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Old 07-23-2016, 09:43 PM   #1
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2004 Trail Vision 233s

Looking at purchasing a 2004 Trail Vision 233s. It has 1 slide and 3 expandables. Looking for pros and cons on the expandables.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:28 AM   #2
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even though the Trail Vision is not a Forest River product, all hybrids are pretty similar.
i will say that the R-Vision hybrids were the lightest hybrids made but that came at a price.
i found them to have cheaper but lighter materials. i also felt that the quality was lower tier, compared to Roo/Shamrock, Jayco and Starcraft.

DON'T get a hybrid if you aren't in love with sleeping under canvas.
most hybrid owners are former popup owners that love the canvas ends but want more amenities.
they're more than willing to put up with the few negatives of the canvas ends, to keep the "camping" feel that you get with hybrids.
many of us don't like the "shoebox" feel of traditional travel trailers.

hybrids will require more maintenance because of the big holes in the sides.

many have bought hybrids because of all the sleeping capacity, in a shorter package. but they never took the canvas into consideration.
after one or two years, they get rid of them because they found that they didn't like dealing with them.

have you ever owned a popup?
what will you be towing with?

by the way, they aren't "expandables", they are called bunk ends.
if they were expandables, then popups would also be called expandables.
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Old 07-24-2016, 06:41 AM   #3
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I personally would be wary buying a hybrid 12- 13 years old. The tenting will probably need replaced soon and the mechanicals ( furnace, wh, ac , water pump, appliances) may be on their last legs. Much will depend on the care it has received through the years.
Big potential problem is water intrusion. The unit has 1 slide and 3 bunk ends, all really big holes for water to water to work its way in. If the seals haven't been properly maintained , there could be problems.
Not wanting to scare you off. Hybrids are great campers for a lot of people. Just be sure you are buying it for the right ones (see Dan's post above), and thoroughly check out, or have checked out , any one you get.
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