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Old 03-12-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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Help me not buy from CW!

Strange title, I know. I visited CW in Roanoke, VA today as I was in the area. We have looked a few times in the past and never saw anything worth a second look, until today. We're still searching for our first TT and thought we were set to purchase a Jayco 264BHW from Keystone RV in PA. Best price by far at about $14k out the door. Today, I walked into CW, mainly to look at the plethora of accessories, but decided to throw a hail mary and see what they had on the lot. Well, they had a really nice Coleman 274bhs (not a slide. not sure of the "s"). Floorplan is very similar and the pros/differences are listed below. CW gave me a price that is giving me a second look. My wife is learning towards the Coleman. I'm still leaning towards the Jayco, but I'm not 100% sure why.

Jayco/Keystone RV Pros:
$14,062 out the door (blue ox installed)
2 yr bumper-to-bumper warranty
Ducted A/C
15k BTU A/C
Spare tire included
skylight in bathroom
A/C duct in bathroom (I hear this is good when you're in with the door closed)

Coleman/CW Pros:
$15,200 out the door (EZ wdh installed)
LED Awning
More cabinets (medicine cabinet & big cabinets over couch)
Enclosed underbelly
LED lights with push buttons (more control over lighting)
drawers in night stands
60g fresh tank (vs 48)
sink in bathroom
40 minute drive (compared to 4 hrs)
13.5k BTU A/C with heat strip
Camping World locations for service
3 year Good Sam Elite membership
Tank cover

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I know when we went to the rv show 2 years ago now we said if we couldn't find something we liked better we were not buying .... well we found something we liked better... my opinion you have to love what you buy... don't know about quality and resale values but I would get what you think fits you
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I couldn't live without the slide out... Or the two year warranty
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Didn't list if the 264 had a slide
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I can say once I had a slide I wouldn't go back... now we have 3
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If your TV & budget can handle it, I'd suggest considering the 26BH. A lot more features (power awning, power tongue jack, dual axles, 30# LP cylinders, spare tire, etc.) and better build materials. Places like RVdirect and other big boy dealers will sell them all day long at $14900 out the door with WD, brake controller, and max air vents tossed in. Also, don't discount the sink outside the bathroom as a negative. We found it to be a benefit with 2 kids in our 2009 26BH back in the day.
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After having campers with and without slides I can't imagine not having the extra room.
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Why all the talk about slides? The 264BHW doesn't have a slide and the OP didn't mention the Coleman being considered as having one either...
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If your TV & budget can handle it, I'd suggest considering the 26BH. A lot more features (power awning, power tongue jack, dual axles, 30# LP cylinders, spare tire, etc.) and better build materials. Places like RVdirect and other big boy dealers will sell them all day long at $14900 out the door with WD, brake controller, and max air vents tossed in. Also, don't discount the sink outside the bathroom as a negative. We found it to be a benefit with 2 kids in our 2009 26BH back in the day.

No slides for me. More $ and weigh. It's not uncommon for us to stay 10+ days in a tent at the beach, so this is already a huge upgrade over our 8-person tent.

I like some the features of the 26bh, just not enough for the extra money. To really see the benefits, you need to upgrade even more to the elite package. Total difference is coming in around $3000. Keystone RV beat the price from RV Direct on both the 264bhw and 26BH.

264bhw has dual axles, spare tire, and power awning.

I also picked up two 30lb propane bottles for $60/ea today at CW. I'll either use them on the new TT or for grill, canner, fish frier, etc.
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Why all the talk about slides? The 264BHW doesn't have a slide and the OP didn't mention the Coleman being considered as having one either...
Thanks for playing referee. I would like a slide, but maybe on my 3rd trailer. Even though this will be my first, I feel like it's my second. Almost pulled the trigger on a popup a year ago.
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