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Old 08-20-2015, 11:02 AM   #1
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First TT- White Hawk 2016 25BHS-advice and tips

Hello everyone,

My husband and I just bought a 2016 White Hawk 25BHS TT. We are beyond excited about this new adventure in our lives. With that said, I am wondering if any of you have tips or advice you would like to share. Anything from:

How to make a corner bunk bed
How to use various aspect of the TT
like water storage/ pump, stabelizing jack, ect...

Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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Congrats and welcome!! Ask anything. Lots of experience and knowledge on the forum.
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Old 08-20-2015, 02:49 PM   #3
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Welcome! Notice our signature - and here are hints we'd share for your TT:
Bunks: Save money and purchase your favorite regular full sheets and fold the corner of the sheet under. We use quilts and 'clip' our top sheet onto them; for visitors ... we ask they bring a sleeping bag. FYI, invest in mattress enclosures to keep them clean and moisture-free.
Master: Convert it from 'short' to 'regular' by adding a topper and again purchase your favorite regular queen sheets - the extra depth from the topper helps the sheets fit well. Don't waste $$ on RV-sheets! Suggestion: you can get 'dirt-friendly' colors (beige, tan, brown).
Entertainment Center: Purchase 12 shoebox-sized plastic boxes and you can maximize your storage ~ we have them all through-out.
Lav/Shower: Consider upgrading to decent lav faucet and shower nozzle (Oxygenics).
Thermostat: Consider upgrading to digital - it'll be more accurate.
Power: Get generators - you'll need them when dry-camping (as we learned from our 2nd shakedown trip) - we had run our batteries down and the alarm went off Sunday at 5:30am. BTW, install a battery shut-off.
TV: Get an RV articulating arm (heavy duty for the 32" tv) so you can easily view the television.
Storage: Change all the 751 locks to combi-cam locks ... combinations you select are certainly more secure AND you don't have to carry a key!
Cookware: The Magna Cookware (with ceramic lining - can get as induction) are fantastic ... heavy, easy to clean, and nest for storage.
Kitchenware: Go for collapsible (wash tubs, bowls, colanders, etc.).
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:35 PM   #4
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For the storage can locks, rvlocksandmore.com has cam locks that can be ordered to match the key code of your entrance door.

I changed out our main door, bathroom door, and pass through cam locks to match the outdoor kitchen keys. Now I only have 2 keys, one for the outdoor shower (stupid cam lock was to short to match the pass through!!!), and the rest of the trailer door locks.

Do lots of reading for tips. It is hard to say where to start. But I'll try! Lol

Good set of wheel chocks- even if you want a set of the "x chocks", still use normal wheel chocks also.
Boards or plastic "Lego blocks" for leveling.
30 amp extension cord, fresh water hose (white), and a sewer hose- longer than the "prep pkg" that may have been included with the trailer.

Will you be staying in a campground with at least electric, fresh water, and sewer? Or dry camping "off the grid"? If in a cg, have some water in the tank for possible restroom stops while traveling, but no sense hauling a lot of water if you have water hook up (extra weight).

Make sure you learn how to adjust your wd hitch (weight distribution) because when the dealer sets it up, your trailer is empty! As you load it you may need to re-adjust it.

Camp for a couple nights in the driveway if this is your first trailer. As you notice you need this knife, or that measuring cup, write it down. Then go shopping for the trailer! We have a set of plastic nesting bowls that seem to have become popular. Bought them a few years ago. I think they have measuring cups also.

Congrats on the new rig!!!
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:48 PM   #5
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Thank you guys so much for the great advice! I made my husband read it also because some things were over my head lol.

Hattie- you will be my go to with questions specific to the white hawk!!!! Thank you.

Need-a-vacation- staying in the drive way is a great idea. That had not crossed my mind. Thank you.

We ordered the TT and it should be here in about 6 weeks. So I'm sure I will have a ton of specific questions by then.

Love that I found a place to ask people who know what they are talking about.
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Welcome to the forum. Consider these two links for new owners:


Things To Do Before First Outing with a New Jayco:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...ayco-2359.html

Top ten must haves;

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f1...ting-5081.html
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:20 PM   #7
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You will love your new rig. Congo Ratz. Once we saw the 2016 25BHS had the door exiting the bathroom we wished we had waited for one. However, we are in love with out 2015. most of the advice here is great stuff. Hattie is correct regarding a generator for dry camping if you really want to utilize the TV or microwave. Good power discipline can stretch your battery usage a long time. We have made it as long as 6 days and only went down about half. We do have a generator, but rarely use it. We have since purchased a good solar panel with a charge controller. When I set up camp, I usually climb up and place the solar panel on the roof (I store it in the front cargo space) and hook it up. I keep a quick disconnect hooked to the battery so I can plug the controller and solar panel up quickly.
As Hattie said, replace the bathroom faucet and shower nozzles. There are pictures on my profile of some of what we have done. I also built shelves in my cabinets to maximize storage space.
Good luck and enjoy.
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Welcome to the forum. We were in your shoes last year. A new trailer and stuff to learn. Have fun, just get out there and ask questions as you go....
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:54 PM   #9
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GG,

YW!!! Just don't use the toilet if you can help it unless you have a way to empty the black tank at your house! Speaking of that, try to let the black tank get at least 2/3, or 3/4 full before emptying. And leave the valves closed if you have full hook up.

Also check this thread out for more "tips".
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:49 AM   #10
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we just got a white hawk 33 rsks. So im assuming the same parts used and needed. Could you please advise what you used in the following?

lav/shower: consider upgrading to decent lav faucet and shower nozzle (oxygenics).
thermostat: consider upgrading to digital - it'll be more accurate.

tv: Get an rv articulating arm (heavy duty for the 32" tv) so you can easily view the television. is this for the bedroom where there is a mounted area?
storage: Change all the 751 locks to combi-cam locks ... Combinations you select are certainly more secure and you don't have to carry a key!
what size did you get for your white hawk?
thank you!
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