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Old 05-15-2016, 10:05 PM   #1
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What other brands to consider

I have spent a good amount of my time and research reviewing Jaycos trailers in part because I really like the layouts and designs they offer. While I know no one makes a perfect trailer there are some who make a pretty bad one. I like to shop around before making a final decision. Are there any other brands that would be considered as equal or better than Jayco I should research as well?
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:44 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:46 PM   #3
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The only 5th wheel layout and build quality that I liked better than Jayco was a Northwoods - but they are only sold on the west coast so I never really considered them.
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The only 5th wheel layout and build quality that I liked better than Jayco was a Northwoods - but they are only sold on the west coast so I never really considered them.
There is a dealer near me for them. Based on my needs they have a Nash and a Snow River that would work but for one reason or the other depending on the model the scales lean towards Jayco's favor. However when I started my research Northwoods website was probably the first one I started with but I quickly found Jayco's lineup and been here since then. I have been to a few RV shows and the only other brand that my wife and I have liked on a consistent basis is some of the smaller Winnebagos but their interior styles can be a little out there for my tastes. There are so many brands its intimidating!
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I currently have a Northwood Artic Fox. It has been the best RV I have owned and is solid as a rock. If they had a better selection of fifth wheel floorplans for families there would be no question I would buy another. However Jayco has always been on my radar and when I ordered my AF the dealer was just picking up the Jayco line at that time. I have eight plus families we have introduced to camping and all have purchased Jayco products and been very happy with them. Given our current situation and the desire to move into a more family friendly fifth wheel layout I didn't even bother to look at anything other than the Jayco line after eliminating Arctic Fox.
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Although I cant recommend something "better" than a Jayco, I will give you my $.02 on who to avoid.

I would stay as far away from ANY Keystone product as you can. My folks have a Mountaineer 5th wheel they bought new. It has been nothing but problems from the beginning. Leaks in the roof, leaks in the windows, landing gear problems, microwave had about caught fire (was glowing red inside and not even running), waste plumbing leaks, shackle mounts breaking away from the frame, shackle links breaking (maybe that was normal wear?), slide out hydrolic system went bad and the list im sure could go on.

The other I would stay away from is Terry (which im not even sure they are in the game anymore). Ive seen a couple with severe water damage from leaking roof and windows.
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I've been peeking at the Highland Ridge RVs lately. Specifically their line of 5ers called "The Light". I saw some at a show in January, and they have a lot of nice standard features, AND a TRANSFERABLE 2-year warranty. The units seem to be built well, but I really haven't done any real research on them as I'm just goofing around. I'm not in the market.

The company is owned by Jayco though, so I don't know that it counts as "non-Jayco"?
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I ignore brand when shopping for something.


Floorplan, quality of build, proper equipment are primary.


That plan worked great for the new TT.


Not so much for the last new car I bought (VW Jetta 2.0 TDI -y'know, the illegal ones).
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I've heard good things about Primetime and Heartland. Not a fan of Forest River or Keystone.
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I have owned a couple of other brands. the BIGGEST selling point at least to me was Jayco's 2 year warranty. as apposed to 1 year for the other brands.
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