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Old 04-10-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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23K a lightweight?

Just got back from the dealer - wrote him a cheque for a JayFeather 23K, dropped off the old trailer, and made arrangements to pick-up the new one in a week...took nearly 3 weeks of negotiations to get the price where I wanted it but it was worth it!

So - does the 23K qualify as a lightweight?

Had been tossing the idea around of upgrading the old 21RDB AeroLite for some time now as it was 10 years old. Still looked new but the quality of the build had me worried. That, and our backs couldn't handle sleeping on the dinette any more!

am new to the Forum - started camping as a kid (6 of us in a '71 starcraft pop-up) and have never stopped...Have now gone through our own two tent-trailers and the AeroLite. Never owned a Jayco, but can't seem to find too many complaints about them...have not been happy with the dealer so far, but I did push him a bit to get the price down. Hopefully this'll be the last trailer for awhile!
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Old 04-10-2010, 04:55 PM   #2
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McMonk, welcome to the Jayco Owners' Forum and congratualtions on your new Jayflight 23K.

In answer to your question, yes your Jayfeather is a lightweight. It differs from the heavier Jayflight trailers in that the sidewall and roof supports are constructed of aluminum rather than wood. There are other weight-saving features as well. You will be able to tow it with a smaller vehicle than you would need for the heavier Jayflight travel trailers.

Happy camping!
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:34 PM   #3
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Hiya McMonk and welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum! You didn't say why you were unhappy with the dealer, but hopefully he will honor warranty visits with a smile! Remember you always have the backing of the Jayco company if not
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:51 PM   #4
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They'd be great in the used-car business; not necessarily so good in the RV business. It's a long story I may share once the trailer's in my driveway...
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:49 PM   #5
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Just took delivery!

Got the unit in the driveway (whew...it fits!) and started loading it up with all our gear.

Fired up everything I could think of; fridge kept my beer cold, furnace kicked in as expected, oven heated up, toilet flushed and just to prove it was new, when the A/C blew air, shot a whack of sawdust out of one of the vents (guess that wasn't tested during PDI)!

Kids came home from school & before they could jump off their bikes were yelling "WhooHoo!". They decided 'helping' me put things away was more important than homework (go figure...).

Only disappointment was some minor fit & finish inside. The panelling behind the headboard of the bed is loose and needs attention. The dealer will fix that one.

The Envoy pulled the 23K through the city like it was a marriage made in heaven & I'm exceedingly happy the way the WD hitch made the trailer feel like it was all part of one single vehicle. Parking it in the driveway was a breeze - glad I remembered to pull the sway-bar off as it was a tight turn in. It took a bit of fiddling to unhitch but with practice I'm sure it'll go just fine.

So ... if you can't sense the excitement let me assure you it's there! Going to be tough seeing the trailer in the driveway knowing we can't get 'out there' for a few more weeks! Wife, kids and I are all eager to try her out for real!
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:48 PM   #6
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Congrats on your new purchase.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:19 PM   #7
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A neighbour wandered over this afternoon with a vent-cover he bought but couldn't use. I grabbed the ladder (because my 23k doesn't have a ladder) and hopped on the roof to explore the intricacies involved in installing one of these things... 'lo & behold, what did I find...a seam between the rubber roof and the front wall of the trailer had let go.

Clearly, I'm a fool, as I didn't insist on going on the roof during the purchase inspection. I now have what looks a well-placed drain for all water to travel from the roof of the trailer, down the front wall (inside) with (hopefully) an exit somewhere down below.

We've used the trailer twice, have had it in the driveway for 2 months now and it's seen lots of rain. Haven't noticed any water inside, but I'm concerned.

Called the dealer - they'll look at it this week. I'm hopeful that damage, if any, isn't extensive. The problem with this sort of thing is that the real damage (rot) won't show up for a few years......

I got a baaad feeling......
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Holy Cow! I'm so sorry you are having to deal with that. But, it is a new Jayco and you have a two year warranty. But soooooo sorry you have to deal with that! Of course, you would have found that later months down the road when you did the "once over" that we have to do every year. It's really nice you could find it now! Let us know how it turns out (btw - good picture... Jayco loves good pics of issues to be dealt with!)
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