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Old 10-11-2017, 06:22 AM   #1
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Insurance replacement for 2007Jay Flight 27BH - what's current equivalent / upgrade?

Hi, recently got news from my insurance company they they are declaring my 2007 Jay Flight 27BH a total loss.
So this means I need to go shopping for a new trailer with their money.
My needs are a bunk model with a separate "master" bedroom, under 10,000 lbs loaded weight, and max length is around that 28 foot mark (actual length 32 feet I know).

Would be awesome if I could get something with a "real" queen 60x80 mattress because that's a major issue with my wife, and I think I'm keeping her longer than the trailer.

A few questions about the current model year:
- What's the equivalent to the Jay Flight 27BH? I don't see that one on the website, seems like the smallest/ Cheapest Jay Flight is the 28BHS. Would the WhiteHawk or Jay Feather be more similar to my "lower end" ten-year-old Jay Flight?

Also, am I reading this right that in terms of price/features in the current Jayco Travel Trailer line it goes Jay Feather -> WhiteHawk ->Jay Flight SLX -> Jay Flight -> Eagle?

I'm not too fussed about fancy interior decorations, but I do care quite a bit about the "bones" of the trailer. I've had to spend some time messing with brakes and suspension on previous trailers, so do the higher versions have stronger frames/axles/brakes or other features that will make for a more reliable unit? I'm not too fussed about a few extra pounds of weight (within reason). Sure seems like the tanks get larger on the higher end units.

I'm new around here so if there's a thread that covers some of this, just point me to it and I'll take a look. I did a quick search but didn't see what I wanted.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:05 AM   #2
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Just messing around on the Jayco site is seems like the SLX 264 BHW may be closest to what I currently have.

Really liking the look of the SLX 242 BHSW. That slide and the U-dinette would make it feel bigger, and the couple of feet shorter would be handy in one spot I am in regularly.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #3
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Jayflight 26Bh and SLX 264Bh same floor plan, but the Jayflifght has more standard features, more orderable options, and is more $ then the SLX line. Eagles are top of the food chain but there are no Eagles with a similar floorplan.
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After reading numerous posts on this Forum I would NOT consider any trailer with a "laminate" floor. Too many posts of soft spots and such. Although I may be wrong, I think the SLX has this type of floor. Many much more knowing than I can better answer your questions but for me , the Whitehawk line, 2016 and up, would be my first choice.
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Yeah, there are two parts to this process. Firstly finding out what's "equivalent" for my insurance company since that's how much they'll pay. Then deciding what I actually want to buy with that much money.

I'm really familiar with automotive insurance replacements, but the world of RV's seems to be more confusing.
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Yeah, there are two parts to this process. Firstly finding out what's "equivalent" for my insurance company since that's how much they'll pay. Then deciding what I actually want to buy with that much money.

I'm really familiar with automotive insurance replacements, but the world of RV's seems to be more confusing.
Yeah you will not get a 2018 with what they will allow you for a 2007, lol. You would have to look at the used market. There is an NADA site that values used RV`s that may give you an idea what they will give you.
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With insurance there are a couple of options to insure; Same model replacement value or the depreciate cash value. Whatever you are insured for.
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Yes, I'm covered for same model brand new replacement cost, not the depreciated value, which obviously is much lower. In my case value of the old trailer is about 1/3 of the new one, so it's handy that I'm covered for full replacement cost.

Not all policies do this, and RV insurance works very differently in different areas. Honestly, I didn't realize I had this type of coverage until this week.
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Had a chat with the local Jayco dealer and she was saying that the axles and brakes are "way better" than what would be on my 2007. I know that one is tandem 3500 lb dexter axles. Is there really much improvement with the newer stuff or is that just sales talk?
I guess these newer ones are heavier, so it's probably tandem 5000 lb axles now?

Not surprisingly she was also talking up the 2 year Jayco warranty and how they are more reliable than a different brand she used to sell. They do seem to have a good reputation with people I meet.
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Be careful with sales people they want to sell you something. Take your time with shopping. I would first wait what the cash payment is on your loss. Then start shopping for a late model used one what has all the bugs and warranties fixed. (new is not always better and finding one with a full length mattress, hope you're lucky)
Production demand is high so new ones could have issues. There's lot on sale on KiJiJi too this fall and every fall and you might find a bargain (means cash in your pocket). About the axles, I think they are still the same on a similar unit or less it depends on the GVW figure, but they will be in legal required terms. Good luck in finding a replacement.
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