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Old 02-01-2016, 05:46 PM   #11
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Man I've had both these campers (kind of). I had an 09 26BH, and have a 28BHBE now.

The '09 26BH was good to cut our teeth with. NO ROOM. But if this is your budget, or will fit your family, etc, then it is what it is. I bought this camper because I didn't know if my family would like camping, and it was a cheap camper so I wouldn't get too hurt on the deal if I had to get rid of it. We got rid of this camper because we wanted more room.

The '15 28BHBE got us more room with the slide out (huge difference in space). We thought we would like the U shape dinette, but really, it is not that convenient to get in and out of. We are a family of 5 and I was sitting in a fold out chair at the wobbly table (we are 5 skinny people). WE loved this camper for 2 seasons. Now it's for sale because we want more room again.....

I think the trend with new rv'ers can be: buy a rig, then upgrade in a couple years. I hear that a lot. If you are not sure you are 100% committed to the RV'ing, I would error on the side of "lowest investment" for the time being. Try it out, see what works and what doesn't work. If you like it, great. If you want to upgrade down the road- then you don't have a ton of money tied up in a camper or stand to loose tens of thousands (not exaggerating). If this is you, I would shop newly used campers to start with. Campers are (or can be) a money pit, even if nothing breaks (WDH; hoses; housewares; bedding; tools; tow vehicle modifications; insurance; storage; etc). If you only use it a couple times a year, it's much cheaper to rent a camper than own one.

If you know you will be RV'ing and think you will be tight on space, don't compromise now. Going with the smaller, lighter camper now to fit the truck that is on order could result in trading off the camper (at a loss) and upgrading the truck too (at a loss) when everyone loves RV'ing and mamma wants more room.

My belief is: if your budget is strapped and you are wanting to create family fun/memories without going into debt, start small and low on the investment. You probably won't get hurt (financially) this way.

If your budget affords convenience as the priority, don't settle on camper or pick up. If you do, it could cost you more in the long run (ask me how I know...).

The prices you are being quoted look reasonable.

If your budget allows, just shop the bigger truck. Maybe a waste of time, but if you think RV'ing could take off, a bigger truck will make traveling so much more relaxing. (I have lost sleep while camping worried about hauling the camper home because traveling on the highway was no fun with a 30' high profile camper on a half ton pick-up with 3 little one's in the back seat). The bigger truck may not cost you any more money than the F150 on order.

Hope it doesn't sound like I'm hounding you. I'm trying to come from a helpful place.

I'm kinda excited to see which way you go!
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:22 AM   #12
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Here is our take on this:

We have the 264BHW, we are a family of 4, our kids being 16 and 18, putting this as tactfully as I can, we are not big of stature people. We camp 18-24 nights per year. We don't go to spend our whole time sitting around in the camper--I do a good bit of the cooking outside, charcoal or Coleman, because it's one of my favorite things to do, and the four of us are only in the trailer all at the same time mainly when retiring for the night or watching movie together. The 264 works great for us, especially when we consider the difference between it and our tent.

We were somewhat budget conscious when getting ours (Feb 2015, a 2015 model), but mainly went with the trailer we liked best and still were able to tow. We were using our 2002 Olds Bravada with a straight 6 motor, and it worked fine as long as we didn't go to the mountains or worry about slowing way down for any steep incline. We now have a GMC half ton and it's a dream to tow with that. We also made sure we had the weight distributing hitch.

Finally, I didn't want the extra variables and maintenance that come with a slide out, frankly. And as for storage, we find there is enough for us when we pack and store selectively.

So the 264 is a great fit for us, and we have no intention of upgrading for years. That being said, if I had smaller, active children to try to manage, I could see the 264 being tight.

You'll have to consider your own family's activity level and expectations in order to get the right unit. We are minimalist in our thinking, always asking how little we can get and still meet our needs and wants.





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Old 02-02-2016, 06:31 AM   #13
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We own a 26 bh elite and i agree with everything that has been said . As a family of 4 it can be tight at times. Having said that we don't spent a lot of time in it , why would you unless its a rainy day . But those days happen. The only thing i would say is a lot of it depends on how far are you planning on traveling. Are you just going a half an hour down the road most of the time ? Or are you planning on going all over the country and back . If your staying close and your budget allows , get the slide. If your planning on taking longer trips from my experience is i wouldn't want to pull much more than 5000 dry with a half ton. Don't get me wrong it pulls great but its definitely there. I have an equilizer hitch. Just my opinion . Good luck
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:48 AM   #14
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We just upgraded to the 264 and it works well for us. We are a family of 4 and like some have said, we don't spend much time inside. It does lack internal storage but you can add struts to the bed, seats, etc to make it more easily accessible. We don't tend to take a bunch if stuff with us while we camp, so storage is usually not a big deal for us.

I didn't want to deal with slides. I am all about being as minimal as possible with the bells and whistles as they are bound to break or need service, which equals more money.

We bought ours for $12,900, so sounds like the price you can get it for is a good one. I have a Tundra 4.6l Crew Max and it pulls it just fine. But I definitely feel it back there.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:00 AM   #15
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Think about how much time do you spend in the trailer during the day?
Even eating, I spend a lot of time outside of the trailer. during the day.
usually after 9.30pm I am in the trailer for the night.
Must have camp fire.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:02 AM   #16
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267BHSW seems like the compromise. We love ours!!
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:11 AM   #17
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Think about how much time do you spend in the trailer during the day?
Even eating, I spend a lot of time outside of the trailer. during the day.
usually after 9.30pm I am in the trailer for the night.
Must have camp fire.
Yeah...we are coming from a pop up and are the same way...the only time we were in the trailer was cooking or sleeping. Anything we get will be way nicer than what we have now. The only reason I'm thinking about the bigger size is because I know how this goes...and after a couple years after the kids have sprouted up I'll be eyeing those fancy slide outs wondering why I went small.

I think we would be happy with the smaller size, and our dealer actually recommended we start smaller because this would be my first time pulling anything bigger than a pop up. But that 287 is so nice...
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:13 AM   #18
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My other issue is we were going to be getting the F150 and I think it will tow the 264 just fine but I have qualms about pulling the 287 with that. I've got another thread in the towing forum talking about that and I'm just as torn on that side as well.
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My other issue is we were going to be getting the F150 and I think it will tow the 264 just fine but I have qualms about pulling the 287 with that. I've got another thread in the towing forum talking about that and I'm just as torn on that side as well.
There are also some lighter weight options out there you may want to research as well. The Whitehawk, Jayfeather, and other manufacturer`s floorplans as well.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:30 AM   #20
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Don't get me wrong, We went from a back of the old truck, to the Terry 24 feet, then to the Comfart 19Ft them I put my foot down and held my breath, and said NEW Trailer
I love the trailer, Hey on a rainy day, blanket on the couch reading a book great.
But with your growing family do it once, and get what will work for you. even if you need to change the tow vehicle, It saves the head ache
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