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Old 09-15-2015, 02:06 PM   #1
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Whitehawk 24FBS vs Jayflight 26RKS

Ready to buy a new Jayco. This will be our 4th TT, started with a 21' Wildwood, then migrated to first a 26' Nash, then a 27' Nash Bunkhouse.

Wife really likes the 26RKS. I admit, awesome trailer, love the floorplan. I'm just a little tired of towing big trailers at the top of my capacity (2014 F150 Ecoboost 4x4; 3:55, had a 2011 EB before that).

We spend most of our time somewhere besides camp grounds....normally high desert or coastal timber, and normally it's heat of summer or cold late fall hunting. The Jayflight certainly fits the bill, with the Elite package; big tanks, enclosed and heated underbelly, etc., etc.

It doesn't appear the Whitehawk is quite as appropriate for what we do; but it's still a well-built Jayco. There's a reason it's a lot lighter, it's built that way.

Given my circumstances, what would y'all do? It's probably not going to matter, as my wife of course has the final decision, but more information is always better.
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:43 PM   #2
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Personal preference

If weight is your concern, a quick view of specs on Jayco's website doesn't show much difference between the two models. I did not see a Whitehawk 24 fbs, but I'm assuming you were referring to the other, similar rear kitchen model in the Whitehawk line.

In either case, your truck should be able to handle either one of those easily, assuming you have all the requisite towing features, and a good hitch.

My wife and I compared Jay Flight and White hawk this summer, and chose the Whitehawk, due to the slightly lower weight and the appearance of a little more forward thinking technology. We added the glacier package and it seems to be well insulated, judging by the consistent temperature control and the lower outside noise heard through the coach.

If you are looking at the new, 2016 White Hawk, we also thought the styling on those was very nicely updated, which we hope will be beneficial at resale time.

We had a Keystone product before, and I believe the Whitehawk is better constructed. Time will tell, however.

But, as you infer, if you choose the one that makes the wife happy, everybody's happy :-).
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:30 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Having owned trailers from both lines, the Jay Flights are a little more heavy duty. The White Hawks more upscale.

The 2016 White Hawks appear to have added some weight, in some cases #600 extra.

Jay Flight have bigger tanks and larger wheels, so may be more suited to your requirements.

You can also get a 8 cu ft fridge with the Jay Flight and larger propane tanks.

As a 70+ years old couple we are really happy with our floorplan and plan on keeping our current trailer for the rest of our RV lives.

Good luck with your search, take your time and go see them in person.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:34 PM   #4
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Sorry, it was a 24RBS, fat fingered the one letter!! The delivered weight difference was 1400 lbs.

Jayflight 26RKS 6200lbs
Whitehawk 24RBS 4800lbs.

Both aRe 2015 models.

The wife actually liked the huge counter space on the Whitehawk, and the amount of storage.

She preferred the wide open area of the big slide, and the center bath on the Jayflight.

In the end, we went with the Whitehawk. IT was a compromise both ways.
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Congrats on your purchase. I was hoping you chose the 26RKS as I can't seem to find others on the forum with one of the newer ones, only the old models with the bunk beds.
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Congrats on your new Whitehawk!

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Plan on pick up Friday afternoon, stop at the house to lightly load, then a 60 mile tow to the coast for a shakedown weekend. Ok, and maybe some salmon fishing also!
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Plan on pick up Friday afternoon, stop at the house to lightly load, then a 60 mile tow to the coast for a shakedown weekend. Ok, and maybe some salmon fishing also!
Sounds awesome!
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Welcome to the Jayco family and more specifically to the White Hawk family. We purchased a 2016 White Hawk 27DSRL about a month ago and have enjoyed our 1st two trips with it greatly. We went back and forth on some of the same considerations as you between the Jayco series of TT's. All of the above comments and advice seem spot-on from my limited experience as well.
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Welcome to the Jayco family and more specifically to the White Hawk family. We purchased a 2016 White Hawk 27DSRL about a month ago and have enjoyed our 1st two trips with it greatly. We went back and forth on some of the same considerations as you between the Jayco series of TT's. All of the above comments and advice seem spot-on from my limited experience as well.
Do you have any regrets? We signed the purchase contract last night, but not the rest of the paperwork yet. I told my wife if she wants to reconsider we can probably still change our mind this morning.
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