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Old 03-30-2013, 06:52 AM   #11
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We had several TTs prior to our current 5er, none of which was a Jayco. None were outstanding, most were just OK. Sold our last TT after dragging it from VA out to Wyoming and back. When we started shopping for the current unit, did extensive research on construction materials and methods, as well as owner reviews and experiences. After about a month of research, Jayco really began to stand out in these catagories. Not just on JOF, but other sites as well. After another month or so of checking, decision was made on Jayco as the only choice. Then found our current Designer 5er and bought it. After owning it for a little while, we feel we made the right decision, and if we ever need to buy another, it WILL be a Jayco.

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Old 03-30-2013, 07:01 AM   #12
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Zinger by Crossroads but found it would really be pushing our TVs capacity also checked out Ameri-lites models but the quality just wasn't there. Started to research into the Jayco lines and was sold.

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Old 03-30-2013, 07:34 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Rob_Fla View Post
We had a couple of finalists in our search, Heartland, Crossroads and Jayco.

All three had floorplans that would work for us, Jayco had a better product, better warranty, better price, nuff said !
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #14
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Wow so it looks like everyone researched some other brands before going with the BEST. The feeling my wife and I get just walking in our Eagle is like wow this thing feels like its built like a tank. We really only been in it three times and that includes our walk threw. When we went looking at other brands going around with the salesmen. My wife would be looking at the inside with the sales person and I would be crawling all over the outside. The sales people would always ask me what are you doing. I would always tell them I'm comparing it to how a Jayco is built. Then they would always bring up price point, so I would ask them then show me what you have comparable to the Jayco Eagle. Few times could they do that. A nice second I thought was the Keystone Couger, amoungst 1 or 2 other brands but Jayco always seemed to beat them out. Almost actually heavily considered a KZ spree they came out with the same floor plan as the 314 bds and the dealer is like 4 miles from my house. But little differences with the Eagle we liked ,so we made the trip to Albany RV.

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Old 03-30-2013, 01:59 PM   #15
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We looked at a used Keystone Cougar and Outback. Very similar layouts, but no outdoor kitchen. Loved the white cabinets in Outback. Both were in great shape, but I could tell a smoker had used them. I have an allergy to cigarettes and perfumes and migraines weren't worth saving some money, so hubby agreed that we'd only look at new because I'd just find something to nit-pick about! We did look at smaller Jayco's at our dealer and kept coming back to our current one. Very happy!
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:16 PM   #16
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We have the Eagle 334rbts but we did consider 3 other brands with the same floor plan first. Had a chance to buy a new Zinger for cheap but it was stick and tin and sort of cheap inside. Then I tried the Tracer. Looked great on the outside but cheap inside. Then the Kodiak which looked a little better than the tracer on the inside. Then we looked at jayco eagle and it was obvious that the interior was better than all the other ones. And the 2nd a/c, table and chairs, etc... Easy choice.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:12 PM   #17
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I am an extensive internet shopper but put very little into the "best TT" opinions... I researched bunkhouses and found they all have pretty much the same floorplan so it came down to asking a few friends that are campers (longer than I). Most all said the slide was a great feature but we have to keep the weight down on our older Suburban 6.5. We looked at a 261 BH Shadow Cruiser because of the light weight but couldn't justify the extra cost. Considered a Forest River Salem Cruise Lite 261BHXL that was loaded with power everything and priced right but kept coming back to the 26BH for the warranty and double over double bunk. Just felt right getting what we would utilize and had what we wanted. Maybe the harder decision was over the 264BH or 26BH - we figured long term ownership, the 26BH had a few things that made it worth it to us.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:09 PM   #18
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Jayco was actually my 3rd choice. My first choice and first RV was a Gulf Stream Ameri-Lite. It was a great trouble free unit and was looking to upgrade to another one. But the local dealer went out of business and the closes one was 4 hours away. My second choice was a Coachman, but could not come to a good price with the local dealer. Ended up getting the Jayco. Has been a good unit, but not sure I would get another.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:31 PM   #19
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We looked at Keystone Springdale and Forest River Cherokee trailers. The Cherokee didn't really speak to us, and definitely seemed lower quality than the Jayco. Springdale was comparable construction, but didn't have the model we wanted in stock as we were shopping the end of model year sales. The 2-year warranty helped give Jayco the nod. There seem to be plenty of happy Jay Flight owners out there, and few complaints. Jayco seems to source quality appliances and hardware all around.

The fit and finish weren't the best, but it's nice to have the extra year of warranty to shake out the bugs. We would definitely start with Jayco when looking again.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:41 AM   #20
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I did extensive research when looking to upgrade from our popup. We were advised by a couple RV friends to skip the hybrids and look at travel trailers, as most seem to end up going from a hybrid to a travel trailer eventually anyways. Our first choice was actually a Rockwood 2306..... .... It had a good floorplan and met all of our requirements. So we went to a local dealer last spring who had this model in stock. My excitement quickly turned to disappointment the moment I walked in and saw the wood coloured stickers peeling off the Murphy beds frame on this brand new unit. REALLY?? The Murphy bed is the focal point and best feature on this trailer and they can't even use real wood, or at least a quality alternative! I was so disappointed, I actually gave up my search altogether and stayed in the popup for another summer. Good thing, as we decided that a hybrid is actually the right style for us, and the materials used in the Jaycos sealed the deal.
The X23B really is perfect for us.....Thank you Rockwood!

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