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Old 08-27-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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JayFlight 26Bh

So my father in law is a hardcore RV guy. He's had everything from a popup to a 5th wheel. He's really trying to talk me into getting 3/4 ton truck so that I can pull a SunnyBrook 5th wheel when what I really want is a 1/2 ton truck and the JayFlight 26BH. He's really against any "overlap system" because they inevitably leak. I know the SunnyBrook is far superior to the 26BH. What I need to know is if the 26BH is prone to leaking or if my stepfather is just a wee bit biased. Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-27-2014, 06:48 PM   #2
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If by overlap system you mean the aluminum siding, the "stick and tin" design has been around for many decades. The 26BH is one of Jayco`s most popular floorplans, and I cannot recall a thread here about one leaking, but as with all RV`s it is always a possibility. The Jayflight line is also the most popular TT line here on the forum, as indicated in our TT poll. I would not hesitate to buy one, if that is what you want.

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Old 08-27-2014, 06:54 PM   #3
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I think what he means is how the corners of the trailer come together. So the walls come together and then there's a strip of material that weather proofs it. That seam is prone to leaks in his opinion. I agree, I've heard nothing but good things about the 26BH.
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:55 PM   #4
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We bought our 26BH new in March of 2013 and it has been nearly trouble free after a few dozen outings. Friends of ours bought their 26BH (also new) a year before us and they had a minor leak from a bad caulking around a front clearance light. We wouldn't hesitate to buy another Jayco again or recommend them to a friend.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:41 PM   #5
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I had a couple of leaks in mine. Luckily, the water dripped right into my bathtub. The outer plastic skylight had cracked slightly.

First time, I fixed it with lots of self leveling caulk. Second time, the crack was going upward from the base, towards the top. Out came the JB Weld and it's been leak free ever since.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:27 PM   #6
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I had a 26Bh -- no issues what so ever.

My .02 ---

If you are buying a truck buy the 3/4 ton now, don't mess with the 1/2 ton. Get what ever TT/5er you want but realize if you get the 26BH odds are you will be upgrading quicker than you current think.

Obviously if you have a FIL -- then you are married
Looking a bunkhouses -- I assume you have kids or will have kids.

Again the 26BH is nice trailer, but w/o a slide it does get tight. For us it was manageable with 2 kids, when #3 arrived it was more than we could handle in it. We had the single over double bunks which provided the little wardrobe closet. It was small but we sure apprecaited having it. I honestly don't know how folks do it with kids and the double over double.

Take you time, do some research, if the 26BH is what you finally decide on I can't blame you. Its a nice combination of size/weight/cost -- but again do yourself a favor and get the 3/4 ton truck now. You will be happy you have it already when that day comes.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:55 AM   #7
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You don't give your age but take it from an old timer " get the 3/4 ton " you'll be glad you did. Enjoy your next adventure .
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:45 AM   #8
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+1 for the 26BH being a FINE trailer. We looked at them very seriously before "settling" on the 28BHBE. For the 26BH, you don't need a 3/4 ton, but the guys above are right. If there's ANY chance you MIGHT upgrade your trailer, or decide your FIL was right and you shoulda gotten the 5er, just go ahead and get the bigger truck now. It will save you a bunch of time, money, teeth gnashing and heartache.

However, if you're absolutely convinced that the 26BH is THE trailer for your family, and you're in it for the long haul (10 yrs or so), then there's no reason to go with the 3/4 ton. But I would think LONG AND HARD about that one.

I'm in a 1/2 ton right now. We're about to have a baby boy, and my currently maxed out 1/2 T won't have the capacity for all the additional stuff that comes with a toddler. So we're in the same boat many others before us have been in; upgrading the TV. It happens, life goes on.

Just be real honest with yourself and think about how you and your family will use this equipment, then make the best decision for YOU AND YOUR FAMILY (your FIL doesn't have to tow it or make payments on it). If you end up changing things in the future (and you most likely will) you'll have to change things anyway, so it's not the end of the world... After all, having fun and making memories is the most important part right!

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Old 08-28-2014, 09:56 AM   #9
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We love our 26BH. We have 3 kids, double over double bunks, and we camped in it 3 weeks straight. We had more than enough storage for our stuff and plenty of living space for the family (OK, it was a little tight for the two weeks my mother-in-law was with us). We towed over 3000 miles behind a 1/2 ton.

I am personally happy to not have a slide out, as it was nice to pull into Walmart, buy a rotisserie chicken, and have a quick family dinner at the dinette before getting back on the road. It is also easier to park in some of the state parks we go to.

We are definitely not looking to upgrade anytime soon. Everyone has different preferences, so don't let anyone else convince you of theirs. YMMV.

That said, if I were to buy a new truck, I would go for a a 3/4 ton.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:17 PM   #10
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We've had our 264BH for over a year and a half now. We love it and have had absolutely no problems with leaks at all, and we've pulled it over 10,000 miles so far. We pull it with a 2014 GMC 1/2 ton crew cab truck with the 6.2L engine and the factory towing package. I usually average about 10 1/2 MPG towing at 65MPH. The truck is rated for 13,500 lbs and of course our trailer is only about half that.
Give it lots of thought and go with your gut.
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