Friday, September 17, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021

RV Review: 2022 Jayco White Hawk 27RB travel trailer

I recently had the opportunity to take a look at the first of a number of new Jayco trailers coming in, the 2022 Jayco White Hawk 27RB travel trailer. This is a larger couple’s camper that can also be a great party trailer with sleeping for up to six individuals if properly equipped. There’s an outdoor kitchen with a Blackstone grill and more. 

What’s hot in the Jayco White Hawk

There’s a lot to take in in this trailer because even though it’s more of a couple’s camper, you really could have a few guests over and sleep up to six people in a pinch. In many ways this is an entertaining couple’s camper in that there’s a large U-shaped dinette. You can also get a couch or theater seats to share the large road-side super slide. 

If you are having a bunch of folks in, you’ll appreciate the fact that there’s not a lick of carpeting in this unit. The slide room edges are more of the vinyl flooring that covers the rest of the floor. However, I have no idea if this would wear faster or last longer than carpeting used in the same location. But I do know it’s easier to clean. My present preference is the woven marine flooring here, but almost anything is better than carpeting. 

Jayco’s White Hawks are using the new Furrion 14,500 BTU air conditioners. These are interesting in that they have a mostly white enclosure, which makes a lot of sense. I’ve never understood the reasoning for making something on the roof anything other than the most reflective color available. 

They use a JayCommand system which has both a touch panel and also uses the InCommand app on a smartphone. With that you can do things like open slides or the awning and that sort of thing. You can also use it to monitor the tanks and battery on the trailer. This also incorporates a tire pressure monitoring system. So you have everything in one place on your smartphone. That means you don’t need yet another display distracting you on the instrument panel of your tow vehicle. 

The bedroom

Let’s talk about nighttime. This trailer offers two choices: a king-sized bed or a queen-sized bed. If you choose the larger sleeping surface, you lose closet and side table space, obviously. It’s also tighter around the bed, also obviously. 

In the bed space, Jayco has a hidden spot behind the closets that flank the bed which is a good space for storing your noisy toys or a CPAP machine. To facilitate charging/operating these, there’s a plug back there. 

Above the bed are reading lights on either side which can glow blue or white, with the intensity of the white light being dimmable. You can also aim these reading lights – which is cool. 

There’s a large closet at the foot of the bed that features both hanging storage and four drawers. This is a really useful space. I also like that there’s a door to the bedroom and that this door features more traditional RV steps rather than those stable steps that are so in vogue nowadays. 

The main body in the Jayco White Hawk

In the main body there’s a semi-pantry. It is a slanted storage closet that is neither deep nor really all that useful in my mind. I guess you could put some cans of stuff in here or maybe the coffee, but I don’t get the slanted door. If it were square, this space would be significantly more useful. 

There is a useful pantry next to the fridge, though. 

Counter space is decent but made more usable with a flip-up counter extension on the “L”-shaped counter. Storage space is okay, but the cabinet below the counter has some device in it so you can’t really use it for the garbage can. 

One of the things I always question in a moving vehicle is the use of glass-faced cabinet doors. I wonder how many of you have experienced something inside the cabinet shattering this glass? I think more folks from Indiana need to spend a week here in earthquake country and then reconsider using glass in the door of a moving vehicle. But maybe I’m just worrying about nothing. 

The bathroom is HUGE

The bathroom in this unit is absolutely huge – taking up the entire rear of the trailer. You could put a champion Sumo wrestler on the toilet and they’d have space to spare. Likewise, the counter in which the bathroom sink is mounted is really large and deep. It’s rare to actually see a countertop in a travel trailer that’s worth a darn. This one is larger than some kitchen counters. 

The bathroom also features a spacious 30” X 36” shower and a linen cabinet. There’s a blue night light in the bathroom. 

There are a few noteworthy things on the outside of this trailer as well

There’s also a single key that locks all the doors and baggage compartments. There’s a nifty outdoor kitchen that incorporates a flat-top griddle along with a bar-sized fridge in an all-metal compartment. The mounting system for the griddle is particularly unique being almost like a receiver hitch and quite substantial. Jayco is the only company that includes a Blackstone brand flat-top griddle with the trailers. There’s a device called a JayPort on the side of the trailer. It is sort of a receiver hitch. 

But one of the best things that I’ve seen in this and other Jayco trailers is Jayco’s Jay S.M.A.R.T. lighting, which flashes an upper marker light and the side lights with the blinkers. This system also incorporates backup lights. There is also a provision for a backup camera as well as side-view cameras. I think these little things make a giant difference in driving safety, personally.

The floor is radiant barrier including the slide room floor. In fact, Jayco is stating that this trailer is good for temperatures down to 0° F. 

What’s not hot in the Jayco White Hawk

I love the look of subway tiles, but these are clearly fake. It’s like a bad illustration of subway tiles. I’ve seen subway tiles done very well in a variety of RVs lately, but this is not one of those situations. 

Also, why do we have to put windshields in travel trailers? Where I’m sleeping, I want it dark. I run a large Facebook Group for a particular brand of trailers and the windshields are a huge area of concern for owners. I don’t think that translates into a high failure rate, but I also wonder how many of you like or don’t like these in travel trailers. 

In summary

Jayco White Hawk 27RB specifications

This seems like a great party trailer to me. There’s lots of space for people to sit inside, a relatively decent kitchen, huge bathroom, outside kitchen with griddle and a big awning. I can see this being the headquarters for group camping fun, which is something I do quite a bit. 

I also feel that Jayco has some interesting advantages including the Goodyear tires, their roof structure, the insulation of this trailer and, most of all, their Jay S.M.A.R.T. lighting system. 

Lastly, I wrote this review differently than most of my reviews

Usually I take you on a tour but I figure you can see that in the floor plan when I can get them, which is most of the time. 

Instead, I tried to use the experience I have in this business to highlight things that are good and things that are not so good about this model. Do you like this format better? These daily RV reviews have been very popular on RVTravel.com and a good portion of my brain is saying that I shouldn’t mess that up. But I also want to continue to improve the value I deliver to you. 

I appreciate your weighing in and hope you enjoy some happy camping!

My thanks to Josh Winters at Haylett RV in Coldwater, Michigan, for use of the pictures.

Tony comes to RVTravel having worked at an RV dealership and been a life long RV enthusiast. He also has written the syndicated Curbside column about cars. You can find his writing here and at StressLessCamping where he also has a podcast about the RV life with his wife. 

These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Jay S.M.A.R.T. lighting
Insulation
Bathroom space
Subway tile sticker

SUMMARY

Jayco's White Hawk 27RB is a trailer that would be a great home base for a party or other gathering. It also features some very usable features as a couples' camper including good insulation and a huge bathroom.

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Lindalee
1 month ago

I LIKE this format! I can see the pictures and you usually cover what things are that we might have questions about (like the slant shelf pantry??)! Keep up the good work, I’m learning a LOT!

Erroll
1 month ago

I have the 2018 white Hawk with the rear bunk beds, as a family we really like ours, a few problems that we have had is, our awning is the same one that is on the 2022 model, and with the smallest breeze it folds up, our main rail has bent twice now, I wish they would change to a stronger awning. And our LED lights seem to start flickering. over all it’s been a good trailer, and when is the white hawk going to come out with electric stabilizer stands, just a question

David F.
1 month ago

Your reviews are part of my daily must read. Along with anything by Mike Sokol. Either format is fine, I am not in the market. Very happy with my bumper pull TH, just like seeing what’s out there.

Clayobx
1 month ago

Tony,
Like other post your reviews are informative. That’s the purpose, right? It’s not difficult to “see” the floor plans with detailed quality photos accompanied with description. I like your verbal summary of good vs. bad points rather than stars and grade points. Keep on keepin on👍

Bob M
1 month ago

You forgot the floor plan. I agree with you about the lack of storage under the sink and not being able to put a garbage can there.That stopped us last year from buying a Jayco, White Hawk. I also hate the blue night light in the bathroom. Tried to get my dealer to change to a white lite, but they refused. The dinette is nice, but on my Jayflight the cushions just keep falling over. Tried use stick on velcro, but it would not stick to the dinette back. Poor design. The holding tanks are to small. Glad it has the Furrion A/C. My Dometic A/C is to loud. I like having a windshield in the bedroom. Don’t like the toilet paper location and wonder whats with the opening above it. I question the roof structure because when I walk on mine it seems spongy from the day I bought it new last year. The White Hawks are nice, but need some improvements like I mentioned above.

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1 month ago
Reply to  Bob M

Well, dagnabit, Bob! I was sure I saw the floor plan in there when I proofed this. It’s been added. Thanks for letting us know. But I can’t help but get a kick out of the fact that Tony specifically writes about his new format of not taking readers on a tour because they can see it in the floor plan, and then he left it out. 😆 Have a good afternoon. 🙂 –Diane

Christine
1 month ago

I enjoy your reviews very much. Today’s review didn’t include a floor plan, so it would have been nice for you to do the tour in lieu of the floor plan. When you do have a floor plan, maybe eliminate the tour. I like them either way. Keep em coming!

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1 month ago
Reply to  Christine

Sorry, Christine. It was inadvertently left out, but I’ve just added it. Ironic that Tony left it out when he’s trying a new format of not taking readers on a tour because they can see it in the floor plan (and then I didn’t notice it was missing when I proofed it). 😆 Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Linda
1 month ago

Yes, I like the way you wrote the review. And I like to see all the pictures and diagram of the floor plan. Since we don’t have RV shows any more due to covid, I like seeing these reviews of 5th wheels and trailers, just to keep up with what’s happening with them. Thanks for your reviews.

Neal Davis
1 month ago

I do like the new/different format used for this review. However, I am thankful for the review, however you choose to do it. I do think that you should order them in whatever way you think is most logical. That may mean that the format varies rarely, sometimes, or often. It is all up to you. I read or don’t read based on the type of RV you are doing and even that can vary with me. Bottom line: thank you for the reviews, keep up the excellent work that you have done. 🙂

Jeanne Vanderheiden
1 month ago

I prefer floor plans.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago

Sorry, Jeanne. It was inadvertently left out on this review. I’ve just added it, so you can go look at the floor plan now if you want. Have a good afternoon/evening. 🙂 -Diane

Jennifer Stoffa
1 month ago

I like the new format of the reviews. As far as your concern about glass-fronted cabinets, we have them in our Alliance 370fb. Over a year now, and no issues, and they are on the back wall of the RV.

Rick Myers
1 month ago

I personally like to look at the floorplan (first thing), then read the description, then the spec sheet. Overall I look forward to your reviews daily. Keep them coming.

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1 month ago
Reply to  Rick Myers

Thanks, Rick. FYI, the floor plan was inadvertently (and ironically) left out of this review. It’s been added. Take care. 🙂 –Diane

Tommy Molnar
1 month ago

I frankly don’t see all that much difference between this and previous reviews. I like them all, however you do them.

Our old 97 Nash 25S had a front window. We used to enjoy laying in bed and watching others out at the crack of dawn walking their dogs – in the rain.

Dan
1 month ago

Really enjoy your reviews, especially when I see new features and trends, like this one today having one key to operate all of the locks. What a concept! I usually agree with you on your comments, like swoosh and swoop graphics should be done. This time I disagree with you about the window over the bed. We have that and I love looking up at the stars before I fall asleep.

JOHN EDWARD McCULLOUGH
1 month ago

Love reading your reviews (not just the rv ,your truck reviews also) If ain’t broke don’t fix it. But that being said, you do a great job and I will follow your lead. John McCullough

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