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Old 10-02-2018, 10:21 AM   #21
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01Tundra, you are the first to reply with a Hummingbird, after owning it for a bit, do you still think that the extra initial investment was worth it?

Also, have you taken your 17RK on to dirt/gravels, I assume (since it is a Baja) it is more than enough to handle a few bumpy roads. With the higher ground clearance on the Baja editions, does it affect how the trailer get towed on paved highways at speed?
We still love our HB, have no desire for anything different after two years now.

Our road and driveway are pretty rough dirt/gravel and it does fine on that. I wouldn't want to twist it up too bad on a heavily rutted trail, but that goes for any of them including ones specifically made for off-road. I've seen how bad a long wheelbase truck can twist first hand, no way I'd want my TT experiencing those kind of forces.

But for mild trail I thin it will go anywhere your TV will.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:11 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the input, going back to the Jayco dealerships on my day off (Thursday I think) to kick some more tires (literally, I want to see what tires each trailer has). One of the dealers called and told me that someone is trading in a 2017 Hummingbird 16MRB (not sure if it is a Baja or not) which has a Murphy bed and dry bath. I have not seen a 16MRB in person yet, no idea if I would like it or not. The sad part is that they are asking the same price for a used 2017 Hummingbird 16MRB as a brand new 2018 195RB!
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:23 AM   #23
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Thanks for all the input, going back to the Jayco dealerships on my day off (Thursday I think) to kick some more tires (literally, I want to see what tires each trailer has). One of the dealers called and told me that someone is trading in a 2017 Hummingbird 16MRB (not sure if it is a Baja or not) which has a Murphy bed and dry bath. I have not seen a 16MRB in person yet, no idea if I would like it or not. The sad part is that they are asking the same price for a used 2017 Hummingbird 16MRB as a brand new 2018 195RB!
The new 16MRB is pretty cool if it fits your needs.

Ours came with generic all-terrain tires which I swapped out with Maxxis M8008's. The new HB Baja's come with Goodyear all-terrain tires that I'm considering using next time around.
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Old 10-06-2018, 02:16 PM   #24
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As a starter, we own a 2018 Hummingbird 17FD. The Hummingbird you are looking at has more open floor space due to the kitchen layout, more kitchen storage and it has a dry bath with the bath in the rear. The dry bath will be nice if you boondock for longer periods vs the wetbath in ours. If I were to do it over again I would be prone to buying the Jayco SLX7 195RB just because of the squeeze around bed and the dry bath. We chose the FD because we take the grandkids with on occasion and the dinette gives them a place to sleep. We like our Hummingbird but there are disadvantages like lack of a closet and very little storage space. Drawer space is limited to one large drawer under the fridge besides from the kitchen drawers. Cargo capacity is also lite. We travel lite but it could be an issue if you are dragging a bunch of stuff for a long stay. If you are going "off road" I would get the Baja Package. The tires are larger (15") and ground clearance is 5" per Jayco and has 2 entry steps. If I'm not careful I scrape coming out of the driveway onto the street. Our Tires are American made Goodyear 205 75R14 for comparison purposes. What the Hummingbird does have is a one piece fiberglass roof from rear bumper to A frame. This is our 50th + year of camping and the rubber roofs of the past sold me on the fiberglass roof, just my opinion for what it's worth. Whatever you get I ope you have a good time and enjoy yourself. Hapy camping. Jack
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:21 PM   #25
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Have a perfect x17z

We have a better than new 2015 X17Z that’s put us on many 20” to 30” trout in hard to get too places.. north Georgia mountains and north New Mexico mostly. We’re letting her go to help fund our cabin build on our “secret spot” ... if anyone’s interested let us know. If you love fly fishing get in touch... we’ve found some amazing native fish and happy to share info.

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Best offer gets her... all options included with some upgrades and sway hitch/bars for the nervous... wireless brake controller... we tow with a 4x4 old Tahoe with 190k miles so don’t use them... weighs only 3000 lbs

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:50 AM   #26
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Thanks for all of the advice so far, just an update. Did a final walktrough with the MRS. and I was wrong about which floorplan she likes most, she decided on the Hummingbird 17FD where as I like the SLX7 195RB. She likes the slightly better build qualify of the Hummingbird, she likes the FD design "just in case" grandkids come visit, she does not mind the wet bath. In fact, I was surprised that she chose the 17FD over the 17RB, well over 3 decades together, I am still guessing wrong. I am more or less in the mind set of grandkids can tent it, give me my big dry bath, lol. For some mysterious reason, I think the MRS will win the argument and I will be placing an offer on the 2018 Hummingbird 17FB Baja.

All of the Baja models have Goodyear tires on them and the sales people assured me that they can handle the forestry roads around here no problem.

This is a picture of a gentleman fishing at one of my favorite river just steps away from one of my favorite Alberta Forestry Trunk Road campground, we get mainly smaller (12 in.) cutthroats and rainbows in the carea, mostly catch and release. I suspect it is very different fishing south in Georgia.

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Old 10-10-2018, 09:13 PM   #27
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Tow vehicle is a 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4X4, looking for something narrower for use when fishing near the mountains, usually boondocking on public land near rivers/streams and have to travel over some forestry roads to get there. Generally they are decent unimproved gravel roads but can run into a bad section or two if the winter was bad or too much rain. My fishing buddy is running with an old R-Pod right now and have gotten stuck only once but got out eventually with his Durango and a bit of human pushing. The longest we have stayed is about 6 days, so tank capacities may be an issue.

I like the Jayco 2 year warranty and want to take advantage of the fall clearance sale going on right now. Prices seem good as compared to spring and summer. Only need room for two but need a dry bath, only way to get my sig.other to come with me. Fishing season is usually May through August here.

The floorplan I like the most is the Jayco SLX7 195RB, the dealers a few 2018 ones priced quite aggressively, including one with the baja package. The look I like the most is the Hummingbird 17RB, the dealers have a 2017 one priced decently BUT the 2017 hummingbird is still thousands more than the 2018 SLX7. Quite amazed at how much dealers still want for 2017 Hummingbirds.

My question is, for what I use my trailer for: 1) do I need the baja package? 2) is the Hummingbird worth the extra money?

I like walkaround bed in the 195RB or I like having blacktankflush on the Hummingbirds, but to me those are little things. I am most concerned about structurally, would either trailer survive extensive travelling on gravel roads? If not, I may have to go look elsewhere for something hardier.
hi Jayco fans. Thinking of upgrading from the 145rb up to a hummingbird 17rk. Wondering what others have experienced with the hummingbird ..what's the pros and cons? There's just two of us and one dog so we are comfortable with that space. Only owned the 145 for a year, so we don't have a long-term experience with Jayco and are looking for information about their durability
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:10 AM   #28
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Did you get anything? I have a 175RD with the Baja package I will be fishing this weekend in South Park it will be my coldest use yet. If you stop fishing in August you are missing some good fishing. I have been down to the upper twenty in this one but not the mid to lower teens so I will let you know what I think on Sunday. My TV is a 2014 Tacoma. I only use heat and batteries, but I do have a generator if needed. It is just me and the dog so I don’t get the help of having the wife in the bed for heat. I use a air bed to sleep on the beds are the number one complaint in most TT.
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