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Old 05-10-2008, 04:08 AM   #1
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Thanks to all of you for your input in helping us decide which RV to purchase. We had narrowed it down to Sunnybrook or Jayco based on your feedback to various posters here.

We finally decided we wanted the Jayco Designer and after months of looking for the right unit along with price, we got a call from a dealer in Cincinnati, Colerain RV. They bought out some dealer in Dayton who closed shop.

The salesman said they had gotten a brand new '07 34 RLQS (37'11" long!)with the dark wood interior, gen prep, BR TV, Thermopane windows and Mor-Ryde susp. and pinbox. MSRP was 60,400 and we got it for just over 38! The best I'd seen prior to that was a used 06 almost like it for 35.

We're picking it up Tuesday driving from SC! Any thoughts about how much difference the windows will make in the deep south? Starting with the 05 the roof now has R25 insulation vs. I think it was R11 or R15 before. It has a 15000btu AC but only one.

Also any tips re the delivery process? Accessories I'll need to buy? WE're totaly new to camper camping...

Thanks for all your sharing!
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Thanks to all of you for your input in helping us decide which RV to purchase. We had narrowed it down to Sunnybrook or Jayco based on your feedback to various posters here.

We finally decided we wanted the Jayco Designer and after months of looking for the right unit along with price, we got a call from a dealer in Cincinnati, Colerain RV. They bought out some dealer in Dayton who closed shop.

The salesman said they had gotten a brand new '07 34 RLQS (37'11" long!)with the dark wood interior, gen prep, BR TV, Thermopane windows and Mor-Ryde susp. and pinbox. MSRP was 60,400 and we got it for just over 38! The best I'd seen prior to that was a used 06 almost like it for 35.

We're picking it up Tuesday driving from SC! Any thoughts about how much difference the windows will make in the deep south? Starting with the 05 the roof now has R25 insulation vs. I think it was R11 or R15 before. It has a 15000btu AC but only one.

Also any tips re the delivery process? Accessories I'll need to buy? WE're totaly new to camper camping...

Thanks for all your sharing!
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:55 AM   #3
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Congrats Gamecockfan

Hopefully you will be using something bigger than a F250 to pull it.
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Gamecockfan...
Welcome to iRV2!!
You have definitely come to the right forum for answers or solutions to the many things that will crop up during your first year of RVing...and there will be many! Everyone here will be very helpful as you go through that learning curve.
You can find a PDI Checklist here that you will want to print out and take with you.
You should also want to spend a lot of time in this group of forums...
I am sure you will have more responses sometime later in the weekend...but it looks like everyone is out for the weekend!

Congrats and again...welcome to iRV2! Please visit and post often!

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Gamecockfan: </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Are you living in South Carolina? See my sig. Congratulations on the purchase of your new Fiver!
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Old 05-10-2008, 02:05 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for the warm welcome and Monacomama for the link.

RE location, yes, I'm in Spartanburg, SC Sparklecity is located at the intersection of I26 and I85.

I've already a question that I asked my buddy who pulls a 24' Sunnybrook, about whether to invest in a mascerator pump. He said he's never needed one. I read where it would empty your potty tank in less than 5 mins versus 20+.
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Old 05-10-2008, 02:10 PM   #7
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JC2 re tow vehicle, I see you have a chip in yours. I just purchased an Edge Juice Attitude, mainly for fuel mileage but I figure another 50hp and a little more torque won't hurt either when towing.

I've already been thinking about getting a 1T Dodge next year sometime. Most 5ers are HEAVY even for a 3/4T pu.
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:07 PM   #8
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Gamecockfan,

Congratulations on your Jayco Designer. Those are really nice units & I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with it.

You'll appreciate the Mor-Ryde. It makes travelling MUCH less fatigueing.

Take your time going through your checklist & ask a lot of questions when you pick up your 5-r. With all our rv's, we've had a 3rd person with us running a video camera as we went through the walk through while the tech explained everything. There's a lot to remember & having it on video sure helped us later when we forgot how to do something or we forgot what some switch does. Make sure you are comfortable hooking up & unhooking your 5-r before you leave the dealership. As for accessories, you'll find you need a lot of stuff the first time & other members will post with what they thing are the top things to get. 3 things I'd invest in right from the start are a surge guard (you don't want some bad shore power frying your expensive electronics), a good set of tow mirrors (you need to see around that big thing behind you) & MaxxAir covers for all your vents (so you can leave the vents open even if it's raining).

Jayco's are known for being heavy & that Desinger fills the bill at nearly 16,000 lbs GVWR with a 2255 lb pin weight. IMO, you'll definitely need more than your 3/4t truck to safely haul this baby around.

Enjoy your new 5-r. Safe travels.

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Old 05-10-2008, 07:57 PM   #9
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NLOVNIT, thanks for the video cam tip. I thought about that and intended to take it with me. Most of us think we'll remember it but you can't forget it if it's on cd!

RE the maxxair, I've not heard of it but I'll chech it out.

RE the surge strip, if the thing has a 120/240V breaker box as I assume it does, I'll install a Delta brand lightning arrestor set in it as I'm an electrician and that stuff is excellent at surge protection. The PN for the two items which make the set are LA302 and CA302. Likely will cost about $65-80 total but these are industrial grade and from experience I think the best on the market.

Here's the LA 302 info

And the CA 302

Thanks for the reply!
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Gamecockfan, welcome to iRV2.com and congratulations on your new Jayco Designer. am sure you will enjoy both very much. The Surge Guard protection we use is a brand name that is far more than a lightning arrestor. This piece of equipment, and it is worth the expense, check the source for proper wiring, high and low voltage thresholds, and offers the surge and spike protection mentioned. It will not connect nor allow power to your coach when power is lost for 2 minutes and 56 seconds as it checks the conditions all over again. This aslo acts as a time delay for the air cond.
It sounds like the 15,000 BTU unit should suffice for most conditions you will encounter. If you go to the desert in the summer you will need an additional unit put into the bedroom; it should already be prewired.
You will need to get all the essentials like swer hose, fill hose, chocks, electrical adapters, water pressure regulator (I use a Watts whole house), awning tie down system, and holding tank enzymes to start with. Take it out and have fun and you will find many more things you will want to have with you like grill, chairs, patio mat, awning shade, tables etc.
Goodluck and keep us posted.
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RV Wizard, thanks for the info on the surge protector. I'll look at that. Thanks.

And your list of things I need immediately, that's what I've been wondering about. I figure the dealer will tell me about some of them but thanks for elaborating on it! I've seen the enzimes and was wondering about that also.
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One place to check for the Surge Guard is through this link. They have 30a and 50a, portable or hardwired. The prices here are competitive and the people are very helpfull. Just type in Surge Guard in the upper right search box.
http://www.rvupgradestore.com/
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I'll second JC2's recommendation to check out RVupgrades. They'll have all the accessories you could possibly want & some you didn't even know you needed. Competitive prices & friendly staff to help you figure out what you need.

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We set out three years ago with a 37 Mobil Suite and a 350 dually Ford, towing a small trailer with our Harley.

We were in Wyoming and they stopped us a gave big ticket for triple towing,,, we made it to a dealer and bought a Newmar 3910--we love the road, diesel is killing us. We plan to spend more time in one location

You will love the fifth wheel.

We looked a toy hauler but you loose too much space

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