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Old 08-20-2015, 07:06 PM   #1
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How important is Elite package?

We think we have finally found the Jay Flight trailer we are interested in, but we are confronted we a dilemma of two choices. The two choices are: One trailer with the Elite package and the thermal package . Second one does not have Elite package BUT it has thermal package , ladder, aluminum rims and 15000 BTU AC. Those of you with Jay Flights...any insight into which one you would go with? I realize I could order one with just what I want, but I was hoping to make a decision and purchase one of these...I get to see what I am buying right off the bat! I would love to have the Elite package...but I also love the aluminum rims and the larger AC. Please give me your thoughts...

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Old 08-20-2015, 07:39 PM   #2
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Elite or Thermal

I don't have either on my Jay Flight G2 but I would opt for the Thermal. When camping in cold weather my unit condensates so bad I even had it run down the TV crank handle. I can understand condensation on the inside of the windows but, on the inside of my bedroom walls!!!. Makes me wonder what is going on with the insulation and wooden supports between the walls. I got a $250.00 Dehumidifier and by running it extensively it helped some. Live and learn.

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Old 08-20-2015, 07:41 PM   #3
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For reference the Elite package includes:

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Black Tank Flush, Digital Touch Screen Remote, 80 Gallon Capacity Fresh Water Tanks (2), Hardwood Drawer Fronts Throughout, Kitchen Sink Covers, Large Entry Door Grab Handle, Porcelain Toilet, Raised Panel Cabinets in Kitchen and Living Room, Refrigerator Insert (N/A in 38BHDS & 38FDDS), Roof Ladder, Skylight w/ Shade in Kitchen, Upgrade Faucet w/ Pull-Out Sprayer, Mor/Ryde CRE 3000 Suspension
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:48 PM   #4
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What model trailer are you looking at?

While I would have preferred the thermal pkg over the couple other options our trailer had, we defintitely wanted the Elite pkg for the options it added.

While not easy from the little bit of research I have done, the enclosed underbelly can be added DIY. Aluminum rims can be added as well. I am considering adding a set next spring along with a set of E rated tires to increase the load capacity margin.

The 15K a/c, well.... I asked the same question for our 32 BHDS. Most said the 13.5K would do fine, so I left it up to which dealer wanted the sale the most.

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Old 08-20-2015, 08:29 PM   #5
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I am a huge fan of the elite package. I like the tank flusher but the most important thing to me is the added fresh water storage as we never camp with anything other than an electric hookup 95% of the time.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:34 PM   #6
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DeeBee, we have both options on our TT which we ordered from the factory. The Elite package gives a lot of nice options, we especially appreciate the black tank flush, larger fresh water tank and the kitchen skylight. I think the Mor-ryde suspension helps smooth the ride, but I've never towed another travel trailer. Living in the desert I couldn't imagine having the smaller A/C.
If you can get by with the smaller A/C I would go with the Elite & thermal package. Just my .02
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:40 PM   #7
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I misread your post. I thought it was either the Elite pkg OR the Thermal.... Misread 1 option is Elite AND Thermal. I would choose the Elite and Thermal as DR said.

As a crazy option, I don't see why you couldn't try to negotiate the larger a/c as an upgrade to the Elite/ Thermal model. Not as cost effective as from the factory, but still an option.

In one thread about a larger a/c it was mentioned that if the a/c doesn't run long enough, it could mean the air inside the trailer could possibly be cool, but still have a fair amount of humidity in the air since the a/c may not run very long compared to a smaller a/c.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:02 PM   #8
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The black tank flush is very nice. If you happen to be looking at a 2015, I think the elite package included an upgraded couch as well. If your going to be in areas where you don't have water at the site many times, you might wish you had the second fresh water tank as well. We have camped with our family of 4 on full tanks for 3 days, and it still had plenty to go. We have camped previously with smaller tanks and had to refill often. The touchscreen remote is sort of nice if you really want to watch the slides come out from the outside, but its much quicker to use the switches in the control cabinet. Also seems like something that may break fairly quickly, I wouldn't replace it personally unless it was under warranty.

If your dilemma is the 15K Ac or not (we did get the 15K), consider what part of the country you camp in the most. Arizona, you probably want it, the mountains of Idaho, you may never use the AC at all. If your trailer isn't really large, its likely the 15K isn't needed, ours is 29 feet, we went overboard and had it wired for a second AC and installed the 15K, highly doubt we will ever use the secondary unit wiring, and the 15K will keep it like an icebox. I have even had some condensation on the vents its so powerful. Also, you could ask the dealer, but switching the top unit down the road to a 15K unit may not be that big of a deal and the units aren't that expensive, as long as the electrical running to the unit is up to it, I think
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:30 PM   #9
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Up for debate, but it may be better to have both packages. Easier to have the extra stuff you don't think you will use, but may come in handy down the road.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:57 PM   #10
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It really depends on how you plan on using your trailer. Our 26RKS has the Elite package, aluminum rims and the 15,000 BTU air conditioner, along with the total foil package which Jayco explained is a total foil wrap with double the insulation. I never gave much thought to the bigger AC, but, it really works well in Nor Cal's 100+ degree heat. I like the looks of the aluminum rims and in my opinion, the best items in the Elite package are the black tank flush and the raised panels on the refrigerator. Sounds like you need to either find a trailer on another lot that has all the equipment that you desire, or order one from your local dealer and wait for delivery. Good luck on your decision!

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