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Old 04-25-2016, 07:15 AM   #1
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Bought the Jay Flight 26BH instead of SLX 264BHW

Hi all, my wife and I have been tent campers all our lives but it began to be too much of a struggle fitting all our gear in our little cars and a huge pain packing it all up, especially now with two daughters.

Three years ago we bought a 1989 Bonair Tent Trailer to test the waters. 900 lbs and easily tow-able with my Toyota Corolla. This worked great but we knew we wanted a bit bigger,

Two years ago we bought a 1991 Starcraft Tent Trailer. 1100 lbs and an amazing little trailer. I thought this would do us for many years to come.

Last year on a lark I stopped in at an auction near my house and walked away with a great deal on a 2007 Mallard Sport 18CK. Convinced myself I would just borrow my Dad's truck when needed.

Earlier this year we came to the conclusion that my Dad's two seater truck wouldn't do for longer trips where taking two vehicles is impractical. We both commute 80km per day so buying a new tow vehicle was always out of the question so we decided to buy a 2003 Toyota Sequoia as a dedicated TV and occasional use vehicle.

The Mallard Sport only whetted our appetites. As we used it we decided we wanted a different floorplan and better quality.

In addition to regular camping we hope to start doing a lot of travelling and a 22 hour drive to Disney with the kids and my sister and sister-in-law so we wanted more beds.

I began researching and shopping around and once I found Jayco I had a hard time looking at other campers.

We decided had pretty much decided Jay Flight SLX 264BHW and were looking at it at a few different dealers locally, on the internet, and in every forum post here I could find. Then something made me read into the differences between it and the Jay Flight 26BH. What a mistake!

This cost me hours of time and research comparing options and specs trying to justify one or the other.

Local dealers only had the 264BHW in stock and the one dealer ****** me off so this passed weekend my wife and packed up the car and headed across the province on six hour drive to Sicard RV in Smithville, ON. I think they claim to be the largest dealer in the Province, if not Canada and I believe them. They are HUGE!

We looked at the 264BHW one more time, then at the 26BH and we were hooked. No question about it, for us the addition of the better frame, 8 cuft fridge, outlets and lights in each bunk, doors on the dinette benches, with pull out bins, struts to help lift the queen bed, 12V & 2xUSB in master bedroom, more cabinets, electric tongue jack, solar ready, etc. make the 26BH a better deal.

In addition this model came with the thermal package, bumper BBQ, roof ladder, TV (not a plus for us), and aluminum rims.

Since we decided this is our final stop on the camper buying spree we might as well get it right and spend the little extra cash.

Sorry for the long post, but I hope it helps anyone else on the fence like I was.

Any advice on how to not go CRAZY waiting nearly 4 weeks until I can finally go back to pick it up?

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Old 04-25-2016, 08:11 AM   #2
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Congrats and welcome to the forum. The 26BH is an awesome floor plan, easy to tow and good storage. Good choice! Did the dealer sell you a hitch too?

Which dealership ****** you off? What did they do to lose your business?

You will love the info and help on this forum. It will point you in the right direction and you will learn lots about your new trailer.

Just a head's up - often times these trailers come from the factory with little problems that will need to be fixed. Don't get discouraged if this happens to yours - I hate to say it but it's pretty much normal these days! Just do a thorough PDI when you pick it up, look at EVERYTHING, make a list of things that come up and the dealer will fix it under warranty.
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:18 AM   #3
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Welcome and congrats on the new tt!!!

The waiting will give you time to gather the extras needed: quality sewer hose (dealer included one is cheap), fresh water hose, wheel chocks, boards/Lego blocks for leveling, etc....

What kind of wdh did you get? One with integrated sway control is generally a little better than the side mounted unit. You don't need to worry about removal when making extremely tight turns either. The Reese Dual Cam, Reese SC, and the Equal-I-Zer 4 way system are all very good unit. Even though the dealer will set up your wdh, plan on readjusting it once you load the trailer up for a trip. Dealer is only setting up an empty trailer. Follow my signature links for a ton of wdh info.

The prodigy P2 and P3 have great reviews if you don't have a brake controller yet.

Enjoy!
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:37 AM   #4
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...Did the dealer sell you a hitch too?
Yes, a brand new Reese WDH with sway bar.

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Which dealership ****** you off? What did they do to lose your business?
RV Canada in Ottawa. The salesman I was dealing with was great, but when I made an offer on a 264BHW and he brought his "manager" over he started bashing the other dealer saying they were not doing any PDI and that I'd leave with tonnes of issues and really pressuring me.

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Just a head's up - often times these trailers come from the factory with little problems that will need to be fixed. Don't get discouraged if this happens to yours - I hate to say it but it's pretty much normal these days! Just do a thorough PDI when you pick it up, look at EVERYTHING, make a list of things that come up and the dealer will fix it under warranty.
Yeah very aware of that. I found quite a few things out of place on every trailer I looked at. More on the 264BHW than the 26BH, but even one of the 26BHs I looked at had some issues.

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What kind of wdh did you get? One with integrated sway control is generally a little better than the side mounted unit. You don't need to worry about removal when making extremely tight turns either. The Reese Dual Cam, Reese SC, and the Equal-I-Zer 4 way system are all very good unit. Even though the dealer will set up your wdh, plan on readjusting it once you load the trailer up for a trip. Dealer is only setting up an empty trailer. Follow my signature links for a ton of wdh info.
Thanks for the tips! I know it's a Reese, and the sway bar is part of the hitch, but I think it's the kind I need to remove for tight turns.

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The prodigy P2 and P3 have great reviews if you don't have a brake controller yet.
I'll check them out. I know my Sequoia has a plug 'n play port under the dash, but the cable my owner's manual says is stored in the glove box is missing which is not surprising in a 13 year old vehicle. Not a fan of paying an extra $20 to $30 (Canadian) just for this cable but I guess I have no choice.
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Congrats! Here is a good deal from another forum member on the Tekonsha (almost half off):

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...oot-35179.html
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Thumbs up from us as well on that dealer...
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Congrats on the new trailer! I used an advertisement from that dealer that you landed at to beat up my local dealer on pricing

I suggest reading through the forum as you prepare for the summer!
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Just curious - what weight rating is the hitch and bars they sold you?
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Just curious - what weight rating is the hitch and bars they sold you?
I'm embarrassed to say I didn't ask. I honestly didn't realize one WDH was different than another on weight rating but now that you ask it makes total sense.
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Quite a journey! I think your final decision was the right one.
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