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Old 02-10-2018, 09:05 PM   #1
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I have been researching and researching RV's and our family likes the floor plan of the 267BHSW Jay Flight SLX.

I am hesitating on the purchase because I am not looking to be upgrading down the road. I want to buy an RV that is going to last for the next 8 years or more if possible.

We are a family of 5 and we are wanting to go see more of the country and an RV seems a great way to get out and do that. We expect to spend more time outside than inside.

Are there other models I should consider?

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Old 02-10-2018, 09:10 PM   #2
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There are probably about 30 different models you should be looking at. What’s your tow vehicle? What’s your price range? Other than those, my first question would be are you going to want a bunk room down the road, so that you have beds for 3 kids?


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Old 02-10-2018, 09:21 PM   #3
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We do not like the bunk room as it separates everyone. We like the ability for everyone to be together but yet still have some extra space. That is what we like about the 267BHS is because kids (all three) could be hanging out on the bunks but still be apart of a conversation.

Budget is fluid but would like it under 20K. Saying that I will pay extra if it is truly worth it.
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I would say, if you are sticking with a 1500 truck, you probably won’t go much bigger due to payload capacity.

Are you sure down the road, you won’t want some separation from the kids at times? Are you sure you will want to set up / put away a fold out sofa every day?

What’s more important to you: an outdoor kitchen or a door to the bathroom?

Finally, does the setup allow you to do what you need to do on a daily basis, comfortably? For example, we have a 27BHS. Our main complaint is that, because the shower and the sink area are separated by the bathroom door, your already tiny bathroom area is divided into two even tinier areas. So, when you get out of the shower, you pretty much feel like you are trying to get dressed in a coffin with a toilet under your feet. We are adding a second shower curtain to the wall outside the sink area, so we can close off the whole sink, bath, bunk entry area as one room, to make clothing changes easier when the kids are in the camper, or even just when the windows are open, and the whole world can see what’s going on in the camper.

Try to think of all the little things like that as you walk through as many models as possible. We were fixated on the two year warranty from Jayco, and didn’t really look at anything else. Now that we are out around others with campers, we’ve seen a lot that we like, and wish we would have at least considered during the buying process.


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I just looked at your floor plan. If I was in your shoes, I would definitely lean towards the 287BHSW. It has the U shaped dinette, which you will need down the road. It has a ladder to the top bunk, which you will definitely need for the next 3-4 years. And it has the bathroom entry door, which means the bathroom area is bigger. Our outdoor kitchen is nice, and fun to show off, but a bigger bathroom would probably be more useful in the long run.


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We are a family of 5 with a Ford Expedition and 26bhsw. The 26ft was the most we could tow and still be within capacities, albeit, right at the limit. We bought it a few weeks ago and have only been out once. We did enjoy the dinette and sofa because we could all eat together and hang out. The open bunks were nice too because as you said, they're still able to be part of the conversation and watch TV from the bunks. We are going to add a curtain on the front side of the bathroom to close it off and create a changing space. We also enjoy the floor space for rainy days and so they can play with their toys.

An outside kitchen would have been nice to have but we would have had to get a jayfeather 25bh to get an outdoor kitchen with the same floor plan as the 26bhsw. We preferred the plywood floors and aluminum siding that the Jay Flight offers.

It's a great floor plan for our young family of 5, especially given the limitations of our tow vehicle. I think you would be happy with it as well. Our youngest is 3 and I hope to keep this one maintained well enough to last through all the kids.
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The 267 is a great floor plan and our family has enjoyed it very much. With the four of us, the dinette works out well (kids are 4 & 2). I could see where the U-Dinette of the 287 would come in handy if we had an extra body.

All of your assumptions for why you like the floor plan are correct. The only items that I wish we had were a separate exterior door to the bathroom (would keep the little feet from tracking things all the way across the floor each time they have to go...which is a lot), and an outdoor kitchen. Not too interested in the cooking aspect of the exterior kitchen, but having a place to wash hands outside is nice. I have installed an aftermarket sink that attaches to the side and I run a second hose for the supply and use a five gallon bucket for the grey waste.

You will want to get a ladder for that top bunk. We actually enjoy the way the bathroom is split in two, one person at the vanity getting ready while another is in the shower.
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We bought the 26bh (jayflight) for the plywood floors and the decent storage.
We have two children.
We wanted something that would sleep all of us comfortably as the kids grow, remain well within the limits of our tow vehicle, and have the fewest number of parts to break that we didn't absolutely need. We also wanted to have an escape pod for future hurricanes (we just survived Harvey in August).
The 26bh seemed best for our needs, considering our budget and the way we travel.


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I have been researching and researching RV's and our family likes the floor plan of the 267BHSW Jay Flight SLX.

I am hesitating on the purchase because I am not looking to be upgrading down the road. I want to buy an RV that is going to last for the next 8 years or more if possible.

We are a family of 5 and we are wanting to go see more of the country and an RV seems a great way to get out and do that. We expect to spend more time outside than inside.

Are there other models I should consider?

Thanks
You'll want to make sure you don't overload your truck.

Check the yellow payload sticker on your driver's door jamb and see what it says beside "Combined weight of occupants and cargo shall not exceed:______lbs"

For that trailer and a family of 5, you're going to need a payload of 1600+ lbs.

My truck has a payload of 1813lbs and with my family of 5 and our 28BHKS we are just within specs. I only have about 100lbs of payload left over.

We wanted the kitchen slide to give us more counter top space (Island). We find on most models the L-shaped kitchen is not enough counter space.



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Old 02-13-2018, 07:40 PM   #10
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Seanv1, what is your traveling style? If you share what your travel plans are, we may be able to guide you some.

Are you one that wants to just use it for sleeping, getting dressed, and being gone otherwise?

Are you more legit camping in it? National forests with no connections (dry camping or boondocking), or campgrounds with partial hookups?

RV resorts?

Do you plan to be in it a lot and require a lot of room?

These types of questions make a difference in what you get, as well as budget.


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