Buying our first RV and decided on 5th wheel, and narrowed down to Jayco brand. We just got back from Elkhart IN and toured several manufacturers. Jayco quality and process won us over. One of the biggest factors was their use of plywood vs OSB, there were other factors as well.
Here is a list of what we "think" we're wanting:
No longer than a 36' length
Bunkhouse (with door to close off from rest of trailer)
Fireplace (for use to heat up trailer vs using propane)
Kitchen island (preference but not a deal breaker)
Auto leveler (preference unless manual is not a big deal)
Residential frig? we prefer because we want a larger size
Table/chairs (like the luxury of moving chairs around)
There is basically 1 model that fits the above "wants" (29.5 BHOK) it just doesn't have the kitchen island. I believe it's 36' Have only looked at this model online via 360 virtual tour. My concern is limited counter space in kitchen since no island.
Model #2 that we really like better is (325 BHQS) BUT it is a 38' footer.
Here's a couple questions for you veterans:
1. Best place to buy? The only Jayco authorized dealer in Houston,TX area is Lone Star RV and their reviews aren't the best. We went on RV Trader and there are models we're interested in but not at Lone Star. Lone Star only has the 29.5 BHOK model. We're concerned if you don't buy from them and then try to use them for service, you get redheaded step child treatment. SO, maybe the REAL question is, how to find best authorized warranty service department (possibly an independent that's not a dealership) if you don't buy locally?
2. Best time to buy? We're trying to get a great deal on a 2018 new model and possibly thinking of buying December 2018 or January 2019?
3. In regards to length of trailer, there is SO much conversations out there it's overwhelming. I think most people concur that actually PULLING it down the road there is no difference. It's the pulling in/out of places AND more importantly trying to get the larger spaces at State or National parks can be a problem. Our main travels plans are State and National parks. Is there really a problem getting into most parks with a 36' or 38' 5ther? Or can this be solved by staying at a private park close by? Not sure of likelihood of finding one close to a national park would be?
4. Our reasoning for the bunkhouse is although 90% of the time we will be traveling along (my hubby and I), we have 3 small dogs and plan on family and friends going on some adventures with us. We want to use the bunkhouse as a "doggie room / storage room" when we don't have others traveling with us. We like the luxury of being able to close off the room to storage/dogs and/or giving privacy to our fellow travelers.
Thanks for any help or input! This is an exciting yet SCARY purchase. And that is truly crazy seeing how the purchase of our new truck Ford F250 Diesel costs MORE than the 5ther will cost (hopefully)!
If our "Ideas" above or "wants" don't seem realistic or you have other suggestions, please chime in! Truly desire input and help from our future Jayco family!