2012 Jayco Skylark 21FBV Review
Lightweight travel trailer designed for easy towing
Available in three floorplans, we’ll be taking a closer look at the 21FBV, a model that sleeps five. It weighs in with an unloaded vehicle weight of 2,965 lbs, a dry hitch weight of 325 lbs, a gross vehicle weight rating of 3,500 lbs and a cargo carrying capacity 535 lbs. It measures in with an exterior length of 22' 1", an exterior height of 117" and an interior height of 78". It terms of tank capacities, it has a fresh water capacity of 28.5 gallons, a gray waste water capacity of 22.5 gallons and a black waste water capacity of 32 gallons.
Built to high environmental standards, the Skylark earned the highest rating—an emerald certification—from TRA Certification Inc., an independent, third-party certification agency. Also keeping it eco-friendly are high-efficiency appliances, low-energy LED lighting and its energy-efficient Cool Cat air conditioner and furnace.
If you want low weight, the Skylark might just be what you’re looking for. It features Azdel SuperLite construction to help keep its weight down. Its aerodynamic V-nose design helps this travel trailer cut through wind, reducing drag while improving fuel economy. Its walls contain vacuum-bonded laminated layers that are held together 15 to 18 minutes with144 tons of pressure to ensure a stronger bond. Plus, its Azdel SuperLite composite panels and welded aluminum frames are light, which improves towability.
On the floor, Jayco has used vacuum-bonded laminated layers and Azdel SuperLite composite panels that are resistant to moisture and rot, so they won’t get heavier over time. To keep your living environment optimal, its bead-foam insulation keeps interior temperatures perfect with an R-9 insulation value. Overhead, a seamless Alpha Ply overlay features one-piece construction, while rubber material means better leak protection and less streaking. The roof also features Azdel SuperLite composite panels, bead-foam insulation and 3 ½" arched welded aluminum trusses.
Making outdoor living easy, the Skylark comes equipped with an electric awning that features push-button adjustable pitch that can be easily moved for shade and water runoff. Other exterior features that will make life in the great outdoors that much better include stabilizer jacks with sand pads, marine-grade exterior speakers, LED taillights and clearance lights, aluminum rims, acrylic Eurostyle tinted thermal pane windows, extra-wide corner seals and energy-efficient Cool Cat air conditioner and furnace, and a water purification system.
Boasting European-inspired interior design, supreme liveability, and a fusion of style, comfort and economy, the Skylark makes it easy to relax indoors. Available in Nutmeg and Crimson decor, and complemented by Italian-imported, Eurostyle Concord Cherry cabinetry, the Skylark not only looks sharp, it’s also super functional. On the floor, you’ll find durable Diamondflor vinyl flooring that is designed to stand up to everyday wear and tear, and is easy to clean. Other features that will come in handy include hidden hinges on all the cabinetry, combination screen/privacy shades in all the windows, LED interior lighting throughout, a multi-media premium sound system with AM/FM/CD and ball bearing drawer guides with full drawer extension (50lb capacity).
The open-concept living/dining/kitchen area makes the most of the available room in the 21FBV. The L-shaped dinette is perfect for lounging or eating. Complete with ample storage space, there’s also a large wardrobe in this area, ideal for clothes, sundries or other camping essentials.
The kitchen part of this area comes with modern appliances, such as a High Pointe convection microwave oven, a stainless steel, high efficiency cooktop with an integrated cover and a 5 cubic foot refrigerator, so you don’t have to cook over an open fire or live out of a cooler while you’re on the road. For cleaning up and prep work, the stainless steel sink with integrated faucet and cover comes in handy.
Another reason why the Skylark it great for families on the go is because it offers plenty of sleeping space. The 21FBV comes with a double bed, as well as the option of an additional bunk bed.
And even though the 21FBV is compact, it still comes with a complete bathroom. You’ll have everything you need, including stand-up shower, toilet, lavatory sink, medicine cabinet and linen closet.
The Skylark also comes with a host of available options, including 13,500-BTU rooftop air conditioner and 20,000-BTU furnace, ILO Cool Cat heat pump, an on-demand tankless water heater, a secondary 20,000-BTU furnace and an efficient LED lighting package.
The 2012 Jayco Skylark Travel Trailer starts in price from $25,647. For more information about the Jayco line of RVs, visit http://www.jayco.com/.