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Old 02-08-2015, 06:46 AM   #1
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Why did you choose a Hybrid?

I have an X17Z on order and expect delivery in mid March. Of course during the wait and anticipation, I find myself going back and forth on my decision to go with a Hybrid as opposed to a standard TT. There are pros and cons, however I still feel I made the right decision.

Just curious why others chose a Hybrid and whether you wrestled with your decision. Would that still be your choice?

Its a big purchase for me so naturally I tend to over analyze the decision.

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Old 02-08-2015, 07:31 AM   #2
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I chose the hybrid because I wanted a trailer that had a nice living space and could still be towed by a 1/2 ton truck. The Hybrid that I purchased was a Jayco 23j. It has alot of storage, which we like as well as the two beds, the couch that converts to a bed and the talbe that also converts to a bed. These trailers are great, we upgraded from a pop up and looked at alot of different trailers before buying this one. We wanted the two beds like our pop up and wanted plenty of storage as well. The other thing that I like about them is you can still hear the birds chirp in the early morning while laying in bed. You will never find all of the amenities that you have with these in a trailer that can still be pulled easily by a 1/2 ton.

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Old 02-08-2015, 07:44 AM   #3
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We chose a hybrid based on its weight and ability to sleep our family of five in a compact package. Hearing the birds and wind through the trees is a bonus you won't get in a full on hard sided camper. We call it the Swiss army knife of campers. It does just about anything we ask it to and it folds up on both ends. We have a jayco 16xrb and love it. I am sure you will love the X 17 as well. Congrats and good luck!

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Old 02-08-2015, 08:56 AM   #4
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I bought an x23b originally wanted the x20e but found a great deal on a slightly used x23b. I bought a htt because I did want a light weight trailer for the tow ability also I like the fact it is not super long while towing. It nice not to have to make beds every night or pick them up in the morning. (The beds don't take away from the living space). They cool off really nice at night as well so you don't need to run the a/c very much. Like the fact you can open up the whole tent ends to let natural light in and fresh air. You'll love it.
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Old 02-08-2015, 01:21 PM   #5
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We wanted to go as light and lean as possible yet still have sufficient room. An added bonus is the fact that I sleep better in in the 17Z than our previous units.

Another factor is the day we were looking we checked out various units up to 28'. Standing on the dealer's lot, on a hot day the thought of washing and waxing up to 28" wasn't very appealing!
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:41 PM   #6
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For us, it was several reasons. Once upon a time, we had a 30 ft TT with a slide (7800#) and a V10 F250. While we loved the room, it was a lot to move, park, set up, etc. I found that I was spending most of my time packing, loading, unloading, setting up etc. Camping started to lose it's fun. We had to move because of my work and sold the TT. Went without for 3 or 4 years but the fever hit again after I had downsized to a Nissan Frontier. Had to get something that the Frontier could tow...found a used X17C. Much easier to tow, park, etc. Don't have to worry about getting into a parking lot that I can't get out of! We are taking more of a minimalist approach this time...not loading up with all of the bells, whistles and frills that we had with the 30 footer. We enjoy the open feel of the HTT...unzip the tent ends and we have a (almost) 360 view of the campground. The AC will cool the unit in a matter of minutes. We spend most of our time outside anyway, so the smaller interior is just right for use.

No regrets for us!!!
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Old 02-08-2015, 11:33 PM   #7
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Our reasoning pretty much echoes what others have said. Towability by a half ton, lightweight and compact, but opens up to a sizable interior.

We have an X17z, and two years in we are still extremely happy with the decision, though if we had it to do again, we probably would have bought the X23 just for a couple of features, like dual sinks, better storage and a higher cargo carrying capacity. We have camped in all kinds of weather conditions with it, and it does everything we want it to do under all conditions. We absolutely love it, and will go the hybrid route again when we have worn out ourZ.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:58 AM   #8
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Lightweight, so easier on our TV. We like the bunks because they remind us of tent camping. This weekend, we boondocked in Joshua Tree Nat'l park. At daybreak, and half asleep - I unzipped the tent end a little and was treated to a beautiful and colorful sunrise and an instantly cool breeze. Can't get that when from an interior bedroom.

Also important to us is that the Big Guy (at 6'4") fits comfortably in the bunk ends and not so on most interior beds. We love our x20e and hope you are equally pleased with your hybrid.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:21 AM   #9
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Thanks for your comments folks.
Reinforces everything I thought and my decision to go with the hybrid.
Can't wait for spring.
Happy Camping all.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:59 AM   #10
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Pro: the bunks - 2 queen size beds in a lightweight 18 ft camper.
Con: the bunks - No barrier to outside noises (voices, dogs, trains, cars, etc). We almost always use the A/C fan or a small portable fan to drown out the noise so kids can sleep.

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