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Old 10-01-2016, 11:23 AM   #1
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Traditional Travel Trailer versus Hybrid?

Hey Forum!

I have been focused solely on researching the perfect travel trailer for our family of 4 (2 boys - 6 & 8), but have only been focused on Ultralight Travel Trailers (White Hawk, Jay Flight, Forest River Surveyor). I just spoke with a veteran RV camper who has owned it all, and she suggested I consider a hybrid for our first trailer. Her main "point" was that the kids will feel it to be more like tent camping because of the pop outs....

Anyway, I was wondering what your advice and thoughts were. For those of you who have owned Hybrid, do you see yourself wishing for a traditional travel trailer in the near future? Does it feel too "cramped" inside? How about the pop outs---are they warm enough? How about moisture with those that have canvas siding?

Any other considerations?



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Old 10-01-2016, 11:41 AM   #2
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Just wanted to add that yes they are warm enough and you do have heat. As far as the moisture goes just crack a window and/or fan.

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Old 10-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #3
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We looked at the Hibryds a little but didn't like the idea of having to have a trailer that looked like a pop up trailer. Just my thoughts but I'm sure there are Pro's & Con's just like everything you purchase in life. This is our first trailer and my family is the same just a little older and because it would be our first trailer we thought small at first. The more shows and places we visited the trailer got bigger and so did our car and in the end after forking out a lot $$$ our decision was the 25BHS WH simply because it's had just about everything that suits my families needs and is big enough to not want something bigger too soon. Also it's small enough to enjoy places that don't have 70' pull thru sites cause we have such a long trailer. Sorry can't give you good feedback on a hybrid but I hope this helps on how to make the decision.

1. How often will it be used?
2. Price point for your budget
3. Family lifestyle for set up inside the TT example: my son was almost 6' at age 14 so we were not going with a small bunk.
4 Your tow vehicle is a huge determining factor and I learned that the hard way. My car was an 07' Tahoe and I believed the salesman that I could pull a dry weight 6,000lb trailer with no problems. Grrr on that.
5. Like you are doing DO your research before buying anything un-like me I bought with my emotions and lost touch with reality. But I got a new truck BUT that wasn't the original plan going into the idea of having a trailer.

What ever you get have fun fun fun! We love our trailer and have only had since May but been out numerous times with already over 1800 miles. Kids are so happy as well.

Hope you find the right one for your family

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Old 10-01-2016, 12:15 PM   #4
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When looking for our first trailer a few years back a hybrid was never a consideration. I never really liked the idea of anything with soft sides. For instance I would buy a truck camper before a pop up. They just do not appeal to me for a number of reasons.
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Old 10-01-2016, 03:09 PM   #5
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We have owned a hybrid plus three popups and the hybrid was more trouble to deal with than our popups. After three years with the hybrid we bought our Jayco 22FB and love it. There were condensation issues in the hybrid plus dealing with canvas after a rainy trip. There was no problem keeping it cool or heated, just a matter of convenience for us.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:31 PM   #6
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I'll vote for listening to your friend. We spent 8 years in a pup before graduating to our HTT. Absolutely no regrets. We camp all weather down to freezing, and have had no condensation issues, and keep plenty warm, or cool when it is hot. Canada throws all kinds of weather at us. We had one of the hottest Augusts on record, and camped right through it, not having to turn on the A/C once.

What I like about a hybrid is that in our 20' trailer, we get 20' of living space. In a traditional 20' trailer, you get 7-8' of bedroom, and 12-13' of living space. To get the same living space, I would need something longer than 25', and then I would probably also need a 3/4 ton pickup to haul it properly instead of our very comfortable full size SUV that delivers excellent fuel economy (for the class) when not towing.

Also, in our HTT we have 10 windows, 6 on the bunks that open wide for cool breezes and wide vistas. In the same length classic TT we might have 5 windows, often with only limited air handling capability. I'm sure we would be running the A/C all the time in a classic TT.

Do we see ourselves upgrading? Yes, in another 7-8 years when we are ready for retirement, we plan to buy a moderate sized 5th wheel, and finally get that 3/4 ton pickup. By then we will be half-timing on the road, and will want the place to be more like home, less like camp. But that is a long way off still.

Whatever decision you come to, you'll be building great memories and great times with your family. My kids are both pretty much grown now (both in post-secondary), and have been camping since very young (starting in tents). And they still want to come along every time they can...
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:29 PM   #7
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We have a JayFeather Ultralite x20e with 1 slideout and 2 popouts (one at each end). We like it because:
1. We have room to sleep 8 if needed; kids want to bring a friend? Plenty of room.
2. The popouts offer some privacy/special room if needed.
3. Being at the ends, popouts don't infringe on the living space.
4. Even if no one sleeps in the popouts, the cross-breeze from having them open is fantastic.
5. The trailer is 23 feet from end to end (longer, of course, when the popouts are used), and that's a manageable size whether in the driveway, on the highway, in a parking lot or a campground.

We keep the canvas open slightly at night, or use a fan, to allow for ventilation. We've never had condensation problems. However, if you break camp in the rain, you need to open the popouts asap after reaching your next destination to keep mildew at bay.

Good luck!
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:16 PM   #8
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Get a hard- side for you and your bride. Buy an 8' x 8' tent for the boys, and set it up behind the trailer.... the boys will love the "adventure", and you (and your wife) will enjoy the privacy...
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:26 PM   #9
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We looked at hybrids when we bought the first tt and ended up with a hard side. I just sort of like not having to worry about tear down or set up during rain and I do believe hard sides are quieter when things outside are noisy
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:50 PM   #10
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I would not like to deal with wet tent fabric. Folding them up after a rain, or heavy dew, means having to unfold them once you arrive home in order for them to dry out.

I also realize hard sided TT walls aren't very thick and will let in a fair amount of noise, they are head and shoulders better than the thin canvas walls.

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