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Old 06-12-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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Swift 184BH vs Launch 18BH - Ceiling Height?

I am just about to purchase a Jayco swift 184bh, any owners out there have feedback?

After making a deposit I found the starcraft launch 18bh, it appears to be identical expect that is has fiberglass sides, and an extra 5 inches ceiling space. Anyone have complaints about the ceiling height in the jayco? I am trying to decide if I should try to get out of the deal on the jayco.

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Old 06-14-2013, 05:51 AM   #2
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No input on the height of the ceiling? Anyone find in unbearably low?
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:31 AM   #3
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I can't comment on the difference between the 2 but when we were looking for our 26BH, we looked at other brands as well and some of them have a much lower ceiling height and we found it too claustrophobic and I am only 5'7" and my wife is 5'6". I would get the one that makes you feel better. If you are questioning it, I bet you won't be 100% happy. Both of those campers are Jayco brands so it really doesn't matter in the end which one you buy. They both offer 2 year warranties and are basically the same, I would try to get the taller one just for that extra 5" of headroom.
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I have owned the 184bh for one year now. I am 6 foot tall and I really don't notice the low height. I have used the shower one time and that is where I noticed the height. There is extra height added into the shower area but you notice that your head is sticking up into that area and it feels a little strange. Other than that, I haven't hit my head on anything yet. We have had the camper out about 14 days/nights so far and it has worked well for our family (me, wife, son, daughter) and I am the tallest. I like the camper, but, I don't recommend any jumping in it, you will hit your head!
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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I spent 40 nights in one last season and didn't notice it except for in the shower. I am 6ft as well, it wasn't terrible as I was just happy to be taking a shower those few times lol but now that I have taller ceilings in my new trailer I have to say I do enjoy it. It feels so much bigger and less claustrophobic. You'd be surprised what that extra 5 inches will do... but that's what she said right
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I agree on the shower, I now know why there is a curved skylight above the tub... so your head can stick up in it! @ 5'9" I find it spacious enough though, 1 good thing about being shorter...
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Great, thanks for all the feedback.
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I don't think the Swift SLX is exactly garage friendly unless you have 9 foot doors (it's 8.6"+ before you factor in the junk mounted on the roof including the 3' radio antenna). I'm 5'10" and didn't have any problems inside of the 184 BH in 3 nights sleeping/showering (with my head in the skylight) but imagine someone over 6' would find the interior required stooping to move around which could be a dealbreaker.

One negative to a higher roof is greater surface area for wind resistance while towing. I brought my trailer home this weekend in a pretty stiff headwind behind my Kia Sorento and it felt like I was pulling a parachute as it is... Another 7-8 feet of flat surface over top of my vehicle would not have been a welcome change. Interesting that the Starcraft Flight 184bh is actually the same weight as the Jayco Swift SLX 184bh even with the extra 1' overall height difference and fiberglass exterior.
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Thanks for the input. I have since bought the 184bh and love it! I also tow with a Sorrento and I am very pleased with the tow experience.
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That's great news! Congratulations on the trailer
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