Have four nights (two trips) under our belts and so far am impressed with the build quality and roominess of this three bed unit. There has been a bunch of stuff written about the 17Z/C units (almost all positive) and my comments would be mostly redundant. Here though, are some comments on the differences:
. 3rd pop-out : This is why we bought 18D over the 17Z. It gives the two kids their own curtained space - they love it. I have never been a fan of converting the dinette into sleeping space. It's kind of like putting people on a blow up bed when they visit during the holidays. It works but......
. Extra floor space: The addition of one foot (however they worked out that number is beyond me) is actually the width of the stove. It is amazing how much flexibility that added when moving around in a small camper.
. Twin axle vs. single axle and a dryweight of 4400 lbs - I'm pulling it with a V8 4Runner, WDH and anti sway bar. Great set up. It is the most stable platform I've ever configured. I certainly know it's back there but I have no complaints. By the time we load up, this is the sensible maximum for this vehicle (advertised 7000lb capacity less 20% = 5600lb real world). The iForce V8 has 330 lbs of torque at 1500 RPM and getting on the highway is no problem whatsoever. A little bit of complaining at 65 MPH when climbing a long grade but 4Runner's are not really built for extended hauling (it's supposed to go off road). With all that said, I would not really want to pull it with anything less.
. Canvas quality: My uncle has a $600,000 President Motor Yacht and the build quality on the canvas is no where near as good as the Jayco. Thanks Amish guys!
Anyways, here are some pictures:
One final comment: We ordered it with the decal delete option ($120, go figure). We wanted it to look as understated as possible. I have to admit it looks like the Italian sausage trailer at the county fair.