Jayco Jay Feather LGT 29Y

June 1, 2005
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It’s not often we get to spend more than a day or two with a travel trailer during our examination period, but every once in a while we find ourselves living in one long enough to call it home. In the case of the Jayco Jay Feather 29Y travel trailer, we had the opportunity to get comfortable with it during a four-day sojourn into the Everglades and Keys of south Florida while producing the pilot show for Camping Life TV, which began airing on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) in April.

We not only spent three nights and four days with the lightweight trailer, but we used it in two widely differing environments. The Jay Feather 29Y proved to be comfortable and versatile: boon docking in the no-hookup Flamingo Campground of Everglades National Park; and fully serviced with electricity and water at the Fiesta Key Resort KOA.

Solid Foundation. The modular-construction frame is made from flanged, C-channel steel tubing that’s bolted rather than welded. And the tapered-rail design places the sturdiest sections of the frame directly over the axles. The company claims that this frame is 10- to 15-percent lighter than conventional trailer frame construction, yet is more rigid. An automotive-style, electrolytic paint process known as “E-Coat,” which penetrates every nook and cranny, is used to protect the steel frame from corrosion.

A one-piece PolyFlex polyurethane sheet underfloor covering protects the underbelly from road debris, and improves overall towing aero-dynamics. TuffShell vacuum-bonded, laminated wall, roof and floor structures offer durability and a smooth exterior skin. These laminated structures are made of aluminum tube frames, bead foam insulation, wood paneling substrates and Filon exterior fiberglass sheets. The floor offers a 5/8-inch, seamless Structurwood main deck; the insulation is rated R-7; and the roof is a one-piece TPO sheet.

The chassis frame and coach ride on a TorFlex independent, torsion-axle suspension, with E-Z Lube axles featuring removable capes for easy access to grease fittings. Our unit was also set up with electrically activated, 10-inch drum brakes; standard 15-inch wheels and tires; ABS fender skirts; and heavy-duty polyethylene wheel wells.

Inner Peace. The Jayco Jay Feather 29Y is a rear bunk-bed model ideal for camping families. Its common-sense layout, roomy aisles, generous 78-inch interior ceiling height and abundant interior storage will make everyone happy.

The head compartment contains a surround-tub shower, with draw curtain, that’s large enough for a 6-foot, 2-inch man to stand up in, although elbowroom is somewhat limited.

A storage shelf hangs above the shower. The 12-volt fan/vent in the ceiling helps move air and moisture out of the compartment, and the skylight brings in plenty of light during sunny days. A marine-style flush toilet, and a lavy cabinet with sink, mirrored medicine cabinet, and storage space inside is also included in the lavatory.

You’ll find a tall storage pantry, and a 6-cubic-foot capacity, three-way refrigerator/freezer on the curbside of the coach. Directly opposite is the three-burner stove top/oven with a 9000-BTU SuperBurner for fast cooking; and a large white residential-style, double-bowl sink with a high-rise mixing faucet so you can get large objects such as big cooking pots underneath when cleaning up after dinner. Large overhead storage cabinets loom above the stove and sinks.

The microwave oven with turntable come as part of the optional Customer Value Package. Also included in the package ($2521) is an upgrade to the 6-gallon gas/electric water heater, ABS tub surround, 13,500-BTU central air conditioning system, AM/FM/CD stereo system with two speakers, Carefree patio awning, chrome wheels, LPG tank cover, innerspring queen mattress with bed-platform struts, outside shower, large oven, spare tire and four stabilizer jacks. Considering what you get for the money, this is an option package we recommend for this trailer.

Filled with a queen-size innerspring mattress centered in the room, the master bedroom offers two full-height wardrobes with bottom drawers on either side of the bed, and a coach-wide overhead cabinet on the front wall. The mattress tilts up on a gas-lifter-assisted platform to reveal a huge storage space below.

Exterior Services. One of the first things we noticed was the coach-wide, pass-through storage compartment that offered a lengthy space for equipment. However, this is the only exterior-accessed storage, and at its center the ceiling drops, cutting the height of storage space to less than the height of the baggage door. The 20-foot-wide Carefree awning on the Jay Feather 29Y worked perfectly, shading us from the intense Florida sun while we cooked, worked or relaxed outside the trailer’s curbside. Easy entry and egress was afforded through the wide, radius-cornered door and a fold-down step. A screened inner entry door, and moderately sized screened windows on both sides of the trailer, allowed us to keep air moving through the coach while keeping out the numerous Florida insects. And the exterior shower offered a quick, cool rinse in the heat of the afternoon or a warm-up after a late night swim.

Stabilizing jack stands at all four corners of the coach came with the option package. The two up front were easy to access and operate. However, the rear jacks were tucked so deep under the sides of the trailer that we had to get down on our knees and bend over to reach under to operate them.

E-A-S-Y Going. One of the best features of the 30-foot, 8-inch (overall exterior length) Jayco Jay Feather 29Y is that it has a dry weight of just 5115 pounds. Full of LPG, water, groceries and gear, the rig weighed a good 500 to 600 pounds more, and probably gain another 50-plus pounds of tongue weight. How-ever, that still meant our tow vehicle was pulling less than 6000 pounds with no more than 600 pounds of tongue weight on it. Easy to tow, the 29Y offered an enjoyable living experience, too. Jayco’s Jay Feather LGT 29Y delivered lots of storage space, a big 6-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer, a galley with some working space, sleeping quarters for up to 9 persons (depending on size and familiarity), quality appliances, and was spacious enough to keep a small party from going stir crazy on a rainy day, all at a very reasonable price.

Major Standard Features. Three-burner stove with 9000-BTU SuperBurner; 6-cubic-foot refrigerator /freezer; high-rise mixing faucet, dual sinks; roof/vent fans in main cabin and head compartment; marine-style toilet; 10-inch electric brakes; 15-inch tires; 110-volt GFCI protected exterior receptacle; E-Z Lube axles; TorFlex independent torsion-axle suspension; tubular-aluminum framed, vacuum-bonded wall structures; Filon fiberglass exteriors; one-piece, seamless TPO roof; 12-volt demand water system; 12-volt electrical system with 110-volt, 45-amp converter; twin 30-pound LPG tanks; 30-amp, camp power cord.

Major Optional Features. Bedroom carpeting; portable, outside gas RVQ grill; water-purification system; 17-inch oven; gas/electric water heater; ABS tub surround; 13,500-BTU central air conditioner; AM/FM/CD stereo system with two speakers; Carefree patio awning; chrome wheels; ABS cover for LPG tanks; innerspring queen mattress with bed struts; microwave oven; outside shower; spare tire; stabilizer jacks.

Thanks to: CJ’s RV Town (772/546-5751) in Hobe Sound, Florida, for the loan of this trailer for our test and review.

Jayco, Inc.
P.O. Box 460
Middlebury IN 46540

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