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Old 09-25-2016, 01:39 PM   #1
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Max Size I should consider for new Jayco Travel Trailer?

Hello Jayco Owners!!
I was wondering your thoughts on "max size" for our first travel trailer. I am concerned that if I go up to a 28 or 29 model (one that would be 31+ ft overall) that we will be maxed out size wise on many campgrounds. We are in California and plan to camp at many of the State Parks and beaches. We don't intend for our travels to be focused on RV parks. What are your thoughts?

The problem I'm running into when looking at the various bunkhouse models is that for the things that I really want it is pushing me up to these sizes. I really want (1) a second entry door direct to the bathroom, (2) enough storage (3) Outdoor kitchen. There were some smaller models that I'd be totally fine giving up a sofa and just having the dining booth, but they don't have the 3 above items.

I started with the WhiteHawk 24MBH as my first choice, but the storage looks slim to none. It has my other two wishes. Then I have to go all the way up to the 28BHKS to get my 3 wishes.

In the Jayco Jay Flight, my 3 wishes don't seem to exist until the 29BHDS, which ends up being around 34 feet total!

We are currently looking mostly at the Jayco White Hawk and Jayco Jay Flight.

Thanks for your thoughts-
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:03 PM   #2
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I would go to the online reservation system for the parks you think you will stay in and attempt to make reservations for the trailer length your interested in and see what's available.

ProTip: Buy your third, fourth, or fifth trailer the first time.

I would purchase a JayFlight over a Whitehawk if you have the tow capacity to pull it.
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:13 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for your advice!! Why are you suggesting Jay Flight over White Hawk? We will be towing with a Toyota Tundra and I believe with the 10,000lb rating we could tow either one.
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My personal opinion is the JayFlight is a better built trailer. The Whitehawk is built to keep the weight down and has lots of nice features but side by side it's not as solid as the JayFlight line.

Don't guess at your towing capacity. Look at the door sticker on your truck and make sure you know your numbers. Do the math yourself. Don't let the dealer do it for you. Make reasonable estimates of what your going to bring with you and your loaded weights and you will be fine if you stay within the capacity of your truck.

Two of our neighbors have the 29BHDS. It's a nice floorplan for families. I don't prefer the bathroom door on the driver side of the trailer but that's just me. One family tows with a Tundra and does fine with it.
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:47 PM   #5
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Old 09-25-2016, 03:39 PM   #6
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I personally wouldn't go over any bigger than 26' with the tundra. You get into the 28-29' with slides and you'll be over your payload plus I think anything over a 26' is 3/4 ton territory


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Old 09-25-2016, 04:37 PM   #7
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Tow vehicle PAYLOAD is the key number you should be looking at for the Tundra.
It can safely pull 10,000 lbs... But how much weight can it hold? That's the trucks payload.

My 287bhsw tongue weight loaded is around 750lbs-850lbs.
The trailer tongue weight counts as payload on your truck.
In most vehicles your own weight, passengers, luggage, anything you have inside of the cab and in the bed is considered payload.

I agree the jayflight line is solid choice for a well built family trailer.
The "lightweight" lines are built with the weight of the trailer being the driving factor of the materials and methods of construction used.

Plenty of people pull similar trailers to mine, with similar weights with similar 1/2 ton trucks as yours successfully.
You will be close to your trucks limits but it can be done.

If it were me I would forget about the outdoor kitchen (you will save a bunch of $ with the jayflight), get the other things on your list. Pull it with the tundra but consider a 3/4 ton truck sometime in the future

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That's great advice, thanks!! We actually don't own a Tundra, so we are still in a flexible place in regards to our tow vehicle. But my husband really likes the Tundra and we hope to not go bigger than this truck class so we will likely want to purchase it and a towable trailer that safely fits the Tundra's capacity. And thanks for the outdoor kitchen advice. I was questioning how much we needed it too
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When we started looking for our first trailer this spring the wife and I were pretty sure we wanted 26-28 bunk house models with an outdoor kitchen. After spending countless weekends looking at every major manufacturers trailers in person , we wound up with a 24MBH. We liked the open floorplan with the fold up master bed , the second entry into the bath is nice . Granted storage space is a little less than the others we considered but you find ways to store stuff ( plus if you can't fit it you don't need it ��)
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Hi tjcj!

Actually the 24MBH was my very top choice trailer for a long time--until I really went through and became concerned about storage. So....now that you own it are you okay with the amount of space for clothing, etc. Like, for example, where in the rig are you putting your clothes? It didn't look like much of anything could go in the bedroom area where the Murphy bed was. I'd love your thoughts on how you laid out your belongings in there...that would give me a better picture of how it plays out in real life. I really really love the 24MBH....except for that darn storage!! lol
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