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Old 10-10-2016, 05:51 PM   #1
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New to TT, looking at 221BHSL or 242BHS

We've been looking at 16-17 Aerolite 221BHSL and 242BHS. What are the things to look for when looking one over? Are there any problem points that need to be looked at closely? Reason we started to look at the bigger 242BHS was due to the bigger bunks over the 221 figuring that the kids might grow out of the small tiny bunks. Any inputs or thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 10-11-2016, 08:56 PM   #2
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I don't know about those models but yes kids grow up fast. Get the largest trailer your tow vehicle will handle within your budget. I upgraded quite a few times as our kids grew.
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Old 10-11-2016, 11:07 PM   #3
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I don't know about those models but yes kids grow up fast. Get the largest trailer your tow vehicle will handle within your budget. I upgraded quite a few times as our kids grew.
Yeah that's the reason we are thinking about the 242 since it has bigger bunks.
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:48 PM   #4
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Yeah that's the reason we are thinking about the 242 since it has bigger bunks.
Just my .02, but I'd go with the 242, or if your tow vehicle and budget can handle it, look at the 282. It is basically the same floorplan as the 242, but has an additional sofa/hid-a-bed in the slide. We started out with a small unit as our first RV about 12 years ago, got another/newer unit a couple years later and then about 3 years later upgraded to a toy hauler with the adjustable bunks. As the kids have grown, so has the requirement for more living space. We have 3 children, two of which are now out of the house and the last will be with us for a few more years. For us, we found that we weren't using the toy hauler as much as we had anticipated. We typically took the ATV's to the property in the mountains, we'd leave them in the garage from Spring to Fall and then bring them home. We opted to have more living space instead and we went with the 282.
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:39 PM   #5
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Super happy with my Aerolite 298RESL I bought last month. I was close on a White Hawk and Passport. Took one last look at the competitors and just really liked the layout of the 298. We took a 10-day trip the day we bought it and been in it every weekend since. I'm booked at campgrounds every weekend thru Thanksgiving.

I tow with a 1/2 ton with no issues. WD hitch mandatory.
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Old 04-02-2017, 05:38 PM   #6
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Super happy with my Aerolite 298RESL I bought last month. I was close on a White Hawk and Passport. Took one last look at the competitors and just really liked the layout of the 298. We took a 10-day trip the day we bought it and been in it every weekend since. I'm booked at campgrounds every weekend thru Thanksgiving.



I tow with a 1/2 ton with no issues. WD hitch mandatory.


My Kodiak 291RESL has just about the same floor plan, first summer with it
How's it cool with only 1 a/c. Wired 50 amps for second


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Old 04-02-2017, 06:03 PM   #7
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I haven't camped in the summer months yet. I would think in the south parked with no shade you would need the second A/C. I've been quoted $1200 to put one in.

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Old 04-03-2017, 08:11 PM   #8
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I haven't camped in the summer months yet. I would think in the south parked with no shade you would need the second A/C. I've been quoted $1200 to put one in.

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I'd love to have a/c in the bedroom, but if it sounds anything like the main one ill never be able too sleep


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I'd love to have a/c in the bedroom, but if it sounds anything like the main one ill never be able too sleep


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Nice pickup. We are now looking possibly at the 282BHSL.


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Old 04-27-2017, 07:42 PM   #12
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We have the 2016 Aerolite 242bhs and absolutely love it. We keep the bunks in the up position most of the time, but have that easy availability when the kids and grandkids join us. I'm 6'5" and even I can sleep in these bunks...but prefer my lovely King Bed.
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:19 PM   #13
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getting the 242bhsl a 2018 cant wait its due for delivery at the end of may have shopped for 2 years an now came up for this model i like the 5' less on the unit compared to the 282 which is 33 6 first timer in hauling the mobel weekend house so this will be a great starter and we can move up with confidence in future if we need too
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Old 06-04-2017, 12:16 PM   #14
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We enjoy our 242. Good choice. We also have two Kids. Seems to be enough room for the 4 of us for those rainy days when your stuck inside.
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Has anyone had issues with the high tongue weight and getting it set up properly for towing when loaded down with gear? I figure with the way the trailer setup is the storage is in the front and it would increase the tongue weight drastically.
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