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Old 05-18-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Question Trading RV's

I have a 2012 2900 Sunseeker Class C, no slides. I have an opportunity to trade for a 2007 Greyhawk 30GS with 2 slides. I'm concerned about gas mileage with the slides & also trading for an older vehicle. The Greyhawk is in very good condition w 3500 miles. Any suggestions or info to help?
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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Why is the current owner wanting to trade? Do they need extra cargo carrying capacity or towing?

Jayco is typically decent units. Some of the technology they use for construction is behind the times though. The Jayco has luan walls and ceiling material. If there is ever a leak, it separates more readily than the composite (azdel) used in your rig. Frankly, luan can separate even just due to age and natural moisture that can occur in the weather process if camping in extended shoulder seasons (condensation). The roof of the Jayco is rubber while yours is fiberglass. Fiberglass is also superior. Based on its age, and especially if it has spent the whole time outdoors, the roof may well need the decor self leveling caulk attended to. Most folks sadly ignore this and leaks soon are a problem.

My current rig has these older technology limitations but I knew that at the time and paid accordingly. I had roof items in need of immediate attention.

The tires on the Jayco are likely due to be replaced due to age. The chassis is likely a 2006 with tires from 2005. Many folks generally replace tires after 6 years or so. There is a lot of debate on this site about this one...

Thus, your current rig likely has less expense to maintain in the immediate term.

Here is the Jayco brochure. http://www.rvusa.com/specbase/pictur...ilename_22.pdf

All this said, the extra room is a nice feature. Check the cargo carrying and towing capacities of both of the rigs and ask yourself about how you intend to use it. My rig has no slides and is shorter than most. It gives me cargo carrying capacity that I have virtually no worry of ever exceeding. Many rigs leave the factory with less than 1,000 pounds of CCC. Adding those riding with you and that isn't much.

In the long term, and if well maintained, the Jayco with slides likely will be easier to sell.
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Dicor, not decor above on the caulk. Typo.
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Is it on a Ford of Chevy Chassis? The latest version of the Ford Chassis will be 5-speed, not 4-speed. It's very reliable. Expect 7-10 mpg.
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Trading RV's

Ford on both rigs. Thanks.
Helpful advice, wandersoso.
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What do you not like on your current rig?
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We have an 05 Jayco 31'. I came from a Holiday Rambler. Same situation - the HR had better exterior assembly - sides (aluminum) and a fiberglass roof. Jayco has a higher incidence of issues with the exterior, so carefully check for bubbles or delamination.

Look for a maintained roof. If there are no changes, it probably hasn't been maintained.

Look inside all of the cabinets - especially over the cab for signs of leaks.

The motors are the same on both coaches, but yours will have a 5-speed. A 2007 Jayco may be a 4-speed or 5-speed, you can tell by the label on the button of the shift lever, if it's the same as yours it's 5-speed.

The 4-speed is a good transmission, it just has wider gaps between gears (2nd - 3rd) that may matter in the mountains.

There is a forum for the jayco's, but it's not nearly as busy as irv2.
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