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Old 10-07-2014, 05:20 PM   #1
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Salem Hemisphere vs Jayco Eagle vs Keystone Laredo

I realize this is a Forest River forum and the responses I get here might be somewhat skewed... but looking down the road to my next camper, I am looking at these 3 brands... none is perfect but the Laredo 314re comes closest to what the wife and I would like in our next camper. its missing a nice pantry but seems to have enough other storage to compensate for it but not positive.

Anyone with experience with any of these brands compared to the other? Thanks in advance for any input. After the issues I have had with my Salem I am a little disappointed with FR but I feel the issues were Lippert not FR, and all covered under warranty, so hopefully I will eventually get my love back for the lineup.

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Hemisphere 272rlis/282rk/299re
Eagle 306rkds and 318rets
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:10 PM   #2
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Only thing I can offer is that I never heard anything good about Keystone and that my neighbor has a Jayco and he loves it. He's been having it for about 3 years and it has never been back to the dealer for any issues what so ever. I know nothing about the Salem line.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:24 AM   #3
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Out of the three I would lean towards the Jayco, they make a very nice unit, good luck.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:18 AM   #4
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The Jayco Eagle was on my short list. We decided to go with the Prime time Lacrosse.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:53 AM   #5
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If I were to rate low to mid-priced manufacturers, Forest River and Jayco would be tied for 1st, with Keystone in 2nd place.

We have been looking at 5th wheels in preparation for my wife's retirement in the near future, and Forest River brands just don't have the floor plans we want. We found a Montana High Country and a Jayco Eagle that we will consider when the time comes.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:42 AM   #6
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FWIW we had a Jayco Eagle TT for 4 years and never had any problems with it. They do make a quality unit and their 2 year warranty speaks to that. We looked at their 5th wheels when we wanted to buy one but they just didn't have a floor plan that met our needs and wants. We have been very happy with our FR product and would buy another. We bought the 2nd year warranty for $150, it's a no brainer. You said "Laredo 314re comes closest to what the wife and I would like" so that should weigh heavy in your decision.
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