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Old 10-18-2016, 09:40 PM   #1
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Jayco vs. Lance vs. CampLite

Hi all,
I am looking for a light weight travel trailer that can be pulled by a 2011 Toyota 4 Runner with a 5000 towing capacity. I find some of the weights, tongue weights, etc. confusing. It seems a TT dealership will tell you that you can tow more that you really can. So, I have been looking at the 3500 pound trailers for Jayco, Lance and Camplite. I would like to know why you selected Jayco over the other brands.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:15 PM   #2
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More important than your towing capacity, which I assume is your taco's GCWR. Find out what your payload capacity is. It's usually on a sticker somewhere in a door jam. Start with that number - subtract the weight of everything in your truck (passengers, gear, dogs, toys, stuff you've added since it was stock, etc). This new number represents the maximum weight you can put on the hitch of your truck before you exceed your payload rating. If you end up with 300 lbs to spare, figure that 10 to 15 percent of the weight of your camper - if properly loaded - will be on your hitch.

If your camper weighs 3000 pounds (wet) you are at, or over your limit in that scenario. It sounds complex, but it's not that hard to figure out when you focus on the numbers you are most concerned with. I guess the point is you want to focus on what your truck can pull of course, but the number you will exceed first in most cases is how much weight your truck can actually support on itself.
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Chris: Welcome to the forum and happy trailer shopping.
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Hi all,
I am looking for a light weight travel trailer that can be pulled by a 2011 Toyota 4 Runner with a 5000 towing capacity. I find some of the weights, tongue weights, etc. confusing. It seems a TT dealership will tell you that you can tow more that you really can. So, I have been looking at the 3500 pound trailers for Jayco, Lance and Camplite. I would like to know why you selected Jayco over the other brands.
Thank you for your help!
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First off - welcome to the forum. Lots of great folks here so I'm sure you'll get some good feed back.

To answer your question as to why we picked Jayco - there are a few reasons. There is a Jayco-only dealer just a few miles away from us so very convenient in terms of after-sales support and service if needed. The 2-year warranty also moved things in favor of Jayco as well as price. After two full seasons we have only had a couple of minor items repaired under warranty.

We also had a requirement that whatever we got we would be able to store at the house. That meant we needed something with better than average clearance to deal with the inclined driveway and a 7' width to ensure it fit safely through the gate to the back. The Baja option provided us with the flip-axle from the factory which addressed the clearance issue. Most everything else we looked at just sat too low.
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Jayco vs Camp Lite vs Lance

Thank you for your feedback. Sounds like I'm going to need more research regarding the weight. I'm still wondering why Jayco over the other brands. Lance and Camp Lite advertise as having more aluminum for a lighter weight. I have read that Jayco has vacuumed sealed walls which is a benefit. Lance and Camp Lite seem to be a little more costly but not by too much in the lower weight TT.
So, I'm wondering what else attracted people to Jayco.
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Thank you for your feedback. Sounds like I'm going to need more research regarding the weight. I'm still wondering why Jayco over the other brands. Lance and Camp Lite advertise as having more aluminum for a lighter weight. I have read that Jayco has vacuumed sealed walls which is a benefit. Lance and Camp Lite seem to be a little more costly but not by too much in the lower weight TT.
So, I'm wondering what else attracted people to Jayco.
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I would likely purchase whatever he was selling Jayco or otherwise. I do appreciate the fact that Jayco offers a two-year warranty, but I believe at any given price point you are going to find comparable products and similar construction. Every one of them use components that are all sourced from the same major manufacturers and they all have their issues. Jayco included.

The relationship with the dealer is the single most important interface between you and the manufacturer.

That's my take anyway.
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:32 PM   #9
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Having never looked at Jayco smaller trailers, but for the larger trailer I bought my decision was based on:

1) Best floor plan and features I was able to find.
2) Two year warranty and generally good warranty service.
3) Competitive pricing.

Now, you are looking at a different size trailer and will have different feature preferences, so Jayco may not be the best option for you.
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The warranty was a big item. Knowing they guarantee their stuff for 2 years vs the standard 1 says a lot.

I also looked around at lightly used resale values online and was happy with Jayco (in case we found we didn't use it enough as a family, has not been the case so far).

I also did some research into the construction and was pleased with Jayco's larger header beams, superior roofs, etc (which all probably add weight). My thought, if you build a house with 2x6 framing on the outside walls vs 2x4, is stronger, right (and heavier)? What do you want to drag at 65MPH down the road repeatedly and last a long time. is 1 example I recollect seeing before purchase. I read up on some competing brands I was looking at that didn't use plywood but particle board for the roof, which didn't impress me. This being said, I have read good things about aluminum and composite (non wood) frames as well, but I was concerned about the cheaper wood construction models.

I will back, find a good dealer thats not too far away, you may have to take it back to them, you probably will have at least 1 warranty item you want fixed.

I would also encourage you to look into the payload comment mentioned above and try your best to understand what your getting into EXACTLY so you don't end up buying more than you can or want to tow. The advice regarding the weight on the tongue/vehicle being your limiting number is good advice. The tow capacity numbers, without a good understanding, can be deceiving, but there are MANY posts on this forum on payload/overweight issues to guide you.
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