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Old 10-29-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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Jay Flight 26RLS vs. 26RKS

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I am a new member and previous Jayco owner. Our first coach was a Granite Ridge which was eventually traded for a large diesel pusher to tow our race trailer. We are no longer racing and are camping very infrequently, so we recently sold the pusher. We are looking to simplify and downsize, so we came back to Jayco because of our great experience with the Granite Ridge.

We are looking at the 26RLS and 26RKS. I would love to go a bit larger, but we have some maneuvering concerns on our property that could be an issue. It will be just my husband, myself and our Vizsla (48 pounds, sleeps in a soft fold up crate) with a random occasional guest. We both really like the more open feeling of the rear lounge, but have concerns over heat/cold transfer with the rear window. We probably will not camp in much extreme weather, but we are in Florida and hubby likes it very cold inside.

The salesman seems to think the 26RKS is a more functional floor plan and said there will be a definite loss of R value on the RLS. I plan on the thermal package regardless of model and also thought of an outside sunscreen (we had one on the windshield of the pusher) for the RLS if we were to buy it.
Thank you in advance for any pros/cons on these two models or any suggestions.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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We chose the 26RLS over the 26RKS because we wanted the two swivel chairs. We have the thermal package. For the last 4 weeks we have been camping in south Florida and 9 days of that in the keys with 90 degree sunshine. The A/C was able to keep it cool no problem. If the sun is directly on the large rear window, it helps quite a bit to pull down the blind on that window. Up north we have also camped in freezing 32 degree over nights. The only complaint there is the pass thru storage area under the bed is not heated. This makes the bed quite cold at night. An electric blanket would solve this problem, but we have not yet added that.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:59 AM   #3
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Thanks David. Do you have the larger AC? How cool do you keep it day/night? My husband likes it 70 at night and probably no more than 73 during the day. I am hoping that a travel trailer cools down faster and is easier to keep cool than a motorcoach with the big windshield.

I did not think about the under bed area. Knowing how cold the floors can get, I bet the bed gets quite chilly. Not a deal breaker though. I am leaning towards the RLS, however it looks like if I order one, now it is a 27RLS and even longer. I am already pushing my limits on length.
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We chose the 2013 26rks for the Kitchen Island, but they have since done away with it
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Old 10-30-2014, 11:27 AM   #5
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We have the 2012 298RLS and have spent 3 winters in it in a cool area of Florida. We have been quite comfortable in winter and the floors don't really seem cold. But cold air was coming up through a big gap between the mattress and the sides of the storage box. Foam insulation boards from the home improvement store were easy to cut and glue to fill the gap and block off the breeze. Finally, a heated mattress pad to pre-warm the whole thing, we are very cozy.
We never open the rear window blind, it's awkward to do and the chairs are in the way. As snowbirds, we really need the chairs.
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Thanks David. Do you have the larger AC? How cool do you keep it day/night? My husband likes it 70 at night and probably no more than 73 during the day. I am hoping that a travel trailer cools down faster and is easier to keep cool than a motorcoach with the big windshield.

I did not think about the under bed area. Knowing how cold the floors can get, I bet the bed gets quite chilly. Not a deal breaker though. I am leaning towards the RLS, however it looks like if I order one, now it is a 27RLS and even longer. I am already pushing my limits on length.
We have the standard AC, which I think is 13.5
In the hot weather, we keep the thermostat set at 74 during the day and 68 at night.

When running the furnace, some of the heat is ducked under the floor, so it doesn't really feel cold. The bed is another matter.
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I somewhat helped the cold bed situation by insulating and finishing off the front of the underbed storage with foam block insulation and luan plywood. Also put foam block under the bed. The problem is there is still that gap between the mattress and the nightstand where you can run your hand down right into the front storage, and cold air can come in through that space, unless you tuck in something to block it.





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Thanks so much guys! This alleviates my concern of not being able to keep the unit cool enough for us if we go with the 26RLS. I called Jayco today and was told the new 27RLS is 30 feet overall length. The 26RKS is 28'8". We are going to try to rig up an experiment of sorts this weekend with our 24 foot car trailer to get a better idea of what length we can maneuver ok on our property and into the RV shed. The 41' coach did fine, but the truck and trailer combo is a whole different equation. Lots of trees and a poorly angled driveway and narrow bridge to deal with.
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Wow. Thanks, Crabman. I love seeing what others have done to their rig and you've given me some great ideas.
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I somewhat helped the cold bed situation by insulating and finishing off the front of the underbed storage with foam block insulation and luan plywood. Also put foam block under the bed. The problem is there is still that gap between the mattress and the nightstand where you can run your hand down right into the front storage, and cold air can come in through that space, unless you tuck in something to block it.





That's awesome! I need to do something like that to store all my fishing rods!
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