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Old 03-19-2016, 11:38 PM   #11
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Had two pups and while owning the 2nd they introduced the hybrid (saw our first in 2000, Starcraft Travelstar). Thought it would never sell. After checking out an Antigua, we said we had to get one. But instead, we had two DD's, 17 months apart. Parked the pup until the girls were old enough to enjoy camping ( or allowing fellow campers to have peaceful nights). The pup then just became a bedroom (us, 3 ds's and 2 dd's). Our first htt was a sob 217rbss which gave us a living space and enough room for the 7 of us. Now its us and the 2 dd's +1fk and we grew to the 23ikss. The HTT gives us the feel of a 30ft trailer with two slides in a 23ft box.
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Old 03-20-2016, 06:23 AM   #12
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Can't imagine wanting anything else. Most of our time camping is spent outside, but on days when the weather isn't cooperating, we have a comfortable sofa, reasonably comfortable dinette, plenty of cooking space, and beds for a siesta. The few extra minutes of setup and teardown is more than made up by the ease of towing and storage, and the closer to nature feel of sleeping under canvas.
Granted, we aren't full timers. Strictly weekenders and vacationers. Maybe if we were fulltimers , I would be more concerned about satellite tv, power access steps, auto levelers, wine racks, and...omygawd..can I fit in that space? That's ok. To each their own. Love my IK.
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:16 AM   #13
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I am completely new to hybrids. I just picked up my new 2016 Roo 233S on Friday!

I grew up camping in a truck camper on the beaches of Massachusetts. Then in a motorhome(s) for long road trips to Florida.

I have 2 boys 2yrs and 9mths and we tent camped last summer for about 2 weeks. I loved the experience and when it came time to look at trailers the Roo 233S had all the right features for us with 3 large beds to grow into(and more with the dinette and bench/couch) as well as floor space provided with the hard slide.

Can't wait to get it to our seasonal site on the lake!Click image for larger version

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Old 03-20-2016, 11:49 AM   #14
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Being unique is good. You are confident enough to do what YOU want! We too came from tent, to pop-up to used 17' used hybrid to new 23IKSS last year. LOVE the 23IKSS. So much room to play games and cook on rainy days. It has all the creature comforts but I still get that camping feel. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I can only hope in 15 years when we retire, they will make a motorhome with just one hybrid bed :-).
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:20 PM   #15
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We loved our 2009 Shamrock 23ss. It was our first trailer after years of tent camping. It was roomy & the beds were relatively comfortable. We maintained it well but the bunk ends did delaminate. Never leaked though. Forest River was very helpful with the repair but once fixed we couldn't wait to sell it. I'm sure Forest River has fixed any design flaw. We now have a Rockwood TT. Miss the 2 comfy beds & the 'sleeping in a tent' but love not worrying about leaks.
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:34 PM   #16
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We spent last week in Northwest Arkansas mountains......... What the other guys can't do is wake up in the morning in the tent bunk bright with the morning sunlight and with a "good morning stretch" touch the canvas and enjoy the sprinkle of water drops just like we did when we were kids camping in our two man pup tent in the back yard.

At age 70 it maybe time to move to a short motorhome for us.
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Old 03-20-2016, 12:40 PM   #17
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My husband and I tent camped twice and then found a large pop-up on Craigslist, with a slide out, shower and cassette toilet. We loved it and enjoyed it for 6 years. My husband has back problems and the older we are getting, the more difficult it was to set up. When we decided to move up from a pop-up, the first big decision was to get a TT or a hybrid. I absolutely LOVE the feeling of the openness with the tent bunk ends. But we had heard so much about leaking around the seals of hybrids and one thing we really didn't like about the pop up was dealing with the canvas in the rain, which we would still be dealing with in a hybrid. We found a great deal on a TT on Craigslist and bought it a year ago. We love not having to deal with bunkends when setting up or leaving in the rain, but I still miss laying in the bunkend in the morning, feeling the breeze and watching the birds out the windows. I don't think I will ever get over that.
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We never considered a hybrid for two reasons only - noise and security. Our pop up was super boondocking next to a quiet river or in the woods somewhere. In a campground? That was another story. Likewise as we began to travel more often and over longer distances, stopping at a WalMart or other such place is not doable in a "canvas camper." (Yes, I know what "turtling" is, but I don't fit in dinettes, too tall.)
Hardsides are more flexible and I can hear them crickets by opening my windows, see the birds, feel the breeze and listen to the rain on my awning and swear I was in a tent.
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I can only hope in 15 years when we retire, they will make a motorhome with just one hybrid bed :-).
They have.
HOST motorhomes made one a number of years ago, that had an optional rear hybrid bed.
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We spent last week in Northwest Arkansas mountains......... What the other guys can't do is wake up in the morning in the tent bunk bright with the morning sunlight and with a "good morning stretch" touch the canvas and enjoy the sprinkle of water drops just like we did when we were kids camping in our two man pup tent in the back yard.

At age 70 it maybe time to move to a short motorhome for us.
Sounds like you haven't used PUGs or the equivalent solar blankets.
If you had, you would have solved both the bright sunlight AND the condensation issues.
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