The wife and I had similar reservations on the dinette in front of the bunk after many years and miles with a popup. We went to an RV show in 2011 and saw the x23j. We got excited to see the dinette to the side and were thrilled but not ready to buy. The following year we went again and found the same dealer and and a hybrid but the dinette was back in front of the bunk. We were greatly disappointed. After talking to the dealer, one of them realized that they would be having a x23j coming in in trade. A few months later they called when it came in. We checked it out and it was in mint condition. We decided to buy and didn't haggle with the price because it was what we wanted. (Probably paid too much) The dealer was very accommodating and told us he would give us whatever we needed to get camping that summer. He was convinced that my wife's 6 cyc. trailblazer could tow it. After some research, I was not comfortable with the idea and thought my 8cyc f150 would be a better fit. Called the dealer and stated my concerns but the pu didn't have a hitch. He had us come in early on pick up day so they could install a hitch and brake controller at no charge. Even threw in some towing mirrors. We are still very happy with our decision. The p.u. tows it well, even with the small v8 4.6L engine. If we decide to turtle, we know the dinette drops into a bed that we can both snuggle up to in. Unfortunately, Jayco stopped making the floorplan so to find it you may have to buy used. Hope you are as lucky as we were.
Jayco Jay Feather x23j
2011 F150 4X4 Screw, 5.0, 3.55 rear axle, 6.5' bed.