Thanks for all the excellent feedback. Really appreciate hearing everyone's unique experiences with these particular trailers.
Sounds like most folks who have chimed in have gone with the Jay Flight 32 BHDS over the Eagle 314 BHDS. And it sounds like cost and weight were important factors in that.
Are there Eagle 314 BHDS owners out there who can share your experiences?
For owners of either the Eagle or Jay Flight (regardless of floor plan), here are some additional questions we have about fiber-glass vs. aluminum...
(1) What maintenance do folks perform (and how often and what products used) on their RV exteriors for aluminum-sided (Jay Flight) and fiber-glass gel-coated (Eagle) trailers to keep the finish and paint looking new?
(2) Is it possible to prevent fiber-glass gel-coated RVs from getting dull and fading (e.g., covered storage, waxing, etc.) or is it just eventually inevitable? Does aluminum exterior suffer similar degradation issues?
(3) The Thermal Package (available in Jay Flight) includes: insulated, heated and enclosed underbelly; also foil insulation in roof and slideout floors. Is this effective at keeping the trailer cooler during summer camping?
(4) Are there advantages in insulating capability with fiber-glass trailers vs the aluminum? Any other benefits or disadvantages of one type of exterior over the other type?
(5) Does the dual A/C allow comfortable camping in these bunkhouse models during hot Texas summers (100+ degrees)?
(6) Is air circulation a problem at all in the bunkhouse models? Do folks suggest using fans to help circulate air or is just not necessary? I had heard that the bunkhouse can get stuffy and hot (but maybe that was with a single A/C unit).
(7) What are opinions on the thermal-pane tinted windows? I have read that they tend to get foggy/cloudy after a couple of years. Are they important for keeping trailer better insulated?
(8) Does anyone know how to get wholesale pricing for new trailers? I've read that RVs-R-Us (www.rvs-r-us.com
) charges a nominal fee to evaluate a new RV (Kelly and NADA provide values only for used RVs). Has anyone used this service?
(9) Any other tips for negotiating the best price (besides buying during non-peak season, out-of-state or factory-direct -- which have been mentioned)?
BOTTOM LINE: These two models have the same floor plan and options (based on what we selected above). So I think the choice comes down to choosing based on the best exterior (fiber-glass vs. aluminum). Understanding the pluses and minuses of both exteriors will be very helpful.