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Old 08-20-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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Jayco Hybrids vs. the Competition

Hello, we're a Jayco PUP family that's growing weary of some of the often-discussed downsides of PUPs (storage space, small refrig, storage space, and storage space). We're leaning toward an X17, 18, 19, or 20 hybrid as a replacement.

I'd appreciate hearing from other hybrid owners if they comparison-shopped before buying a Jayco hybrid and what you saw as some of the pro's/con's of Jayco's and the competition (Rockwood, Starcraft, etc.).

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Old 08-20-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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raising4daughters--In the past 25 yrs we bought 2 Jayco pups from the same dealer, they were great units, no problems with the pup's or the dealer so just went with what got us to thus point ANOTHER JAYCO. We have noticed the latches that hold the beds closed are not as rugged as the Jayco. We also noticed that the some have the beds held up the same way as a pup, from under neath, which I did not like when setting up.Larry
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:55 PM   #3
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We just upgraded from a pup this summer to the X18D. The biggest reason was sleeping space, we have 5 kids and needed the 3rd bunk. We narrowed it down to either Jayco or Rockwood. Honestly, I liked the Rockwood 233s better, because it had a lot more space with a couch and a slideout, but the dry weight was about 800 lbs more than the X18D and was pushing it too close for my Safari. It was more about floorplans and weights for us.
I believe that Jayco does (or will) have a model with a similar floorplan to the Rockwood that we liked, but it is almost as heavy.
We just got back from our 2nd trip in the X18D and we are VERY happy with it. Plenty of room for the kids, can even set up a pack n play and still walk through and get in/out of the fridge and bathroom, much lighter to pull. It's not fancy or extravagant or anything, but it meets our needs quite well.
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Old 08-20-2011, 04:48 PM   #4
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My wife and I also just upgraded from a Coleman PUP to a Jayco 23B Hybrid. We looked at so many brands of hybrids that I won't try to list them all but just kept coming back to the Jaycos. It was floor plan for the biggest part that sold us, the jayco's use of space was much better. The storage space we have is almost more than we need...the bathroom is great to have and my wife loves the fact that she doesn't have to practically get down on all fours just to get something from the fridge. We are very happy and as a result have camped a lot more!
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Old 08-20-2011, 06:22 PM   #5
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Brand / warranty plus floor layout were some of the major things fire us. We wanted the U shaped dining at one end, I don't think I found that from other rv makers.
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:05 PM   #6
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Yes, the warranty is enticing. Also, we do like the layout/floorplan for the Jayco's.

After doing some more research, we've concluded that we cannot (for personal political reasons) buy any Forest River product, and that eliminates a lot of brands. So it appears our choices have been quickly limited to Jayco, Starcraft, KZ (Sportsman or Coyote), or Dutchmen/Aerolite. Since we've been pleased with our Jayco PUP, it's hard to find a reason not to go with another Jayco.
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:40 PM   #7
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I think you will be happy with the Jayco.
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Palomino has some pretty nice floorplans in the 23' range that were appealing. But there are some small things to not overlook. For example, Palomino uses a really lousy material for their mattresses, making the beds terribly uncomfortable. IMHO, worthless. By comparison, Jayco beds are super comfortable with a great supportive foam. Also, I particularly liked the Jayco X23B control switch location. NONE of the switches are in the reach of my pre-schooler.

Also, not particular to Jayco: Watch for airflow. The X23B does not do well for airflow to the back bunk. That can be a problem for hot summer days, when the AC won't effectively cool that bed. Use your imagination on how the air will move. Nobody wants to be uncomfortable at bedtime.
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We used a Jayco pop-up for years and got tired and loading and unloading everything. We now have a 19h and just love it. It's light enough for my SportTrac and large enough to fit everyone and everything we need. Full refrigerator, large freezer, lots of space. It does lack storage space though but we've learned to be creative in our storage.
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We used a Jayco pop-up for years and got tired and loading and unloading everything. We now have a 19h and just love it. It's light enough for my SportTrac and large enough to fit everyone and everything we need. Full refrigerator, large freezer, lots of space. It does lack storage space though but we've learned to be creative in our storage.
Plissken: how do you manage to stay under the payload rating of the sport trac with a 19H attached?
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