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Old 01-05-2014, 10:27 AM   #1
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Jayco Flight/Swift line ... Post RV show (26BH, 264BH)

We attended our local RV show this past weekend to find our fist camper. Originally we had eyes for the Jayco hybrids but really like the Jayco Flight/Swift non slide bunkhouse models with an edge to the Flight with the nicer furnishings/lighting etc. A few questions....

Concerns issue with aluminum siding vs fiberglass siding ( Flight/Swift have an option to add)
If you have a non-slide do you wish you have gone with a model with a slide?
Concerns issues with wood framing vs aluminum framing like in the White Hawk line?

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Old 01-05-2014, 10:48 AM   #2
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I would have no concerns buying an aluminum sided "stick and tin" trailer, they have been around for decades. Same goes for the wood framing.

Having slide(s) is a personal choice, depending on how much room you want, they also add weight to the unit. Most trailers today have slides. A slide can make a dramatic difference in the room you have in the unit. Our first trailer was a non slide model, our current one has a sofa slide and if I were to buy one today it would have a larger slide, or two.

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:06 AM   #3
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We have 2 campers, one with a slide and one without a slide, the one without a slide is a Hi-Lo and sits in the yard and only used twice a year, it is 22 feet long and has no room at all, if somebody is making a sandwich there is no room for 2 people to walk thru, our Jayco with a slide is at a seasonal campground you have enough room to dance it has so much space. The next unit I buy will have at least 2 slides for even more room.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:21 AM   #4
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The only thing I do not like about some of the Swifts is the side wall AC mount. I have heard a lot about water leaks from them. Otherwise the general construction is all about the same.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:46 AM   #5
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The DW and I have owned our 26BH for about a year and our space complaints are minimal while camping with our 5 and 10 year old. We have some friends that have 3 children (about 2, 6 and 10) and they feel cramped in the kitchen area of their 26BH. I try to cook outside to avoid the crowding issue or have the kids stay in their bunks until I'm done cooking but I'll probably move up to a slide when the kids get bigger. A slide adds several hundred pounds over and non-slide so a slider is out of the question with my current TV.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:41 PM   #6
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Selling my 26BH now. It was great with 2 kids but 3 made things get tight. Our issue is deducated beds and bunk area storage for 3; not so much living space.
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Old 01-05-2014, 05:08 PM   #7
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i also have the 26BH and i dont care about the extra room its fine for me, it mostly just a place to sleep, the wife always complains about not having a slide, the extra weight of the slide was a deal breaker for me cause i had to be able to bring my boat and its already pushing it as it is with my truck

if it is up to you then dont worry about the slide, if the wife is on the fence about it and you have the TV to handle it, get the slide, it will make your life easier
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:10 PM   #8
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The Jay Flight 26BH is rated #1000 higher in GVWR then the Swift. We liked our 26BH but felt cramped for space in the living area. Also the bedroom is not totally separated from the living area.

We love the space in our 27DSRL and the fact that the living area is fully separated from the bedroom by the bath. Some people do not like the idea of having to walk thru the bath to get to the bedroom. However in our case DW can watch TV in bedroom and I can read in living room without hearing her TV. Our current trailer is #1000 heavier than the 26BH, however we upgraded our TV before getting it.

26BH does not have much counter space and I am much more comfortable in a table and chair setup

If I were in the market for a Jay Flight I would not pay extra for fiberglass. Aluminum siding is cheaper and easier to repair.

The floor plan is probably the most important factor in your selection of the right trailer.

You must have a TV capable of safely pulling whatever you end up with!!
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:15 AM   #9
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We own a 264BH and absolutely love it. There's plenty of space for my DW, myself, our two dogs, and an occasional grand child or two. We thought about getting a TT with a slide, but opted not to do it because of the additional weight and maintenance. How much space is enough, that's simply a matter of personal preference. We also like the aluminum skin as opposed to fiberglass because it stands up much better to years of exposure to the elements.
Good luck with your decision.

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1st two TT did not have slides. Looked for a year to find a bigger TV so we could get our new TT with 2 slide outs. If it was just me and the DW then a slide would not be required but with 4 kids and 3 dogs we neded the extra room.

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