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Old 07-23-2015, 11:31 AM   #1
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2016 Jayflight 28BHBE

I am not an owner yet. I hope to be one soon. The questions I have is for the people that own this travel trailer. Do you like it and does it work for your family? I have two kids ages 12 and 10, that like to sometimes bring friends with them. Trading in my old 2005 Kodiak 30BHSL which the bunks are starting to get small for the kids. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 07-23-2015, 12:30 PM   #2
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We just got the Eagle 284BHBE which is the same floorplan.

After having the 2014 White Hawk 28DSBH for a couple years and putting about 60 nights camped on it, I really appreciate the floorplan of the BHBE's.

We tend to bring a couple or family along, so we really appreciate having the U-shaped dinette and having the full size shower. Storage is excellent.

The BHBE is also a handy length. It's still long, but above 30' nose-to-tail ever foot matters.

My only complaint are the smaller front storage hatches compared to the White Hawk and lack of an outside fridge, but overall the benefits of having a heavier duty coach and inside features far outweigh my gripes.

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Old 07-23-2015, 12:40 PM   #3
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Thank you Peter.

I agree with you I would love if the Jayflight had the outside fridge. The wife loves the bigger shower then the tub/shower in the Whitehawk and the U-shaped Dinette since that is what we have now.

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Old 07-23-2015, 01:42 PM   #4
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Ours is the '14 model, but our reasons for buying would still be relevant to you I think. We got the bunkhouse specifically for the long term. Our son is 9 months now, and we anticipate making MANY memories in this trailer. He just began sleeping on the bottom bunk instead of the Pack n Play, so I'm looking for A LOT of years in this trailer. I would think for a couple kids (12 & 10) like yours, this floorplan would be ideal. The bunks are spacious, and there's just enough privacy, and the open floorplan is ideal; people aren't tripping over themselves. We entertained at a family gathering last year and we had the trailer absolutely full (just for the afternoon, they weren't all sleeping over); like 10 or 12 people IIRC and we were all comfortable hanging out in our trailer.

We're also a bit odd in that this was our first travel trailer moving up from tent camping. Most people take steps like tent>popup>hybrid>travel trailer>fifth wheel>motorhome. We decided to jump in with both feet on this one, again because we want to use it for a LONG time.

Some things to consider that may or may not matter to you: The bunks (bottom bunk especially) get a little stuffy, so fans should be considered. The bathroom is just excellent! The large shower feels more like home, and the outside door lets the kids come and go as needed without making quite as much mess and keeps the AC from taking quite as much of a hit when the door is opening up. Storage is plentiful, but some of it is so deep, we can't even see the back without a light. The "walk around" queen bed (they may have changed this in the newer models) isn't so easy to walk around. DW's feet are the perfect height of my ... ummmm ... "stuff", and they hang off the end of the bed a little, so that can be a bit uncomfortable when I have to get up in the night for the facilities. We didn't go with the White Hawk (at the time it and the Swift were the only other units with this floorplan) because we liked the build quality of the Flight, it's taller than the Hawk inside, we wanted aluminum siding, and we didn't care at all for the outside fridge. I've given the outside fridge a second thought a time or two, perhaps wishing I had something like that, but by no means do I regret our decision. I'll just use a small cooler if I want to keep drinks outside the trailer.

I would recommend you have a 3/4T truck to tow it with. I towed mine for a little over a year with my 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 (and yes, my weights were good on paper; maxed out, but within spec), and let's just say I won't be doing that again. I stepped up to a 2015 RAM 2500 6.4L Hemi in May, and I'll never look back. Totally worth it.

Any way you slice it, IMHO this is one of the best floorplans Jayco has. We've been to two (fairly large) RV shows since we bought it, and we still wouldn't trade it for anything we've seen so far.

Good luck with your decision! And welcome to the club!

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Old 07-23-2015, 01:51 PM   #5
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We just bought a 2016 28BHBE Elite a little over a month ago and camped every weekend since. The trailer layout is great except for the external storage. Wish the bathroom and bunks were on opposite sides though. That way the storage in the rear would be on the awning side instead. Also it would have been nice if the bunks were spaced slightly higher so the rear outside storage could have a taller door.

Overall, it's fantastic! The dinette is perfect for our family of 5.
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:09 PM   #6
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I ordered my 2015 28BHBE in January and picked it up in April. I ordered it with out the out side door to the bathroom. I live in my TT for 154 days out of the year in Alaska and I love it. I have a 14 and 17 year olds and it works great.
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Old 07-23-2015, 03:39 PM   #7
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We looked hard at that model, ended up with a 29BHDS which is similar but has a small outside kitchen/fridge (no sink) and a few hundred pounds heavier. Big thing was the larger grey water capacity (its got 2 tanks) which was important to my wife.

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We didn't find a lot of these on lots as its fairly new, but if your interested look at a 32IBTS which you should easily find, its pretty close to the 32IBTS with the back end of a 28BHBE except the bunks are reversed. We ended up buying on order and are happy with it.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:16 PM   #8
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So I was wondering if those of you who own the 28 Jayflights if the television is hard to watch sitting on the couch with it being of center. I noticed with the 28 white hawk the television is centered. Does this make sense? Thanks
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Old 07-23-2015, 10:27 PM   #9
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So I was wondering if those of you who own the 28 Jayflights if the television is hard to watch sitting on the couch with it being of center. I noticed with the 28 white hawk the television is centered. Does this make sense? Thanks
I ordered the 28BHBE and wondered the same. If the couch were occupied by one, I imagine they could lay down on the couch to watch, but it looks a bit shorter (narrower?) than the TT we are coming from. One of the reasons for getting the 28BHBE was the U-shaped dinette which would hold one to two more people more comfortably facing the television than the 2006 Fleetwood Terry DBHS we are coming from.

I would like to get a solid wooden folding chair for inside that could be used at the end of the dinette and also for occupants visiting or watching a movie on rainy days.
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Old 07-23-2015, 11:14 PM   #10
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We got our 28 BHBE Elite last September 2014 and we absolutely loved it. This floor plan is perfect for us, no kids but always take a couple of friends on most trips. What's great about this trailer are open floor plan, big shower, huge slide out, wide bunk beds and 32" TV. We enjoyed it every time out.


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