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Old 09-19-2014, 07:22 AM   #1
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Which would you buy - 2007 or 2011 Jayfeather 23B

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Wife and I are looking for our first trailer. Till now we've always used tents.

We've found both a 2007 and 2011 Jayco Feather 23B. The 2007 is 10K and seems to be in great shape (dealer is including new tires for the trailer). The 2011 is 14K going to look at it Saturday (new dealer has two, so I'm hoping one will be in great shape).

From a price vs NADA retail, the 2011 is a better deal. But I'm hesitant to go so far above that 10K barrier on our first trailer.

I'd appreciate any thoughts from the veterans here as too which one might be a better choice.

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Old 09-19-2014, 07:38 AM   #2
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IMO I hate buying other peoples possible junk. I would first Email all of the dealers with new X23B's and determine what the best price you could get. I wouldn't be surprised if this time of year you got a smoking deal on a new 2014 for not much more than that 2011.

Do you need such a large trailer for your first?

How many people?

What kind of tow vehicle do you have?

My roomy X17A was only 13000 brand new.
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:36 AM   #3
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I bought my 2011 last year for 14000. Maybe you could get them to come down a bit more. I did buy mine from a private party. Could they throw in a warranty of some kind for you? With that being said I would buy the 2011. Mine is an earlier year 2011 so my tv is not mounted to the wall which leaves me with less counter space. If it is a later year 11 the tv should be on wall then the counter will be extended. I think the 2012 model comes with a curved roof though. No matter which one you get you'll love it. So with that in mind go with the 2011 or a 12 because once you start using it you won't want to sell it. My budget was 10000 but once I seen this one I had to buy it. Figured get the nicer one now because kids grow fast and as the get older chaneces are you'll be doing less camping . I haven't regret spending 4000 grand over my budget. As long as you can afford it. You still want cash to stick in you gas tank so you can use it
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:43 AM   #4
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Do you need such a large trailer for your first?
Probably not, but that's what the wife wants.

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How many people?
We have two kids 8 & 6 and want enough room to bring along another couple with a child or two. One reason for the bigger trailer is in case it rains and we're all stuck inside!

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What kind of tow vehicle do you have?
Honda Ridgeline (600# TW, 5000# Towing) . Yes, I realize the 23B will be right at the limits. But talking to other RL owners, including one with a 23B I think I can do it safely. Especially with a P3 controller and a Equal-i-zer E4 hitch; though gas mileage will suck. In addition, we are in Ohio. Most are trips will be local and we won't have to worry about mountains for the most part.

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My roomy X17A was only 13000 brand new.
Definitely something to consider...

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Thanks, the info about the TV should be useful. I'll look at that tomorrow when we check it out.

Interesting about the change from the flat to curved roof. Will have to look for positive/negative feedback from other owners.
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Fyi I have a family of 4 with a dog. Love the space. I originally wanted a x20e but the x23b was a good deal. I really happy that I went with the x23b being it has plenty of clothing storage for the whole family. Also we were with another couple with there 2 kids it started to rain we all had dinner around the u shaped dinnett think god for the extra space.
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Old 09-19-2014, 09:01 AM   #7
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Get the one in the best shape for what you want to spend; based on your reluctance with the high price tag of the 2011, you may want to lean toward the 2007 and see if they'll come under $10K on it. We are a family of 6 and bought our '04 23B last year for $6K and have not regretted it at all. There are some features of newer ones that would be "nice" but we tend to stay under $10K for our trailers too... The only money I've had to put into it since we bought it was 4 new tires at a cost of $400 installed, and new bunk end latches for $30. Some will say buy the newer one, some will say buy new altogether, but ultimately it's your money....
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When we moved from our pop up we were not concerned about size I guess. We only sleep in the trailer as we are usually adventuring from sun up to sunrise. If it rains we hit an indoor attraction like a museum or mall or sit under the awning.

I have had a campfire every evening of our 39 nights even with rain

If those were my only 2 choices I would take the 2007. IMO used is used and unless maintenance was adhered to the 2011 could be in worse shape mechanically than the 2007.
The 4000 in savings will be nice to have for repairs.

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...Another thing to consider...With the 23B's, it seems as the newer models came up, the "dry" weight crept up while the gross weight stayed the same. For example, my '04 has a "dry" weight of 3700lbs according to Jayco brochure (actual dry weight 4026lbs according to the sticker on my trailer), where as Jayco brochures for 2007 lists dry weight of 4035lbs, and for 2011 it's 4170lbs.

I'd check the stickers on the units you're looking at and see what the actual dry weight is so you know which one gives you most cargo capacity, and also would be a lower weight starting-point for your Ridgeline, considering you are at your limit already... Good luck!
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Old 09-19-2014, 09:43 AM   #10
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snip......We've found both a 2007 and 2011 Jayco Feather 23B.....snip
Your question was which model year, 2007 or 2011? IMO I would eliminate the 2007 model year from your short list. The 2007 model year was a transition year for Jayco with the TPO roofing material that had a 'fleece' backing, which was a moisture wicking problem for Jayco.

In general the 23B HTT's have a great floorplan offering a spacious feel once the bed-ends are opened. BIL had a 2006 model and worked out well for them.

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