Originally Posted by acadianbob
X2. We love the 235RKS. Hard side advantages; more insulation so warmer when cold and cooler when hot, quieter, no worries about wet canvas, more secure (if you camp where there are bears)
The 23SS will have significantly more floor space though; a real factor when you have kids I think. You might look at the 264 too. Not much bigger than the 235 and more floor space.
We looked at the same issues when buying ours....
Theft - Someone could easily come in through the side popout
Animals - Popout area is a weak against moose or bears
Condensation - Big issue on cooler nights (water dripping, etc)
Packing - Not as easy to set up or leave when it's raining
Mold - Big problems if you don't dry it properly (more maintenance)
Leaks - Popout seams can leak (many hybrid owners we knew had issues)
Hard side trailers are not perfect either but it's something to consider when looking at spending money on a new trailer. The floor space was less of a factor for us even with kids since 99% of the time the kids stay outside except to sleep.......isn't that the whole idea of camping?!