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Old 10-06-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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New member, planning on buying a hybrid

We have a popup, gonna take the next step to the hybrid, Joined because we plan to buy a X17A, Z or a x18d, and looking for opinions, tow vehicle, etc. Heard alot of good about Jayco, and like the looks of the Jaycos we have seen onlind
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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Welcome to the JOF, jstor1. I personally am not too familiar with hybrids, having had several TTs and now a 5er, but there are a lot of folks on this forum with good experience and advice on hybrids. Just wanted to welcome you, and hope that you post often. Enjoy your new unit when you decide on one.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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We have a popup, gonna take the next step to the hybrid, Joined because we plan to buy a X17A, Z or a x18d, and looking for opinions, tow vehicle, etc. Heard alot of good about Jayco, and like the looks of the Jaycos we have seen onlind
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We used to have a 2010 17z we bought used, it was excellent. Just traded it in for a 19h. The 17z was too small for us with 2 small boys. How many are in your family, maybe if you have a boy and girl 18d is better but we liked the double frig and more counter space and stove not against a wall with the 19h. We used it once so far and everything is very convenient, also wanted a 2012 model because in the 2013's they made the shower stall very shallow so it would be easy to get water on floor. 19h also has a 2 foot wider awning, got the electric one, so much easier. We towed both models with a 1500 Silverado, be sure to get sway bars for either size. Also you can put more weight in a 19h vs. 18d or 17z that was another problem we were having with 17z. I have searched hybrids like crazy before buying, so if you have any other questions, I probably would know. Good luck, you will love camping so much more with an upgrade, a lot less work and more comfort.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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have a Ford Explorer, from another thread someone suggested the 17 for use with the explorer, just have one daughter, and we have been packing light, at some point, we are going to upgrade the vehicle, a Chevy/GMC is high on the list. thanks for the input
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We have a 17Z and downsized from a Class A motorhome two years ago. Had plenty of room for two adults and two teenagers. With the Jayco 17 series hybrids you will need to carry some items in your tow vehicle due to the light load carrying capacity, about 500 lbs. This is not a big obstacle, just takes some planning.

I am sure if I had started with the 17Z I'd be thinking about "something bigger" but bigger is not always better. We made the move with the idea of going as light and lean as possible and the 17Z has worked out well for us.

The light weight of the Jayco 17 hybrids gives you alot of tow vehicle options, just remember a pickup truck will likely require a cap or hard cover to carry extra stuff safe, dry and secure.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:50 PM   #6
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I did a whole year of shopping on different hybrids out there and ended up with a Jayco. I think they have the best floor plans for what we wanted and had the best build quality. The Roos are decent, but I did not like the floor plans.
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I have a 17A and like it over the z for 2 main reasons. 1) The dinette - We eat outside for every meal, so as soon as we arrive, we take the table out, and then we have a nice place for people to sit on the dinette benches. 2) The door- We didn't like walking in the door to the HTT and facing a wall immediately. We are in and out a lot, especially the kids, so the door is a congested area. We much prefer the door in the front and walking into "the living room".
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jstor1-- You can tow the tt's you listed with just about anything, but think about wind resistance, hills, extra cargo ( fire wood etc),& safer towing & you should look at 1/2 ton pickups with tow packages. The Ford ecoboast has become a popular tv & will allow for "growth" in tt's. Just my $.02 Larry
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We have a popup, gonna take the next step to the hybrid, Joined because we plan to buy a X17A, Z or a x18d, and looking for opinions, tow vehicle, etc. Heard alot of good about Jayco, and like the looks of the Jaycos we have seen onlind
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We are new to owning a TT also. We graduated from a tent to a new 2013 Jayco X19H. It's a hybrid that weighs around 3600 pounds dry. We wanted bigger, but I wasn't about to buy a bigger tow vehicle to tow a TT that I may only get to use 4 or 5 times a year, with gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon. Long story short is this: We have a 2013 Ford Explorer w/ V-6 and AWD, and it came equipped from the factory with a Class 3 towing package. It tows our 2013 Jayco Hybrid with no problem. I estimate that for a week-long trip, we carry around 700 pounds of cargo. This puts our weight at around 4300 pounds--I will not tow a TT full of water. The RV dealer installed an electric trailer brake, anti-sway bars, and a weight distribution hitch. I wouldn't pull much more weight with our Explorer. Hope this helps, and good luck. We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE our Jayco.
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Thanks for all the input, found a 2010 GMC Sierra online I love, makes my options wide open and easy to take bikes
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