Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-20-2014, 04:07 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Glace Bay
Posts: 53
Looking at 2 Jayco Travel Trailers.

I am getting back into camping after being out of it for 25 years. There are 2 Trailers that my wife and I am looking at. They are the 2015 JAY FLIGHT 33RLDS and the 2014 EAGLE 318 RETS. I have a few questions if you don't mind.

1. The price is close on these 2 models, is the Eagle that much of a better constructed trailer than the jflight.
2. Does the Eagle have better Windows and Outside Skin than the jay flight.
3. If you were getting back into trailering after 25 years what would you suggest I buy. We don't want any bunks.

Would love to hear your replies.

tks Reboot123
Reboot123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 06:32 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Brownie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Greater Grand Rapids
Posts: 1,393
Welcome, again, to The Forum. So much of the trailer selection decision is based on personal use & preferences, that offering much advise without more info is pretty superficial. For instance: How, where, and when will you be using it. A trailer that is well suited for week-ending in Florida, may not be practical for full-timing in Michigan.

I'm a little partial to the Eagle, because I own one. Although a lot of folks dislike the fiberglass exterior siding, I think it gives a trailer a sleeker, more contemporary look. It also offers slightly better insulation for early/late season camping. The ceilings are also 3" higher, which gives a more spacious feeling - particularly nice if you spend a lot of time inside the camper (full-timing, cold or rainy weather, long winter evenings, etc.) With the smaller door-side slide-out, it also gives you a larger awning/porch area. On the other hand, the kitchen countertop space is very limited in this particular model. Where are you going to put your coffee maker, toaster, etc.?

The Jay Flight has more kitchen countertop space and slightly larger fresh, grey and black water tanks. (The tanks size may not be terribly important to you if you plan on using it mostly/exclusively at full hook-up campgrounds.)

Both trailers have virtually identical wardrobe storage, so that's pretty much a wash. I would be remiss if I didn't point out a personal bugaboo of mine: both trailers have rear entertainment centers. Unless you are sitting in the front dinette booth, you are forced to turn your head to the side to watch the television. If you live/camp in a hot, cold, or wet climate - or you are a full-time RVer - you may be spending quite a bit of time indoors watching television. After a few days of sustained head turning in a S & B house I use to own with a similar setup, I developed a nasty pain in the neck - literally! After I changed my viewing position, it took several weeks to clear up. As I said, that's my personal bugaboo. There are thousands of trailers & FW's out there with similar setups (either rear entertainment centers, or ET's between the living room and master bedroom), so it's obviously not an issue for everyone. JMHO!

Good luck making your decision, and enjoy your new trailer for many, many years!

Happy Camping!
__________________
2013 Eagle 266RKS
2011 Ford F-150 w/3.5L Ecoboost & H.D. Tow Package
Brownie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 11:22 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: CENTRAL NEW YORK
Posts: 984
Our 33 RLDS has two huge sofas to watch tv from so We have no problem watching TV on rainy days..
__________________
2013 33 RLDS
2004 Chevy Avalanche 2500 8.1
2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited 3.2
2016 CTS 4 2.0T
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0
2015 Chrysler 200C AWD
33 RLDS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 12:24 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: SF Bay
Posts: 97
I think Brownie's points are very well taken.

The TV viewing position & angle is a serious thing, especially if you are old enough to remember black and white TV...It was one of the compelling features of our most recent trailer (and note, it's different from Brownie's, thought the designator is the same).

I would add that unless you really need to buy a new unit, try looking for a used one, and one possibly smaller than what you are currently looking at. Here's why:

1) Less money/more value
2) All of the initial problems should have been taken care of
3) As a "starter" RV, you get a chance to explore what you like and dislike
4) Lower overall risk. If you don't like it, it's easier to sell and get something else
5) Towing a big, long, heavy trailer is an acquired skill and taste. Give yourself some time.
6) A used unit may have a lot of the "incidentals" included, saving you money and giving you a more turn-key unit.

My $0.02 on getting back into RV's..


Have fun!
__________________
2016 Rockwood 8329SS
1999 Ford E350 V10 Chateau (6.8L, 4.11 LS)
2013 Starcraft 266RKS
2005 Cedar Creek 31LBHS
2001 Sprinter 303BHS
1997 Mallard 33Z
1990 Starcraft Starmaster[/I]
Bluestreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 12:35 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Redhorse 823's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Plant City FL
Posts: 721
Great points by all.
Heard a great quote during the Tampa RV show.
"Your first RV is an investment in your RV education"
His point was your don't really know what you want until you use it.
I agree completely with his comment. And after 25 years of being out, its like its all new to you...

Good luck/welcome back

Tom
__________________

Tom
2015 Eagle 324BHTS
2015 Silverado 2500HD 6.6 DirtyMax
Redhorse 823 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 12:43 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Glace Bay
Posts: 53
Tks appreciate the replies.
Reboot123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2014, 12:46 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: CENTRAL NEW YORK
Posts: 984
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redhorse 823 View Post
Great points by all.
Heard a great quote during the Tampa RV show.
"Your first RV is an investment in your RV education"
His point was your don't really know what you want until you use it.
I agree completely with his comment. And after 25 years of being out, its like its all new to you...

Good luck/welcome back

Tom
Very true, we bought our first camper a Hybrid and hated it. Now on our second one we love it. Live and learn
__________________
2013 33 RLDS
2004 Chevy Avalanche 2500 8.1
2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited 3.2
2016 CTS 4 2.0T
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0
2015 Chrysler 200C AWD
33 RLDS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2014, 11:43 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North Idaho/Arizona
Posts: 5,446
Our trailer is similar to the 33RLDS. We removed the sofa on the side with the dinette and bought two recliners. One is a wall hugger and the other is a rocker. In our experience the sofa's are not real durable or nearly as comfortable as a recliner..
__________________
2011 Eagle 330RLTS with just about every option.
2017 Silverado 1500 4x4 5.3 with tow package. (no, we don't tow the Jayco with it.)
2018 Surveyor 265RLDS well equipped.
Life in the slow lane is still life.
clutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2014, 11:50 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Jaws014's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Chicagoland area
Posts: 20
Not that you need a third choice. But check out the WhiteHawk 33RSKS
__________________
Using Tapatalk
Jaws014 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2014, 06:12 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: CENTRAL NEW YORK
Posts: 984
Quote:
Originally Posted by clutch View Post
Our trailer is similar to the 33RLDS. We removed the sofa on the side with the dinette and bought two recliners. One is a wall hugger and the other is a rocker. In our experience the sofa's are not real durable or nearly as comfortable as a recliner..

Our sofas are ridiculously comfortable and the steel frame looks strong.

We like the idea of the recliners and will probably do that to one of the sofas when the kids get older and we wont need the 2 beds.
__________________
2013 33 RLDS
2004 Chevy Avalanche 2500 8.1
2019 Jeep Cherokee Limited 3.2
2016 CTS 4 2.0T
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0
2015 Chrysler 200C AWD
33 RLDS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2014, 09:21 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
cekkk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Pahrump
Posts: 4,039
So much to agree with here. Looking at the floor plan on the 318, I couldn't tell how easy or difficult it will be to change the sheets on the bed. That is of interest to my DW. And viewing the TV would require moving furniture or twisting necks. Our Eagle came with a 10 gallon WH, and it's a huge improvement over our previous camper's 6 gallon unit, which the specs show for the 318. I've also heard complaints about the very attractive brown cap fading. Just some thought that may not matter to you.
__________________
'11 Eagle 320RLDS
'02 F350 PSD Dually 4WD
DW's Ride, '13 Expedition
'14 Denali XL
cekkk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2014, 09:20 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Fraser Valley British Columbia
Posts: 767
We had the same decision in our floor plan and went with the eagle. I liked the smooth siding better and just liked the look of the eagle more plus if I remember right it was a little lighter too as we had an f150 at the time. I say eagle
__________________
2010 Jayco Eagle Superlite 256 RKS
2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins

66 nights in 2016
61 nights in 2015
Derek700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.