I had another post looking for the shortest bunkhouse with a queen bed. I didn't end up buying one and am regretting it now. Had tons of issues with our current camper and looking to trade in for something newer.
So, we went to a dealer and were offered a good trade against some new campers. The one my wife fell in love with was the Jayco 267BHS. It had a great layout and seemed to have high quality. But, 2012 was the first year it was produced.
My question is: is there other models with a superslide that comes with at least the double bed on the bottom of the bunk area that have been produced for a few years? I would like to cut the price down a little bit, but still get a pretty new camper that won't have the problems we experienced already with our current camper. I also want to keep the length down to 26 or 27.
Jayco has been around a long time and has a great reputation. 2012 may have been the 1st year for the Swift 267 but they are essentially Jayflights which Jayco has been building for years. The Swift line is a newer value priced line that they introduced. I wouldnt hesitate to buy one IMHO. With the 2013s coming out now you should get a good deal on a 2012.
Thanks for the response! They offered what seems like a pretty decent price on the 2012, but it was still quite a bit more than we were wanting to spend. That's why I was hoping there were other models that were extremely similar that have been out for a few years.
I like ours. We got it pretty cheap. It was my first trailer ever.
What I like about the trailer:
- Relatively light for its size + slide (5963 dry).
- Lots of space
- Love the cabinets
- Power tongue jack and power awning
What I don't like:
- No storage door on one side (left side) - bummer, it's very hard to get to the storage below the queen bed.
- Only a couple of windows
- Just one door to get inside
- Too close to the limit of my TV (now I know better..., this is not Jayco's fault though)
- AC and fan have only two settings: LOW and HIGH. Low is still too strong and loud.
ETA: Also length is never the number on the side. I think the box is 26' but the overall length is 29'11" with tongue. They are all like that.
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2011 Toyota Sequoia Platinum 4WD 5.7L V8 (next one will be a 3/4, someday)
2012 Jayco Flight Swift 267BHS (5963lbs dry, 6650 wet)
Propride hitch (I had a Reese dual cam round bar WDH for 4 months)
The Jayco Family has had 45 years experience in designing, engineering and buiding travel trailers. I think they've got it pretty much perfected!
It might be a new model, but these are some forum members tht already bought one! Jaydo Swift's.... jncrulz, CalamityRVer, LBL1206, dkwebb2727, wv_boy, Capstone, familyfun2012, mattinga, LBL1206, Hitch Pin, dcb17b, E7mesq, mrnoyb, WildWaldo...and a few more!
And the Swift is merely a new sub model of the #1 selling travel trailer on Earth...the Jay Flight! The 2 year bumper to hitch warranty, the the fact that Jayco's, when it omes time to sell it or trade it in, sell for lmost 5% more than other brands per NADA Blue Book is just icing on the cake.
It has a big 44 gallon fresh water tank, and I don't think you could go much lighter without going with a brand of trailer with some compromises..such as achieving the lighter weight due to cutting back on sturdy construction, like foam core floors, stamped steel frame, cheap tires, etc.
Jayco doesn't do that! The Swift comes well equipped with standard awning, bathroom skylite, extra large dinette window, real hardwood screwed stile cabinets made in Jayco's own wood mill, Goodyear Radial tires, seamless marine grade plywood flooring (solid to walk on unlike other brands "foam filled" floors), cable and satelite hookups, tinted safety glass, microwave, fully decked plywood walk-on roof, awning, A/C, refrigerator etc.
And even tho it's built to be light weight, it still has a real steel square tube frame, not aluminum or stamped steel like other brands, there are more welded steel stringers that support the trailers walls than other brands and th trailer has R-7 glued in place fiberglass insulation walls, floor and roof.
It even has steel wheel fender linings (instead of plastic) so in case of a blowout there is less damage to the RV.
And Jayco does not use a "one size fit's all" chassis...each model of Jayco has a steel frame that is specifically engineered for that particular models weight and size. That's why you rarely if ever hear of any cracked frames of broken welds on Jayco's.
I'm a Jayco owner that has had 7 new Jayco's, and #8 will also be a (guess what!) Jayco! Good luck!
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Eric - thanks for the alternative. Looks like those go back to 2010.
fordsuperduty - you sound like a Jayco rep...lol! There's something to be said for good quality! Only thing I was looking to do was reduce the cost of the camper, not that it isn't worth it.
Are there a lot more options if I drop the double bed requirement for the bunk area? The space given by the superslide is the most important to me. Or, keep the double bed and look for just a couch or dinette slide?
How about 3 bunk beds?
Salem 26TBUD 3 bunk beds, 1 slide.
sink inside restroom (so one cannot wash hands while other one is using the toilet)
34 gal black water
56 fresh water
68 gray water
Jay flight swift 267BHS
bunk bed + double bed
fresh water 44
I was doing the same research in March/April and there was a lot more of these units around (if you drop the double bed).
I think you may misunderstand what I'm asking or I'm not explaining it right. The 267BH has a double bed for the lower bunk. If I can live with 2 single bunks instead of a double and a single, would that give me a lot more options? Or, if I want to have a double and a single for bunks, but only have a couch or dinette (not a couch and dinette) slide, does that give me a lot more options?
I have one child (2), my wife, my Bullmastiff, and myself. But, we anticipate keeping the camper for a long time so more children are a possibility. Also, there is a good chance that we would camp with others (sister-in-law, her daughter, & boyfriend or in-laws) on a regular basis.