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Old 11-20-2014, 07:26 AM   #1
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What defines a "hybrid"?

I have a Jayco Jay Featherlight SLX16XRB. I was told this is best described as a "hybrid".

Why is that? Is it because it has solid walls (no pop up), yet pop out beds like a pop up?
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:17 AM   #2
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Yes..Tents like a pop up but hard sides like a conventional TT. It shares traits from both.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:24 AM   #3
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And they come with free ear plugs. I really like my Hybrid but it can be noisy at night. But what ever makes the Tunce happy.
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Old 11-20-2014, 10:30 AM   #4
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Even though we tent camped for year, our first camper, a hybrid, we hated it for the noise at night. It seems worse than being on the ground. Maybe noise travels better. Plus the wife was always cold. We quickly jumped to a hard side and been happy ever since !!
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Even with my hardsided TT, I've been disturbed by various noises. One camp site was so close to the road, the cars going by got us up really early in the morning. On another occasion, we had some really noisy late-arrival neighbors. I couldn't hear them from bed, but when I was up going to the john, I could hear them clearly. I let it go since it wasn't bothering DW.

Bottom line: we came VERY close to buying a hybrid, and having been out in our new trailer, I'm mostly glad we didn't. It would be nice for the weight and ease of towing and access to more places, but I like our TT just fine...
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:11 AM   #6
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Even though we tent camped for year, our first camper, a hybrid, we hated it for the noise at night. It seems worse than being on the ground. Maybe noise travels better. Plus the wife was always cold. We quickly jumped to a hard side and been happy ever since !!
I second that!
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We had a 17Z hybrid some years ago. Then we had a MH and missed the hybrid so much we traded and got another hybrid. After reading the other posts, I guess I would say we get more fresh air than noise. Also, there is enough room in the bigger hybrids that turtling is acceptable when necessary.

Much like Tunce, Atlas & Buckeye think the tent ends are great.
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We had a 17Z hybrid some years ago. Then we had a MH and missed the hybrid so much we traded and got another hybrid. After reading the other posts, I guess I would say we get more fresh air than noise. Also, there is enough room in the bigger hybrids that turtling is acceptable when necessary.

Much like Tunce, Atlas & Buckeye think the tent ends are great.
I started my camping at 13, and in an old Boy scout canvas two person tent. Then tents got fancy; nylon, light weight, and huge! I saw a VW Westy pull up next to my tent one day, and angels sang! I had to have one. Bought one. Then sold it years later. Now I have my first camper/trailer, a hybrid. Love it. Really like the idea that I got to keep my trusty old Ford Ranger with 216K on it's odometer, and still pulls this "hybrid" without issue.

The wife and I in our older years like the "feel" of being a bit in the "outdoors" with the pop outs. I suppose if we want quiet, we can always rent a cabin.

Love the pic of the dog in post #3. He/she seems right at home!

Thanks for the answers, I feel more educated today. A good day!
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I just run the A/C fan at night to counter the noise.
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I just run the A/C fan at night to counter the noise.
Or turn the TV up louder?
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