Is the Jayco Jay Flight SLX 174BH the Right Travel Trailer for Me?

Trying to find the right travel trailer for your needs is like trying to find true love on the internet, it can be done but the choices are overwhelming. Let us help you narrow it down! (The camper. We can’t help you with your love life.)  

Check out this popular unit from Jayco, an RV manufacturer known for their longevity, quality and reasonable prices. We’ve collected all the pertinent information in one convenient place for you to decide if this travel trailer is the right match for you. 

The Jayco Jay Flight SLX 174BH is a great RV for campers who like to keep it simple, don’t want to sell a kidney to afford a quality RV, and who will not be camping with all of their relatives. Small and sleek, this single axle RV pulls smoothly, so long as you’re not throwing in the kitchen sink (it already has one!) and your vehicle has enough tow rating to prevent the white-knuckle driving that comes with towing too close to max towing capacity. 

This travel trailer may be ideal for folks who like their simple comforts, but aren’t looking to long-term park their RV, and do not need five slides and 3 TV’s. Some find a smaller camper cozy, others will find it cramped with about a 7’ width and 21’ overall length. 


  • Smaller camper that can be pulled by a wider variety of vehicles
  • Fixed, true Queen sized bed (not a Murphy bed or fold down couch)
  • No slides
  • Affordable price point, as an entry-level travel trailer 
  • Will fit in most slots at RV parks and campgrounds
  • Great for campers who are just starting out or looking to downsize into something smaller
  • Requires a smaller storage area
  • Jayco Quality 


  • Smaller travel trailer without slides—can sleep up to 5, but it will be a tight fit
  • Odd USB port placement at the head of the bed
  • No bathroom fan for the vent (can be installed, if desired)
  • Lacks some comforts that mid and top tier campers have standard (ex. Sink and storage in the bathroom, drawers in the kitchen, 4+ person seating in the dining room, a living room with couch or theater chairs, a TV in an easily viewable space, hanging closet space)
  • Base model has limited fresh, gray and black tank capacities that could make long term boondocking difficult

Find out what Josh the RV Nerd thinks is great about this travel trailer (the size of the bed!) and what items left him scratching his head (the odd USB port and what is up with that bathroom vent, anyway?) in the video walkthrough of the Jayco Jay Flight 174BH below.

Keep in mind, Josh is reviewing the 2023 Jayco Jay Flight SXT 174BH but this camper has many comparable options available under the label of “BAJA” for units manufactured in the west.  Always be sure to ask your outfitter what options are installed on any RV you’re looking to buy!

Here’s a reference guide to help you quickly find the different aspects of the 2023 Jayco Jay Flight 174BH camper showcased in this video.

Base Version 2023 Jay Flight 174BH Specs
Hitch Weight 265 lbs
Empty/Dry Weight 3,135 lbs
Cargo 1,015 lbs
Max Weight Rating 4,150 lbs
Length 21′ 8″
Height 9′ 3″
Width 7′ 1″
Ceiling 6′ 6″
Awning 10′ 0″
Fresh 20 gal
Gray 19.9 gal
Black 19.9 gal



  • Features and Points of Consideration (1:54)
  • Solid hardwood cabinet doors
  • LED interior lighting
  • Vinyl flooring throughout
  • Premium multimedia sound system with MP3/iPod input jacks and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Digital TV antenna
  • Residential-style kitchen countertops
  • High rise kitchen faucet
  • Heavy-duty, 75 lb., full-extension, steel ball-bearing drawer guides
  • Plywood bed platforms
  • Queen mattress (select models)
  • 300 lb. rated bunk beds (select models)
  • 4 in. thick bunk mats (select models)
  • Marine-grade toilet with foot flush
  • Shower curtain with curved shower track (select models)
  • Wood-trimmed mirror in bathroom
  • Window shades
  • Range hood
  • 2-burner range with cover
  • 8 cu ft. 12V refrigerator
  • Microwave oven
  • Fitted bed sheet
  • Bathroom skylight
  • Tub/shower surround

Living/Dining Room:

–          Dinette with single seater, drop-down leg dining table

–          Extensive lighting (6:23)

–          Roof mounted air conditioning unit (2:30)


–          Kitchen overview (7:19)

–          12v DC compressor fridge or gas/electric 2 way fridge option(7:30)

–          Potential pain point: No drawers in the kitchen

Bunk Beds:

–          Two single wide bunk beds with 4” mattresses rated to 300lbs (7:58)

–          USB plug in upper bunk and household plug in lower bunk (8:10)


–          6.5’ ceiling plus skylight (8:35)

–          Shower Surround panel

–          Potential pain point: has a vent but no fan (but can be installed)


–          60×80 true queen bed, a residential mattress will fit (4:10)

–          Bed Storage (11:19)

–          Potential pain point: USB Port in an odd space on bedroom wall (5:08)

Exterior Features:

  • Axles with electric, self-adjusting brakes and easy-lube hubs
  • Fully-integrated A-frame
  • Galvanized-steel, impact resistant wheel wells
  • Magnum Truss™ Roof System
  • Seamless one piece roof material
  • Large exterior downspouts
  • 30-amp service
  • 20 lb. propane bottle
  • Exterior cable TV hookup
  • LED exterior lighting
  • Friction hinge entry door with window
  • G20 dark tinted safety-glass privacy windows
  • Rooftop solar prep
  • Backup and side marker camera prep
  • Detachable power cord
  • LP quick connect (outside grill prep)
  • Goodyear® Endurance® tires (made in the USA)
  • Solid Step® entry steps
  • 13,500 BTU roof mounted A/C
  • Water heater bypass
  • Front diamond plate
  • Power awning with LED lights
  • Marine grade exterior stereo speakers
  • Stabilizer jacks with sand pads (2)
  • Spare tire with cover
  • Keyed-Alike™ entry and baggage doors
  • Large folding entry door grab handle

Josh’s Video Exterior:

–          Tow stats, weights and measurements (0:25)

–          NOTE: Most units have corrugated aluminum siding, but the STX has fiberglass

–          Exterior access to underbed storage compartment (11:20)

–          Walkable roof (12:40)

–          Tinted windows (13:19)

–          Recap discussing the differently named options available based on area of manufacture (13:35)

–          Solar options (3:20)

–          Turn signal safety lighting

–          Both rear and side camera prep

Road Mode:

–          As this unit is without slides: fridge, dining table, beds and bathroom accessible


  • STX Edition (Indiana built units only)
    • 30 lb. LP bottle
    • Large fresh water tank (30 gal.)
    • Wide-stance axle
    • Goodyear® off-road tires
    • Enclosed underbelly
    • Double entry step
    • Stabilizer jacks (4)
    • Aluminum rims
    • Power tongue jack
    • Deluxe graphics package
    • Powder coated wheel fenders
  • Baja Package (Idaho built units only)
    • 30 lb. LP bottle
    • Large fresh water tank (30 gal.)
    • Flipped axle
    • Goodyear® off-road tires
    • Enclosed underbelly
    • Double entry step
    • Stabilizer jacks (4)
    • Deluxe graphics package
  • Fiberglass sidewalls
  • Overlander 1 Solar Package: (1) 200W solar panel and 30-amp digital controller)
  • Outside griddle with LP quick connect hose
  • 7 cu. ft. gas/electric refrigerator (Indiana built units only)

Did you absorb all of that?  Even if you didn’t, good news! Bish’s RV Outfitters would love to help you finish deciding if this unit is right for you or guide you towards the travel trailer that IS your perfect fit.  We may not be able to give Cupid a hand, but with dealerships crossing the nation, we can at least get you on the road with an RV you’re happy to have following behind you. 

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