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Old 12-23-2015, 03:26 PM   #1
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Considering Jayco for my first trailer

Hello all,
I joined today because I am probably going to be buying my first travel trailer soon and am considering a Jayco. I camped a lot as a kid and have gotten away from it over the last 20 years. I now have a wife and two young kids (5 and 7)and we love everything outdoors. The only thing is, I don't really like sleeping in a tent or dealing with the half day of packing and organizing that goes along with tent camping. I believe that if we get a small travel trailer that is loaded with the essentials, we could hit the road and a grocery store and be on our way in no time. I have RV parking on the side of my house, but it's not too much space. I drive a 2011 chevy suburban so I don't think towing capacity will be an issue, but I still like the idea of a small space to sleep and escape the elements if we need to, but mostly something small and cozy to get us out more. I think we will be doing a lot of camping at smaller non-hookup sites, so the small size would be helpful there too, I think.

I've looked at a few brands of 17 and 21' models and my favorite so far is the Jay Flight SLX 154BH. I like the baja ed for the extra stabilizer jacks, and larger water tank(I think), and a few other features. I liked the 174 model too, but I think the dinette is so small that we really wouldn't be gaining much from the extra size. Using the 154's dinette mostly as a bed and only as a table if we have bad weather seems like a fine way to go. At this point, I'm 90% sold on the 154BH model, but I welcome any advice that you all have to offer. I hope to pay cash for this new trailer in the next few months, so any advice on how to deal with the dealers would be greatly appreciated too.

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Old 12-23-2015, 03:40 PM   #2
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Welcome to JOF. Have fun in the decision. There are likely many here who already own that rig and will be happy to jump in with their experiences.

I know your family will enjoy the added space and shelter.
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to yet another California member - lots of great year-around places to camp! We're off to the beach in January. We got our TT through Pan-Pacific (3 locations - Morgan Hill, French Camp, and Sacto) with Costco pricing - and are very happy with both our Jayco and the service from our dealer.
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Welcome! Can't speak to the specific models you're looking at, but IMO you can't go wrong with Jayco. We're on our second Jayco and, other than a few minor issues (broken shade, etc.) have had no problems at all.
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:34 PM   #5
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As another Sacramento area (Roseville) soon to be Jayco owner (pick it up 1/4) I spent a lot of time looking around, the Jayco dealer in Sac, RV's Of Sacramento, sort of gave me bad vibes. Nothing specific but it felt to much like a used car lot.(high pressure) Besides they wouldn't deal on a 84K rig. There are plenty of Jayco trailers at the CampingWorld RV sales in Roseville on Orlando Dr, and they are nice folks. I saved 6K by using them. Whatever you decide, both welcome, and Go Jayco!
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Old 12-26-2015, 06:31 PM   #6
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Thanks, JesseS. I got the same vibe from rvs of sac and thought about driving up to yuba city where there's another jayco dealer. I didn't know camping world had jayco's as well. I'll check them out.
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Thanks, JesseS. I got the same vibe from rvs of sac and thought about driving up to yuba city where there's another jayco dealer. I didn't know camping world had jayco's as well. I'll check them out.
The Roseville CW is not allowed to sell Motorized units because of competition with the Jayco dealer in Sac. But they do have a good selection of TT'ers and such. I bought my Alante thru them but it is at a CW in Tucson and we decided to drive down and pick it up. One good thing about CW is they have 175 locations and you can get service at any of them.
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The Roseville CW does NOT have Jayco travel trailers. I've been there twice since Thanksgiving. They have some small Starcraft Launch models though. They just get a new line called Northland they seemed excited about.

I've been to RVs is Sacramento even more lately (looking at Jay Feather 26bhsw) and I actually like them so far but we have not talked numbers at all yet. If they don't move much off their prices I can go north an hour (Yuba City) or south 1 1/2 hours (Manteca) to other Jayco dealers.
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That's interesting, I was sure I saw some Jayco TT's at CW Roseville when I was there, I only live 2 miles from them and was stopping by often when I was still looking. RV's of Sacramento has a nice lot but rundown facilities, they heat their office with a space heater? Reggie, the new owner didn't want to move off of the $84K for the 26Y, got it from CW for $78K. Trish the sales rep was fine, and the tech guy knew his stuff (just back from factory training), but you got to go with your gut and the best price. Heck, CW even gave me full tanks, both fuel & propane, plus I like the network of service facilities.
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CW's in my part of the country do not have a real good reputation for service/warranty work.

It's good to hear reports of that not being everywhere.
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