2016 Jayco Alante 31V Review
The Jayco Alante gives you the whole package – style, comfort and quality craftsmanship.
Five floorplans are available to choose from. Our favorite is the 31V because it has a great layout and lots of storage space. The 31V has a gross vehicle weight rating of 18,000 lbs and gross combined weight rating of 23,000 lbs. Its exterior length is 32’2”, exterior width is 101”, exterior height with A/C is 149” and interior height is 84”. For tank capacities, the Jayco Alante 31V has a freshwater capacity of 71.5 gallons, gray waste water capacity of 41 gallons, water heater capacity of 6 gallons, black waste water capacity of 51.5 gallons and fuel tank capacity of 80 gallons.
Built on a Ford F53 chassis, the Jayco Alantre 31V is equipped with J-Ride, making your trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The J-Ride package features Bilstein shock absorbers, computer-balanced drive shaft, jounce bumpers, and front and rear sway bars. Bilstein shock absorbers provide optimum ride quality and vehicle control. Jounce bumpers absorb impact and dampen excess road noise and vibration. The computer-balanced driveshaft reduces shutter and vibrations – it also efficiently transfers power to your wheels. The front and rear sway bars help raise and lower each side of the unit to similar heights, reducing sideways tilting when you’re cornering.
Powered by a 6.8L Triton EFI V-10 engine, the Jayco Alante is designed to please the driver. It has a six-speed automatic TorqShift transmission with overdrive and tow haul mode. It features a 130-amp alternator, 12V chassis battery and 19.5” Goodyear radial tires. The rear hitch receiver is equipped with a dual connector, and the 4” tube bumper comes with sewer hose storage.
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On the outside, Jayco Alante is a thing of beauty. Its vinyl graphics decorate a beautiful body – one that features high-gloss walls and frameless windows. Entrance doors have the industry’s largest travel view window, and the seamless, one-piece front cap comes with LED lighting accents. The Jayco Alante’s exterior also features lockable pass-through storage compartments with easy-to-use slam-latch doors. Most impressive of all is the exterior entertainment center, fully equipped with TV and single disc DVD/FM radio and speakers. An electric-powered double step entrance will bring you into the living room.
The living room is small, but comfortable. Hardwood cabinetry creates a warm atmosphere, while decorative window valances add style to the space. Linoleum floors look modern, and more importantly, they’re easy to sweep and mop. Windows bring in lots of natural light, and when it’s dark out, you can turn on the LED ceiling lighting. Best of all, the living room is equipped with a comfortable sofa located directly in front of a 39” LED TV. Combined with the passenger and driver chairs, the living room provides enough space for a family get-together. The Alante also comes with prep for a satellite dish, cable TV hook-up with RG6 coax, and digital antenna with a signal booster.
The kitchen shares the same space with the living room. Equipped with residential amenities, the kitchen has everything you need to make a home-cooked meal. Countertops come with a large double sink and all handles and hinges on the cabinetry are oil-rubbed bronze. You can cook meals on the three-burner range, equipped with an oven and piezo igniter. Lazy cooks can take leftovers from the eight-cubic-foot electric refrigerator and heat them in the microwave. Equipped with a pantry and two overhead compartments, you won’t run out of space to store your perishables. When dinner’s ready, you can serve it at the dinette, located beside a large window.
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Before you call it a night, clean yourself up in the bathroom. Equipped with the essentials, the bathroom has everything you need. The one-piece shower features a glass door and skylight. The marine toilet comes with foot flush, and the bathroom powered roof vent has a wall switch. There’s a medicine cabinet above the sink, allowing you to store all your toiletries.
After you’ve slipped into your pajamas, head straight to the Master Bedroom. The comfy Queen bed sits between two nightstands. You can store your clothes in the large wardrobe or overhead compartments. If you like watching TV to help you fall asleep, request a TV.
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Finally, let’s explore the driver’s lair. Both the driver and passenger have a six-way power driver seat, ergonomically tested for fatigue reduction. A cockpit table sits between the driver and passenger, perfect for holding coffee and snacks. The touchscreen SiriusXM dash radio features AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/input jack. The backup and side-view cameras help drivers with blind spots. If you plan on travelling with a larger group, you can request a bunk, located above the cockpit.
The 2016 Jayco Alante 31V sells for around $130,000. For more information visit: http://www.jayco.com/.