Originally Posted by yogi154
(our sales girl delt with me for 5 months I told her I don't do anything FAST )
Ha ha. We took so long at the Jayco dealer, that the first salesman had quit, and we had to get another!
Actually, we were looking seriously for about two and a half months and planning on it for over three years. An RV is not a necessity item, so no rush.
What's funny is that after relocating to Las Cruces from Florida and getting settled in for a few months, we started our travel trailer search again. My wife identified several floorplans that the "local" Camping World had, and the 26BH was one of the them. Interestingly, one was sitting inside the dealership at the time, so was the very first model we went into. We also looked at a similar floorplan in a Dutchmen, but already just had this innate sense that the Jayco seemed better and nicer.
We spent the next couple of months making repeated trips to five different dealers, looking closely at different brands and models. My wife said she didn't understand why I seemed obsessed with the Jayco, but it appeared it was going to cost more than we wanted to spend. We made up our mind and headed to a dealer across the highway from the Camping World to make a purchase of another make and model which shall remain nameless lest it embarrass me, but we were quoted a price we were comfortable with. We took one last look at that trailer, and my wife tried the main bed and hung quite a few inches off the end. She found it quite uncomfortable. I had been e-mailing the Jayco salesman that week. I told him what else we were looking at and at what price and asked if he could come close to matching it. He insisted that the Jayco was a much better quality item than the other. After that, I spent a lot of time making a detailed list of construction features, and even though they seemed equivalent to me, something was nagging me in my mind about possible quality differences. I think we were done when my wife tested the bed. I never liked the U-shaped dinette in that model. I thought it would be an indefinite time before we purchased anything. I suggested we go back across the highway and take another look at the Dutchmen, which would have been less expensive that the Jayco. After looking at the Dutchmen, I asked the salesman to look at the Jayco again. At this point, I
was leaning toward the Dutchmen because of the affordability, but now my wife
wouldn't let go of the Jayco. We got them to run some numbers on the Jay Flight. OK....I'll go for that, but my wife told them she was uncomfortable still, and would be contented if they took another $1000-1500 off (I was amazed that this was my quiet, gentle wife playing hard ball). $1500 off would match the Dutchmen price, so I didn't think they'd do that, so asked for another $1000, and they came back and said they could do it. It was only a couple thousand more than the other model we had set out that day to buy, but we were confident that we had bought a much
So we ended up with the very first camper we looked at.
Take it for what it's worth, considering where it's coming from, but after we finished all of the paperwork, the salesman said he was very pleased that we got the Jayco vs. the Dutchmen or the one across the street. He was certain it was a much better product, but he really couldn't say that before concerning the Dutchmen, should we have chosen that one instead.