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Old 03-10-2014, 09:35 PM   #1
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Buy a Jayfeather 221?

We found a 2013 Jayfeather 221 today at a very reasonable price and are wondering why the dealer has not sold it. It doesn't have a slideout but otherwise it is well laid out. We would appreciate your input if you have this model or know of questions to ask.

We plan to tow it with a 2013 Tahoe 5.3 liter with a 3.42 axle ratio. It has a trailering package. Do the experienced on this site think that's a reasonable combination. We will spend some time in Colorado/Wyoming. Thanks!
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:44 AM   #2
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My wife and I have a 221 and love it. Ours is a 2011 and we have owned it since 2012. We were looking for a trailer without a slide for simplicity and weight savings. The floor plan is good and works well for us. We really liked the large bathroom since we frequently camp on a wooded piece of property we own with water & electric but no other facilities. Overall we are very happy with the trailer.

We tow it with my 07 Avalanche, 5.3 liter, 4 speed transmission and 3.73 gears. It does pretty good when loaded to a week long trip.
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Thanks for the info. Purchased it today. Hopefully the above mentioned Tahoe will pull it without strain. Any other insight appreciated.
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Congrats on the purchase! When is pickup?
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My only advise is to go slow and take it easy. It is not the weight of the trailer that is an issue but the huge frontal area that acts like billboard and adds resistance. My Avalanche is the LTZ model with the load leveling rear shocks. The first few times I pulled the trailer I did not use an equalizing hitch as the air shocks leveled things out pretty well but I had some sway. I later purchased a Blue Ox load leveling hitch, it took out the sway and did make the truck handle a little bit better.
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Thanks. That was exactly the info I needed. Will be getting a weight distribution hitch as your rig is very close to the same specs as mine.
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