Originally Posted by flymhi
Thanks for the feedback. We debated on the 257BH as well. We just sold our 21SS hybrid and I would like to keep to a shorter camper due to the places we hunt in the fall/winter. We thought the bedroom wall in the 257BH actually made the unit feel smaller than the open floorplan of the 229.
I did not notice the lack of ducts for the bunks but after coming from a canvas camper, all enclosed hard sides is a big improvement.
Any other advantages to the 257BH that you've noticed?
The 257BHS has a 20' awning that goes from all the way in the back past the outdoor kitchen to all the way in the front just before it curves down. The outdoor kitchen has a sink and dorm room style fridge with space for a countertop style grill (grill also included, but it is just a simple portable Coleman grill). I think most everything else is the same. The both have ducts for heating and cooling, and have an enclosed underbelly. The 229TBS has 2 doors and the 257BHS only has one. There is also a propane quick connection underneath the rig on both models that you could hook up an outdoor grill to as well.
Another thing we didn't like about the bunks in the 229TBS was that they were way in the back and were a little bit isolated from the rest of the coach. That could be good for privacy, but it could also be bad. On the 257BHS, the kids can see the dinette and TV from their bunks.
I didn't see any ducts in the 229TBS bunks on the ceiling or on the walls. Maybe there were vents closer towards the kitchen pointing back there? I didn't see any off hand though, but it could be possible.
I think the 229TBS is also slightly cheaper in price.
The TV on the 257BHS rotates so it can face the kitchen or face the master bedroom. We liked the idea of a little private area just for us away from the kids with pocket doors, but the doors can also stay open. I like how they placed mirrors on the bedroom cabinet doors to give the illusion of more space. The later 2016 models have directional LED reading lights right above the queen bed that can be either white or blue for reading mode. The mattresses on the bunks also feel nicer compared to an earlier 2016 model we looked at.
I would check out both in person and see what you like!