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Old 10-29-2015, 09:39 AM   #1
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trying to decide: 154, 184, 174

please help, 154bh, 184bh, or 174bh


Hello, I have enjoyed reading through previous posts as my husband and I try to decide on which camper to buy. Now we are close to making a decision, and I could use help! We are from MN, but hubbie is out on vacation in Montana, where the Baja editions are available. We think we want the added features this offers. But now we have to pick a model. I really like the compact, cute, and cozy feel of the 154bh. We have 2 boys, have tent camped a lot, so I don't think we would mind the closeness of this unit. there is also a 184bh available, although I really don't like the fabric on the cushions, a dark brown vinyl stuff. I know this unit offers more space and people seem to love it, but it doesn't seem as cozy/fun as the 154. however, I understand the extra space may be well worth it in the long run, so maybe I have to get used to the brown cushions. There is also a 174bh coming out soon in baja edition, but not there yet. This is 21 ft 7 inches though, so even longer than the 184bh. we like to be small and compact, and I don't know if the extra length would start to feel like a longer trailer. I'm sure the extra room would be nice.

Sorry I'm rambling. I have been going through this every which way in my head, and am so confused. It sounds like people love their little TT, slx's, so I'm excited. I would Greatly appreciate any input to help me decide.

Thank you, Have a great day!
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:11 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum. I have seen the trailers you are talking about. I can only tell you from owning a couple campers. I would get the bigger one as long as you can tow it safely with your tow vehicle. You will appreciate the extra room on those rainy days. Also more storage. I am not familiar with the Baja edition, but anything with the word Baja sounds cool. As long as you are comfortable and have the proper tow vehicle for me its a no brainer. You would maybe find yourself wishing you got the bigger unit. Good luck in your decision.
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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Baja has flipped axle for more clearance also the underbelly is protected and has the aluminum diamond plate on the sides and front for protection. Its just a better unit to go off-road. It also has off-road tires. They are all cozy for their size but the bigger one gives more comfort and storage.
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:58 PM   #4
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Baja has flipped axle for more clearance also the underbelly is protected and has the aluminum diamond plate on the sides and front for protection. Its just a better unit to go off-road. It also has off-road tires. They are all cozy for their size but the bigger one gives more comfort and storage.
They also have stablizers on all 4 corners which is really nice once you are unhooked. And a larger fresh water tank, though you do have to watch the loading as a full tank is about 295lbs. Looking at the 2016 195RB to compare to my 2015 I see they have reduced the size of the fresh water tank from 35gal to 30gal.

EDIT: It looks like the standard model got a reduction in size also from 26gal to 20gal. <-- I see what happened here - they included the 6gal hot water tank on the fresh water spec for 2015 but split it out for the 2016 spec. So no reduction in fresh water size for 2016 standard model

The cargo carrying capacity is also increased, at least on my 195RB where the Baja model has a 3750lb GVWR as opposed to the 3500lb GVWR of the standard model. It's interesting that on the Jayco website they only list the weight specs for the standard model. My dealer gave me a copy of the detailed specs for my Baja model from a Jayco manual they have that lists the complete set of specs for both standard and Baja.

Looking at the 184BH vs the 174BH it looks like the 184BH has more seating at the expense of having to convert the dinette for sleeping. Might be a consideration with the 2 kids when it comes to a poor-weather day that has you inside more.

I would agree with earlier posts that if you can swing pulling a larger model you'll appreciate the extra space.
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:22 PM   #5
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We just traded in our 184BH after 2 years. It was a good unit but we have two small, growing boys and decided to go a little larger. We didn't care too much for the couch/bench as it wasn't very comfortable or practical for our needs. Constantly having to convert the table to a bed got old quick so we usually just left it as a bed. With that in mind I would suggest the 174BH. From our experience it seems that it would be a more practical layout.
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Ahhh...the voice of experience is always great to have...

To the OP - One other thing that would be helpful to know is what the tow vehicle is. If you could post what you would be towing this with some feedback can be provided regarding the larger model. When we got our 195RB it seemed big compared to the small 4x8 utility trailer and slightly larger flat bed trailer that I've pulled for a few years. I got some great tips and help on this forum that made it easy to move up to pulling the TT. If the tow vehicle is capable enough don't let the larger size intimidate you.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:02 PM   #7
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Personally, I would get the biggest one we could safely tow.
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Old 10-29-2015, 07:04 PM   #8
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Thanks for all your input! Our tv is trd Tacoma, so will be able to pull any of these I believe. Thanks again.... We'll keep deliberating.
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We own a 154bh, really love it, but it's just for a couple of outings a years with the inlaws, since we also have a cottage. the 154bh is nice for the size, the top bunk is okay for my 5 year old, but with 2 kids I think it would be a tight fit. the table/bed on the 154bh has a corner missing (to give access between the fridge and table top when in the table position) so sleeping 2 on it is kind of a pain sometimes... the 184bh has a full table, with no missing support. I would really consider the 184bh or 174bh over a 154bh, just for the added floor space and cargo capacity!
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Welcome to the forum, I would get the largest one I could tow without having to get a new tow vehicle....
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