Hybrids are not for everyone. If you came from tents and pop-ups you will likely enjoy a hybrid. However if you hate hearing the campground noise and you are concerned about packing wet you may want to reconsider. Safety is only a concern in some places. And if bear are a problem, you can close up the ends and sleep on the couch or table. Most campgrounds are safe. We've never had a problem in 30 years of tents, pop-ups, and hybrids.
We had our first hybrid, an '03 Jayco Kiwi 17a for 10 years. We now have an X20E, our second hybrid. So 12 years of hybrids. We love hybrids. No leaks in either trailer.
* Stories of leaking beds are actually rare. Yes, it happens. But its the exception not the rule. As Tunce said, in general the roof will leak long before the beds.
* Time to setup the beds is really only minutes. Our old Kiwi had the old style bars that held up the bed. A bit of a pain but not terrible. New hybrids have cables. REALLY nice. It takes less than 1 minute to drop each bed. And couple of minutes to pop in the Shepherd's poles. And you can make bedding as hard or easy as you choose. We use a single sleeping bag on top the mattress with a couple comforters pillows thrown on top. I takes less than 5 minutes. Some folks like to get fancy and tuck everything in like at home. To each his own. Not including awning lights and the whirly gigs we put up on the site, we can setup and take down in less than 30 minutes.
* Packing wet is not a big deal. This isn't like the old pop-ups that had real canvas bunk ends and sides. Its vinyl covered canvas. Take a towel and dry them off. If its pouring out you open them at the first opportunity and dry them. They dry fast because the water can't soak into the vinyl.
The bottom line is, don't take my word for anything. Don't buy any trailer because anyone here says you should. Research it, sit in both and imagine yourself camping in them, weigh out the pros and cons of each, then make a decision, one that you can live with. After all you don't have to please me, just yourselves.
Originally Posted by Redhorse 823
They say "your first camper is an investment in your RV education"
How true it is.
I've heard this but have never bought into this notion. This often comes from folks who made an impulse buy and jumped in with both feet. Even if you do your research, every RV except the one you build yourself is a compromise.