The Jayco comes with a 2 yr warranty. The dealer is 20 minutes away. Ive never dealt with this dealer or had any service work done there. They would order me a 2013. Its pretty much a very basic Jayflight, not many "extras" but would have Jayco's convenience and customer care packages, spare tire and entertainment package.
The Coachmen has a 1 yr warranty. Dealer is an hour away. Its a 2012. It has a few more "extras" like enclosed/heated underbelly, power tongue jack, sliding wooden doors in the master bedroom and privacy curtains for the rear bunks, storage doors on the dinette bench seats. Also a huge storage door under the rear bunks- for bikes, etc. My current dealer that I've used for years sells/services a Forest River product. The Coachmen dealer says they can be a plus if I ever need work done on the Forest River owned Coachmen.
The Coachmen deal will cost me 2K more out of pocket.
So would you take the 2013 Jayco or the 2012 Coachmen for 2K more?
I guess Jayco doesn't offer the thermal underbelly package on their light TTs. Interesting. I like the Jayco 2 year warranty. Plus after the Jayco purchase you receive the free tow service membership in case you have problems during the warranty period. I do like the Coachman having the thermal underbelly. My Jayco 19RD has the thermal package and I really like it.
I guess I would talk to both dealers, mainly the one I dealt with for so many years and explain the facts of sales. He has to be competitive. I like your business and been a customer for years. However, the dealer has to also value you as a customer for so many years. Bottom line? Drop your price $2,000 and we got a deal. Just a humble opinion.
Remember we are still in a recession. 30% off MSRP is almost standard in the industry now. I would also check out some more coachman dealers TT prices just to compare.
We bought a new 267BHS on 3/30/2012. We've been camping 3 weekends so far. The more time we spend using it, the more we love the floorplan. We looked at the new whitehawks in simular floorplans, but in the end, the value of the Swift was just too good to pass up. This is our first travel trailer so we were not sure how much we'd use it. I have been pleasantly surprised how easy it has been to tow and backup. I think having easy access to the dealer is a good thing also: We took ours back for some minor things and they fixed all under warranty. Good luck
A couple things I noticed about the floorplans, that look better on the coachman are the access to the storage in the rear and also the the sink for the bathroom is enclosed. The Jayco has the sink outside the bathroom. Depends on your preference. I think the big storage door could come in handy though. My Jayco doesn't have that.
Coachmen also includes a one year tow/owners package, Coachman Owners Association. I have really enjoyed our Coachman and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. I don't think the build quality is much different between the two units based on the Jaycos I have been in from people we camp with. The extras you get with the Coachman over the Jayco can really start to add up. Ours came with the spare tire and the insulated underbelly, maybe thats just a dealer thing.
In any case you wont go wrong with either I think.
Don & Alice
Camping in and around Utah
2013 Rockwood 8286WS Diamond Package 5th Wheel
2003 Ford F350 Lariat Super duty Crew Cab
6 kids 3 grand kids a dog a cat and Titan the killer Chiweenie