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Old 12-29-2015, 09:11 PM   #1
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Hello All,
My wife and I are looking to travel full time and we want to go the RV way!
We have been shopping around and are still on the fence about what model we want but I really like the Jayco Precept 35 UN for features and floor plan.
Would anyone care to offer advise or experiences with this model or others? Any input would be great as we are still in the research stage.

Thanks ahead of time and love reading all the informative posts so far.
Cheers!
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:20 PM   #2
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That coach you are looking at is on a Ford chassis with a gas engine. First thing you need to do is determine how much you will use it, how many miles you plan to put on it and determine if a diesel will suit you best. Lots of discussion on this subject in this forum. Second, buy quality if this is your first rv. Not sure where the Jayco falls in the line of quality. Then, floor plan is the rest of the story.

At least from my personal experience
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:29 PM   #3
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Especially if you are going to jump in full time, many will recommend that you go rent an RV for a week, or more if you can. You will be amazed at how your perspective will change after actually using one.
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Old 12-30-2015, 04:56 AM   #4
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Jayco is a quality company and are known to stand behind their products. They have been known to fix items when the warranty was expired. Good luck with your choice.
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Old 12-30-2015, 05:33 AM   #5
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LandSailors,

Welcome to the Forum. Big question and so many answers. Floor plan is a biggy for most people. Just like when you walk into a house and know if it can be home or not, the same thing can happen with a RV.

The diesel gas issue is the same. Plan on doing a lot of mountain driving? Maybe a diesel would be best for power. What do you plan to tow? Need more power for that or will a gasser do it for you.

STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGE! Make sure you have enough for the items you CANNOT do without. This varies for everyone. Start a list of what you HAVE TO HAVE and then figure out where you will put it.

If you were to have several days of rain, could the two of you get along in the space in that MH? Do you need laundry or is a laundromat ok?

Renting is a great idea. This is a big investment and you want to be sure you like this. Renting isn't cheap, but cheaper than buying and deciding this is not what you want to do after all. Check out used units too, just a few years old, may work out for you.

Good luck with your choice and ask questions here. There is an "Owner's Forum" at the top for specific questions.

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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Get yourselves out of this buy new mode. And that is for two big reasons.
First, most people do not keep their first RV long enough to pay it off. Trading you will take a huge financial hit, and I mean HUGE.
Second, most people find after a few weeks/months that either they love or hate the RV lifestyle. In both cases a different RV is usually in their future.
Third, floorplan and livability for you may or may not work the first time or two. So, buy used, plan to keep it two to five years, trading only when your comfortable with the life, and know exactly what you want.
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Get yourselves out of this buy new mode. And that is for two big reasons.
First, most people do not keep their first RV long enough to pay it off. Trading you will take a huge financial hit, and I mean HUGE.
Second, most people find after a few weeks/months that either they love or hate the RV lifestyle. In both cases a different RV is usually in their future.
Third, floorplan and livability for you may or may not work the first time or two. So, buy used, plan to keep it two to five years, trading only when your comfortable with the life, and know exactly what you want.
+ 1 I agree with Don 100%. Buy a used unit from a high end builder.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:15 AM   #9
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We just made the move from trailers and truck campers to class a. After a lot of research and focusing on a used diesel we bought a new Jayco 32UL. We like the Jayco products, the two year warranty and the local dealer that sells Jayco has an excellent reputation. After sales service has been great, even communication from Jayco. No issues with quality. The features of the Jayco exceeded other makes and models. Even models with a higher price point. With that said we are retired and travel within 300 to 500 miles of our home in Northern Arizona on a monthly basis. And I agree with the advise given regarding buying for your purpose. Floor plan and costs. We will never be full time RVers. I might add this coach rides fine for a short wheel base and to buy a new diesel would add another 60 to 70 thousand. Also be aware of the new 6 speed transmission in the Ford gas chassis for 2016 models. We are very satisfied with our decision to buy a Jayco. Be sure to drive as many as possible. Hope this helps. Happy hunting.
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Get yourselves out of this buy new mode. And that is for two big reasons.
First, most people do not keep their first RV long enough to pay it off. Trading you will take a huge financial hit, and I mean HUGE.
Second, most people find after a few weeks/months that either they love or hate the RV lifestyle. In both cases a different RV is usually in their future.
Third, floorplan and livability for you may or may not work the first time or two. So, buy used, plan to keep it two to five years, trading only when your comfortable with the life, and know exactly what you want.
Make that +2. If this will be your first RV keep the homestead for a bit and start out making longer and longer trips to get a feel for life on the road. If you find the RV life is where you want to be sell off the house and maybe get a rig that better fits your life style.
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+3 on buy used and buy gas. There is a learning curve to diesel and learning curve to rv. You will significantly cut your frustration by tackling one at a time. Once you figure out motor homes or whatever you choose then look at diesel for your second or third round expecting a keeper. That is assuming you need the higher costs associated because you decide you need the size, weight capacity and/or level of luxury.
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You may be able to buy a lightly used 2-5 year old quality Diesel Class A for close to what you will pay for a new front engine gasser. The "DP" (diesel pusher) design give lots of storage room and weight capacity that the gassers lack.



Or rig is rated to carry cargo of 7 thousand pounds with a full tank (90 gallons) of fuel and half of a 92 gallon fresh water tank. I don't think you can find that on gassers. On top of that, it can tow up to 10 thousand pounds. Nice for pulling a good sized cargo trailer with extra belongings or a large SUV. Ours averages 10 MPG, which is quite a bit better than a comparable gas-powered unit in the same weight class (usually 5 or 6 MPG)
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I repeat myself. Test drive as many as you can. Get on the freeway and climb some hills, if possible. And I highly suggest buying a warranty if you choose a used coach. When you narrow the possibilities down sit in the coach with your family for an extended time without the owner/salesman. Call your insurance carrier and get a quote. Enjoy the adventure.
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