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Old 05-14-2019, 02:05 PM   #1
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178BHS or 179DBK?

My wife and I are looking at these two units and are soliciting input from owners of either one as to their likes and dislikes. We have a nine year old son and will be mostly weekend warriors. Right now, the price of the 178 is running about $1600 higher than the 179. I'm assuming this is due mainly to the slideout. In everyone's opinion is this worth the extra cost?

Storage and other areas appear to be basically a wash unless I'm missing something. Do you see any other red flags on either unit that warrant one of them being a better choice for our small family?
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Old 05-14-2019, 04:44 PM   #2
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Not familiar with those units but as a general thought would say "but your second trailer first" a whole lot of folks buy their first unit and trade a short time later when they realize its not going to work for them. Think for the future.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:30 PM   #3
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:52 AM   #4
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I totally get the "buy your second camper first" idea, but in our case there are a couple of things at work here. First, I've never towed before--anything. So I want something small. The second reason for wanting something small and relatively inexpensive is because we aren't for sure if we're even going to like this much. We've rented a couple times and enjoyed it, but the rental place came and brought/set up the camper.

I just think a smaller single axle is a good starter for our family.
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:14 AM   #5
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I would encourage looking at this model. I have the smaller one (171RBXL) and love this camper. Quality for price is awesome. (I paid new $14,900) Biggest plus is the 11 Cu Ft fridge/freezer in this model. It is a 12Volt only Fridge, which means that towing down the road requres no propane to use. It has built in fans in the fridge & freezer that cool this down in 2 hours. Holds tons of food. Can't say enough about this Fridge. Also, Tandem axles for safety and easier towing.



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Old 05-28-2019, 10:34 AM   #6
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I have looked at that model, but I think I would really miss the wider bunks the 178 and 179 provide.
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:47 AM   #7
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I have looked at that model, but I think I would really miss the wider bunks the 178 and 179 provide.

In that case I would stay away from the slide out. The little extra space provided would not be worth the potential for breaking and leaking. Just my opinion. I would never buy an inexpensive camper with slides. Guaranteed future problems.
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:48 AM   #8
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I went without the slide out for a couple reasons when I bought my small TT. No slide to mess with or get in the way if over nighting in a parking lot or just stopping for lunch in the TT. Usually a good weight savings, between 4-500# in my case of choices. That said, with a child of that age and growing, people have to be seated for anyone to transit front to back inside without a slide. You should take the family and all get into the trailers to get a feel for the room and lack thereof at the dealer.
Strongly consider checking out similar dual axle units. With a dual axle, there is a better CCC. On my single axle, as with many, the GTWR counts in the axle weight rating AND the tongue weight. MY single axle is only rated at 3500#, GTWR is 3885#. When I first weighed my TT on a CAT Scale, the axle read 3600# without the WDH. With the WDH, that levered another 80# onto that axle. After that trip, I ran my trailer through Jenny Craig
Adding up the dry delivery weight and CCC of your two choices, they both come in about 4870# GTWR. Plan on you maxing out your load with smaller trailers for towing. Also those trailers are 90" wide, you will likely need towing mirrors. Mine is only 85" wide, still needed add on mirrors with the 2008 Explorer, don't need them with the F150. You need to be able to look straight down the side of the trailer with your mirrors.
One other thing. Master bed orientation. With the slide, the Murphy bed gives you a couch and with the bed down, should allow you to get out of bed without one crawling over the other. The non-slide bed orientation is at right angles and one will have to crawl over the other for night time BR visits ;( Something my wife dislikes about ours, but we wanted the master bed stationary, always there vice a Murphy.
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:58 AM   #9
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We bought our TT with slide out but with the slideout in we can still excess the kitchen area and the bathroom and back bunk beds. Some TT with slide in you can't excess those areas.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:18 AM   #10
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both are great looking trailers that should fit your needs nicely. the main questions to ask yourself are:

are you ok with making the front bed each night or would you prefer to not have to?

do you want/need the extra room for the slideout?

something to think about as well: slides can (but not always) cause some issues with sealing, not extending/retracting. its an extra leak and failure point. we bought our small camper, a 17RP toyhauler with no slides to avoid these issues. plus we dont need the room. it fits me, my wife, a 110 lbs dog, and our newborn daughter just fine. decide how much time you will spend inside vs outside, that helps with the slide out issue.
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