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Old 12-20-2017, 09:30 AM   #1
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Full timing in a Precept or Alante?

Hello all and happy holidays! We purchased a 2017 Precept 35S last spring. We love it! I am retired and my wife has a little over a year before she retires. We have lake front property nearby that we use in summer, but also take small trips around the northeast. The motorhome is now in storage waiting for spring! My question is, are any of you Precept or Alante owners rving full time? We are exploring options for when my wife retires. We definitely will be taking longer trips. Just curious about full timing. Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2017, 03:51 PM   #2
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GMA285, my wife and I have been full timing in our 2016 35S for the last year. Like you, we are totally satisfied with our motorhome and have been extremely comfortable living in it. Our travels have taken us over 16,000 miles without incident. The driving has been enjoyable and the site's taken in most memorable. Currently in Arizona for two months before heading to California, lots of travels yet to come with no clear end date in mind. Let me know if you have any specific questions, more than happy to answer. Safe travels.
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GMA285, my wife and I have been full timing in our 2016 35S for the last year. Like you, we are totally satisfied with our motorhome and have been extremely comfortable living in it. Our travels have taken us over 16,000 miles without incident. The driving has been enjoyable and the site's taken in most memorable. Currently in Arizona for two months before heading to California, lots of travels yet to come with no clear end date in mind. Let me know if you have any specific questions, more than happy to answer. Safe travels.
Thanks! Good to hear and glad you are enjoying your 35S! I will definitely keep you in mind as I know many questions will arise. Thanks again and stay safe!
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Although not currently full timing in our Alante 31v, we do plan to do so in 4 years. After one year of ownership, cross country trip, many long weekend trips and 9k miles, we've decided that this coach should provide enough space for full time use. We will need to get a light weight tandem dolly to tow a car and motorcycle, but that should be all we still need.
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Although not currently full timing in our Alante 31v, we do plan to do so in 4 years. After one year of ownership, cross country trip, many long weekend trips and 9k miles, we've decided that this coach should provide enough space for full time use. We will need to get a light weight tandem dolly to tow a car and motorcycle, but that should be all we still need.
Thanks for response. We are also going to be toad shopping soon. Now the only question is 4 down or dolly? Another subject all together! Safe travels to you.
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We're currently in the midst of a long term "test", to see how we would like full time, or at least long term traveling in the Alante.

We've decided that we wouldn't be comfortable without a home base. Just doesn't feel right... we'd be kind of lost.

The other thing we learned is we're glad we didn't get the Precept, as it has a propane only hot water heater. We wouldn't have wanted to be using our gas all then time, when we were paying for electric at campgrounds. Jayco offered to replace the Precept gas only water heater for a normal one, but in the end, it was easier to just get the Alante (also saved us about 20k - lol).

We looked into a toad (4 down), but so far we haven't run into a situation where it would have been needed. Perhaps if we had something larger, but the 31v is pretty easy to park. We use the campground shuttle, or call Enterprise.
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We're currently in the midst of a long term "test", to see how we would like full time, or at least long term traveling in the Alante.

We've decided that we wouldn't be comfortable without a home base. Just doesn't feel right... we'd be kind of lost.

The other thing we learned is we're glad we didn't get the Precept, as it has a propane only hot water heater. We wouldn't have wanted to be using our gas all then time, when we were paying for electric at campgrounds. Jayco offered to replace the Precept gas only water heater for a normal one, but in the end, it was easier to just get the Alante (also saved us about 20k - lol).

We looked into a toad (4 down), but so far we haven't run into a situation where it would have been needed. Perhaps if we had something larger, but the 31v is pretty easy to park. We use the campground shuttle, or call Enterprise.

Yes I feel the same way about having a home base, but we will see. Probably do the test "test trip" mas you are doing then see what happens. Good luck to you and safe travels.
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I had the same problem, should I use a trailer or dolly since I had two other vehicles that you couldnít tow so I decided to buy a Kia Soul stick shift and am so happy with it. I paid $15500 for it but make sure you demand a full size spare. I get 36 miles a gallon, tons of room great warranty easy to connect and disconnect. I think it cost around $1000 to hook it up though but I watched a fellow with a dolly and it didnít look easy to load and than you have to find a spot for the dolly or trailer and dollyís and trailers arenít cheap either. All things considered Iím very happy with this decision.
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Go to Jayco precepts group on Facebook or Jayco owners forum. ask the question there. You should get more responses.
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four down. You have to store a dolly when at campsite. Check Remcotowing.com for towable cars and configurations. Safe travels!
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