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Old 06-26-2014, 03:10 PM   #11
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Thanks to everyone for all the feedback. This forum is really a great resource!

I'm looking forward to actually getting to see the 25BHS in person. I will definitely look a the bunks though from the specs they don't look much smaller than the 28DSBH (51X74 vs 54X74). I'm curious to see if they feel tighter due to the interior height on the 25 being 3" less than the 28.

I can't wait until I can put up a post of our new TT! Thanks again for the feedback.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:55 PM   #12
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So, I'm also looking hard at the 25BHS. This is my first trailer. We keep getting advice to scale up, but then we also hear from people that they have trouble getting into campgrounds because they are > 30ft in total length. All on the West Coast.

Is this not a problem for most? I'm surprised everyone pushes larger, because of this issue. I feel like I'm missing something.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:15 PM   #13
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1. Love, love our White Hawk. We have the discontinued 29SQB with quad bunks. We have used it for over 100 nights. Minimal to no problems.

2. Go bigger. Imagine all of your family stuff in the camper! Fills up fast.

3. We are on the East Coast but have never really encountered the 30+ problem that you mentioned. But we stay mostly at private campgrounds. I imagine most state parks were built at a time when most RV's were much smaller.

4. No matter what unit you choose--you will have a blast. We have never had a bad camping trip!
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:17 AM   #14
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So, I'm also looking hard at the 25BHS. This is my first trailer. We keep getting advice to scale up, but then we also hear from people that they have trouble getting into campgrounds because they are > 30ft in total length. All on the West Coast.

Is this not a problem for most? I'm surprised everyone pushes larger, because of this issue. I feel like I'm missing something.


My personal experience has been that most campgrounds can accommodate some pretty big campers. I live in Illinois and we do a lot of state park camping. When we reserve sites they display a max equipment length. If you know some campgrounds you'd like to frequent maybe look into the reservation process and see if they have similar information.

So we have been looking at campers for a long time. For us it came down to finding the right balance. I'm on the conservative side when it comes to weight so that was a big factor for me. When we looked at campers we always had the kids with us, we would picture where the dog's bed would go, how much storage was available, how do we all fit if we have a couple rainy days, things like that. We also wanted more of an open feel. We really liked the White Hawk line but for us, the 25BHS rear bunks were too closed off. The 28DSBH was pushing my personal limits being comfortable with a half-ton truck (packing for longer trips with 4 of us). In the end the Coachmen Apex 259BHSS seemed to be the perfect balance for us. We bought it a week and a half ago and pick it up tomorrow! We'll be able to get in at least one trip with the new camper and can't wait.
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We recently purchased the 33bhbs and love it. We went from a 27 bh with the same coffin type bunks and as our 2 girls grew the bunks became a pita for them to get in and out of. We looked at the 28 and fell in love with the layout of the 33 and couldn't be happier.
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:47 PM   #16
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like that. We also wanted more of an open feel. We really liked the White Hawk line but for us, the 25BHS rear bunks were too closed off. The 28DSBH was pushing my personal limits being comfortable with a half-ton truck (packing for longer trips with 4 of us). In the end the Coachmen Apex 259BHSS seemed to be the perfect balance for us. We bought it a week and a half ago and pick it up tomorrow! We'll be able to get in at least one trip with the new camper and can't wait.
So, we're looking at the same models, or the Kodiak, or the Bullet. Similar plans. The tipping point for us has been the quality differences reported between them, with the Jayco coming out higher, even though the plan is a bit tighter.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:08 PM   #17
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28DSBH is about #500 heavier, 3 ft longer. Has lot more interior room. Couch to sit on which the 25BHS doesn't have. Larger grey water capacity for 4 people. Be careful with that if there are two tanks involved. Lot more water goes down the shower than the kitchen sink.

I was very conservative about weight when we got the 26BH, however our current White Hawk weighs about #1000 more and I really don't notice the difference.

If your truck is up to it with proper WDH setup, you will probably ultimately be better off with the larger trailer, especially as your kids get bigger.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:33 PM   #18
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...but then we also hear from people that they have trouble getting into campgrounds because they are > 30ft in total length. All on the West Coast.

Is this not a problem for most? I'm surprised everyone pushes larger, because of this issue. I feel like I'm missing something.
I'm in CA and have a 29QBH, 33' coupler to bumper. We camp mainly is CA state parks and Nat'l parks. It certainly requires some planning to get sites in the SP as well as Yosemite and Sequoia NP to accommodate us -- but they exist.

If you are more interested in full hookup camping there are always lots of private CG that can accommodate the largest of trailers.

If you get caught in the "too big to use" conundrum where do draw the line. There will always be more sites available for tents vs RV, and there will be more sites to accommodate 25' vs 30' vs 35'. I did a lot of research into this and determined that you would have to have a TT with an over length <=24' to have most sites available. There wasn't floor plans that worked for us in this size, so then I realized once you exceed 25' you basically have the same options avail as <35' so we settled at 33'.
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Old 01-14-2015, 05:49 PM   #19
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We just bought a 25bhs after nearly 10 years with a jayco 21J hybrid. We have grown children and a grandchild, so the 600 pound weight limit on the bunks was important. I had wanted a couch as well as the dinette, but the u-shaped dinette with the removable table should work perfectly without adding more length for my husband to maneuver. I also do most of my cooking outside on a camp stove, so the outdoor kitchen was a high priority for me.
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Good luck with the decision....
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