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Old 06-12-2014, 07:26 PM   #1
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23F or 23B??

We are looking to upgrade our trailer after we upgrade our TV. We are currently towing a X17Z with a CX9 (with tow package). We like both, but we are getting tired of worrying about weight and our transmission dropping out. Soooo tired of not being able to purchase "fun" stuff because we have to worry about how much everything weighs.

We are looking at purchasing a Suburban 1500 and want to upgrade to either a 23f or 23b. (4 kids and a dog)

Now question for all those 23 owners? What made you decide on the model?

Pros and Cons of each?

I see that the 23B has so much more counter space and wardrobes, but you are down a bed. BUT you have that huge dinette. Is that a pain in the a$$ to climb over to get in or out of bed? Down a bed means if we have company we have to start putting down tables/couches. With 4 kids, 3 beds would be ideal..but realistically, the older kids won't want to come camping as much in the next year or two.

I am lost, I see pros and cons with both, but I'm not sure with the number of kids I have (16, 13, 3 and 1 years of age) which model would be more suitable?

HELP!
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:07 PM   #2
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I'm biased toward the 23B. We opted for the u-shaped dinette so we could eat or play games together. It's not a big deal to crawl out of...just got to make sure you don't step on someone and I use one of those collapsible plastic step stools to go from the bench to the floor...kind of a big step when you're half awake. Counter space and the huge wardrobe were big selling points for us.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:09 PM   #3
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We have the 23f. Love having 3 beds. We have a boy and girl so wanted separate beds without having to make a bed up for one of them every night. Plus having separate beds, it's like a separate room and they can keep their stuff in their space. They have the two beds in the back. Our bed is the one up front, no matter which one you decide to get you have to climb up. How often would you have guests and would you have to climb over them?

I love to cook, but in any camper you'll limited counter space. We got a stove cover and I put a large cutting board over the sink to make additional space. We do most cooking outside but I still like to have the prep space.

Storage is tight but with the kids having their own "room" they store stuff there. Or if the 2 older kids didn't go and the 2 younger ones share you have that whole bed to use as storage.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:45 PM   #4
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We also looked at both models when we were looking. For us it came down to what we needed on a majority of our trips. We went with the 23B because we only have family stay with us in the camper once or twice a year, so the 3rd bed was not worth giving up the extra space. My daughter is 4 and she sleeps on the folded down dinette. The u-shaped dinette was a big selling point for us, we slide in in and out/position it to serve for meals/reading/laptop/games/etc. As mcfarmall said, the bench is not that big of a deal to step on/over to get in the bed. Cargo capacity is a big difference, the 23F is about double if I can remember correctly, that may be something to consider.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:01 PM   #5
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Thanks guys for your responses.

Now what really puzzles me is why would you only be allowed 980ish pounds of cargo on the 23B and 1800ish on the 23F? That doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:47 AM   #6
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I just noticed they added a 23U for the 2015 line up. I looked at that floor plan, doesn't work for me. You can only sleep 5-6 but has a huge slide out. Sofa/dinette combo.

Question, is the slide out much smaller on the 23B vs. the 23F? I want the most floor space as I can get since I have wee ones.
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Take a look at the White Hawk 23 MBH. It has a very comfortable Murphy bed and 2 bunks. Also the dinette is U shaped and makes into a bed. The Murphey bed allows you to regain 5 feet of space during the daytime by folding it up into the wall...

Weve been living full time in ours dor a month now. Love it.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:02 AM   #8
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Now what really puzzles me is why would you only be allowed 980ish pounds of cargo on the 23B and 1800ish on the 23F? That doesn't make sense to me.
I haven't looked into this, but my guess would be heavier-rated axles and tires on the 23F.

In any case, we have a 23b because we got a good deal on a used unit, and it's gross weight is within the limit that we're comfortable towing with our tow vehicle. Our next camper may be the 23F or some other 3-bed hybrid once the kids are grown...
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:36 AM   #9
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We went with the 23B because we really only need 2 beds but I also didn't like the waste of space created by the 3rd side bed. The wife preferred the U dinette.

All that being said, it's hard to knock having a 3rd bed if you need it.
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We love our 23B. We have 3 kids and a dog and it all works out...we don't even sleep in the dinnette. We have 2 in each bed and one on the couch...dog sleeps with whomever he wants. The storage that the 23F 3rd bed takes away, is not worth it to me. We like the extra storage. But we only have 3 kids, not 4. Good luck
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