Hi everyone, new member here.
Long time campers, first time Jayco owners. I've spent some time on other RV-related forums, and after we ordered our new 2015 Jay Flight 24FBS, we can't wait for camping season to get here.
This is the third RV that we've owned. The first one was a fairly low-end pop-up that we were sort of suckered into buying by a slick salesman. I must accept some of the blame due to inexperience and not doing the proper research. After too much frustration and too many expensive repairs, we gave up on that and bought a Starcraft hybrid, which was a huge step up in comfort and convenience.
But even so, sleeping under canvas eventually loses its charm, and since none of us are getting younger, the time for even more comfort and convenience eventually comes around. We had decided that this would be the year for a new trailer, and since we already knew that Jayco was a top-of-the-line unit, most of our search was centered around that. We're towing with a half-ton, so that rules out 5th wheels, no kids so a bunkhouse model isn't for us, and we're not interested in an outdoor kitchen. It narrowed our choices, but there were still a few that made our short list.
We originally wanted a White Hawk 24RBS, but none of the dealers we spoke to had any in stock, but would order it for us. Due to the US dollar to Canadian dollar exchange rate, none of them were willing to budge on the price, which still put it a few thousand out of our comfort zone, price wise. A local RV dealer (if a 3 hour drive each way can be called local) was having a show and sale, so we made a day trip out of it and went out to see them. I had been emailing the salesman for a week prior, so he knew that we were making the drive solely for the show.
They had a Jay Flight 24FBS on display and we thought that it would be perfect for us -- plus, it was on sale and thousands cheaper than the White Hawk. They only had the display unit, which was already sold, but they could order one for us at the sale price. On top of that, they didn't insult us too badly on our trade, so it made all sorts of sense to us to sign on the dotted line. When the shock of what we had done set in, it was blunted quite a bit by knowing we got a deal that we were happy with.
Four to six weeks, they said. I'm kind of glad we're in the middle of a typical winter on the Canadian prairies, so we wouldn't be able to use the new trailer even if it was here. It still can't get here soon enough!