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Old 01-20-2016, 09:24 AM   #61
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As as you can see from my signature we have a tent trailer. The only problem we ever experienced regarding the safety of our child was once when he was a toddler he rolled up against the side and his legs partially slipped out of the tent portion because we forgot to secure the canvas bungees to the hooks under the bed. As others have said, in any camper you hear all ~ including his screams as he was hanging there! ;-)
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:37 AM   #62
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I hear ya! That's what I told the wife. I'm not worried about it I like the hybrids so I guess I will have visit the dealer and see which one is best for our needs. FYI we've both been tent camping for the last 15-20 years, that's why I like the idea of the hybrids.
We LOVED our Coleman (still own it) but it wasn't for year-around use and it wasn't always easy to fully dry the canvas before closing it - so after 30 years, we matured to something that was warmer and dryer! We continue to be 'happy campers'.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:55 AM   #63
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We had a tent camper for about 6 years, and camped mostly in state and federal parks.

The only bad moment we ever had was a bear "snuffling" around our campsite one night. I few tense moments there... that's when we decided to go to a hard sided trailer. If you camp a lot in bear country (Great Smokey Mountain National Park is where we had our encounter), it's worth thinking about.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:08 AM   #64
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We had a tent camper for about 6 years, and camped mostly in state and federal parks.

The only bad moment we ever had was a bear "snuffling" around our campsite one night. I few tense moments there... that's when we decided to go to a hard sided trailer. If you camp a lot in bear country (Great Smokey Mountain National Park is where we had our encounter), it's worth thinking about.
That's one good point. In fact, it should be noted that some campgrounds in Yellowstone don't allow tents or tent trailers. This includes pop-ups and HTT with the beds out. However, I think you can use a HTT if you leave the beds up. This is known as "turttling" <sp?>

So if you want to camp in bear country often, consider a regular TT.

Otherwise consider a HTT you can successfully sleep your family in while turtled. Bears aren't the only reason to do so. You might want to do it while stopped overnight at a rest area or parking lot.
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Love our x23j. Bought it used and in great condition. Love the openess of it with bunk ends down and unzipped. Biggest drawback that I see is privacy within, as for changing clothes and such. But most of the time, it will be just the DW and I. When not camping we have it next to the house and use as a 3 season room. Brother-in- law had a hardside trailer, no slideout. Felt like we were in a tin box. With the slideout out and the bunk ends down it is quite roomy.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:20 PM   #66
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We loved our X19H though I should have bought the X23 from the Get Go (slide and extra inside storage makes a huge difference) but still it was an awesome little trailer and miss it already.

We loved sleeping under the canvas and will miss that option since we went to the Dark Side moving to a hard side TT.
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We really enjoy traveling with our x17z but will agree with others that a slide out would be nice. What we really want is a unit with a walk around bed up front and the hybrid bunk in the back for when the kids and grandkids join us. Along with a slide and I'd be in heaven on wheels. Maybe someday?
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What are you meaning by "TV"? I assume not television.
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Tow vehicle, in my case a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a factory tow package. That's why we love the hybrid, roomy but light.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:52 AM   #70
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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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We love our HTT coming from a pup I don't think it's any louder inside at night. We enjoy the increased privacy, ease of set up, and the ability to load up without setup. I agree the HTT isn't for everyone but as a family we choose to camp to leave the electronics(wont hear us complain about cg wifi speeds) at home and enjoy camping. So I guess when you make your decision it needs to be what works best for your situation. But the most important thing is whatever you choose will be weeks of memories and quality family time
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