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Old 09-06-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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28BHS or 29QBH?

I'm conflicted and would appreciate some help thinking through which one to buy.

We're a family of four with kids age 6 and 9. I don't want to change trailers in the next five years...I like to buy and hold, so I'm hoping to get a trailer that will last 10-12 years when I expect kids to leave home....then I'll sell and get something smaller. We've been using our trailer 30-35 nights a year and expect to do the same moving forward unless sports/school activities limit it.

I'm moving from a Rockwood 2701SS....which fit us fine, but I'm staying away from light weights. (Long story short: the trailer was totaled and is now gone...insurance paid a fair value.)

I've noticed the 28BHS seems more popular (based on number of hits when I do a search on this site). I'm wondering if that's just because it's lighter and therefore suitable to more tow vehicles, or if many folks find it's a better fit. My wife votes for the 28BHS because she likes a bit more compact, but she's not set on it and will go for the 29QBH if it's a better fit.

28BHS--Advantages: a bit more compact exterior dimensions, less tongue weight (my limiting factor), Maxistor door, sink outside the bathroom. Disadvantage: Small interior mainly because of small slide, light suspension/load range C tires & 5 lug wheels.

This is a great unit, but my fear is that it will seem very small as the kids get bigger. The walkway is relatively narrow and the dinette is the typical small unit.

29QBH--Advantages: bigger inside, kids love the separate bunk room and extra bunks, larger dinette scales well as kids grow, OEM outside bike rack/cargo carrier, heavier suspension (6 lug, load range D). Disadvantages: more tongue weight (pushing up against my capacity), longer and wider exterior dimensions, more expensive.

My main concerns with this unit are ( 1 ) possibly too big (our last unit was a little shorter and we had several occasions where we just barely squeezed into a site), ( 2 ) will the extra length and size of slide compromise the structural integrity or otherwise lead to more potential problems down the road (e.g. more twisting of the chassis = more leak potential, more slide problems, more bounce at the campground).

I'd love to hear thoughts...advantages/disadvantage. I'm sure I haven't thought of all of them.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum SuperAir! Many folks with your family size do well with the 28BHS and the smaller 26BH. As said there are advantages to the larger 29QBH, with the separate bunkroom and four bunks, and larger slide. I cannot think of any structural disadvantages to going with the larger unit either. If your tow vehicle can handle it safely it is something to consider. We have 3 boys with our 28BHS and I feel I`m about at the limit with room. But I could not tow the 29QBH with my truck and also I can barely get in some sites now. This is the trailer we will stick with until the boys are grown anyway so no regrets or desire to trade up here. I think you would be happy with either one, best thing to do is actually tour them because everyone is different. I know some folks who like lots of room and I know one couple that snowbirds all Winter in a 19' no slide trailer. So everyone has a different view on what is enough room. For us the 28 BHS works.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:14 PM   #3
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What are you towing with ? i pull my Starcraft with a 2500 suburban and its a lot of trailer.We love the trailer (family of 5) and i wanted as much as i could tow because i wanted the bunk house so my kids were at the other end of the trailer and not on the kitchen table like my pop-up
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:33 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum!

I will weight in to -- I have two kids age 8 and 10. I ended up with the 26BH because it was so much lighter than the slide models and it fit well with my TV. We dont really feel that cramped, but will probably be a little tight when they are teens.

My second choice would have been the 25BHS if I could have pulled it off. The way the slides are arranged, it just seems so much bigger than the 28BHS. Granted it has a smaller bottom bunk, but it is very roomy inside. I also like the double doors to the bedroom as it is tough getting out from the farm end of the bed sometimes on the 26 and 28. I also like the toilet configuration better. The 26 and the 28 both have your knees into the wall, where the 25 has you into the shower so you feel a little more open.

Me personally - I would not want the 29 unless I needed the beds for more than 2 kids. You give up a lot of other space for the second set of bunks and it is longer and heaver.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:33 PM   #5
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I appreciate the comments.

I'm pulling with a 2008 Tundra. I've gone through all the capacities and the limiting factor is payload capacity. The 29QBH has a published tongue weight of 880lbs. If I assume 20% of that is shifted to the trailer with a WDH, that's 704 on the truck. If I add back 100lbs to acct for a heavier-than-published tongue weight, that puts me at about 800lbs...which is going to be right at the published limit for the Tundra after I reduce the payload capacity of the truck by the weight of passengers and stuff in the cab.

We looked at the 25BHS, too, but liked the 28BHS more. The 25 is certainly roomier in the walkway area, but it seemed like that's about all you get (other than double-entry to the queen bed area)...the dinette is the same small dinette and the bunks are small (...right now, the bunks make for nice play-space for the kids, so bigger bunks are better).

I should also look at the bathrooms again. On our last trailer, the toilet area was very very cramped. Could be it's the same on the 28bhs. My recollection is the 29QBH had a little more room (?).
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I would not tow the 29QBH with a tundra (i have owned a tundra) its a great truck but i have to say that trailer is BIG.I dont think my bathroom is large its ok for us but i have not been in a 28BHS trailer so i cant compare
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I would not tow the 29QBH with a tundra (i have owned a tundra) its a great truck but i have to say that trailer is BIG.I dont think my bathroom is large its ok for us but i have not been in a 28BHS trailer so i cant compare
I have to agree on the Tundra. That`s a whole lot of trailer for it. 28BHS would be a better fit for the Tundra.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:43 PM   #8
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Hi there, I did a fair bit of looking and did not want to go any bigger than the 28BHS because of my 5.4 F150 and also the length and fitting in sites. Since I bought it my 13 y/o daughter has taken at least one or two friends each time and it has worked out fine room wise.
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Welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum SuperAir! We're probably on the same page as NLCobra. As much as I would love to have that 29Qbhs for the four bunks in back (we have four grandkids who are VERY active in our lives), you have to think about how far you plan to go. We travel (extensively) throughout the US (long distance with the older kids and/or without kids). Just a thought, if you plan to pull the tt camping "locally" within an hour or so then it may be nice to have the bigger one with room for friends. If you plan to tour the US in the summers or the regional area in your section of the states, you may want to really consider the 28bhs. Hope this helps a little.
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Great points. Thank you for the input.

The 29QBH is 2.5' longer and 1500lbs heavier (with 200lbs more on the tongue) than the 28BHS (dry weight 6745 v. 5215).

I've towed a lot with the Tundra, but not more than 7000lbs...which wasn't a problem. With gear/stuff, the 29QBH will be about 1200-1500lbs heavier than what I've towed in the past. It's hard for me to know if that's too much for the truck given that I've been comfortable with previous loads. The 29QBH is well within the rated capacity of the truck on everything but hitch weight, where it's pushing against the rated limit.

My last trailer was 32.5' total length, only 6" shorter than the 29QBH. There were a few time where I wanted something shorter, but not often. Nevertheless, shorter is nicer when it comes to towing.

The comments here have me leaning toward the 28bhs even though the layout of the 29QBH would be a bit better.
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