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Old 05-14-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
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Hi there! My husband and I are shopping for a TT. We have it narrowed down to a brand new 2010 Jay Flight 26BH (they're asking $13,999), a used 2009 Jay Flight 26 BH (they're asking $12,999), or a 2004 Jay Flight 27BH (they're asking $7,499). This is our first TT. My husband had a TT growing up but this is a first for me. We like the layout w/the double bunk. We have a 6 month old, a 2 yr old, and a 14 yr old that will be vacationing with us. We've looked at the two used TT and saw no signs of leaks or moisture damage.

Any suggestions or recommendations? We were thinking about ruling out the 2004 b/c it's older and will probably require more maintenance sooner. The 2009 seems to be in very good shape but we thought why pay $12,999 for a 2009 when we can get a NEW 2010 for $1k more.

What would be a good $$ amount to offer for the used 2009?

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Old 05-14-2011, 07:59 PM   #2
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Try getting a quote from RVdirect to see just what a 2011 or 2012 would cost. The 2010 if new would carry a 2 yr warranty with it where the used ones would not. I got a quote on a 26BH in Summer 2009 from them (2010 model) and it was 12,800. 13 grand for the used 2009 is a bit high IMO. BTW welcome to JOF
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This is a great place to start remember this retail so its what I refur to as a starting price. I refuse to pay retail on any large purchase. http://www.nadaguides.com/RVs/Travel...ers-5th-Wheels
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:16 PM   #4
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Hello Momma to 2 and welcome to the forum.

We just purchased the 2011 Jay Flight 26BH for $13,999. When I looked around at the used trailers they either smelled funny, had most of the plastic on the roof broken, or looked like they were not taken care of very well. So , we decided to spend the extra $1,500 and get one new.

We did pay the full $13,999 however I did get a 10k WDH, 2 - 6V batteries installed, 4 year extended warranty, Prodigy P2 electronic break control installed, spare tire carrier and spare tire (not sure if that was supposed to be on it or not) mounted on rear bumper, and the seven wire plug trailer wires ran from the front to the back and hooked up at no extra charge.

I feel I got a good deal on the trailer with the extras added in.

Good luck!
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Hello Momma to 2 and welcome to the forum.

We just purchased the 2011 Jay Flight 26BH for $13,999. When I looked around at the used trailers they either smelled funny, had most of the plastic on the roof broken, or looked like they were not taken care of very well. So , we decided to spend the extra $1,500 and get one new.

We did pay the full $13,999 however I did get a 10k WDH, 2 - 6V batteries installed, 4 year extended warranty, Prodigy P2 electronic break control installed, spare tire carrier and spare tire (not sure if that was supposed to be on it or not) mounted on rear bumper, and the seven wire plug trailer wires ran from the front to the back and hooked up at no extra charge.

I feel I got a good deal on the trailer with the extras added in.

Good luck!

You done good, with all those goodies thrown in!
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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If you plan to keep the TT for many years, get the "2010 Jay Flight 26BH (they're asking $13,999)". If keeping for 10+ years, that would only be $100 / year more. The price of 1 tank of gas (per year) difference.... Very little difference compared to the big picture.

Definitely stay away from the 2004 model. I've got a 2006 Jayco TT and it needs lots of 'proactive' maintenance. Especially its main roof and slide roof. In my region, TT roofs only last 10 years. 15 years if treated every year. And, max 20 years if stored under a solid roof during its winter storage months.

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Try getting a quote from RVdirect to see just what a 2011 or 2012 would cost.
Double check with the dealer to see what options are on the 2010 that you are looking at. Make sure when you get the quote from RVdirect, you request those same options. Also, here is some member generated advice for buying a new tt... hope it helps.

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I did get a quote from RVdirect for a 2011. I read the buying tips on here a few days ago. This is a very helpful forum and I'm so excited to join you all! I saw that a "good deal" on a new TT is to pay 28-30% less than MSRP but what would you folks consider a "good deal" on a used TT? We are kind of leaning toward the 2009 mainly bc it's in the price range we wanted to spend.
Good to know about the life expectancy of the roof! Is there anything else specifically we should look out for on a used TT besides moisture damage, seals, weird smells, tire condition, general condition? Like anything specific that would signal a problem? Or any links to a used TT buying guide??

Thanks for all your help! We're hoping to make an offer on one on Monday so we can be all set for our maiden voyage in June! I'm so excited! I feel like a little kid!
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I would go the extra $1,000 (or less) and get a trailer 3 years newer, with a 2 year warranty. (The RVDirect pricing now is for 2012's.) Then there are NO worries, and a better resale value too.

(I got a dealer to match RVDirect, and saved 30%.)
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I did get a quote from RVdirect for a 2011. I read the buying tips on here a few days ago. This is a very helpful forum and I'm so excited to join you all! I saw that a "good deal" on a new TT is to pay 28-30% less than MSRP but what would you folks consider a "good deal" on a used TT? We are kind of leaning toward the 2009 mainly bc it's in the price range we wanted to spend.
Good to know about the life expectancy of the roof! Is there anything else specifically we should look out for on a used TT besides moisture damage, seals, weird smells, tire condition, general condition? Like anything specific that would signal a problem? Or any links to a used TT buying guide??

Thanks for all your help! We're hoping to make an offer on one on Monday so we can be all set for our maiden voyage in June! I'm so excited! I feel like a little kid!
Momma to 2 thats a great question we are all very good at buying new but not so much on used but if you have an insurance agent you have a good working relationship with call him or her and ask if there was a total loss on the jayco you like what would the company cut a check for and you then have the true value of the TT your looking at.
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