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Old 10-18-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
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We (my family) are about to go full time in an RV. I've narrowed my brands down to two: JAYCO 5th wheel with a BH or a Forest River with a BH. I know that this is a JAYCO forum, but I really need your opinions concerning this the pros and cons in connection to each listed above manufacture.
I've owned a JAYCO pop-up many years ago and it was great. However, when a person is about to spend $40,000.00+ on a new trailer, its a whole new animal.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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All we have ever owned was Jayco, so I can't really compare the two for you. For what it's worth, I have been very happy and will without a doubt buy another Jayco when we outgrow our current one.
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Jayco warranty is for 2 years which is a real PLUS.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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Both Jayco and ForestRiver make several lines of 5ers. Might be helpful for honest reviews to specifically state which model/floor plan you are considering, maybe folks have actual experience with it.

For me Jayco's two year warranty was very important since many other Mfgs only offered one year. Retrospectively it didn't matter, I made one claim in the first year and no others.
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Jayco warranty is for 2 years which is a real PLUS.
This was one of my main reasons. I would suspect it would be for you too, since you will be full-timing and not strictly for recreational use.
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There is a regular contributor to this forum that hauls Rv's for a living. In one of his postings he shared that the Jaycos where one of the best to haul. He also had opinions about other brands, both TT & 5ers. According to 'greenenvy1' he says the bigger and heavier the 5er the better it tows. He also shared that units with rear kitchens are usually more difficult andmumits with front kitchens have heavier tongues. Since you are looking for a BH model these scenarios dont seem to apply. I dont have experience with a Forest River product but I'm on my 2nd Jayco and the warranty is what keeps us coming back and when you look at dealer lots used Jaycos dont seem to sit very long and I personally think their resale value is higher then their competators.
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The reason I cite the two year warranty is because our trailer needed repairs several times a year for the first two years. The warranty on ours is up and now all repairs are on us.
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My experience with Forest River: I owned a Wildwood, it was built in Oregon, the quality was good but not great, I personally did not have any issues with my trailer, however, I was also on active on the Forest River Forums.

It seems that the quality of Forest River products were lower than that of the Jayco brands, in fact, I heard several times in various posts "it's not a Jayco", and they also referenced that the Forest River brands were cheaper ($$$) than Jayco, but it came at a price.

My current trailer is a StarCraft, owned subsidiary of Jayco company, personally I feel the StarCraft is of greater quality that that of the Wildwood that I owned, again I will say, I had no issues with the Wildwood trailer.

Honestly, I think the two companies are strong competitors for a reason, that they both have strong, good quality trailers, and they both have issues.

Look at what works for you best, what warranty is offered, and especially what trailer actually works for you.

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I have never owned a Forest River product, but know a friend who has. Bottom line, while he agrees that all companies have some problems, the the Forest River had so many problems, brand new, that he "will never again own a Forest River". He bought a Jayco, and seems very happy with his Pinnacle.

As for me, I have owned several TTs over the years, different brands, and my current Jayco is the first. We like it so much, and have had so very few problems with it (all minor), that if and when we need a new one, it most definitely will be a Jayco.
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