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Old 08-27-2017, 04:40 PM   #1
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Jay Flight 29RKS Owners (past, present, or future)

If you own, have owned, or will own a Jay Flight 29RKS, I am interested in knowing your impressions and experiences with the model. I find myself increasingly interested in the floorplan. What are your thoughts about it mated with a 1/2 ton? We have 1,600 payload capacity and about 10,000# tow rating. I wonder how heavy the tongue becomes once the propane, battery, and hitch are all dialed-in. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-27-2017, 04:42 PM   #2
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I would also appreciate your thoughts on this unit as an extended stay model - not full time, but 1-3 months at a time (hosting and work camping).
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Old 08-27-2017, 06:34 PM   #3
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Give yourself more TV. I think you'll enjoy the floor plan. Haven't camped anywhere that long in one campsite so no help on that front.
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Old 08-27-2017, 06:42 PM   #4
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We have the Coachmen version and love the floorplan. In comparing it to rear living floor plans the rear kitchen won out with us.
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Old 09-12-2017, 02:40 PM   #5
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FeatherFam, did you purchase the 29RK? I am debating between the Jayco 29RK and the Forest River Cherokee 274RK. I like the kitchen windows in the Cherokee, there is a long window on the side and a smaller on in the back. I prefer the exterior color and the interior design of the Jayco.
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No, we are not buying one at this time. We like the floor plan. We were excited to go see one in person. We spent a day looking at several models including the Jay Flight 29RKS. The workmanship (dare I use such a term) was pretty shoddy, worse than other Jayco model years. We were not impressed at all; in fact, we were disappointed.

For now, we are enjoying our Jay Feather 23RBM. Our 2016 (March 2016 build) was the last model year before the Thor acquisition kick in to impact production. It is pretty well put together (all things considered). We think that we got a decent one, and we are going to milk it as far as we can. Maybe by the time we are ready to purchase again, Jayco will be worth considering. I have not been in a 2018 Jayco (Feather, White Hawk, or Flight) that I would purchase. All of them were noticeably cheapened.
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We purchased our 2017 - 29RKS and received it last fall. We have a seasonal camp site so we spend a LOT of time in it. Our 29RKS "fits" our life style; empty nesters, occasional grand baby over nights (we like the dinette for the bed and storage), the picture window overlooks our scenic view of the Ohio river, The rear kitchen is "roomy" and well laid out. The shower is also roomy. The recliners are nice if you have "company". Our dual A/C keeps the interior very comfortable. The bed needed a mattress topper. We moved the Furion TV to the bedroom and installed a better TV in living room. We have no quarrel with the quality of our Jayco, everything has worked since day one. It tows like a dream, Equal-I-zer weight distributing hitch, 3/4 ton, big block Chevy V-8. (I think a 1/2 ton is not enough truck). Our trailer weighed in at 8000 lbs - full propane, battery, 20 gal water, misc personal items - tongue weight was 1170 lbs. I'm not sure what we would change. (the pantry needs slide out drawers, a project for another day)
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Thank so much for the replies FeatherFam and jbrnigan. We travel alone or with our son and his fiance, our granddaughter occasionally goes with us. Having a sofa that makes into a full bed is important as well as kitchen counter space. I had been debating on the 29RLS vs the 29RKS, but the RKS has more counter space. I do have a question - if the slideout is in, can you open the fridge at all?
Another question to jbrnigan - you mention a half-ton truck is not enough. We have a 2017 Chevy 1500 4x4, it says we can pull just over 9,000lbs. What are your concerns with a half-ton pulling the 29RKS?
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I cannot open the refrigerator with the slide "in", but only have to open the slide about 18" for access. Your 1/2 ton Chev. is rated to tow 9K - the important number is CVWR, weight of the truck, passengers, fuel and trailer, as loaded for travel - others on this site are certainly more knowledgeable than I on this subject. My opinion - 3/4 to 1 ton trucks have beefier suspensions, drive trains, and more powerful engines. There will always be the debate over "capability", and you will quickly experience whether your tow vehicle is capable or not (depending your expectations). My experience has been more is better when it comes to tow vehicles. A quick search of this forum will give you more insight and perhaps a less biased opinion.
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Can anyone tell me the differences in the 2017 29RKS vs 2018?
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