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Old 06-02-2015, 10:06 AM   #41
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We are new to this, our X18D is our first camper.

Our family is loving it and I know we made the right decision when this weekend we were watching a program on mega luxury RVs and my 7 year old daughter said she wouldn't like them as when she's camping she wants to feel like she's camping!
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:21 AM   #42
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We are new to this, our X18D is our first camper.

Our family is loving it and I know we made the right decision when this weekend we were watching a program on mega luxury RVs and my 7 year old daughter said she wouldn't like them as when she's camping she wants to feel like she's camping!
And that's just the way Tunce feels and I bought this TT just for her and she's loving it!
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:34 PM   #43
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And that's just the way Tunce feels and I bought this TT just for her and she's loving it!
That's a good lookin pooch! Looks like she's enjoying the view!
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That's a good lookin pooch! Looks like she's enjoying the view!
That tent end is her den and when I work on it at home she gets up there.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:23 PM   #45
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Honestly you get much more air circulation with the sides unzipped than you would with a hard sided camper. To me that makes it worth it.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:26 PM   #46
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honestly you get much more air circulation with the sides unzipped than you would with a hard sided camper. To me that makes it worth it.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:59 PM   #47
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You won't go wrong with whatever you buy, try to buy used the first time, just do your homework and try to buy a unit that has been stored inside and well mantained.
After you have used it and find the items you like, dislike then sell and upgrade. If done right you won't take a bath when you go to sell, jmo
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:50 AM   #48
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We bought a new X18D last year. Absolutely loved the 3 queen sized beds in it. We had two issues. First one being noise, we could hear everything at night and it drove us crazy some nights. Flip side to that, on a couple of occasions we layed in bed staring through the open screens out to the sky and stars on incredibly peaceful quiet nights. Depends where you camp I guess. The other problem was the bear issue. We camped in black bear country twice and even though we followed all the parks rules for bears, my wife could not sleep well at night because we could hear every little critter outside rustling around. The X18D was not big enough to "turtle" with the 4 of us.
A hybrid is a great trailer no matter the model. We love ours and had some great experiences. However I, like a lot of hybrid or popup owners, ended up with 2ftitis and just pulled the trigger on a new 267bhsw that I pick up tomorrow.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:54 AM   #49
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A little late to this thread, but I love my X17Z. Only thing I wish is that it was longer, but for that I'd need a bigger TV. Great for my mom, myself and the two dogs. Crowded with my bf and his two kids but still functional. Got tired of the constant up and down with the pup. Set up is really easy, no lugging of coolers, has a good size bathroom. Still love the sound of the rain on the canvas!
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We had a 2007 19H and really liked it, but did have problems with leaking. We bought it used and I felt like I really looked it over closely before purchase, but missed some major problems. It was our first camper. After owning it about a year the steps actually pulled out of the floor one day when I was getting out. I tore into it we found serious rot in the floor by the door, rear bunk and bathroom area. The front bunk door also leaked and I had to replace some wood up there. I had a guy replace the floor and weld in extra supports but he did a terrible job and the floor was much lumpier and softer than before he did it. It was structurally sound but didn't inspire confidence. We have a family of 5 so it was pretty tight camping in it anyway so we traded it a few weeks ago for a 2015 32bhds. Took a real beating on trade in value but have to chalk it up to a life lesson.


Pros of the Hybrid - We liked the outdoor/tent camping feel of the bunk ends. Very nice to have a cool breeze flowing through the camper. The hybrid design makes the trailer MUCH easier to tow, park, back in, etc. I have a big truck so weight isn't really a problem, but the new travel trailer is HUGE. As others have mentioned - we camp to be OUTSIDE, so smaller interior wasn't a big deal - but on those rainy weekends the bigger camper is nice.


Cons of the hybrid - Leaks. Ours was fine while camping in the rain, but it leaked around the bed doors anytime we drove it in the rain. A lot. I checked seals and caulking several times but couldn't get a grip on that problem.
My wife also wasn't crazy about how easy it was to pull the canvas away from the frame at the edges. On our last trip with it, our 3 year old had snuggled against the far end of the bunk and pushed the snaps and Velcro apart while sleeping. We found her with one leg hanging out! That was the end of that camper for my wife.
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