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Old 04-02-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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2013 Lacrosse 318BHS Touring Edition - OPINION -

So I think we just found our first travel trailer... but now I'm having second thoughts. Previously looking at a Jayflight 32BHDS, was ready to sign and decided to give another dealer one last look. LONG story short for a hair bit over $23k we are getting a 2013 Lacrosse 318BHS Touring Edition. With Prime Time being only a few years old versus Jayco's history and reputation, I just don't know how quality and construction compares. The Jayco was about $1k less and comes from a GREAT dealership. From what I can read PT customer satisfaction is good... guess I'm looking for reassurance one way or the other. The Jayco dealer is now looking to see about an Eagle with the same floor plan.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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I looked for 3 years. Nearly pulled the trigger on several other brands. In the end it just did not feel right. Ultimately, we went with the Lacrosse 318bhs. We have not regrets. The Lacrosse is the best value out there....Customer support for the product is excellent. This forum is perfect example. Can you ask jayco's president questions personally? My dealings with Jeff Rank, President; Chris Herman VP; Brandon York, former customer service; and others have been super. Looking forward to another great year of camping....Although I really like the additions of the front cap and ladder to the 2013 models. I wish I had them. I am torn between the fireplace and dvd storage in the entertainment center. Good Luck and hope to welcome you to the PT Crew.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #3
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Wow, that's a pretty good deal. My brother was looking at them for just under 30K.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:06 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. Not knocking Jayco at all, we owned a 2008 Eagle TT for 4 years and had zero problems with it. Being a member of the Jayco Owners Forum for that time I heard/read great things about their customer support. When it was time to go 5th wheel we started looking at Jayco's and found a great floorplan in their brochure. Once inside the unit it just didn't feel right. The layout, fit and finish were all there, but we just didn't get that 'buy it' feeling. Our search continued until we stepped into a Sabre 34REQS-6. Everything about it just felt right so we ordered one decked out the way we wanted.

You've got in narrowed down, that's good. Go with the one that fits your tow vehicle, needs/wants list, budget, and style of camping. Then don't look back or second guess. That Lacrosse 318BHS is a great unit. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #5
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We LOVE our 2013 Lacrosse 318bhs touring edition!! Looked for 4 months and it was the best for our family and the price was great!
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:27 PM   #6
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Just had our 2013 318BHS out for 1 weekend and am liking it so far. Fit and finish are good. The bunkhouse in the back has paid off already with naptime for our Grandson. Storage is good and the outside kitchen is pretty cool.

FYI - you can switch the door on the outside fridge to open to the left, like it should have been set to in the first place.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:29 AM   #7
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FYI - you can switch the door on the outside fridge to open to the left, like it should have been set to in the first place.

First we love ours too!

But, changing the fridge door, I was a afraid that it might come open easier when traveling?
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:16 PM   #8
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Thanks for the quick replies, this is a great forum. The Jayco dealer is offering to order me the 32BHDS with the thermal package to increase the R value (one of my many "wants" was to have a decent R value). There's trade offs here and there but we're the type of family whose luck consists of only bad. So still undecided... I can't help thinking for the prices the Lacrosse is a better "bang for the buck". The trailer is going to more or less stay on some property we have versus towing here and there (but you never know). For those that own Lacrosse's and others in the past how do feel in regards to the construction... everyone is different but any flaws seen? Thanks for all you help.
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Man,....if you can get a Lacrosse 318BHS TE for 24K, I'd jump all over that deal!!!! That's a lot of QUALITY trailer for that price. We have had our 2011 303RKS (that I paid a lot more for) since Sept. 2010 and have spent almost 200 nights in it from New Hampshire to Myrtle Beach and back with NO major problems (that weren't my fault). It only went back to the dealer once (my fault) to fix the thermo coupler on the refridge because I parked the TT on a slant with the fridge running for too long which tripped the thermo switch. And, since I didn't know why the fridge stopped working, I took it in and "got educated" by the tech about parking on a slant for too long with the fridge running.

The overall construction, fit, finish and materials look and feel better that our previous 2008 Wildwood TT.

My conversations and dealings with RVGuy and his crew at the factory have been nothing but pleasant, prompt and "over and above".

As for me, our next unit will be another Prime Time!
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:36 PM   #10
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I looked for 3 years. Nearly pulled the trigger on several other brands. In the end it just did not feel right. Ultimately, we went with the Lacrosse 318bhs. We have not regrets. The Lacrosse is the best value out there....Customer support for the product is excellent. This forum is perfect example. Can you ask jayco's president questions personally? My dealings with Jeff Rank, President; Chris Herman VP; Brandon York, former customer service; and others have been super. Looking forward to another great year of camping....Although I really like the additions of the front cap and ladder to the 2013 models. I wish I had them. I am torn between the fireplace and dvd storage in the entertainment center. Good Luck and hope to welcome you to the PT Crew.
PADave, how well does your F150 do towing this trailer? I have the same truck and have been looking at this trailer too.
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