Originally posted by Skip- Ingram, TX:
Don, from the pic's I saw it looks like a very liveable rig for you and the family. Phillip will enjoy his "private suite" above the cab.
Hope your Jayco gives you many years of pleasure with the most minute amount of grief.
Thanks Skip and Bobbie.
We are in the process of packing for a long weekend at Waterford Hill Mi where our son is racing this weekend. We are looking forward to the weekend since he broker the D Sports Racing track record in early may without a wing on the car and for this weekend it has been fitted with a wing.
Lots of fun finding things such as the fresh water tank drain valve that was open (dealer tested the system but his water is terrible so he drained it and left the drain open), low point drains etc. Most of the manual seems to have illustrations from the Ford chassis version which is a bit different - so it means a bit of searching.
Phil is really enthused about the bed over the cab layout. We are pleased that he can sit up without his head touching the ceiling.
One thing we miss is the big belly pass through hold - 160 cu ft or so in the Ambassador. We have 119 in the Jayco but it is distributed all over - so we had fun packing this evening since we had to determing what should go where - rather than just opening up those big side doors and tossing it all in - and then adding the kitchen sink for good measure.
Our short 43 mile drive home from the dealer was interesting - 1850 rpm at 60 mph thanks to the new 6 speed Allison transmission. To my surprise 18 wheelers going by us (we stuck to 100 kms and they were going 120 kms) didn't move us at all. I'm interested to see if that continues. It is a totally different feel than the Ambassador and I appreciate the fact it is 8 ft 4 inches shorter in length and about 9 inches shorter in height. There certainly is much more noise until one is up to cruising speed and then it seems to drop off other than when the fan kicks in. There is no question that one feels a difference between the DP with torque of 950 and this one with 440.
We think it is going to meet our needs very well and that we will likely use it a lot more since there is less effort to get underway which is nice for short trips. We were also pleased to find the leveling system works well. It is a four jack manual system (Power Gear calls it semi auto) and it takes a bit longer to level compared with our three jack Power Gear automatic system on the Ambassador - but the 4 jack system provides a MUCH more stable motorhome.
FC and Camy were here last evening and we did our usual Fish and Chip dinner after they did their inspection. Hugh was surprised to find that we even have seat belts in the booth on both sides. We can belt 9 people - (something that will never happen.
I'll keep you posted on how things progress.
Thanks for your comments Skip. Your too 007.