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Old 08-19-2017, 08:12 PM   #1
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Upgrading from PUP. TT or Hybrid?

For starters, disregard my user ID as 3 of our 4 are now 20-24 y/o and don't camp with us much. Our plan is to retain our 2007 Jayco 1007 PUP and let them bring it and deal with its headaches when/if they come along or have their own kids, so it's just the wife, our 9 y/o, a niece or friend, and me.

All the reasons for upgrading have been discussed on other threads and apply to us: setup time, time to pack everything in TV, stooping for refrig, bikes on roof of TV, etc. Current TV is a 2008 Chevy TB factory tow, V6, and 5200 pound tow capacity. Plan is to buy a Colorado/Canyon with 7,000 lbs. tow capacity. Full-size half-ton is not an option. TV has to be wife's car as I drive 25-30k miles/year and have to have an economy car. Wife won't do full-size truck or SUV.

We're debating between the X23B or the 25BH. Please weigh in on points we should consider. Here's how we see the comparison.

X23B Pros: Love the closet space, lighter (could possibly tow with current TV), sofa and dinette form sort of a sectional, shorter trailer but expands to equivalent of 30' trailer. Cons: potential for leaks, sleeping under canvas can be loud and damp, still SOME setup time.

25BH Pros: Not sleeping under canvas, NO setup, bunks better able to sleep more than 4. Cons: less closet space (big problem for us), less TV watching seating, heavier (too heavy for current TV).

We believe we'd do more short and weekend trips if we could keep our trailer pre-loaded with clothes, gear, etc. We figure on keeping 10-12 years but maybe change to a rear-living model when we retire.

Thoughts, comments, suggestions from experienced owners greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:36 PM   #2
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We have a 2010 model 1007 PUP that we just picked up in December. My wife is already looking to upgrade with very similar concerns that you voice here. I lean toward the hybrid and I think she's looking more at a travel trailer. I'll also be curious what the seasoned campers here have to say on your inquiry.

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For starters, disregard my user ID as 3 of our 4 are now 20-24 y/o and don't camp with us much. Our plan is to retain our 2007 Jayco 1007 PUP and let them bring it and deal with its headaches when/if they come along or have their own kids, so it's just the wife, our 9 y/o, a niece or friend, and me.

All the reasons for upgrading have been discussed on other threads and apply to us: setup time, time to pack everything in TV, stooping for refrig, bikes on roof of TV, etc. Current TV is a 2008 Chevy TB factory tow, V6, and 5200 pound tow capacity. Plan is to buy a Colorado/Canyon with 7,000 lbs. tow capacity. Full-size half-ton is not an option. TV has to be wife's car as I drive 25-30k miles/year and have to have an economy car. Wife won't do full-size truck or SUV.

We're debating between the X23B or the 25BH. Please weigh in on points we should consider. Here's how we see the comparison.

X23B Pros: Love the closet space, lighter (could possibly tow with current TV), sofa and dinette form sort of a sectional, shorter trailer but expands to equivalent of 30' trailer. Cons: potential for leaks, sleeping under canvas can be loud and damp, still SOME setup time.

25BH Pros: Not sleeping under canvas, NO setup, bunks better able to sleep more than 4. Cons: less closet space (big problem for us), less TV watching seating, heavier (too heavy for current TV).

We believe we'd do more short and weekend trips if we could keep our trailer pre-loaded with clothes, gear, etc. We figure on keeping 10-12 years but maybe change to a rear-living model when we retire.

Thoughts, comments, suggestions from experienced owners greatly appreciated.
I can speak on the 23B. We love it! It lighr, lots of counter space. Storage space is plentiful.

There is three of us, when traveling long distances we can turtle for the night. Our son gets the sofa, he is 6 ft, and says the sofa is a bit short, but does not mind it for a night here and there.

Setup time is quick. We're setup in 30 minutes, all working together. To make the beds, we unzip the screens, I stand outside helping. DW is inside helping.

Everything stays in the htt, between trips, easy access, easy to load and unload. If we are at home un/loading and it's raining, no big deal, I'll open the awning even a bit to cover the door, we stay mostly dry.

I like the bunks, I'll open the windows for lots of cross ventilation, and light. The ac for us works great.
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I also have a hybrid and everything Jagiven said is right on the money and were older than he is. Like the idea of towing something short and ends up being 6-7' longer. Gas stations easy, grocery store parking lots easy, getting side tracked in the city of Portland well not easy but I did it without a scratch.
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We went from a Pop-up to a small RV. We considered a hybrid but then ruled it out because very simply we like the fact that all we have to do is level and plug in. The bed is already made!
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Well we went from a PUP to a X213. I know the X213 might be out of your size, but we went with the TT instead of hybrid because we got tired of the PUP setup. I also wanted a full size bathroom. Now we just pull up level and plug in. Don't have to worry about rain or drying things out before we stow it. Or have to open everything back up when we get home to make sure things are dry. Also stays much warmer for those chilly nights ...
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I never liked popups or hybrids. We had one for a while and it was ok. I kinda feel that if I am going to live under canvas I would rather just have a tent. We had a large one for camping with the kids and liked it.

The main reason for us to get an RV was a hard roof and walls.

So, yeah, I would recommend a TT. Sized to fit your tow vehicle and learn how to load it as well as handle emergencies.
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I like the hybrids because I do a lot of dry camping and like the air flow on three sides at night when I can't run an air conditioner. I like sleeping under canvas--especially when it rains.

Making the beds can be a bit of a pain but we wash the sheets each time we camp; they would have to be made up anyhow. It just seems that it's always a million degrees outside when it's time to make the beds!
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From tents, to PUP, to our 23RB and never looked back. I still enjoy my hiking and backpacking but for family trips the TT is awesome. I love that everything is already in there ready to go beside us, our clothes, and food. We can roll out on a whim in less than an hour.
No slides to fail, no canvas to sweat or leak, just a nice box on wheels that sets up in 15 minutes on site.
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Our first TT was the X23B and I echo what's been said. The amount of space inside is impressive and the short towing length made it easy to tow.
That said, make sure your planned TV will be up to the task. Ours weighed in around 4500# and had 600# on the hitch. Out TV was an '03 Ford Expedition which had a 9000# tow rating. The CAT Scale showed we were about 200# below the Rear GAWR with just the bride and myself aboard. It towed "adequately".
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