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Old 09-09-2014, 02:31 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by nbhybrid View Post
14 inch have of course higher ground clearance. Roos sit higher than Jay feathers but you will have a wider variety of widths and plys in 14 rather than 13....Are 13's bad????....no...they are on mine and going great.

Texassheriff just changed his from 15's to 16's...people like bigger tires
Yea, I get the comfort level people are looking for in doing it. But aside from that there is no good technical reason for doing it. It's like the single axle vs dual axle for stability debate. I've had both now and see no real difference. If you are properly set up a single axle is just as stable as duals.

As far as ride height, its not just the smaller tires, its the placement of the axles on Jaycos. Supposedly its for better towabilty. Our previous hybrid was several inches closer to the ground than our current one. I just had to get use to it. After dragging the drag bars a couple of times I learned what kind of driveways to stay away from. Since around 2005 or so Jayco offers a 2" lift kit as an option.

Originally Posted by nbhybrid View Post
my 2007 flagstaff pop up was all vinyl covered as well....same as a hybrid..I believe all pups are this way
Oh, I know that. I wasn't implying otherwise. But I appreciate you catching that. The issue with a PUP is there is a lot more of it to deal with than a hybrid.

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Old 01-20-2015, 06:14 PM   #52
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We have a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan with 3600lb towing capacity.
Our first trailer was a 1006 PUP. We loved it, the van barely knew it was even there.
The problem we had was space, Mom Dad and 3 kids (15, 9 and 3) need ALOT of room, so we upgraded to an Eagle 14SO ... whew! 14' Dual Axle PUP with a king bed at each end.
The 14SO has a GVWR of 3330lbs, which is still within my Tow rating.

Quite a few people and dealers will tell you "Look at the dry weight, then add the weight of your stuff ..." Personally, I look at the GVWR of the trailer, the maximum it can weigh fully loaded. As long as that number is less than my tow rating, I know for certain that I am safe towing it.

In you first post, you said that you are a single mom with 1 child. (please correct me if I'm wrong) So a smaller PUP one of the 10' or even an 8' would work nicely and you would have no problems with towing safely.

Alternatively, one of the Hybrids X17? should also work well with less setup work, and still be within your limit.

Have fun and Happy Camping!

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Old 01-20-2015, 07:14 PM   #53
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Welcome to the forum. I started ten camping many years ago and then bought a pop up. Pop ups are great for a quick get away and easy to tow. Our pop up was fine until our son got older and wanted to take a friend along. Gets awful small with a couple of boys when the weather turns nasty. You can always start with the pop up and later move to a TT or who knows you may love and keep the pop up. Happy camping...
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:07 PM   #54
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We went from a tent to tent trailer, it was awesome, wasn't hard to set up but all the other things that we brought to make camping better started to take it's toll to set up and take down as we got older....bought a New travel trailer about 3 years ago and never looked back. Anytime you buy something bigger and heavier it is going to ding you more in the gas tank to tow. I own a Dodge 1/2 ton and towing the pup dropped my gas mileage a couple mpgs, with the TT, about 3-5 mpgs less, if you get a pup, keep the weight of the trailer less than 2000 lbs. even though you can tow 3500 lbs, it drops with the cargo that you carry and passengers.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:36 PM   #55
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My wife tent camped for years. She upgraded to a used Starcraft xp18. It was small enough to pull with our Wrangler Unlimited. After a year and a half, she was ready to get rid of it. She upgraded to a 238rb. Too big for the Wrangler but fine for our truck. Even if she would've stayed with a lighter model like the SLX line, she would not have bought another hybrid. She wanted a fixed bed. That way there is little set up and breakdown. She can make the bed at home and have everything packed and ready to go. We like to sight see when we go camping and she wasn't comfortable with leaving the bunkends out when being gone all day. So that would mean setting up and tearing down every day. That being said everybody has their own preferences. Some want a TT with a big bed, some a big kitchen area or big bathroom. It's all about what is important to you and what you like. My advice is go to as many dealers as possible. Look at other brands and layout. Then do your own homework. Don't rely on what the salesmen tell you. Is there a RV show in your area anytime soon?

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