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Old 08-05-2015, 07:40 PM   #1
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Howdy. We are looking at the aluminum Jayflight 28BHS vs. the fiberglass Jayfeather SLX 26 BHSW. Same floor plan and more or less same weights and length. Our locaL dealer has both and I am trying to come up with pros and cons. We had a 2007 Jayfeather 218 which never gave us a bit of trouble and I am sorry I sold but we outgrew it. Sure would appreciate any input. Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:52 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Could not find any Jayfeather vs Jayflight threads but here is one comparing the liteweight Whitehawk line to Jayflight. The comparisons would be similar, I would think. I can add that my 28BHS is nearly 6 years old now with no major issues.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f7...ght-25686.html
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:20 PM   #3
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Thanks Crabman. Wife likes the kitchen configuration and it's her hot button. I looked at the link you provided and although the Whitehawk looks good (we initially looked at the Whitehawk RKS floorplan until we felt our 12 year old daughter would appreciate the BHS) there is no similar floorplan. RV Direct has the SLX model and i have heard they are good to work with as a bargaining chip with the dealer. Wife said we would drive to RVDirect in Des Moines to get the better price (we live in Salt Lake City) I would prefer to stay local. Guess it will boil down to price.
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:09 PM   #4
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We just bought a jay feather 26 slx bhsw last Friday. We will be taking our first trip tomorrow. We felt this was a tremendous value. Only drawback I see (vs jay flight) is small black water tank (22 gallon I believe) and lower ceiling height which doesn't bother us. Benefits of lighter weight (5000lbs), fiberglass exterior etc were appealing. We really liked the 2016 model which will add a door in the bathroom. However, we needed to a camper quickly and got a great deal on a 2015 model. I will post pictures and updates soon as I also found very little info on this model. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:26 PM   #5
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Hey Wings9 feedback is appreciated
Dealer has both models priced at around 25k. Vacation season coming to and end pretty quick here but if an opportunity comes up to buy we may take it
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Howdy. We are looking at the aluminum Jayflight 28BHS vs. the fiberglass Jayfeather SLX 26 BHSW. Same floor plan and more or less same weights and length. Our locaL dealer has both and I am trying to come up with pros and cons. We had a 2007 Jayfeather 218 which never gave us a bit of trouble and I am sorry I sold but we outgrew it. Sure would appreciate any input. Thanks!
One thing to consider is that wood construction TTs with fiberglass exteriors might not be as safe in storms as aluminum exteriors and/or aluminum construction. I have not found anything definitive, but I do know that it is discussed quite a bit lately on other forums. I bought a Jay Flight with an aluminum exterior because they seem to be easier to repair, but then ran across several discussions about the fiberglass/wood frame combo afterwards.

EDIT: When I say storms I mean lightning and the reason there might (not sure!) be an issue is because without some metal structure around you the Faraday Cage effect will not work, which is what keeps you safe in your car (but not a motorcycle or bike).
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:28 AM   #7
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Hello motorbreath. Yes I think i am tending toward the Jaylight for ease of repair should the necessity arise. If a smooth look is a hot button then the SLX wins that argument. Three of my neighbors have the Jayflight model so it must be the more popular of the two (at least around here) Are both models constructed with the same floor and roof material? Does anybody know?
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Floors are different. Jayflight uses 5/8 tongue and grove plywood with wooden joists 16" on center. Jayfeather uses a foam/luan sandwich floor with considerably less under support.
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Personally, I would not make the exterior construction my deciding point. Personally, I would first find a floor layout that you really like and can live with. Then if you have the choice of fiberglass or aluminum, then work on that decision. Personally I would find it hard to make that decision. Aluminum has lot of seams that potentially could leak. Hail loves to leave its mark. Fiberglass as long as you ensure you keep the few seams sealed will not show hail marks, it is easier to clean.
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Old 08-07-2015, 01:55 PM   #10
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Ok for sure it's going to be a tough decision. As i mentioned previously we had a Jayfeather 218 which was an awesome fun trailer so I am partial to the Jayfeather series but looks like construction is perhaps less resilient to wear and tear from the Jayflight. All further opinions are welcome!
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