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Old 10-02-2016, 12:14 PM   #1
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Surveyor 247BHDS or Jayco White Hawk 25BHS

Hello Forest River Forum!

I'm new to the forum and we are actively researching to purchase our first travel trailer for our family of 4 (2 boys ages 6 & 8)! We are very excited but are getting very overwhelmed by the options out there.

Could you please share your thoughts on how and why you chose to go with Forest River? Did you consider Jayco and what swayed your decision?

And, by chance, did you look at or do you own the Surveyor 247BHDS? This unit most closely matches what I'm looking for--
--Shortest unit possible that has
(1) 2nd exit from trailer into bathroom
(2) Outside Kitchen
(3) Plenty of Storage

Thank you so much for your help!

Cheers,
Erica
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:42 AM   #2
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Hi ebell619!
We purchased the Surveyor 247BHDS this summer and have really enjoyed it. You may have already seen it,but I posted a review of the Surveyor 247BHDS here. Any Surveyor 247BHDS owners

We also looked at the White Hawk, but I don't remember enough of the differences between them. I know cost was a factor, but ultimately we decided on the Surveyor.
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Old 11-10-2016, 12:33 AM   #3
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We compared both and were about ready, I was ready, to pull the string on the Whitehawk. However my DW was really set on the Surveyor because the feature set on the two we were comparing was better on the Surveyor.

I felt like the Jayco was a better build quality but I did like the fact that the FR was an aluminum frame on all 6-sides. I also liked the shape and feel of the dinette better in the FR. The doors to the master bdrm is better in the FR as well.

After having the FR since mid-October and spending 6-nights in it so far I think my initial observations are still the same. I like them both and it boils down to price and structure preference. They are all built 'as fast as they can' so you are going to find problems with them all.

We got a limited lifetime warranty from BlueDog RV for ours and that, in the end, mattered to me. Glad to have had a lifetime warranty on my pickup and have good luck with it so went that route with the TT too.

Not sure how much that helps. Feel free to ask anything you would like to.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:13 PM   #4
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I went from Surveyor SV264 to a White Hawk 28DSBH in August. We enjoyed the Surveyor and it wasn't a poor-quality trailer. We compared new Surveyors of similar floor plans because our trailer had been good to us. We're enjoying the White Hawk even more and I do feel the build quality is a notch up from the Surveyor, but you have to judge that for yourself. The selling point for us was the weight limit on the bunks. Surveyor was 250 - evenly distributed - whatever that means. White Hawk was 600 and it had a lot more storage, so we went with the Jayco. We actually spent only about $1,500- more on this bigger White Hawk than we did on the smaller Surveyor in 2012... Enjoy whatever you do.... that's the important part.
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