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Old 10-25-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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TT or 5er, New or Used, Bunks or no Bunks?

Hello all--

Just joined your great owners forum! I am not a Jayco owner, yet!

In the market for a TT or 5er. We are leaning towards a 5er as we previously owned one and like the way they tow.

We've owned a TT, 5er, and Class A. We are now moving back to a towable after about 5 years of not camping/RVing.

Recently purchased the truck in my sig. It has 60K original miles and is in great shape. I fully maintain her and she gets what she needs!

So, we are looking at both new and used. I will stick with the HT line if we go 5er.

Stuck on... TT or 5er, New or Used, Bunks or Rear LR.

We believe we want a bunk house or dedicated area for kids. This allows them their own space and keeps there things organized. However, we really like the room of a rear living room.

Uses: Typically 2-5 days, Northern/Central CA coast, beaches rivers, lakes, and inland areas, Lake Havasu, Grand Canyon, Tahoe, Northern Sierras, and maybe one long trip to Disney World (This would be a three week trip) next summer! Maybe even a trip up to Martha's Vineyard!


Thoughts, insight, been there, done that, recommendations?

Below are two units we recently looked at:

Used:http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/rvd/4727883454.html

New: http://www.richardsonsrv.com/Search-...T-295BHDS.aspx

Your input is appreciated!
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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The Ht bunk house will be closer to the weight of a "light" FW. The Eagle Super Lite is somewhat heavier. We have a 2012 HT 26.5 RLS and like it a lot. It's a rear living FW, not a bunk house. The price looks pretty good as well, for a new FW. Your truck will probably have no problem pulling and handling either one of them.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:27 PM   #3
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If you're a fisherman, will you be taking a boat along. If you go with the 5er have you seen this? http://www.loadit.com/front-boat-loader.html
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How many kids? How old? Will they be with you 2 years from now, 5 years from now?

Your truck should pull most anything you are looking at.

Its all about the floor plan. Given the number and different types you have had, you are surely aware of the pluses and minuses of them.

Good luck in your search

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Old 10-25-2014, 11:11 PM   #5
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2 kids.....DS-15 and DS-10. My DS-10 has Autism and will be with us for as long as we're around.
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Welcome! We love the large rear living space we have, especially on a rainy day. It works well for us as we don't have kids. If we did, the only place for them to sleep would be the couch
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Well if money is an issue the used one in the links is about half what the new one is. As for having a bunk house or not that`s really a personal choice. I know folks with kids that chose not to have the bunks so they could have the additional living space, did not mind turning the dinette and couch into beds everynight. Most though do prefer a dedicated sleeping area for the kids. As for me, as our kids get older I would lean towards more living space in our next trailer and no bunks so we would have more room on bad weather days and when the kids stop camping the DW and I could have that space as well.

Fiver vs TT, there have been many discussions on the pros and cons here for each, once again it is about choices and compromises. Link:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...ighlight=fiver


https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/sh...ighlight=fiver
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I'm not going to be much help on deciding as I am kind of in the same situation myself lol. I keep looking at teh 27RLS and the 26BHS. We only have one daughter and both my wife and I are starting to lean towards more living space in the camper vs a dedicated bunk. As we camp for longer time periods and more often we have started to wish that the current bunks were a nicer sitting area.
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your situation sounds similar to mine and the wife, we have 1 6 y/o and the bunk house in the back of our 2014 HT 27.5BHS is great for him and his friends, we put a TV in there for when its not so nice out and when it gets cold or raining and the kids are in bed we just close the door and sit in the living area without waking them up, we have friends that sleep on the pull out couch and they find it really comfortable and my buddy is not a small person

and for this summer i towed it with a F150 so your truck will be awesome
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I think the bunk house is essential when kids are going camping. Additionally, I don't know how sever your son's autism is -- but I imagine providing him some dedicated comfortable space would be very beneficial over the long term.
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