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Old 06-22-2014, 03:38 PM   #1
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Thoughts on White Hawk 25BHS?

My wife and I are looking to upgrade from a popup to a TT. We have looked at lots (LOTS) of them and seem to come back to the Jayco every time. We are interested in the White Hawk 25BHS because of the overall size and the floor plan. We had a sales person make a comment to us that we may outgrow the 25 (we were standing in a 28DSBH when she made the comment). TV is a 2014 Silverado so no concerns for me there. Looking for input from families with a TT of a similar size.

Unfortunately, we haven't been able to see the 25BHS yet as no dealers in our area stock them. I have been a bit surprised by that as we live about 40 mi northwest of Chicago and there are quite a few dealers. There is a dealer in Indiana that has one so we're planning a trip to see it soon.

Wife, me, 6 yr old, 4 yr old, small dog

Plan to do quite a bit of local camping (within 100 miles)

Plan to do at least one longer trip each year (7-9 days) and likely 300-700 miles from home.

Won't be too long before the kids are big enough to bring friends. This is one reason we like the 25BHS (wide bunks). Friends would only come on local trips.

Anyone have a similar family/TT experience? Thoughts on outgrowing this TT? I would really like to stay under 30' but can move up if we need to.

General thoughts on the White Hawk?

I know that we have to make the decision on what's right for our family but would really appreciate any thoughts from seasoned RVers.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:42 PM   #2
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We looked at the 25bhs when shopping around. We liked a lot about it, especially the U-shaped dinette. I liked the size of it (weight/length).

The bunks were pretty tight tho ... My wife called them "coffins", so that pretty much sealed the fate of that TT with us. We have 8yo and 11yo.

We decided on the 28bhds. Nice big bunks plus we have a hide-a-bed now.

I'm not crazy about the extra weight but Happy Wife....

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Old 06-26-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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I'm not crazy about the extra weight but Happy Wife....

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Old 06-26-2014, 08:34 AM   #4
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Only 30 days into my White Hawk ownership, and I couldn't be happier. Jayco did a great job with the features (e.g. storage, extra lights, extra outlets, etc.), the quality and construction. I too looked at a lot of other brands and kept coming back to the White Hawk. You'll love it.

I would suggest going larger now if you think there's a chance of outgrowing 25 in the future. 28 Tows exactly the same as 25 and you'll spend a lot more money selling/upgrading later than you would just going a bit bigger now.

Good luck; keep us posted; and don't forget to join the White Hawk Owners Social Group on this forum!
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:03 AM   #5
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Only 30 days into my White Hawk ownership, and I couldn't be happier. Jayco did a great job with the features (e.g. storage, extra lights, extra outlets, etc.), the quality and construction. I too looked at a lot of other brands and kept coming back to the White Hawk. You'll love it.

I would suggest going larger now if you think there's a chance of outgrowing 25 in the future. 28 Tows exactly the same as 25 and you'll spend a lot more money selling/upgrading later than you would just going a bit bigger now.

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+1 and I couldn't have said it better Mossiedad!

We were serious about buying a smaller TT prior to buying ours. The first rainy day you spend in the trailer with the kids you will thank yourself for the extra space. For us, the time we spend in the RV is part of being on vacation too.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:24 AM   #6
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Only 30 days into my White Hawk ownership, and I couldn't be happier. Jayco did a great job with the features (e.g. storage, extra lights, extra outlets, etc.), the quality and construction. I too looked at a lot of other brands and kept coming back to the White Hawk. You'll love it.

I would suggest going larger now if you think there's a chance of outgrowing 25 in the future. 28 Tows exactly the same as 25 and you'll spend a lot more money selling/upgrading later than you would just going a bit bigger now.

Good luck; keep us posted; and don't forget to join the White Hawk Owners Social Group on this forum!
Agree with this entirely. It didn't take much persuasion to go a little bigger, given the options and extra space. The deep slide on the 28DSBH makes a world of difference too.

We've packed it with our normal "stuff" and we still have empty drawers/cubbies and half-empty wardrobes. Hopefully, I can keep it that way to avoid upgrading the TV next!!!
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:38 AM   #7
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As a former pop up owner and moving to a TT, I would purchase bigger if you can. We originally purchased a 2011 26RLS within 2 yrs we knew we should have gone a bit larger. We needed more storage, larger bed for DD to sleep. The dinette breakdown every night got old especially after having to do that in the pop up. You could say we had 3 footitis. Within 2 1/2 yrs we traded for our current 298RLDS. We can't be happier, perfect for us.

A few things to consider are, access to fridge and bathroom while slide out is in (travel position). It really comes in handy during the longer trips especially with children.

We too did not see the 26RLS because it was a new floor plan and no one local had one. We did see pictures but that was it when we ordered.

We did not lose anything when we did the trade. We actually made a little. Have fun in the search. Good Luck.
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We looked really hard at the 25BHS as well. We ended up with the Flight 28BHBE, reference above post "Happy wife = Happy life" (Very similar floor plan to the WH 28DSBH).

We chose this model for a couple reasons, not the least of which is the cavernous space provided by the long and deep slide. The bathroom in the Flight was another deciding factor (HUGE shower stall in the Flight). Also, there's a couch to sit on, so you're not always in the dinette if you're inside or cooking dinner. But we discovered that if you take the table out of the dinette, it makes a very nice seating area/lounge type spot when you don't need it for meals. Also, we have a bambino on the way, so we wanted plenty of space for him and his cousins, hence the huge bunks.

Sometimes I wish I had put the weight in a higher priority in the decision matrix. That being said, your Silverado (properly equipped) should handle either trailer fine, of course the advantage goes to the 25BHS... And I wouldn't imagine length difference between the two being a big deal.

With all that, honestly, if it were me and I were purchasing today, I would choose the 25BHS. It has big bunks, it's a good length, it has most of the basic features of the larger trailer, and it's lighter. Yes, you sacrifice a little space because of the smaller slide, but there's still pretty good space, and hopefully you'll be outside most of the time anyway.
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With all that, honestly, if it were me and I were purchasing today, I would choose the 25BHS. It has big bunks, it's a good length, it has most of the basic features of the larger trailer, and it's lighter. Yes, you sacrifice a little space because of the smaller slide, but there's still pretty good space, and hopefully you'll be outside most of the time anyway.
I would highly recommend that the OP checks out the bunk beds on the 25 first though. Those were a big negative when we looked at the trailer.

Everything else was great though. They should get rid of the outdoor kitchen (that's under the bunks) and just make the bunks larger/higher.
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I would highly recommend that the OP checks out the bunk beds on the 25 first though. Those were a big negative when we looked at the trailer.

Everything else was great though. They should get rid of the outdoor kitchen (that's under the bunks) and just make the bunks larger/higher.
My brother, his wife and my niece all slept in our bunks last winter, they said it was fine. I take naps in there often, and the only thing I don't like is the bottom one gets a little stuffy (planning to get a clip-on fan to combat that). I think they're a little better than most because they're wider. The bunks that are small twin size and stuffed back into the corner with only a 2 ft opening at the end are VERY much like coffins. Granted, with the kitchen under there in the WH, the bottom bunk could be a bit closer to the top bunk than ours, thus creating a bit more claustrophobic environment. I climbed into all the bunks of all the trailers we looked at, and I would highly recommend this to the OP (or anyone for that matter). Get in there yourself, and lay down for 15 or 20 minutes and see how it is.

I forgot to mention that the outside kitchens and the extra fridges are some of the reasons we steered away from the WH line; we just didn't see the need, and we already have everything we need to create our own outdoor kitchen if we decide we want one. I agree, IMHO that space under the bottom bunk would be much better suited to storage.
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