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    2500RL vs 2800BH

    My wife and I have been looking at campers for some time now and finally decided to pull the trigger. We have looked at Several brands but will be buying GD due to the reviews and customer service. We are both in our 30s, currently with no kids but they are not out of the question. We looked at a 2021 2500RL and fell in love with it because of the large rear window and natural light. We also looked at a 2800BH and liked the idea of the bunk house/bike storage. We will have friends/family stay with us sometimes but 90% of the time itís just us. Has anyone had this same Debate?

    Thanks in advance.

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    If I didnít have kids I wouldnít have a bunkhouse

    No way. They are not the comfortable for an adult so I doubt you would have guests sleeping there and unsure what you mean by ďbike storageĒ


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    And thatís the dilemma. A child might come in a few years and would hate to have to buy a new camper. Than again, the child could sleep on the table.

    Referring to the Bike Storage where the bottom bunk folds up to make a big storage area.
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    I doubt a bike would fit in there I have two norco adult bikes and would never attempt to put them there. Handle bars are way too wide plus they are too dirty most of the time. They go in the truck bed
    You may have a different experience with it though

    I always laugh at the trailers with the rear door for ď bikesĒ. I couldnít imagine trying to put a bike in there.


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    The bunks would also provide some extra storage for that extra little person. Get the floor plan that works for you. Having to turn the dinette into a bed every night would be a pain and would illiminate some sitting space for you and DW a night while the little is sleeping. What if you want to watch a little TV or read a book. If kids are really in your plans then get the bunks but also keep in mind that you can change rigs at any time. If kids aren't in your plans for lets say 5 yrs the the bunk wouldn't be used for 2-3 years after they are born.

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    We can easily pop the front wheel off with the quick release and turn the hand bars to fit. Not sure how well they would actually fit tho.

    If kids come it would be in the new year or 2. So potentially have the bunks used in 3-4 years.....

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    My norcos the wheel pops off in seconds as well but then what do you do with the wheel?
    Plus mine are so large I am sure they would stick out in front of the bathroom which would be a pain


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    We had a similar dilemma.

    Itís not just the extra bunks. Itís also the huge bathroom in the 2500rl. To us it was a choice of light and area with lots of living space or a more crowded trailer mainly used for sleeping. There is plenty of space and storage in the 2500 plus it has such great window space.

    2800 wired for 50 amp vs 30 amp 2500.
    2800 at 32 ft will not fit in a lot of state and federal campsites by 2 ft. Less sites available
    2500 fits everywhere at .29.8 ft.
    Our kids are grown and itís mainly for us. But you can use for at least 5 yers and trade larger.
    We didnít want an outside kitchen.

    Our bikes and kayaks are in the bed of the truck with the Westinghouse 4500 duel fuel generator.

    What are you towing either with. Suggest at least a 2500.
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    We are in the market for a 2800, but have three kids 10, 8, 6. Not sure Iíd go bunk w/o kids.

    What are you planning to pull with?

    Iíd get a bunk model if the need arose later. Swapping out rigs isnít a big deal to me though. I plan to get a 2800 and then sell once the kids get too big (4 yrs or so) and get something just for just the wife and I.


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    I have a Salsa Mukluk Fat bike that fits in the bike space with no problems. And I don't have to remove the wheel. I only use the bunks twice a year. Otherwise its just me and the dogs. 2800 has great features and is the perfect camper for me.

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