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Old 05-24-2015, 09:22 PM   #1
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Transition from popup to hard side

My wife wants to look at moving to a hard side travel trailer from our popup. I've got a few questions if you all could offer some advice:

1. I love keeping my popup in the garage, which means I can do early/later season camping in the desert while not worrying about my camper water lines freezing while at home. For a larger travel trailer that must be stored outside, do you just keep it winterized longer until it can sit outside and not freeze?

2. Are there no 80" length bed travel trailers? I'm finding it quite difficult to find this in a bunk house option (bunks for the kids).

Thanks in advance!

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Old 05-24-2015, 09:53 PM   #2
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Ours has a full 80" master bed and bunks for the kids.

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Old 05-24-2015, 09:57 PM   #3
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We recently went from a hybrid (travel trailer with the tent ends) to a regular travel trailer (fully hard sided). The switch was very easy for us. The easier setup/tear down offsets the more airy feeling of the tent ends. IMO, having a regular TT allows for a longer camping season - for us anyway.

If you don't have a warm place to store the trailer you have to winterize by either using non-toxic antifreeze of blowing out the lines. Either way, it's a very simple, quick process. The antifreeze is inexpensive if you have to re-do it after using the trailer.

Our new-to-us TT has the 74" "short" queen. I was concerned with the shorter length as I'm 5'10" and like to stretch out, but it hasn't been a problem for me. The key was finding a floorplan with open space at the foot of the bed.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:17 AM   #4
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Transition from popup to hard side

Our Coachmen Freedom Express 292BHDS has a full 80" queen and is a bunk house.

The ease of set up/tear down, and the privacy are so worth it. We went from popup to hybrid to TT. I don't regret our upgrades at all. I love our new TT so much. I see keeping it for 10 years or longer. Maybe until we retire in 20 years!!!

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As for the winterized options, depending on where you live you may be able to run 120V household electric to the unit and run electric space heaters when there is a hard freeze. Here in central Texas there are only 2-3 times a year I have to worry about extended freezing temps. When that happens I just run an electric heater and open all the cabinet doors.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:50 PM   #5
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Both of us are short, about 5' 4" so we don't even notice the shorter bed, in fact I had no idea they were shorter until this post. I will say when we moved from PU to TT it was great. Used to take 45-60 minutes to setup and now it is 15 on a bad day and most of that is leveling because I am a bit OCD so I can't handle even the slightest bit of variance to one side. You will love the move I am pretty sure as long as you get one with a slide to open it up a little bit.
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