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JTrac

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Posted: 12/11/21 06:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Actually, the Pinnacle is Jayco's top line fifth wheel. The NP is the next down in the line up. Doesn't make it bad just an FYI. As a counterpoint after owning a motorhome and a fifth wheel with dual pane windows they are not something I want. Both developed the dreaded fogging.

We've had our Pinnacle since May of last year and other than a slide adjustment it has been trouble free and seems to be well built. We've had it in all kinds of weather and it heats and cools very well. The single pane windows have been a non factor in our use. On hot, sunny days I just keep the shades closed on the windows in the direct sun.


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It all starts with the floorplan. Which floorplan fits YOU the best.
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It all starts with floor plan. If the flooplan doesn't works nothing else matters.
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Posted: 12/11/21 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It makes sense. That seems to be our struggle. We are trying to like a front living layout because of the features.

We love our views out the back and we like the living room concept. The front living NP is great but when you sit on the living room you are going to end up looking at your neighbors truck or the front of their trailer.

Our next decision is whether to get a mid bunk Solitude or a rear living. The bunk seems to take usable space and is probably not an ideal space for anything other than sleeping. We thought it could be good for our dog but that is about it. Even as an office, I have a feeling we would want to work where we have more views, space and more light. Perhaps if we had kids with us full-time, the mid bunk would be a no brainer.

We seem to be leaning towards a rear living 375 with the separate lr, kitchen and bedroom. The wife doesn't like the open Floorplans as much anymore.

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speediq99 wrote:

We love our views out the back and we like the living room concept.
I love my picture window, which is practically the whole rear end. I don't see that a lot these days, and I never really specked that out at purchase, but I'd hate to be without it.
JTrac wrote:

As a counterpoint after owning a motorhome and a fifth wheel with dual pane windows they are not something I want. Both developed the dreaded fogging.
That's a bummer. My dual panes are 19 years old and have never fogged. I also like the bit more sound insulation they provide.

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Personally, i would pass on a Jayco as they are owned by Thor. The Solitude is a Grand design and owned by Winnebago.

While the floorplan can be important, I would still not buy a Thor over a Solitude. If it is a great floorplan and is always in the dealer's shop, you are not getting any enjoyment from the RV.

Dual pane windows are a big plus to me. Yes, some do fail and need to be repaired, but they provide for better insulation and less noise.

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I am NO FAN ( myself ) of the FL floor plans, just my opinion. I know folks that have Jayco, and folks that have a 2022 Solitude 375 RES both really like their units.

The Solitude has had 2-3 small issues caused by the dealer ( incident with employee moving it ) and only 1 warranty issue . Grand design has been awesome to work with and shipped all parts needed to their house, and arranged with a local dealer ( purchased 16 hrs away ) to do the work.

I agree with the Dual Pane Windows, we got them back in 08 and have had them on the list 3 RV's as we like them that much.


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Posted: 12/13/21 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your not happy with the floorpans so far......keep looking. Don't fool yourselves into thinking/saying "We'll make it work", you won't be happy in the long run. Consider too where you'll be most of the time. By this I mean LR. If front LR, ya gotta go up/down steps all the time. In rear LR, you're on same level 99% of time for kit/fridge. Only time your really gonna go up is for bathroom/bed. If your older, could be a prob w/ front LR.


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Can't comment on the Jayco too much but i will say that Grand Designs want very good to deal with on a warranty issue with mine when i first got it and other than that bent axle that i can't blame GD for, the unit has been great, very well built and a fair bit better fit and finish than my previous KZ Durango.


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Posted: 12/23/21 07:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've owned both Jayco and Grand Design 5th wheels. IMO, choose the model that best fits your needs/wants and look for fit and finish. Once you have made your decision, the next hurdle would be to determine if the dealer is capable of handling all the warranty issues you will have.
A couple that I know, purchased new, a 2017 Jayco Pinnacle, beautiful rig, but the shop has enjoyed it more than they have.
My last purchase was a 2019 Solitude S-Class. After a multitude of issues, I sold it and I no longer RV with towables. QC is lacking in most all Rv industries.

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We've had our Jayco Eagle for 10 years now and nearly trouble free. To me it's boils down to the dealer I think will give the best service. My buddy bought a GD about 2 years ago & had lots of problems the dealer should have fixed before saying it was ready to be picked up. Took forever to get all resolved. My dealer had our 5er ready to go & the one issue we had later with a slide motor was resolved in a week.
On the Jayco , Northpoints are really close to thier top of line and Pinnacles are the #1.. our Eagle is middle line. But still nice.

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