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Old 09-25-2012, 12:48 PM   #21
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I have owned several tents, one pop-up and the Roo. I have found simply that a hybrid gives you all the advantages if a TT with all the disadvantages of a tent.

The BIG advantages of a hybrid are...

Getting to everything all the time as opposed to a pop-up and crawling in to get at the tiny fridge.

An almost real bathroom at night (1/2 scale).

Towing something shorter than when fully opened (my 19 becomes a 25).

The BIGEST disadvantages of a hybrid are...

Rain...I find myself planning everything around it. If you are setting up in the rain it sucks. If you are packing up in the rain it really sucks. As soon as you get home it all has to be opened up again (usually in the rain) until the nice weather returns so it can be folded up again, double the effort. Put a hybrid away wet one time and it is ruined. are usually in a tent surrounded by hard sided campers. Noise is not nearly as much of an issue to hard sides as to tents. We tend to run the AC fan or bunk end fans to serve as white noise generators due to this.

Leaking & condensation rot issues aside a simple TT, I feel, is definitely the way to go. With a TT you pretty much pull it in, level it, hook it up and done. It is at least double the effort to set up a hybrid.

Anyone looking for a Roo?

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:00 PM   #22
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Personally, we didn't want a hybrid, because the more moving parts you have, the parts that can break. This is also true with slide outs.

Our TT is smaller than a lot of people's here, bit we are happy with it. We have had to re-caulk the seams, which is normal. We've had to fix the roof because of attacking trees, but that wasn't the trailer's fault.

What you need to do is find out FOR SURE exactly what you can pull. If you find you can only pull a roo (which CAN weigh a lot too), then perhaps you should look into a used RV, so you don't have to worry about tow weight. My in-laws just got a very nice used 06 Sunseeker RV, for 26,000 out the door. Their payments are 300.oo a month. So far they're loving it.

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Old 09-25-2012, 02:03 PM   #23
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My dh and I are both guilty of looking at larger travel trailers already, not because of the leaking, but because it would be really nice to just level and plug in. But I hear camper envy is a common problem with campers. LOL
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:22 PM   #24
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Camper envy is a cruel mistress. She hit me 2x in less than a year. I backpack camp often, but not with my family, who's previous idea of "roughing it" was a 3 star hotel. I bought a used Outback Loft(hybrid) in perfect condition for a little bit of nothing (google it, kinda cool) in June of '11. In March of '12, we upgraded to Sierra 365saq, but to this day, if I know it's going to rain or storm in the middle of the night, I sent my 2.5lb backpack tent up and sleep outside. I love the sound of rain and storms, and I've been through some severe ones, and have yet to get wet. Bottom line, I like pop ups, have owned a couple over the years, but the big issue with my family is the bathroom. Myself, I'm good with "cat hole".

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