awaits. Again, we know not what we do – but for better or worse - we are doing it. How could that not be fun? All aboard!
Mike in KY