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Old 09-12-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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EAGLE vs JAY FLIGHT bunkhouse

Good morning, friends -

New member and (soon-to-be) first-time RV owner. We are nearing the point of making a purchase decision and would like to seek some wise counsel from experienced Jayco owners!

We live in central Texas near Austin and would use the RV for cross-country vacation travel (e.g., Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP next summer) as well as possibly parking it for a few months out of the year on our deer leases here in Central and East Texas.

Our family of five (three kids ages 9, 12 and 14) is considering one of two possible 2015 Jayco bunkhouse travel trailer models:
(1) Eagle 314 BHDS
(2) Jay Flight 32 BHDS

I have received option/pricing sheet from our Central Texas RV dealer and have set up these two trailers with similar options (see detailed list below). We are waiting to hear back with their best price quote.

I would love to hear experiences from folks who have owned either of these models. What you liked, what you didn't like, what you would do differently if you had it all over to do again.

Also any advice on negotiating the best price (and what you paid for your TT if that's not too personal of a question to ask).

Additional information for storing and maintaining the RV will also be very much appreciated.

NOTE: I have some concerns about the wear-and-tear on the trailer paint/finish from sun and weather if stored uncovered outdoors. Also wonder how the weather/sun affects aluminum vs fiberglass (is one more durable or do they both require waxing, etc. to maintain their shine).

We've poured over hundreds of hours of RV videos and have visited lots of dealers and third-party sellers. Have also purchased the two books: "The RVer's Bible" and "The Complete RV Handbook" so we're trying to do our homework. We love the Jayco product and it's two-year warranty!

Looking forward to hearing from experienced users so we can learn even more and make the best decision for our family.


Eagle 314 BHDS
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~ Cust value pkg w/15K BTU A/C
~ Premier pkg (gel-coat sidewalls, remote, large bath power vent, raised panel cabinets)
~ Trundle bed
~ Solid surface kitchen countertops
~ Hide-a-bed
~ Technology pkg (40" LED HDTV)
~ 2nd AC in bedroom
~ 50 amp service w/2nd A/C prep
~ Elec tongue jack
~ Bike rack
~ Bumper mount grill
~ Roof ladder
~ Thermal pane tinted safety glass >> QUESTION: Any thoughts/experiences for this option? I've heard they fog up (get cloudy) after a couple of years.

Jay Flight 32 BHDS
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~ Cust value pkg w/15K BTU A/C
~ Elite pkg with hide-a-bed
~ Technology pkg (40" LED HDTV)
~ 2nd AC in bedroom
~ 50 amp w/2nd A/C prep
~ Thermal pkg
~ Cargo accessory receiver
~ Aluminum rims
~ Bumper mount grill
~ Roof ladder
~ QUESTION: Does this model have a curved or flat roof? I think curved is important for shedding water.


Finally, please feel free to recommend any other options or tips we may not be thinking of that you think would add enjoyment to our family's camping experience.

Many thanks in advance!

Dave & Tracy Smith
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:55 AM   #2
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Welcome to JOF

I'm sure members with those particular models and/or floor plans will chime in with some feedback based on your comments.

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Welcome to the group!
I can only speak for the 32bhds as we just bought a 2014 early this spring. We are a family of 4 mom dad and two daughters ages 11 and 16. This TT fits our needs perfect. We have pulled it about 5k miles this summer alone. It does have a curved roof. I have heard others say that the metal sided trailers look like they warp in the sun. I have never had this issue. It is allot more time consuming to wax v/s the smooth sided trailers. We have been very happy with this TT.
As i am sure others will ask what do you plan to tow with. I would recommend at least a 3/4 ton for either of the TT you are looking at.
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Hi, Dusty. Thanks for the testimonial.

We will be pulling with my 1999 Ford F-250 7.3 Powerstroke 4x4 (SRW) Lariat Crew Cab. Wife's vehicle is 2005 Chevy Suburban 1500.

We were originally looking at lighter trailers so we could use either vehicle but with two teen girls we felt we needed the separate bunkroom so they could keep to themselves when necessary (if you know what I mean and I think you do!).

God bless all the parents of teens out there (especially teen GIRLS!).
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That 7.3 is a BEAST you wont have any problem there. And yea teenage girls what can you say sometimes they still act like daddy's little princes and other times they think that they are all grown up and don't need your rules anymore. Still there allot of fun.
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I just went through this earlier this year. I wanted the Eagle with the fiberglass sides. I really think it looks better than the Jay Flight. My problem was the 2013 model was $32k out the door and the 2014 Jay Flight that I purchased was $27100 out the door (same models you are looking at). I am glad that I went with the aluminum sides as I live in AZ. There are quite a few fiberglass trailers in my storage location with faded/dull/yellow sides. I sold my class C before I bought my trailer and it too had faded/dull/yellow fiberglass - pretty standard for anything in AZ. You can correct for this, but I keep mine in a storage lot and it would have been a little bit more of a pain.

I just looked - the only option I was not getting or did not get was the 50amp service and the rear bumper mount grill. I thought about the 50amp service and a second AC unit, but I am not living in it and we usually leave AZ for our trips - to get out of the heat. My 15k btu AC is plenty good in AZ - my trailer insulation might be better than my house .

As a little advice, if you can wait until winter/early spring, the prices will come down. If you can travel, look outside of your state for better deals. I got my trailer for literally $7k less in California than in Arizona. It was worth the drive.

Lastly, yes, the roof is curved.
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In 2010 I paid $21,350.00 for my 32BHDS from RVDirect. The only option I did not order was the BBQ, keep in mind back then the 2nd AC, 50Amp service, outside kitchen and the bumper mount BBQ were not offered. You will definitely need the 15K AC, the cargo tray is great we carry 3 bikes on it, the hide a bed is very comfortable, but we had to replace air mattress this year.
We routinely camp with at least 6 but many times with 8 and find the TT is large enough to as not get in each others way when we all need to be inside.
I wish there was more room at the foot of the queen bed. We love the J-Cube option.
I wanted to get the Eagle but the price increase and weight increase over the Jay Flight was too much.
You will not be happy towing with the Suburban if you need to.
We have camped from Maine to Disney in this TT and have no regrets,
Good luck with your purchase you will be happy with either TT.
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Thanks for all the excellent feedback. Really appreciate hearing everyone's unique experiences with these particular trailers.

Sounds like most folks who have chimed in have gone with the Jay Flight 32 BHDS over the Eagle 314 BHDS. And it sounds like cost and weight were important factors in that.

Are there Eagle 314 BHDS owners out there who can share your experiences?

For owners of either the Eagle or Jay Flight (regardless of floor plan), here are some additional questions we have about fiber-glass vs. aluminum...

QUESTIONS:

(1) What maintenance do folks perform (and how often and what products used) on their RV exteriors for aluminum-sided (Jay Flight) and fiber-glass gel-coated (Eagle) trailers to keep the finish and paint looking new?

(2) Is it possible to prevent fiber-glass gel-coated RVs from getting dull and fading (e.g., covered storage, waxing, etc.) or is it just eventually inevitable? Does aluminum exterior suffer similar degradation issues?

(3) The Thermal Package (available in Jay Flight) includes: insulated, heated and enclosed underbelly; also foil insulation in roof and slideout floors. Is this effective at keeping the trailer cooler during summer camping?

(4) Are there advantages in insulating capability with fiber-glass trailers vs the aluminum? Any other benefits or disadvantages of one type of exterior over the other type?

(5) Does the dual A/C allow comfortable camping in these bunkhouse models during hot Texas summers (100+ degrees)?

(6) Is air circulation a problem at all in the bunkhouse models? Do folks suggest using fans to help circulate air or is just not necessary? I had heard that the bunkhouse can get stuffy and hot (but maybe that was with a single A/C unit).

(7) What are opinions on the thermal-pane tinted windows? I have read that they tend to get foggy/cloudy after a couple of years. Are they important for keeping trailer better insulated?

(8) Does anyone know how to get wholesale pricing for new trailers? I've read that RVs-R-Us (www.rvs-r-us.com) charges a nominal fee to evaluate a new RV (Kelly and NADA provide values only for used RVs). Has anyone used this service?

(9) Any other tips for negotiating the best price (besides buying during non-peak season, out-of-state or factory-direct -- which have been mentioned)?

BOTTOM LINE: These two models have the same floor plan and options (based on what we selected above). So I think the choice comes down to choosing based on the best exterior (fiber-glass vs. aluminum). Understanding the pluses and minuses of both exteriors will be very helpful.

Many thanks!
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Those are the same choices we narrowed it down to. The Eagle had more headroom with the taller ceiling and curved roof. The fridge was also bigger.We love ours and the J-cubes are great. We paid just over $24k for our 13 314BDS. And some banks during RV shows offer lower interest rates.
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Those are the same choices we narrowed it down to. The Eagle had more headroom with the taller ceiling and curved roof. The fridge was also bigger.We love ours and the J-cubes are great. We paid just over $24k for our 13 314BDS. And some banks during RV shows offer lower interest rates.
That's right...I had forgotten the higher ceiling and larger fridge in the Eagle. That sounds like a very good price you got. What month did you purchase? Also, how many and what age are your kiddos? We have older girls so I think we may have outgrown the J-cubes (but I like them a lot).

How is your gel-coat finish looking? What maintenance do you do for it?
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