I never saw this thread untill today or I would have responded earlier.
I'm surprised at how surly some of us got when you even mentioned a Jayco.
In defense of all the Jaycos (and their ilk) they wouldn't be in business if many, many people didn't find them to have good value.
That said, it seems like you are the sort of person who is willing to do a little research before you go plunking down your hard earned cash on a big ticket item like a camper. I'm pleased to see that your research lead you to the same conclusion I did. ie, though I can recognize the value of other brands Airstreams, despite their higher cost are still a Better value.
Mine sits out in a field 365 days a year. I move it about 50 feet three times a summer to mow under/around it. It does NOT leak, despite similar snowloads here in MN. No mice, no pernicious smells, no streaked, peeling and rotting wood like was in my old camper.
Mine too is a base camp for hunting, fishing, tractoring, 4 wheeling and the like.
Had it for 3 years now and every time I go up to the lake I'm very greatfull to be the man who has the key to it.
Congratulations on your purchase.