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Jayco v Forest River
« on: July 15, 2017, 04:23:20 PM »
I received a call from a friend who's shopping for a trailer. Weights aside, with the help of his wife on floorplan, he's narrowed it down to a couple of Jayco and Forest River models.

Maybe a dumb question, but what are the comparisons/preferences for either brand?

My/our experience is with Forest River trailers/5th wheels owned by our kids and used as granny quarters when we visited. I was impressed with the FR product, especially cabinet and related work.

Coincidentally, this week we stayed at a Forest River 'cabin' at a Thousand Trails resort. The product was well made, although the appointments were really uncomfortable.
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Re: Jayco v Forest River
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 09:56:15 PM »
Watching this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXMJrRQ3SVk made me steer clear of Jayco, but I think this type of assembly is probably the rule rather than the exception.  I'll bet FR and the others make them like this, too.
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Re: Jayco v Forest River
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 10:33:58 PM »

I had a Columbus FW and now a Leprechaun, both Forrest River.  I have been pleased with both, as you said specially the cabinetry.  They both had raised panel doors made of wood.  The issues I have had with both have been nicely addressed by the dealer. Having a good dealer makes the difference. I know not everyone will have the same experience.
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Re: Jayco v Forest River
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2017, 01:01:37 PM »
I sold my Surveyor last year after 4 years of having it. It was a OK trailer... but in my opinion, just OK. I bought a Jayco and after a year, I can say it's a better-built trailer. I've fixed far less on this one in the first year than in the first year with the Surveyor. I know others that will curse both... but that's my experience, so far.
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