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Old 08-12-2014, 09:25 AM   #1
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New Purchase - Jayco White Hawk 28DSBH

Hello,

My wife and I are hunting a camper for us and our son to have some weekend get-aways and a few week long trips over the summer. We have been looking at the Coachmen Catalina with a similar floor plan, but ran across the White Hawk just a few days ago.

At first glance it appears the White Hawk, is a much more "premium" unit than the Catalina. My one concern is the delamination issues that seem to occur randomly in any brand after some research.

Anybody have any thoughts about a White Hawk 28DSBH (or any White Hawk for that matter) regarding delamination, quality, issues etc?

Thanks!

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Old 08-12-2014, 11:42 AM   #2
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We have a one year old White Hawk 28DSBH and love it. We just got back from a 4100 mile journey from Seattle to the Badlands, SD and back via Yellowstone. Last year we took a 3200 journey down to San Diego. It's done well on extended trips.

What I like about it most is the amount of storage it has. The front hatch doors are larger than competitors, and also by not having a U-Shaped Dinette and a top bunk ladder, you get an extra cabinet. This is huge when trying to store enough food for the trip. We have had some minor warranty items such as the LED's on the awning going out, and the lazy susan on the TV binding. All were fixed without issue.

As for Delamination, I am obviously hoping for the best, but we do things such as checking all roof seams, checking all light housings for sign of water penetration, and making sure moisture doesn't build up inside the camper. However I would do the same for a non fiberglass trailer. At this point no signs of delam.

My wife and I have attended several RV shows since our purchase and we have not seen another trailer with the floorplan that we liked better. This forum is very knowledgeable and supportive, so ask away.
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:48 PM   #3
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Our local Jayco dealer also deals with the Catalina line. The salesman showed us pretty much the exact same Catalina floorplan as the 28DSBH. At first glance, it was pretty obvious that the Jayco was higher quality with the cabinetry work and materials used in general.

We had a 2008 19H and experienced no delamination for 5.5 years that we had it. The White Hawk looks to use a similar lamination process, so I would have no reason to believe that Jayco's experience this problem more often than other makers.

We are definitely happy with the 28DSBH this summer. Have put over 3000 km on it so far since July 1. I think my family would LIVE in it all summer if we had the time off

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Thanks for responding.

Did you guys have any other trailers you considered or did you know the 28DSBH was the one you wanted as soon as you looked at it? We have actually not seen it in person have seen several other models in person, but none seemed to have that "this is the one" feeling inside it.

We are planning on driving down to see it this Saturday as it is about 2 to 2.5 hours away from us. With we have seen online so far has us pretty impressed with pictures etc. So we are glad to hear that you guys still like yours after using it for awhile with minimal problems.

As for delamination, it seems like it is hit or miss but mostly from water intrusion. I suppose that good upkeep of the roof and light sealants will minimize this. We were also contemplating getting something like a cheap carport to park it under. This would keep the sun and rain off of it, and more importantly the snow and ice in the winter since we have plenty of room to do so.
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We also looked at the 25BHS White Hawk. Liked the U-dinette, but the bunks were pretty tight. The 28' gives us a hide-a-bed, which is handy.
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Old 08-12-2014, 01:55 PM   #6
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We purchased a used 2012 28DSBH from the first owner about 10 months ago. He took very good care of it and we have no trouble at all. Our friends joke with us about never being at home but that is an exaggeration. We love it and the floor plan is just right for the two of us and the occasional guests.

I landed on the Jayco brand while shopping as one of those in the top group as far as quality goes and have not changed my mind. I did a thorough inspection of the TT before making an offer to make sure there were no water issues or mechanical problems he wasn't divulging. Like I said he took very good care of it as have I and see no reason why it shouldn't last quite some time.

Milw156 is spot on when it comes to storage. I can't find enough things to put in all the cabinets. Granted the longest we have been anywhere is one week at a time but that is still pretty good.

Best of luck on your search and be patient. You will find what works best for you.
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We looked at the following when comparing against the 28DSBH
Jay Flight 28BHBE
Cougar 28RBS
Aerolite 282DBHS
Trailblazer (Komfort) 2610BH

There isn't a "perfect" trailer that has everything you want. The Jay Flight 28BHBE is also a great option depending on what kind of tow vehicle you have.

1) Here are the things that sealed it for us:
-Lighter than 28BHBE given our at that time F150 tow vehicle
-Magnum truss roof - Jayco has the best in the industry (make sure you get a factory ladder)
-Best combination of features and being ultralight
Storage
-Quality of the cabinet construction for being an ultralight
Appearance (subjective but my wife liked the White Hawk)

2) Some features that I liked about the other trailers:
-The BHBE and others have a larger shower area.
-The TrailBlazer (made by Komfort) is better insulated and has a pass-through door in the back for bikes and other things.
-The wheels on the White Hawk are small (14") and you cannot easily upgrade to a Load Range D tire size, nor will the stock aluminum rims support the PSI of a LRD tire.
-The Cougar has the rear platform rack like the Eagles.

I'm not complaining as I love our 28DSBH, but just some food for thought. Best of luck on your search.
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We just traded in our 2008 Eagle 32RLS for our new 2015 White Hawk. We had the Eagle for 7 seasons and had no delamination issues. I regularly checked the roof and never had to reseal it. We stored it in the driveway under 4 oak trees. Plenty of acorns and small branches hit it in those 7 years. The construction of the side walls is the same on the White Hawk as it was on our Eagle. I don't think that Jayco has changed anything. The roof structure is also the same, except I think the Eagle had thicker roof plywood. At least it flexed less when I walked on it.
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We love our White Hawk 27DSRL. As a retired couple the floorplan is spacious in the living area. Bath between the living area and bedroom is a sound buffer. DW likes to watch TV in bedroom and I like to read in the living area.

Very happy with the quality. No problems with exterior at this time.

Not happy with 14" wheels, but Maxxis make a load range D tire
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Definitely glad to hear mostly positive comments about the White Hawk line in general.

Also, I did not realize they only used 14" wheels, seems pretty small considering, but does not sound like anyone has had any issues directly due to that.

The next question is the price, the unit we are going to travel to look at is a 2014 model, so brand new but in a few months it will be a year old. Trying to work with the dealer to negotiate down as much as possible obviously. The list on it is around 31,500 I believe for MSRP, dealer is coming in and offering ~8k off of that. Does that seem reasonable to you guys? My only experience with RV's is the small 1999 popup my parents bought.
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