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Old 07-23-2012, 11:46 PM   #1
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26BH or 28BHS

Alrighty folks, help us out. We have shopped and shopped and then shopped some more. Everyone tells us to not sweat that first TT, you won't have it long. Well, that's not how we do stuff, we want to get it right the first time. We've decided that Jayco is the brand for us, mainly based on the standard 2 year warranty and a really good local dealer.

So, a little about us. We've never had a TT, either of us. Our boys are 7 and 3 and very tall for their age. We will do a lot of state park type camping, but would want to make at least one or two long trips a year. I'm driving a 2009 F150 crew cab with the big V8, so both of these are good on weight.

We've looked them over and like both of these models. The dealer is pricing them about $2000 different, but that's not too a deal breaker. Which one would all of you pick? I know the 28 is bigger, has a slideout, etc. We're wondering would any of you pick the 26 over the 28 and why?

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:03 AM   #2
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IMHO size does matter.

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Old 07-24-2012, 04:03 AM   #3
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My cousin has a 26BH, I had the Starcraft equivelent of the 28BHS. After having spent a few years in the 26BH already she much preferred my TT because of the kitchen and the extra room that small slide gives. She said she should never have bought a TT without a slide. I only had my 28BHS for a year though before deciding it was much too small for us and we traded up. We're on our 3rd trailer in as many years, starting with a pop-up. Last year we said we would have that TT for at least 5 years. Now we're saying we have to keep this one for at least 7 years so we went bigger then we thought we would need to try to stick with the 7-10 year plan. Whatever you decide, enjoy the new TT.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:45 AM   #4
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Looks like the big difference between the two is the kitchen area and the extra space offered by the slide-out. The boys probably won't notice but if y'all are stuck inside due to rain, etc., the extra room will seem nice. The kitchen sink area of the 28BHS seems like a big improvement over the limited counter space of the 26BH.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:00 AM   #5
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I have to admit that as little as you may spend inside a TT, any extra space is greatly appreciated. When searching what TT to rent, I thought slides wouldn't matter, we're only inside the TT to sleep, possibly eat and hide from Rain. Wishing we rented one with at least one slide.. IMHO, hope that helps!
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:07 AM   #6
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We just traded our single slide living room camper to a double slide in the living space because of rainy days and no room for everyone. I had a 22BH for a few years with no slides when the kids were small and again when bad weather struck, and it will, there was absolutely NO ROOM. If your TV will handle it and you can swing the extra $2,000 go with the 28' with the slide. You'll not regret your choice. Jayco all the way.

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Old 07-24-2012, 11:33 AM   #7
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Have you looked at the 25BHS? We rented a 26BH last year and liked it. Then last fall, we looked at the26BH, 28BHS and the 25BHS. To us, the 25BHS felt more comfortable. We purchased ours in Feb 2012 and haven't said "boy I wish we would of went with _____ instead of the 25BHS."
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #8
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Never thought I would like a slide , we just bought our first trailer with one , a 2013 25BHS and the extra room is fantastic . Before we bought it I was thinking of a 28 footer with out the slide , dear wife said get the slide and it was a great move .
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We're on our second season with a 26BH. Really like the trailer, but we need something bigger. I have 3 boys (12, 10,8) and we get crowded in there, especially in the morning when everyone is moving around. The main aisle is just chaos. A slide would offer a little more breathing room.

I did tow the 26BH with a Yukon XL 5.3L and felt that I was getting into trouble in mountain passes. I wouldn't have got something bigger with a 1/2 ton truck. I upgraded my tow vehicle in planning for a bigger trailer (I'm looking at an Eagle 304BHS).
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:46 PM   #10
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I'll throw in my 2cents FWIW... My wife and I looked for years at the various configurations of the units, we wanted to stay under 30' and we decided that we wanted a slide ... WE did look at the 26Bh, BHS and the 25RKs and we finally decided on the 26RKS... we just liked the Rear Kitchen, we like the bar area to sit at and we ordered it with the bunkbeds so we could invite friends and family... There are so many good designs in that range... it was a real toss up on the 25BHS and the 26RKS ... We ordered the 26RKS with the Thermal Package, Elite package Ladder, spare tire with the 15K AC upgrade and I think we will be just fine for years to come.. If you have not looked at a 26RKs with bunks you should... But, as they say them make so many models they try to find one "Just For You" .. We won't get ours until the end of August.. but it will be worth the wait..

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