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Old 09-30-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, first post. I am about to order a 2013 Jayco Seneca FS (bunkhouse model) and just wondering if anyone had tips on things to ask or watch out for with the purchase. We have been long time tent campers from backcountry to commercial campgrounds. We decided we needed something different after a bear scare during our last campout. We have 3 young kids and would like to keep them for a while, most days Have some experience with class A vehicle, and lots of experience working on cars/homes.
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Hi everyone, first post. I am about to order a 2013 Jayco Seneca FS (bunkhouse model) and just wondering if anyone had tips on things to ask or watch out for with the purchase.
My kids bought a new Jayco 40-ft Park model and its been in shop longer than its been used-16 times for weeks at a time (in shop). Jayco is a major brand but be sure you get a good warranty and even ask about a Lemon clause in case you get a lemon.
Wife and I have a 27-ft TT and a 35-ft motorhome. We don't use the TT much anymore except for out of town guests at campsites.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:35 PM   #3
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My kids bought a new Jayco 40-ft Park model and its been in shop longer than its been used-16 times for weeks at a time (in shop). Jayco is a major brand but be sure you get a good warranty and even ask about a Lemon clause in case you get a lemon.
Wife and I have a 27-ft TT and a 35-ft motorhome. We don't use the TT much anymore except for out of town guests at campsites.

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Jayco has a 2 year warranty which was an attractive feature. This one is a class C on the cummins diesel freightliner chassis. Everything I have seen or read are encouraging about it being a quality vehicle. Sorry that your family's experience hasn't been good. My fingers are crossed as it is a big investment.
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Welcome to IRV2! It's good to have you join us! Congrats on the new rig! I'm sure you will really enjoy it. One thing I would suggest is that you have a clear understanding with the dealer that they will spend a LOT of time with you explaining the different systems BEFORE you take it off the lot. Have them to actually demonstrate each system to be sure it is working properly, not just tell you how it works. I think the dealer you buy from is just as important as the product you buy! Good luck, have fun, and God bless!
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:51 PM   #5
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One very important thing is to do a complete and thorough PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) prior to paying the balance of the money or signing the contract. Any problems or issues make sure you get them in writing and attached to the contract so you have a record of what needs to be fixed/repaired. Don't let the dealer say we will fix it and not write it down. This or other RV forums should have one for you to use.
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Congrats on you new rig. The previous post were all VERY good advice. I would add this: Make sure you get manuals for all of the mechanicls in the unit..right down to the toilet and faucets. Also get a list of the model numbers that are actually in your unit as many manuals cover many different models. Acquire, fill out and send in all warranty cards. If you do find someting wrong, report it and keep a record. BTW: I video taped my 'walk around' (the PDI) with my 1st unit. About half of what they told me I later found to be incorrect. Take your time, stay focused and question anything that doesn't feel right. Everything will be fine. My Best PB
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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking of pictures during the PDI walk through, but you are right that short little video clips would help for some of the procedures.

I have heard of people going to the factory during the build or picking it up at the factory, opinions on that?
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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking of pictures during the PDI walk through, but you are right that short little video clips would help for some of the procedures.

I have heard of people going to the factory during the build or picking it up at the factory, opinions on that?

I don't believe that Jayco allows a factory pick up anymore. We were at the Entegra side of the Jayco factory a little over a month ago and it was mentioned that they no longer allow factory pick ups.

As stated earlier, make sure you and your significant other go through the rig completely and understand everything that has been said to you. The manuals are voluminous and confusing so the pre delivery inspection is critical. If you don't totally understand something, then ask. The only dumb question is the one you don't ask. If you do not get a good answer to a question from the dealer's representative then ask for someone else to explain the rig to you. Many folks will actually find a campground near the dealer and make sure they know how everything works before they take their rig home.
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Howdy and welcome. Hope the purchase works out for you and the family has a great time.
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