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Old 09-01-2005, 06:16 PM   #1
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I am considering purchasing a Jayco Class C 30GS Greyhawk. I would greatly appreciate any comments, positive or negative regarding Jayco quality, service, product and reputation. Thank you.

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Old 09-01-2005, 06:16 PM   #2
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I am considering purchasing a Jayco Class C 30GS Greyhawk. I would greatly appreciate any comments, positive or negative regarding Jayco quality, service, product and reputation. Thank you.

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Old 09-02-2005, 12:59 AM   #3
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Bilmnk, first let me say welcome to iRV2. We are glad to have you join us here and look forward to reading of your adventures. I have not heard of many bad things of the Jayco brand of units. I have never owned one but I am sure that some of our members can give you the feedback you are looking for. Give them some time to find this post & I think you will have responses soon. Good luck and enjoy the hunt.
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Hello Bilmnk.
We downsized to a 2005 29' Jayco Granite Ridge after owning a series of class A's, the last two being Mountain Aire.

Interior quality seems to be pretty decent. We did have a list of mostly minor stuff that we found after purchasing, but nothing major and no real problems since.

We did find the owners manual to be pretty much useless, however. They do not spend much money, time or effort in documentation. Just because it is a type C doesn't mean that there are no complicated systems on board. In addition, the factory seemed not to be very interested in providing any information, insisting that we deal solely with our dealer (Newmar definitely spoiled me in these areas).

Overall, we really enjoy the Jayco- it is a real joy to drive and has oodles of power. It handles wonderfully. The systems work well and you do not feel like you have made very many huge conciliations to the larger coaches.
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Old 10-02-2005, 03:50 AM   #5
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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 Bilmnk:
I would greatly appreciate any comments, positive or negative regarding Jayco quality, service, product and reputation. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Bilmnk, Yahoo! New kid on the block "almost" in Class C van cutaway chassis that is ready to cut into "Henry's" dominance in this RV segment and that's the Workhorse/GM 14,050 Class C Chassis.

This new age design features many of the features that Class C owners have been screaming for namely easier passenger entry and egress from inside the cab to the coach because WCC/GM pushed the engine further forward and for the first time the co-pilot can actually put both feet side by side on the same floor space.

The "badged" Workhorse Class C RV can be repaired at practically ANY Chevrolet dealership in the country and or Workhorse Authorized Service Centers. (call first to see if the box fits )

When you see one on your dealership's lot go any take one for a test drive or simply ask your salesman for information about the "new" Workhorse Class C chassis.

If you're a GM man then this is definitely the way to go.
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Hi Driver:
Three comments;
One the chassis rating for the Workhorse chassis for the C is 14,050 according to the Workhorse web site, which makes it the same as the Ford. You have stated 15,050. Just to upate this line, you have fixed the typo since this post was made.
I think its an exageration to state that MOST Gm dealers will work on the Workhorse chassis vehicles.In our city of one half million people none of the GM dealers work on Workhorse.
The Ford chassis comes with the new Five speed automatic transmission with all of its upgrades, while the Workhorse comes with the older GM four speed tranny. Hardley new technology??
We had a 97 Ford with a 29 ft Tioga body on it and it was a great unit.
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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 FC:
chassis rating for 14,050 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Hi Hugh! Nice to see you posting! That's absolutely correct, please forgive the typo on my part. You're right the GVW is the same as the Ford however the body design is also the same as it always was. I had a 93 Club Wagon so I have known this body style.<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I think it's an exaggeration to state that MOST GM dealers will work on the Workhorse chassis vehicles. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Man you certainly can say that again but I didn't say that. I said that most "Chevrolet" dealers will work on the Class C motorhome IF the box fits "because" Chevrolet makes the chassis. Workhorse Svc Ctrs may also work on the vehicle but that remains to be seen but it would be a big plus.<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The Ford chassis comes with the new Five speed automatic transmission with all of its upgrades, while the Workhorse comes with the older GM four speed tranny. Hardly new technology?? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>The technology that I was speaking of refers directly to passenger creature comforts. There are also distinct automotive technology superlatives however that was not my focus. Owners of the new GM/WCC Class C will appreciate the "newer" 4L85E 4 speed because it's a good transmission with a pretty good track record. The 85E had been used in the P32 series and currently the 85E is standard equipment on the W18 and the Class C chassis.

The data on the TorqueShift is not quite as extensive as the GM tranny but I'm sure in time we'll be able to see good performance results. Personally I think it would be a blessing if Ford owners didn't have to hang a Banks Trans Command module on their transmissions any more. I did, ... twice.
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GM made a C chassis back a few years ago with the 14,050 rating and the new unit is very similar to that older style with a boxier front end. That particular chassis had a forward tipping front access to the Motorwhich did allow good access to the motor. Some how it did not last more than one year I believe.
I have owned two Ford MH's, one a C and now an A and have never felt the need to add any extra performance enhancements. I know of a few who have done that but mostly with the older style Ford chassis. Certainly no where near a majority of owners. We all know that there are lots of enhancements out there to make the units run faster, cooler, climb hills better, or to handle better, but not everyone wants or needs them. You are in a position to be able to try various enhnacements for your unit and can report on them to others which is a big advantage for all of us.,
I do see you Have changed from A brake Buddy to an SMI. How do you like that unit.
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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 FC:
I do see you Have changed from A brake Buddy to an SMI. How do you like that unit. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>The SMI is pretty neat, all I have to do now is flip a switch to turn it on and that's it. I don't have to go into the advantages but I would like to say that it works well and I'm pleased with the unit.

While in Arizona, I bought it directly from SMI at a vendor booth and I did save a little money plus they had 3 techs there and they installed it for me on the very next day.
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Is yours the unit that is completely hiddden under the seat?
That looked like a good unit. In the SMI unit, then you do not pump the vehicle brakes to dump the vacuum before starting?
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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 FC:
Is yours the unit that is completely hidden under the seat? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Yes<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">In the SMI unit, then you do not pump the vehicle brakes to dump the vacuum before starting? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>The SMI has a vacuum pump and it uses the power brake booster to stop the vehicle.

We could start a separate thread on SMI - I think there's one floating around here some place else.



Don't want to detract from talking about Jayco Class C motorhomes.
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And now, back to the original topic:

We purchased our 30 GS back in May and we are delighted to have it.... Just need more free time to use it, oh well, maybe next year.
Our problems have been minor, but here is what we've done so far:
1) Align the front end and rebalance the tires. Also, replaced the rubber valve stems with custom metal stems.
2) Repaired the plastic drawer supports in the pantry with a simple metal reinforcement rod to support drawer weight.
3) Repaired the pull-out table with larger screws to underside of the table. (we have the barrel chair option).

I'm giving some thought to adding a stabilizer jack, but I'll do that next year.
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And now, back to the original topic... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Thanks for bringing us back from the edge and sharing your views on your Jayco Class C motorhome.

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We have a 1999 31' Designer that we bought used in 2001. Ours came with every available option Jayco offered at the time except the CD player and the icemaker.

Only problems we have had are a noisy inverter, a stuck battery tray, having to replace all 7 tires (got rid of the standard Firestones after a blowout on I-15 going to Vegas), and replacing the ladder (after I backed into the house).

Interior and exterior are holding up very well with just basic cleaning and maintenance.

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