Happy with our motorhome purchase
Well l read the reviews, and from these we were only luke warm about purchasing a Fiat powered 2010 Jayco Optimum, 28.5.
But one with 20,000km on the clock, at a fair price, was well worth further investigation.
Talking to other owners, service agents, Jayco & Al-KO engineers - gave me the confidence to go ahead with the purchase, through the Car Supermarket at Packenham. This review isn’t about the sellers, Caravan World Pakenham - who provided good service - but rather the Fiat powered motor home.
This is the twin rear axle motorhome, with th...
Purchased in June 2019 at Caravan World Pakenham.
Sure I have had problems, but instead of jumping up and down I talked to the JAYCO factory in Melbourne. They fixed everything I asked for. The dinette slide dropped on the rear end so I drove 600 Klms and left it for them to fix.Works perfect now.The shower hatch and all hatches painted with thermo shield paint- stops the heat getting in. Motorhome 4 yrs old shower still like new. If the slide outs get out of square look under the bed 2 electric controllers.Read the instructions-with the slide out out - press the little button 6 times and hold...the 7th until the red and green lights stops flashing. This resets the motors. Yes I would buy another one. Good value for money. March 1st 2019 Update: Gas bottles $230,000 Optimun with 2x 4 kg gas bottles. What a letdown. Every week you are looking to refill one. Some places charge the same as a 9 kg bottle. Have talked to the jayco factory about it - they say it is to do with the lifting weight of the bottle - crap. How come they fit 9kg bottles to caravans worth around half the cost. Looked on the gas refilled site and some will not fill 4kg bottles.
Purchased in October 2014.
2013 Optimum on Iveco purchased new 2014
After going back to the dealer 14 times in a 2 year period , the dealer gave me my money back after 12000 k's. I can't criticise the dealer except for drawing it out , in the end the general manager took over my issues and tried hard to fix them but I wasn't prepared to take this motorhome more than 200k's from home.I definitely think it was a lemon and there was no quality assurance checks on it when it came off the assembly line.The 6 speed Iveco had no issues with but the build quality was terrible , having said that my biggest problem was ...the dining slideout kept jamming. Since my model they have changed the slideout to one ,dining and bed goes out as one and the biggest problem the fridge is fixed now and doesn't go out anymore , which I believe was causing my problem ,when the fridge was full. Nearly everything in the motorhome had some work done on it or replaced. I did like it when everything worked , I wouldn't buy a brand new one again unless the dealer guaranteed trouble free sailing, but would consider a second hand one , after I went over it with a fine tooth comb. I would go for the bigger motor 205hp if towing , not that the 175hp can't handle it but more grunt on hills. If you compare to similar models , it's value for money , if you get a good one, good luck.
Would not buy again
A lot of issues with finishes electrical wiring not terminated properly missing fuses troubles with fridge fuses and relay melting issues with hot water not being connect to gas/elct ssuse with drians issues with leaks to shower. And so on
I don't feel the unit is reliable enought to go around aust with out issues occuring i would only feel comfortable with short trips close to repairers, even though it is suppose to be a the top of the range.
I don't think the set out is comfortable especialy the dinning table set out, the two doors are unsafe if you had to exit of a night if there were issues
jayco optimum 28.6
i have latest optimum 28.6 on iveco chassis twin turbo 8 speed zf auto can not fault latest model iveco I would not advise to buy with auto shift 6 speed box no trouble with 8 speed auto as you can lock in any gear as a manual this is big help in top gear as stops box changing and you can use all power without changing I have travelled over 23000 km and have no problem with motor home at all every thing works as new only problem when new was fridge would not work on gas after one minute would shut off took to dealer prestige jayco where bought ...it they do not check on gas they can not fix had to take to dometic agent had it 2 weeks could not fix had to take to dometic Melbourne fixed in 10 minutes talked to another person with same one as mine bought from prestige had same problem only was hot water would not work on gas they say they only check on 240v this is not fault with motor home only dealer .I always have 300 wt of solas panels fitted and have no trouble with power there is an inline fuse 30 amp on the batteries this sometimes blows for no reason and all of a sudden every thing goes out as when this happens one battery is flat this also happen in last model as well so I fitted circuit breaker instead of fuse have not any trouble since
Not a good Example of Australian Manufacturing
I love the layout. I am happy with the truck. The build quality is very poor. There are serious issues with the body flexing and the slide out. I regret buying the motorhome and have not been happy with the purchase. I should have bought another Trakka
jayco optimum on iveco chassi
just bought 2015 jayco optimum iveco 28.5 times have changed and yes a lot of money but then again a home away from home has all push button every thing don't have to leave cabin which is a great thing for us hope when we need service or warranty all goes to plan so far so good ....highly recommended iveco not fiat iveco rear wheel drive fiat front wheel drive a lot of difference iveco pulls 3500kgs fiat only 1500kgs ......iveco owned by fiat but is an international truck cant go wrong good reputation pay the extra go iveco I say ...safe travels
The only complaint I have with our Jayco Optimum is the shower unit after only a short time goes yell an then nearly caramel from the UV rays shining through the hatch onto the plastic shower surround, makes the van look very cheap and is only covered by warranty if you notice this in the first 12 months supposedly
Other than the problem with the shower unit love our Jayco
The nasty plastic used for the shower unit that turns yellow very quickly from the UV rays
Questions & Answers
Where is the 12volt fuse for the fridge located.
Hi Bruno. I will ask my Auto Electrican, as he was in there a fair bit when doing upgrades recently; and a wire had fallen off and the fridge and it wasn’t going. Once put back on the right terminal - away she went. Cheers
I have just picked up my new Optimum fro Coffs Harbour and driven to Sydney on the new expressway all good but on the concrete sections the ride was extremely uncomfortable I am a old truck driver but this is a hard ride is it the tortion bar front end
62-65psi- not 75 or 80 psi. Also the ride height height at the front. If it is low gives a rough ride. I gave ours a wheel alignment ( almost new ) and had the front torsion bars adjusted to the correct height. Made a lot softer ride.
a rough ride
I have no power to my lounge slideout all of a sudden can anyone help ??
Check with jayco factory-there must be a fuse or circuit breaker somewhere. The controllers under the bed pull the power cables off then push them back on.I have had problems with other electrical equipment and this has worked
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