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Old 03-19-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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Is there a significant premium to Jayco brand?

Never owned a Jayco, but looking at a USED 2017 Jayco 273 for $21,900. The MSRP was around $40k. On the other hand, I am also looking at a NEW Dutchman Coleman with the same EXACT floor plan and options for $20,499. The floor plans are literally identical, as are the options down to the last detail. From a feature perspective, the only advantage goes to the Jayco for being 6" wider and 1' longer.

However, the Jayco is 1 year old and has NO warranty AND is also $1400 more. The Dutchman is new and comes with a 3 year warranty. If both were same year, same price, same warranty, we'd pick the Jayco for the nicer appearance and wider/longer space. I am told that $21,900 is a great price for a trailer that MSRP'd at $40k a year ago.

So regardless of brand loyalty, would you pay $1400 more for a used trailer with no warranty? Or go with the Dutchman at lower cost with warranty? I have narrowed it down to these 2 after extensive research, so please don't suggest another RV. Am I missing anything? Is Jayco really worth the premium?
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:28 PM   #2
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Look at the overall construction, cabinet, cabinet doors etc you may see a significant difference. I stress "see" since I haven't looked at a Coleman unit in decades.
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:31 PM   #3
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Look at the overall construction, cabinet, cabinet doors etc you may see a significant difference. I stress "see" since I haven't looked at a Coleman unit in decades.
The Jayco seems nicer yes. The Dutchman is close. Close enough that it makes it difficult.

Just worried about spending $21k on an RV with no warranty, unless someone tells me otherwise.
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:38 PM   #4
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Just worried about spending $21k on an RV with no warranty, unless someone tells me otherwise.
You should be able to get a "Service contract" through your dealer for $1,000 or less that covers everything for at least 3 years.
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:02 PM   #5
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You will if you wish find a fault with either. Get the one you like, the one you can afford. An if you can get the warranty on the Jayco an thays the one you like get that one. A new camper doesn't mean a worry free camper. Think of it as a box of chocolates, you never know what you are goin to get.
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I'd want the foot wider but that's me personally.
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Hard decision! Personally if they are both located at the same dealership, I would ditch the salesperson, sit in each unit for 45 minutes or so. Dig through all the cabinets, nockes, storage holds, etc. Look closely at the fit, finish, and materials used. My understanding Jayco uses very little particle board. Other vendors use a lot, especially in drawer construction. Particle board, does not hold up as nicely, in the long run.

Think about how you would use it, both on nice days and during crummy weather. A foot wider sounds great on those bad weather days. But I also have to admit, having a 3 year warranty sounds great too. Fyi, I'm not a warranty guy, and never buy an extended warranty.

Most of the vendors use the same refrigerators, stoves, light, pumps, etc. So there is not much differences there.

Sorry, for not being more help, but sitting in each unit for sometime might shed some light on which one to go width.

What do you have for an tow vehicle? That may limit you load.
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I'd want the foot wider but that's me personally.
6" wider, not a foot
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Hard decision! Personally if they are both located at the same dealership, I would ditch the salesperson, sit in each unit for 45 minutes or so. Dig through all the cabinets, nockes, storage holds, etc. Look closely at the fit, finish, and materials used. My understanding Jayco uses very little particle board. Other vendors use a lot, especially in drawer construction. Particle board, does not hold up as nicely, in the long run.

Think about how you would use it, both on nice days and during crummy weather. A foot wider sounds great on those bad weather days. But I also have to admit, having a 3 year warranty sounds great too. Fyi, I'm not a warranty guy, and never buy an extended warranty.

Most of the vendors use the same refrigerators, stoves, light, pumps, etc. So there is not much differences there.

Sorry, for not being more help, but sitting in each unit for sometime might shed some light on which one to go width.

What do you have for an tow vehicle? That may limit you load.
They are at separate dealers. I sat in both and they are almost identical down to the last detail. If I blindfolded you and put you in both, you'd be hard pressed to see any discernible difference. It is amazing, like one copied the other almost exactly. The Jayco is however 6" wider and 1 foot longer, and the finish is a little nicer (like 5% better), certainly not night a day otherwise the decision would be easier. I am sure the Jayco is built with better materials, but I do not plan on owning it more than 5-6 years.

if they were same price, I'd probably lean toward the Jayco just for the extra room and just buy a warranty for $600 in case of any major issues. I am not worried about nickle and dime stuff, just a major failure that will cost me thousand(s).

Truck can pull either, no issue there. Again, it is just hard to pay MORE for a used trailer with no warranty vs the same floor plan and same options for LESS with a warranty.

I was hoping someone would tell me...wow that is a great price for Jayco 273, and/or heck yes Jayco is hands down better than a Dutchman ANY day and well worth the premium, but that does not seem to be the case.
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My opinion (for what it's worth) is that the used trailer might have all the kinks worked out where as the new one might not. So maybe paying the $1,400 more is worth it, and also maybe paying the $600 to extend the warranty might be worth it as well.

Also maybe you can get the dealer down in price a bit because you know what the new one can offer.
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