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Old 09-11-2012, 08:50 PM   #11
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@glsimms: My life changed, so did my camping style. We had a 25' Coachmen Class C, followed by a 36' Bounder Diesel, then a Winnebago Access 31c, each for about 2 years. In the middle of it all we had a baby. I found that as he grew from infant to toddler to preschooler, he needed his own sleeping space - not a converted dinette or sofa. My wife and I didn't like the idea of sleeping him in the master bed, or the bed above the cab. So we needed something new.

There was also the cost of operating an RV. Combined annual registration and insurance, the Winnebago cost me an extra $1000 PER YEAR over a comparable truck/trailer combo. Add to that the need to haul a Ford Focus behind as our toad. A friend politely said to me one day: "So...you're actually still trailering, right? But instead of a truck and a camper, you're driving the camper and hauling a car!"

Maintenance is another issue for me. I like doing all my own work, but I don't have the facilities or tools to work on a 15,000lb vehicle. A travel trailer is manageable. I felt like the motor homes were crushing me to death.

Finally, what guided me to the hybrid was some new and dear friends we met while camping. I was having issues fitting the Winnebago onto our site and leveling it. These newly introduced "strangers" invited us into their Palomino 238S to cool down for a while and I was hooked. That hybrid had all the space of my Winnebago, yet it fit neatly onto a smaller site, and was perfectly leveled. There were 2 queen beds, huge living space, etc. Together we shopped for our dream camper and found that the X23B was perfect for us. Light. 2 big beds. Giant floating dinette for entertaining, or comfortably turtling (I'm 6'3"). Big galley. Low height making it easy to get into my backyard under the eaves of my house.

Bottom line: I don't regret having owned the motor homes. I just find that the X23b fits my family's lifestyle & budget perfectly. Southpaw211's post just excited me and made me remember how happy we all were after using our hybrid for the first time.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:55 PM   #12
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It's funny you say that, because though we had a pop up for 5 years, we joke that now we are RV'ers - before we were just campers! We almost went with the 26BH, but I'm so glad we chose the hybrid - it's perfect!
Another big difference over pop-ups: Don't forget, if you itemize on your federal tax return and have financed the X23B, the loan interest is tax deductible. The fact that it's a travel trailer with full bathroom qualifies it as a "second home." Talk to your tax professional in the Spring.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:08 PM   #13
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Another big difference over pop-ups: Don't forget, if you itemize on your federal tax return and have financed the X23B, the loan interest is tax deductible. The fact that it's a travel trailer with full bathroom qualifies it as a "second home." Talk to your tax professional in the Spring.
What if we don't own a 1st home? Do we still qualify for a tax break?
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What if we don't own a 1st home? Do we still qualify for a tax break?
I don't know that one. Talk to a tax professional. I don't believe first or second home comes into play. I think it's all about whether you itemize or not.
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