We was really interested in 2009/2010 time frame going to hard sides from our OFF-ROAD POPUP series. Looked at several different trailers back then and really liked the X213. Since our kids are all grown up now there is only the two of us and our truck being the F150 line kept us in the 24-foot and less models to look at.
Being a ham radio/computer guy I really fell in love with what mods we could do with the front bunk bed area of the 213. This was perfect to remove the top and bottom beds and put up a new wall about 18-inches from the side storage door. Then using the 12-inch shelf that runs the whole length of the front bunk room being opened up on the inside gave all kinds of space for panels, inverters, power units, etc to support camping off the power grid. The front of the trailer would definitely support a metal battery box with all of the cabling going directly into the area under the 12-inch shelf and make for a great place for control switches etc...
Lots of room here after you remove the top and bottom beds. Both beds are shown in place in this photo and would have to be removed.. The top bed support floor would have to be removed. The CLOTHES WARD would remain in place...
We also could mount a modified put together wood desk and hutch arrangement with a side table to house all of our office computer, ham radio controls, and even a nice spot for a good printer setup. My computer setup is the DELL M90 17-inch laptop which has the DELL DOCKING Station setup and you could just simply bring in the laptop and insert it into the docking station and have external dual monitors, external keyboard and speakers etc al setup on the side desk. The front of the desk with the hutch would house all of the radio equipment.... A office desk roll around chair would fit under the main part of the desk allowing a draw curtain type door to close off the area.
It would have looked much like this drawing we come up with showing the mods...
The BUSH series desk/hutch combo like this would have fit the area just fine with the side desk cut to to fit.
Most of the deficiencies seemed to be in the 2009 and back models of the X213. The sagging of the slide out would rip the cushions on the sofa and table seat. The slide motor was also a weak unit for those models. I liked the change with the side windows verses the rear window that came with the 2010 model. The X213 was well within the F150 towing capabilities... Plenty of room on the roof area of the 213 for solar panels. Would have made us a great camping off the power grid mid size trailer with hard walls.
That definitely was my choice for the mid size trailer... Got lots of reviews from fellow campers that had them. For two people with the occasional grand kid coming along and all of our office/computer/radio room toys this trailer would be have perfect for us.
In the end however we never bought one and are still running the back road trails with our present 2008 OFF-ROAD POPUP camper.
Roy and Carolyn