Today’s review is, once again, a preview of things to come and this time it’s coming soon as the Jayco Jay Feather 21MML. This will be the smallest of the offerings in the Jay Feather line at 25’11”, but boy, does it pack a lot into that length. Further, I think the upgrades to the Jay Feather line, as exhibited in this prototype, put Jayco into a spot near the top of my personal favorites.
New Jay Feather goodness
Jayco has consistently offered a lot in their Jay Feather series, but I think others have caught up and sometimes gone beyond. Jayco trounced that with the upgrades for 2023.
The first thing I noticed on this preview is something I had seen but was asked not to talk about. But, since Josh did it in his video, here ya’ go. That’s the Lippert Strong Arm stabilizer jacks. These operate differently than the typical scissor stabilizers in that the screw drive pushes much more solid jacks down to the floor. Josh mentioned that the experiential difference was substantial.
Just based on having seen these in prototype form I would imagine this to be the case. The metal for these is far more substantial than the beer can steel in most stabilizer jacks.
Jayco has also gone double Azdel in the sidewall construction of this trailer. They now use an Azdel waterproof man-made substrate in the outer wall lamination and in the inner wall lamination. This product is lighter, more water-resistant and more sound-resistant than Luan.
Jayco has also stepped up their solar game to be on par with Keystone’s SolarFlex. But I like that you can also get a Jayco Jay Feather with no solar. While I’m a solar nut and have a lot of solar in my own rig, that’s because of how I go camping. In fact, as I write this, I am coming to you through the magic of solar power.
But solar isn’t appropriate for all campers, so the fact that Jayco offers models with no solar just makes sense. Or, go nuts right from the factory if you so choose. Options are always best.
Lastly, this trailer is prepped for both rear- and side-view cameras. I like this.
Jayco Jay Feather 21MML
Within the confines of this space there are three seating positions. You can sit on the couch at the front of this model, which features a flip-down armrest. There’s also a plastic table under the couch so you can get that out and now have a dining space as well.
There are also theater seats in the slide over on the road side of this trailer.
Finally there’s a proper dinette that sits in the shadow of a big camp-side window. In fact there are three camp-side windows including this one, one in the door and one by the bed up front. Wow.
The kitchen is along a portion of the rear of the Jayco Jay Feather 21MML, with the sink and some counter space all the way at the back. The stove and refrigerator occupy the rest of the large road-side slide room. You get a choice of either a 12-volt DC compressor fridge or a traditional propane-electric gas absorption refrigerator. Nice.
In that kitchen you’ll find plenty of drawers, so storage isn’t an issue here.
The bathroom, too, offers storage and even has doors covering the storage. I’m seeing more and more bathrooms with open storage. Whoever thinks this is a good idea has never towed an RV on the same lousy roads as I have.
Still a Jayco
While I noted some of the newer features that will be hallmark Jay Feather features, there are a lot of things the company has been doing very, very well for some time now.
One of those is something that I feel should be a legal requirement for all towables. It’s what Jayco calls JaySMART™ lighting. This flashes upper marker lights and side marker lights with the turn signals, making it much more obvious that you’re coming through. Further, this includes backup lights.
Jayco is known for their warranty, and that continues with a two-year overall warranty and a three-year structural warranty on these trailers. I believe that’s still the best in the industry.
There’s also something Jayco calls the JayPort™ on the side. This looks like a standard hitch receiver, but it’s there so you can slide a grill or other things into it when camped. This makes for a nifty place for these.
Lastly, Jayco has been using Goodyear Endurance tires for a good while now, as well. These are, hands down, the best travel trailer tires in the business. Period.
Boondocking and travel access in the Jayco Jay Feather 21MML
The Jayco Jay Feather 21MML could very well be offered without a slide but, even with one, you can still fully access everything inside, including the Murphy bed. That’s not typical—some Murphy bed models aren’t able to access the bed with the slide in. Not here.
Further, with Jayco’s expanded solar options and the availability of either a 12-volt fridge or a propane-electric gas absorption model, you really can tailor this to your own camping style. I love choice—and Jayco offers it.
A few things worth noting, though. One of those is the Murphy bed, which is both a bendy bed and also a short queen. At 74” this won’t serve all travelers well. It could be enough reason against this model, for some campers, that it’s unfortunate that it was done like this.
However, I also can see why it was done like this, as you can fold it down with the slide in.
Of course, the 16” worthless oven is making an appearance, as well. Lastly, the table for the dinette is mounted on poles. I wish they just offered two portable tables instead, and one of those could raise up to counter height. But they don’t.
Even with these minor downsides this is one heck of a good design. It offers plenty of seating, plenty of kitchen storage and more options that could really make a difference to travelers. While I’ve liked the Jay Feather series for a lot of reasons, including the fact that they offer two interior design choices, the things I see here really elevate the brand, in my mind.
For travel trailer buyers, the 2023 Jayco Jay Feather line really is worth prioritizing.
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