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Old 05-30-2015, 08:28 PM   #1
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Which would you buy

just started looking for a travel trailer. Looking at Jayco and Coachmen. which is better and why?

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Old 05-30-2015, 09:16 PM   #2
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Look them over and decide for yourself. Look at how the house is built, since the appliances etc are the same. Which one has a better frame, made for the unit, not modified to fit. Roof construction, wall construction, window quality, axles, and so on. What's the floor made of? Make a list for each trailer brand you like, pro and con, and do lots of research. All of these things add up to whether you are camping or have your unit sitting at the dealer while their "mechanics" wait for parts for most of your warranty period.

Look at other brands, too... there are a lot more out there. But in my opinion, the short answer to your question is Jayco.

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Old 05-30-2015, 10:18 PM   #3
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Which lines? For example was it apex? Freedom express? Catilina?

They all vary in quality and options. Comparing a "coachmen" to a "jayco" depends on the models and lines of each brand.
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Coachmen is way too broad an umbrella. There are so many sub-brands that cover a wide range from low end to high-midrange in price and quality.
Also, do you want fiberglass or corrugated aluminum?
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:13 PM   #6
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Looking at the Jayco Jay Flight 28bhs (4890 dry weight) and the Coachman Apex 288bhs (4842 dry weight). Second question; would these be to big for a Ford F-150 rated 6200 LBs towing capacity. The 3 different salesman I have talked to all have said I would be fine.
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Old 06-01-2015, 06:45 AM   #7
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As said...you have to look at specific trailers. I like the Jayco products overall, but you can see where they cut corners in their lower priced trailers.

If you buy a trailer with a dry weight of 4,900 lbs., you are going to be 5,500 lbs. or more loaded with gear. Technically, your truck can do it, but it may not be a great towing setup. It's not scientific, but I like the old guideline that says keep your towing weight to 75-80% of the towing capacity. At 80%, you would want to tow 5,000 lbs.
But, I suggest you crunch the numbers, especially you payload capacity as that is where your truck will be limiting.

My Tundra can technically tow 10K, but I feel that it can comortably tow 7.5 K or less.
It's just my opinion.....but you don't want to find out after purchasing a trailer that you need a different truck, unless $$ isn't a problem. If I wanted to tow a larger or heavier trailer than my Minnie, I'd get a 3/4 ton truck.

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Old 06-01-2015, 05:41 PM   #8
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I like Jayco they have been around forever and are known for building good trailers that last. Jayco is at the top of our list for the next trailer. However coachmen builds a lot of there new trailers with "AZDEL" instead of wood which is something that gets my attention, especially if it eliminates rotten walls and soft spots down the road.
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I have a viking 16fb made by coachman. 2 years in not 1 problem yet.

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