Hi there everyone! Welcome to Christie’s RV, we’re thrilled that you’ve joined us for another installment of our blog series! Based here in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, we are ideally placed to serve the wonderful camping enthusiasts of this great region. Christie’s RV has been in business since 1972, so you can be sure we know a thing or two about the RV industry! Whether you found us by searching google for “RV Dealers near me”, or whether you’re a regular customer of ours, our ambition is to educate, educate, educate! RVs can be a significant investment, and we want to be sure you know absolutely everything you need to before taking the plunge and signing on the line.
Especially for those newer to recreational vehicles, the choices can be absolutely overwhelming, between the many different styles of RV that are available, the different sizes, and of course the different RV brands; the latter is what we are mostly here to talk to you about today.
So, what RV brand should you buy? That is indeed one of the most commonly asked questions in this business, and it’s not an easy one to answer. Of course, experienced campers may very well have a brand preference, but what they like about a brand may turn you off completely, so of course one of the first things we will tell you is to write down the features you absolutely must have, that way you can let your Christie’s RV sales team know and they can work with you to find the ideal trailer for you.
If your starting point for buying an RV is the internet, one of the first things you should really check out when trying to find your ideal RV, is the history of the company. Check this out before you even think about looking for the models they sell; why, you ask? Well, one of the biggest problems in this industry is the longevity of the manufacturers, RVs are generally bought as a luxury item, and so manufacturers are generally hit hard by economic downturns and recessions, with many not making it through to the other side. The biggest and best brands, with extreme customer loyalty, usually survive these hard times and continue their business. Even if you’re happy with your trailer no matter the brand, picture the scene – you’ve just dropped $100k on the luxury fifth wheel of your dreams, all is going well, and then your trailer suffers a catastrophic failure, you call the manufacturer only to hear a dead tone. Out of business. By sticking with the big players you’re adding an extra layer of insurance that any warranty work will be completed as expected.
Sticking with a major brand also means you are ensuring that spare parts and compatible aftermarket accessories are easily available. The last thing you want to do with your trailer is rip it apart trying to fit something, that would have been plug and play with a more widely known RV brand.
As for identifying the RV brands themselves, you can always ask friends and family, or take a look around a campsite to see what’s popular! Christie’s RV carry some of the best RVs for sale anywhere, and we are authorized and Exclusive Jayco dealers here on Ontario. We also carry the phenomenal Starcraft RV range of travel trailers and fifth wheels.
Next, we’re going to give you a rundown of the new model brands we carry, as well as some of the used model brands we frequently see and would be happy to recommend if you’re in the market for a used RV for sale Ontario!
Jayco keep on celebrating anniversaries! The company’s longevity is a testament to their top quality and their commitment to designing the best rigs out there. Jayco is based in Indiana, USA, and was founded way back in 1968 (just a few short years before Christie’s opened their doors!) by Lloyd Jay Bontrager. They have built a strong reputation for luxury RVs, as well as for their huge selection of models. Jayco’s RVs come with their industry leading 2-year limited warranty, see your Christie’s RV sales associate for more details on that!
- Jay Sport
- The Jay Sport is an award-winning pop-up tent trailer that does exactly what you need it to do. It offers five-year warranties on essential components like the frame, roof, floor, tents, bed platform and lifter system. It’s available in 4 different floor plans and makes an excellent choice for those looking to tow with a sedan or crossover.
- The Hummingbird is ultra light and incredibly comfortable compact travel trailer. You will be absolutely amazed by the incredible amenities, that often leave people saying, “How did they fit that in there?!”. It comes in 7 different floor plan options, giving you options including queen beds, and even bathrooms – almost unheard of in this segment of the market.
- Jay Feather
- The Jay Feather is a functional and comfortable ultra light travel trailer with excellent safety features including built-in exterior LEDs that indicate your intended direction of travel to other road users. It is available in 3 décor schemes, so there’s no ‘settling’ with a Jay Feather! It’s available 18 different floor plan options, so if this is the model you’re looking for, you are sure to find the perfect set up!
- White Hawk
- The White Hawk is stepping into the real luxury territory in Jayco’s line up. This is a lightweight unit, but it’s certainly not light on features. You’ll find galvanized steel components in areas where competitors tend to use cheap plastics; this should tell you that this rig is built to last. 16 Available floor plans ensure that you will find the right model for your needs.
- Jay Flight SLX
- The Jay Flight 7 and 8 bring the best of Jayco’s more luxurious units into smaller, and easier to tow packages. They are ultra light and designed to get you out there with as few restrictions as possible. The scaled down nature of these RVs means they have had to be cleverly engineered to maximize space and amenities. Between the two sizes of the trailer, there are an incredible 21-floor plan options available, perfect for ensuring your RV is just so!
- Jay Flight
- The Jay Flight trailer family has been America’s best selling for the last 13 years, and it’s not really hard to see why. Spacious accommodations meet luxurious fit and finish in these phenomenal RVs. Residential features await in any of the available 18-floor plans – you’re truly spoiled for choice!
- Jay Flight Bungalow
- The Jay Flight Bungalow is designed for the long term camper. If you’re seeking extended adventure at your destination, this is the unit we recommend. It has the size and amenities to make any length of stay a comfortable one. The cavernous accommodations put some apartments to shame! The Jay Flight Bungalow is available in 6 fantastic floor plan options, some even including loft accommodations.
- Eagle HT
- The Eagle HT, or ‘Half-Ton’ is the pinnacle of opulence in the Jayco Travel Trailer line that can be safely towed by a half ton truck (think Silverado 1500, F-150, Ram 1500, Sierra, Tundra, or Titan). So, if you want a top of the line travel trailer, but aren’t in the market to upgrade to a heavy duty truck, the Eagle HT is the one for you. It’s packed to the roof with top quality amenities, including residential features like stone and tile backsplashes. There are 7 floor plans to choose from, so you’re bound to find something that fits the bill.
- The Eagle is Jayco’s flagship travel trailer. With the mantra of ‘No Compromise’ Jayco has built a magnificent RV akin to a palace on wheels; think we’re exaggerating? Look for yourself! It really is a fully loaded travel trailer, with the very best amenities available in the industry, including the “industry’s best” outdoor kitchen. It features 3 slide outs and is available in 3 different floor plans.
- Octane Super Lite
- The Octane Super Lite is the ideal trailer for the budget conscious adventure enthusiast. If you’re looking for the best way to get your toys out there to your destination with just the amenities you need and in comfort, this is what you’re looking for. With fold up seating in the garage area, it’s a versatile unit, and it comes with pre-mounted tie downs for the ultimate in security. It comes in 8 floor plans, with varying numbers of berths and amenities.
- The Octane builds on the features of the Octane Super Lite. It’s highly towable and is rated for half ton trucks. Built from vacuum bonded, aluminum framed sidewalls and a colored fiberglass front wall. It features generator prep and a 40-gallon fuel tank to keep you running. If you’re looking to get more in the way of the comforts of home, this is a good starting point. It features an adaptable garage space with tough, diamond plate flooring, so it’s ready for whatever you throw at it. There are 7 excellent floor plans to choose from, with various slide outs and awnings available.
- The Talon has been described as the “King of the Campground” It’s a step up in the luxury factor in the Toy Hauler world, and features a 6 point leveling system, as well as available slide-out rooms, power awning, and even an available outdoor patio. Truly a home away from home, with room for all kinds of toys, think ATVs, dirt bikes, canoes, the world is your oyster with this toy-hauling fifth wheel trailer! You can choose the Jayco Talon in any one of 6 floor plans.
- Talon Platinum
- The Talon Platinum is a seriously heavy-duty fifth wheel toy hauler. A real no compromise rig, it features all of the comforts of home, no matter where your adventure takes you. Need a king-sized bed? No problem, the Talon Platinum makes this available to you. Entertaining friends and family? Then you’ll love the available rear party deck and side patios.
- The Seismic is Jayco’s flagship toy hauler. This RV takes the form of a fifth wheel trailer and offers unparalleled luxury in the toy hauler class; you’ll find an abundance of comfortable seating, a residential kitchen and offers available party deck and side patio. For a true expansion of the functional living space, the Seismic, when equipped with a side patio, offers an additional outdoor TV hook up. A truly lavish master bed and bathroom await, and the garage space is massive too! The Jayco Seismic can be had in any one of 8 wonderful floor plans.
- Eagle HTX
- The Eagle HTX is a beautiful half ton towable fifth wheel trailer, offering fifth wheel comfort and luxury, in a more compact floor plan. The abundance of windows creates a bright and airy living space, and the high spec standard features, such as the 40 inch HD TV, HDMI, and Bluetooth entertainment center, let you know that there’s no nickel and diming going on here! It’s available in 4 floorplans, each with varying slide-out rooms.
- Eagle HT
- The Eagle HT is an award-winning half ton towable, picking up the prestigious ‘Best in Show’ prize at the RV PRO Magazine 2018 Trade show. So, what makes it so great? A combination of quality construction, luxurious fixtures and fittings, tasteful design and clever engineering, that’s what! Oh, and the enormous kitchen doesn’t hurt either, especially the 13 cubic foot refrigerator! With 11 floor plans to choose from, you’ll definitely find one that’s right for you.
- The Eagle is sleek, modern, innovative, and offers best in class construction; of course, those are the buzzwords everyone wants to hear when considering this kind of investment. The Jayco Eagle line of RVs offer comfortable theatre seating and island kitchens in certain floorplans and can be specified with Jayco’s new Modern Farmhouse décor option – offering bright hues for an even greater feeling of space. This popular model is available in any one of eight floor plans.
- North Point
- The North Point is truly a beauty to behold. This Ultra luxurious fifth wheel trailer offers incredible details and a towing experience unlike any other. This unit features Jayco’s luxury sleep system, including an 80 inch Simmons residential foam top mattress for a night of sleep you won’t soon forget. The kitchen is stunning and offers glass-fronted cabinets and premium hardware for a real feel of home, and the vast living room provides space for the whole family. The North point comes in 9 amazing floor plans, each providing a slightly different experience depending on preferences.
- The Jayco Pinnacle really is the pinnacle of Jayco’s towable RVs, and what a beauty! The absolute top of the range, this flagship model offers premium towing gear, complete opulence, and full-time warranty coverage. This fifth wheel has it all, living space, berths, premium fittings, and tons of storage room. It even features a ‘basement’ with cable tv hook up and power outlets! The kitchen is so large, you really could be forgiven for thinking you were in a luxury apartment. It’s available in 8 different floor plans, all fantastic, so the choice is truly yours!
Originally, manufacturers of farm equipment, Starcraft RV diversified into the leisure industry, specifically RVs in 1964, and the first models were also designed and built by Jayco founder, the legendary Lloyd Jay Bontrager. They revolutionized the industry with their pop up trailer crank lifter system, and have continued to make waves in the industry since.
- Autumn Ridge Outfitter
- The Autumn Ridge Outfitter is an outstanding trailer, it’s very easily towed, and offers a spacious living room with handsome décor. Ideal for the active camper, the Autumn Ridge Outfitter offers a 3-year structural warranty and is available in any one of 11 floor plans.
- Super Lite
- The Starcraft Super Lite is a no-nonsense trailer designed to get you out where you want to be on any budget. It features an easy to maintain design, with attractive contemporary décor. It boasts a spacious bedroom area and plenty of seating. For the ultimate in simplicity, the Super Lite is offered in one floor plan.
- Mossy Oak
- The Mossy Oak model is a collaboration with the well established outdoors brand of the same name. It is presented in neutral, earthy tones for a sensation that you’re truly one with nature. It features mossy oak camo accents, so you know this trailer is ideal for passionate outdoorsmen and women. Available in 11 floor plans, with and without slide outs.
- Mossy Oak Lite
- The Mossy Oak Lite features the same tones and accents as its big brother the Mossy Oak, but in a smaller footprint; but don’t let that fool you! It still offers an enclosed bathroom and can be ordered with a partitioned master bedroom too. It is available in 7 floor plan layouts.
- The GPS from Starcraft is an innovative trailer that brings those who own it straight to adventure. It is designed specifically with the outdoors enthusiast in mind, hence the patent-pending Starcraft Sport Locker, a 159 cubic feet storage area ideal for fishing tackle, hunting gear, or whatever else you plan to bring along. There are 3 excellent floor plans available.
- Launch Outfitter
- The Launch Outfitter is designed with families in mind. It features practical amenities like a 6-gallon water heater, and even solar prep – so going green has never been easier. The Starcraft Launch Outfitter has somehow managed to squeeze far more amenities in than anyone thought would be possible, so take a look at the 7 available floor plans and figure out which is right for you.
- The Satellite is Starcraft’s smallest trailer offering, but only a fool would take this at face value. It is jam-packed with great features and is incredibly easy to tow, so it really does offer something for novices and seasoned campers alike. The Starcraft Satellite is available in 4 floor plans, and can even be ordered with slide-out rooms.
- The Telluride is Starcraft’s top-end offering and takes the form of a fifth wheel. It offers contemporary fixtures and fittings and provides ample room for the whole family to camp in comfort. This residential trailer boasts a beautiful master bedroom, a gourmet kitchen, and many other amenities to keep even the most discerning RV shopper happy. Oh, and did we mention there are theatre seats with heat and massage settings? It is available in 5 floor plans, and is definitely worth your consideration.
Recommended Used Brands
Winnebago is one of the most recognizable names in the RV industry, with the brand often synonymous with motorhomes and trailers. They began life as a manufacturer of travel trailers out of Forest City Iowa in 1958, making them one of the longest standing manufacturers of RVs in the world. They offer excellent products and sell fast once they hit our lots. If you see one, don’t delay, come and see it early to avoid disappointment.
Forest River RV
Forest River RV has rapidly developed a reputation for quality recreational vehicles. Founded in 1996 by Peter Leigl, he set about crafting his vision for people to better enjoy the outdoors, by accessing it in a better RV. They have grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of motorhomes and trailers in North America, and believe us when we say we love their products!
Prime Time Manufacturing
A subsidiary of Forest River RV, Prime Time Manufacturing were conceived in 2009 by a crack team of executives with a big vision. They have quickly found success, and have been North America’s fastest growing RV brand, and remain as a top 10 manufacturer in North America, too! Celebrating their tenth year in business, this is a young company with a lot to prove, and they’re doing it right!
So, there we have it! We haven’t covered every brand out there, but we’ve covered our favorites! We’d love to show you around some of the RVs we have in stock, we have some great brands that are sure to provide you with many years of happiness and memories. So, once again, if you are looking for an RV Sales Ontario, make sure you come by Christie’s RV of Sault Ste. Marie!