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Old 03-24-2013, 08:02 AM   #11
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:37 AM   #12
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We actually did look at a Rockwood Roo, they do throw in a few more "extras" but the overall build quality is not like a Jayco. I'd rather have a solidly built unit, I can add whatever I need to later, having extras does you no good if the trailer falls apart.

Our first new popup was a Flagstaff, which is made by Forest River, same company that makes Rockwood. This thing was something else, the door hung up so bad you could barely get it shut, the roof was over 1/2" out of square, the first time it rained it leaked from both front corners, found several bolts loose on the bed rails, and while on vacation noticed the exterior wall between the front of the box and the door looked "warped". Checking it out, I found the bottom edge of the wall was completely detached from the floor!! There's more, but I think you can see what I think of Forest River. I don't think Jayco is the company with quality issues. Not saying they are perfect, but our 1207 was built MUCH better.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:49 AM   #13
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I have owned a Rockwood and as well as three different Coachmen and now a Jayco fifth wheel.
They were all good units but I will have to say that the Coachmen Somerset and the Jayco Eagle
are far better built units.The Jayco warranty is the best of all three.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:01 AM   #15
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I appreciate all of your responses. These forums are worth their weight in gold. Several weeks ago I was looking at another brand of trailer before I saw the Jayco, and thought it looked pretty good. I went to their owners forum and never saw so many unhappy customers in my life; scratch that brand. It's great to see so many happy Jayco owners here.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:38 AM   #16
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I have owned a Forest River and now own a Jayco. Never had any "quality" issues with the Forest River, and thus far none with the Jayco. The overall build of the Jayco does appear superior, but then again my FR was a 2001. Of course I had issues with the FR, but not related to the quality of their build. Issue with the AC unit, fridge and a few other things. But they were not the fault of FR. If my AC unit goes on the Jayco, do I blame Jayco or Coleman? I believe they are all built pretty much the same. The quality of the componets used will make a difference. There are good, better and best of all componets. Its sorta like the difference between a chevy and a ford. In 10 years I might be able to give a better comparison of the Jayco vs the FR. But, I can say that thus far I am more than happy with my Jayco, and feel I made a wise choice.
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What do you Jayco owners think about this?

I am pretty new at RV shopping and doing comparisons but we owned a Shasta Revere from Forest River and have to say that it was trouble free other than a small leak at the water pump where it just needed a little tightening and one outdoor speaker quit working.
We only went out 3 or 4 times with it then traded it for the Jayco HT.
We love the Jayco but we did have a few small warranty issues, like the faucet was leaking due to a crack, the hole for the electric wires besides the fridge was punched through, the back of the dinette seat had puncture marks from screws coming thru.... stuff like that. Not a big deal, dealer fixed it all up. I think most units have there little issues and with a good dealer and a good company, these get fixed.
We are really happy with Jayco.
But I don't know about the difference between the brands, what makes Jayco better?
I hear it over and over again, from my dealer and the tech as well (they also sell forest River products and Keystone but love their Jayco).
How is Jayco better built?
I'm asking because I'd like to be able to explain to other people on other boards that may ask other than just saying that they have a 2 year warranty.
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Well, one item that caught my attention is that Jayco uses 5/8 inch marine grade plywood for floors, and many other makes use 5/8 or even 1/2 OSB board, which is not nearly as strong or durable. Also, the fasteners holding interior cupboards and walls together seem stronger and less likely to break, where a lot of other brands seem to use cheaper hardware which breaks more often. Our 5er is almost 10 years old, and still there are no places where anything is separating or coming apart. The only things negative are that the decals are fading and peeling on one side, and the plastic mirror door catches broke a while back. I attribute both to age, not Jayco lack of quality. JMHO
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I don't blame a salesman for pushing his product, and I agree that he's entitled to his opinion, but according to this guy, it's not an opinion, it's a fact. I just found the whole exchange to be laughable. Rockwood is probably a decent product, but this dealer also sells many brands that I believe don't measure up to a Jayco, so to say they don't carry Jayco because of poor quality is just ridiculous.
I agree with you. I don't do business with companies that have to badmouth their competitors to try and make a sale.
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What do you Jayco owners think about this?

Marine grade plywood sounds great.
Nice to know this stuff. I never knew this.
We'll take good care of our unit and it should last us for at least 10 years until retirement. Then, we are looking at a Pinnacle and a 1 ton truck.
We also would not do business with someone bad mouthing another company.
Cheap and tacky.
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