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Old 07-17-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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Getting Back Into It!

My wife and I are looking to get back into camping. This time it will be just the two of us, the kids are moved out! That being said we are looking at how much the TT industry has changed, and in some cases stayed pretty much stagnant. We are looking for a TT 30í or less but not much less. I have a 2013 Ram 2500 w/Diesel so weight will not be an issue. We want the option of being able to pull into a private park but still go to state and national parks without too much hassle. I have read up on the Aluminum vs Wood debate and think well-built is well built either way. So I will not necessarily pull one way or the other on this issue. Iím looking at Jayco for the obvious reason of they are #1 seller, but not sure if that means they are right for us. Also looking at Arctic Fox and a few others. I really like the front kitchen setup and how much room it leaves you for hanging out inside. The 26FRKS looks like it could be a good fit. So I am asking for help, if you have a front kitchen, do you like it? If you have a Jayco what do you think? Also why Jayco and not Eagle? Just starting out the process so I am sure that you will see more questions when I get smart enough to know what to ask lol. Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-17-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
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Look at the specs and floor plans on the Jayco web site. You will see a number of different lines all under the Jayco name.
The difference is the degree of plushness, the interior and exterior trim level , materials and the weight.
Of course they are priced accordingly.

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Old 07-18-2014, 02:49 AM   #3
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A recent thread criticizing another manufacturer did bring up something that can be an indicater of quality and might be useful. Call your insurer and ask if the manufacturer you choose, Jayco or another, is up rated for premium setting, much as a Vette probably costs more to insure than say a Corolla. FWIW. And welcome back to the fun.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:16 AM   #4
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Welcome back to the world of RVing, and welcome, also, to The Forum! Lots of great folks here, who will be happy to help you get "reacquainted" with camping.

When I started looking to replace my old trailer (an 18' S.O.B.), I did a Google search for "X-brand" travel trailer complaints, and the results were staggering! There were, as expected, several pages of complaints for every major brand. But those complaints were largely ignored by the other manufacturers until the trailer was out of warranty. Then the owner would hear from the manufacturer with a letter or Email saying "Sorry, your warranty has expired and there's nothing we can do to help." However, when I did my Jayco search, I was pleasantly surprised to see so many complaints addressed promptly by Jayco; and in many cases, Jayco paid for the repairs even after the trailer was well past the 2-year warranty period. That's what I call customer service! And (to me), that 2-year warranty shows Jayco has confidence in their products, as well.

One thing that helped me select the specific make & model that would work best for me was to make a priority list. I listed (in order of importance) the "can't live without" items, the "would like to have, but not a deal breaker" items, and the "can't live with - no way/no how" items on a sheet of paper. I made a photocopy of the list for each trailer I looked at, and checked off the items as I went through each trailer. One bad point would eliminate one good point, and the ones with the most good points went on to the "semi-finals". In the end, my Eagle won out!

I selected my Eagle 266-RKS because it had the floor plan I liked (rear kitchen), came standard with the enclosed/heated underbelly (for 4-season camping), had more countertop space, had larger holding tanks and more wardrobe space (I'll be full-timing in another 10 days), and had better fit & finish with a more plush interior than the other brands/models. Besides that, it just plain LOOKS GOOD! Unfortunately, they've discontinued this model for 2015, so I feel lucky to have found it when I did.

Hope this helps you make your decision. Again, welcome back to camping, and to the JOF. Good luck and Happy Camping!
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