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Old 10-06-2016, 11:30 AM   #11
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When the 2016 WH came out, DW and I joked about trading up. She really liked the idea of the island. I really like the door on the opposite side going directly into the bathroom. As has been said, this creates a sort of 'mud room' entry; especially with the outdoor shower right by the door.
After looking over the new 2016 at a dealership, both opened and closed, DW and I decided the only thing we really liked was bathroom door. She no longer thought the island was a good idea. She really likes the open space.
As for the outdoor kitchen, we got rid of the microwave, and are considering removal of the fridge. Currently the only use it gets is as a sort of cooler because we primarily boondock and rarely use hook ups. We keep it cool by rotating those blue ice packs in and out of the indoor freezer and/or just throwing a few beverages into the indoor fridge in the morning. However, like many others, we do most of our cooking out there.

We have found the back bunks to be great. On a recent hunt, with two of my buddies, they both agreed the bunks were long enough and spacious enough for full grown adults (one of them is 6' 2") and definitely better than sleeping on a small inflatable pad in a tent on the ground.

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Old 10-06-2016, 12:02 PM   #12
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Glad to hear that 2 adults slept comfortably in the bunk beds. We haven't had anyone camping with us yet. It's amazing how much storage space is created by removing the microwave and refrigerator. We do most of our cooking outside to reduce moisture inside and it is ideal for storing the bumper mounted grill, Coleman coffee pot and other outdoor cooking utensils. We are also thinking of storing some canned goods in there.

By the way, the refrigerator has two screws in the front and one screw down the left side toward the back. The one on the left side is hard to get to. I finally had to buy a cordless right angle screwdriver to remove it. Even then I could barely reach it.

I'm saving all of the brackets and screws just in case I want to reinstall them.


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Old 10-21-2016, 12:32 AM   #13
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One thing I would like to add... I have a major gripe with the outdoor kitchen. Why would they not put a sink in? What is more important to an outdoor kitchen than running water? Honestly, I'd rather they leave the stove out and put the sink in (<---exaggeration, for effect).

Will be looking for a camp sink to use. Stinks that they skimped here.

Other than that, good job Jayco. Nice design.
I have the 2016 with a 2016 F150 Eco-Beast and it pulls up and over the Cascade mountains at 65mph without putting your foot through the floor I can't say all 1/2 ton brands can do the same but my truck has the tow rating of 11400lbs and a GVCWR of 17,100 and 1700lb payload. No worries here but FYI - I had a 2006 Tahoe with a tow rating of 7200 and the dealer sold me on the trailer because he said I could pull it with no problems. This being my first trailer I believed him plus we were looking at a smaller trailer and of course fell in love with a bigger one which ended up to be the WH 25BHS and we got it for 27k which I think was a good deal

Now after a summer using it we absolutely love it!! We hem and haw at the island sometimes saying I wonder if the floor space is better or not but in the end we enjoy all the countertop space and it works well to lay out a spread of food when having a meal. As for the back door I couldn't live without it!! It was so hot this summer and not sitting in any shade we had to use the back door like a chamber lock to keep the cold air conditioned air in the main part of the coach. With kids going in and out it was hard to keep it cool so we came up with this idea. Worked well keeping the bathroom door closed and using the bathroom without opening the entire trailer to the hot air. Plus it's great to be used as a mud room and this winter it will be used to come in after skiing with wet clothes and snow covered boots. I have 3 fridges and love it so no cooler packing here also were not big boondockers yet so we're typically hooked to power. But we will try the off the grid thing as we become more of seasone camper Also the outdoor kitchen is perfect minus not having a sink. So I threw the bumper BBQ away after the first use cause it was junk and now I swing the arm that held it around and I put a 5 gallon jug with spout to using for rinsing hands or pans when cooking on my real Coleman road trip BBQ. The 2017 model has the sink so missed out on that one grrr. Thicker floors is way better from the horror stories I have read on this forum so cool with the WH not being and ultra lite anymore. I have seen other 25BHS trailers when going back to the dealer and noticed that what doesn't match mine which I just bought right off the lot as is no custom order is I have side windows on my slide out, sink covers that match my countertop (not the white one), a chrome faucet that pulls out, a third fridge, large propane tanks, 2 batteries, and a frame mounted hitch on the back with a 2" receiver all for 27k. Someone must of ordered one and backed out I just thought all of them were the same until I saw a couple of others at a dealer. I also went a couple of weeks ago since I have had a chance to use her and sized it up to other brands at a couple RV dealers not to far from me. What I found is that I made a great choice because for what I paid it is far better than what I saw except for a couple but the price tag was 8-10k more than what I paid so oh well. To sum it up I love the 2016 island and all I'm very handy so I have done some awesome mods and still always looking for fun things to improve her to my liking.

1. Turned the main wardrobe to a 5 shelf closet for my boys (2 bunks but no place for clothes sucked!)
2. Added LED touch lights over the main bed and in the bunks so I don't always need to use the extra bright ones that come with the trailer
3. Push the panel under the bathroom sink back 4-5" to increase the space cause it was a triangular shape that was useless until now.
4. Put on a Irvine folding shower door so no need for a shower curtain
5. Camco on and off shower head off amazon
6. Added a on and off switch on fridge in the front storage to shut it off because it was nearly impossible to get the plug in and out cause the access was so tight
7. Put a remote dimmer on the outdoor led lights so I don't light up like the sun when chilling outside at night
8. Added lots of matching screws to areas where they were lacking on panels both in the coach and storage areas
9. Added a Maxx air vent cover over the only ceiling vent in the bathroom (big complaint here there should be one over master bed and the top bunk for added ventilation!) why Jayco don't skimp on ventilating a box

Loving the trailer life! Journey on to beautiful sunsets and may the sky light up with shooting stars!

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