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Old 10-08-2014, 09:05 AM   #1
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Would You Do It? (SLX vs Jayflight)

Just like the title says........
We currently have a Jayco 28BHS Jayflight with the Elite package and absolutely love the trailer however we have been kicking around getting a bigger slide out for more floor space. Anyhow our current dealer has an 26BHS floor plan in an SLX version and for basically an even trade for our 28BHS.

My question is has anyone went form the Jayflight to the SLX and how did they feel about it. I really mean no offense to the current SLX owners but I have just gotten so used to my 90+ gallon water capacity, tank flusher, dark tinted windows, and all the other options I'm not sure how I would feel about it.

Is there any construction difference between the SLX and the Jayflight or is it more just cosmetic upgrades? So far the differences I have noted on the SLX are listed below.
  • Half the water capacity
  • 20 lb propane tanks with no covers
  • Curtains instead of the doors to the front sleeping area
  • No medicine cabinet
  • Missing shelves in side of cabinets
  • No cabinet doors over the front bed
  • No raised panel doors on the cabinets
  • No ladder on the back
  • No window side curtains
  • No control panel box to hide all the switches
  • Tv does not swing around to the front bed
  • No tank Flusher
  • Steel Rims
  • Cheaper mattress
  • No wall thermostat for the AC
  • Different Axles

Am I missing anything?

Still not sure I am sold on trading at all as I love the Maxi Store door on my current rig and I now know this one top to bottom and have always taken excellent care of it. However the extra floor space would be great for the 2+ week trip we are taking next year.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:12 AM   #2
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Sounds like you answered your own question
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Old 10-08-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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Just like the title says........
We currently have a Jayco 28BHS Jayflight with the Elite package and absolutely love the trailer however we have been kicking around getting a bigger slide out for more floor space. Anyhow our current dealer has an 26BHS floor plan in an SLX version and for basically an even trade for our 28BHS.

My question is has anyone went form the Jayflight to the SLX and how did they feel about it. I really mean no offense to the current SLX owners but I have just gotten so used to my 90+ gallon water capacity, tank flusher, dark tinted windows, and all the other options I'm not sure how I would feel about it.

Is there any construction difference between the SLX and the Jayflight or is it more just cosmetic upgrades? So far the differences I have noted on the SLX are listed below.
  • Half the water capacity
  • 20 lb propane tanks with no covers
  • Curtains instead of the doors to the front sleeping area
  • No medicine cabinet
  • Missing shelves in side of cabinets
  • No cabinet doors over the front bed
  • No raised panel doors on the cabinets
  • No ladder on the back
  • No window side curtains
  • No control panel box to hide all the switches
  • Tv does not swing around to the front bed
  • No tank Flusher
  • Steel Rims
  • Cheaper mattress
  • No wall thermostat for the AC
  • Different Axles

Am I missing anything?

Still not sure I am sold on trading at all as I love the Maxi Store door on my current rig and I now know this one top to bottom and have always taken excellent care of it. However the extra floor space would be great for the 2+ week trip we are taking next year.
No wounder it's basically an even trade, that's a lot to give up. Look's to me like you would be down grading from what you have now.
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:08 PM   #4
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The specs for that model are not on the website yet, but with the Swift/Jayflight lineup of the past in the same floorplans had different GVWR and cargo carrying capacity. The jayflights would have more of each. So they likely have larger axles and tires.

One example is the 26BH and 264BH, identical floorplans:



264BH Swift GVWR 6500, CCC 2145

Jayflight 26BH GVWR 7000 CCC 2635


It is also noteworthy in the construction details the Swift says "5/8 decking" for the floor while the Jayflight says "5/8 tongue & groove plywood'. Not sure what the difference is, if any. But I hope they are not using OSB on the Swifts and SLX`s.
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A more complete comparison on specs just for kicks.

26BH Jayflight
Weights & Measures
WEIGHTS
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 4,365
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 485
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 7,000
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2,635
MEASUREMENTS
Exterior Length 29' 1"
Exterior Width 96"
Exterior Height with A/C 127"
Interior Height 81"
Queen Bed 60 x 74
Bunk Beds 48 x 76
Sofa 42 x 70
Wheel Base 226-1/4"
TANK CAPACITIES
Fresh Water Capacity (gals) includes water heater 48
Fresh Water Capacity (gals) includes water heater & opt. Elite Package fresh water tank 90
Gray Waste Water Capacity (gals) 39
Black Waste Water Capacity (gals) 39


264BH Swift
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 4,355
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 485
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 6,500
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2,145
MEASUREMENTS
Exterior Length 29' 1"
Exterior Width 96"
Exterior Height with A/C 127"
Interior Height 81"
Queen Bed 60 x 74
Double Bed 48 x 76
Bunk Bed 30 x 76
Double Bunk Bed (Optional) 48 x 76
J-Steel Convertible Sofa 42 x 70
Wheel Base 226-1/4"
TANK CAPACITIES
Fresh Water Capacity (gals) includes water heater 48.2
Gray Waste Water Capacity (gals) 32.5
Black Waste Water Capacity (gals) 32.5
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Old 10-08-2014, 02:31 PM   #6
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The question is... would I do it. No, I wouldn't step down from the Jay Flight to the SLX. Go walk into a SLX and look and feel the difference.

The price difference between the 2 is minimal when you consider all the additional features you get, especially with the Elite package. I love that big handle by the door, makes it easier for my 2 year old daughter to climb. The skylight in the living room is worth every penny if that was the only option. The double fresh water tanks if you are in a state park are priceless. LED lighting is standard in the new JayFlights I believe... not sure if its even an option in the SLX line.

Have you sat down and looked at the numbers? If you are financing the 2013 and would, in turn, be financing the new SLX you might be surprised at the minimal price difference upgrading to the JayFlight line.
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Old 10-08-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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The question is... would I do it. No, I wouldn't step down from the Jay Flight to the SLX. Go walk into a SLX and look and feel the difference.

The price difference between the 2 is minimal when you consider all the additional features you get, especially with the Elite package. I love that big handle by the door, makes it easier for my 2 year old daughter to climb. The skylight in the living room is worth every penny if that was the only option. The double fresh water tanks if you are in a state park are priceless. LED lighting is standard in the new JayFlights I believe... not sure if its even an option in the SLX line.


Yeah I tend to agree with everything you were saying. Thanks for pointing out the lights as I didn't realize that one. I did go walk through the SLX and I wasn't in love with it. I really like the Elite package for a lot of reasons but one if which is the extra fresh water as we do almost 100% of our camping at state parks with nothing but electric. I have yet to ever worry about running out of water with my current rig.

From everyone's comments so far it looks like the majority of the differences are all cosmetic other than the potential of the floor being different. Next time I am over near my dealer I will swing through and verify the floor.

I personally told my wife that I would rather stick with our current 28BHS with Elite package than get the SLX(but you know what they say, If Momma isn't happy no one is happy) lol. I just wanted to know if there were other differences that I was missing. As far as financing goes we have a lot of equity in our current rig so we wouldn't have to finance all that much more to go with the Jayflight 26BHS.


Our 28BHS still looks and smells like new.......

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I would keep what you have if it were me
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:12 PM   #9
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I am (hopefully) taking possession of a BH26 (I don't want slides due to paranoia about water leaks) tomorrow. My wife and I looked at the SLX and felt the Flight just felt more solid. Your 28BHS looks great. I'd be very hesitant giving it up.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:20 PM   #10
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When I bought my SLX, i called the factory and confirmed that the floor is OSB. In fact, the floor board is a single piece of custom OSB on the 7' wide models.
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