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Old 10-21-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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Why Jayco?

Hello there, been looking at many types of travel trailers recently. From Dutchmen to Starcraft to Forest River. Always seem to come back to Jayco. How did all of you out there decide Jayco was the T.T. for you? Still looking seriously at the 23RB. Opinions appreciated,Rick

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Old 10-21-2014, 06:11 PM   #2
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Well,when i was way younger my neighbor had a Jayco,i thought is was just the coolest thing,he had told me way back about the quality,and how they put a real wood floor in,they went camping all the time,Never asked me ???? ii guess if i went who would mow there yard ,any way many years later,my wife and i bought this Jay flight g2 I can see the quality, is still good,we love this thing.....P.S i had a forest river for a very short time,i will leave it at that ..... MY WIFE SAID TO ADD that the fit and finish ,and the bathroom size if very good ( we take our grand kids camping) and with the door that goes to the Bath room from the out side,keep a lot of dirt out ...

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Old 10-21-2014, 06:38 PM   #3
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We've always had a great product, and good customer service from JAYCO/STARCRAFT. Have they been perfect, no, but the issues have been minor and resolved with no questions ask. A good dealer also makes a "BIG" difference.
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:40 PM   #4
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I thought I wanted Jayco because of the reputation for building better trailers. Then I started going to RV shows and actually looking at trailers. I quickly realized that in this price point, Jayco seems to make the most sturdy trailer with the most sensible floorplans and options. Dollar for dollar it feels as though the Jayco product is more sturdy and built better.

The steps feel more solid, the floor doesn't flex or creak, the cabinets are well made, the bunks use plywood, not particle board, they offer LED lighting standard in 2015 models, they have bigger fresh water tank with Elite option, the roof system is stronger, the headroom is higher, etc etc.

It just felt like a better product for the same money.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:01 PM   #5
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After sitting in a Forest River "Surveyor" for about 30 minutes (that I thought was going to be the perfect trailer), I began to notice little interior fit & finish details that were not quite "up to par" - including ripples in the interior walls. I went outside and noticed the exterior fiberglass skin was rippled as well.

After that, I did a Google search for "Forest River Travel Trailer Problems". Boy, did I find a bunch! And, according to the posters, most of them went unresolved until the trailer was past the warranty. Then the poster would get a letter from Forest River saying that "the trailer was no longer under warranty, so they would not pay for the repairs.

I did the same Google search for every major TT brand, and found similar results . . . until I got to Jayco. (BTW, that's how I discovered this Forum.) The Jayco posters reported that Jayco and their dealers took care of their problems in a timely manner @ no charge to the customer. In fact, many of the RVs were well out of warranty, and Jayco took care of the customer anyway. That (and the 2-year warranty) sold me on the Jayco brand. After that, it was just a matter of which one to choose.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:09 PM   #6
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When we bought ours we compared Forest River, Keystone & Jayco. All had nearly the identical floor plan. We kept coming back to the Jayco and decided they made the best. The 2 year warranty made a difference to us as well. We LOVE our Jayco. Had few issues, most in the beginning were operator error. These days it is primarily maintenance and understanding you can't have large temp changes without a floor issue. The winter we had last year cracked our linoleum and that of 9 other trailers in the area according to our installer. Brand didn't matter on that one. Good luck with your choice, I know you'll love Jayco.

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Old 10-21-2014, 07:59 PM   #7
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Well for me it was simple. The floor plan was perfect for us and the two year warranty is great.

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Old 10-21-2014, 08:23 PM   #8
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We love our current Jayco and the previous one was a good starter trailer for us. They have reasonably good quality. Most of the stuff in them, fridge, microwave, water heater, A/C, furnace and so on are the same found in most mid priced trailers and 5th wheels.

We have a good local dealer, who is a very small business compared with CW and the like. Very responsive to any problem we may have, and there have been very few.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:45 PM   #9
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Looked for over 2 years for the floorplan we wanted, while we waited to buy a larger TV. Our Jayco cost less, has a 2 year warranty and had everything we wanted.
Other brands just did not have everything we wanted.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:53 PM   #10
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We currently own a 2005 StarCraft Antigua, and it's riddled with soft floor issues. I understand that it's a common problem with that model due to the floor construction material. Lately it's been one little problem after another, and we've spent a lot of time at the dealer being nickel and dimed to death with repairs on this trailer, most of them being electrical (I suspect there may have been a power surge that could have started the cascade). One of the salesmen, probably sensing the fact that we were getting fed up, took us over to show us a new 2015 Jayco Jay Flight 33RLDS. Holy cow, we were blown away by the room and the floor plan. I already knew from other forums that Jayco had a good reputation for quality. I looked into the construction and liked what I saw, and when comparing amenities and trim that is standard compared to other companies, it was the best deal. We ordered a new unit and expect it to arrive sometime in November. we're hoping it turns out to be a good trailer for many years to come.

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