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Old 02-13-2014, 08:07 PM   #11
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Our kids watched a movie almost every night before bed while camping (live in Fl where mosquitoes will carry you away) in our popup. It was never an issue w/ being too loud as my husband & I would normally sit around the fire. Never had anyone complain either. I have heard adults fighting and parents scream at kids in TT. So I wouldn't worry to much about your child. Most people have been there and understand.

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Old 02-13-2014, 08:46 PM   #12
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Not we had one and after a year hated it???waking up damp! having to open to dry, if you travel distances and use rest areas to sleep or walmarts not good to open for a night....don't get's nice to open the door when on the road when tired and just go to bed.

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Old 02-13-2014, 09:32 PM   #13
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I have gone from a tent to a tent trailer to a trailer and now own a 5th. That is over a 44 year span. All have there advantages and all have there disadvantages. I will tell you I got tired of all the work that was involved in tenting and to the same degree tent trailering. I have spent many hours putting up and tearing down in the rain. Canvas, no mater what type, must be dried before storing. You can put it away wet to get home but must dry it out once there. I looked at the hybrids when I decided that I had enough of the tent trailer disadvantages. I decided to stay away from them because of the canvas issues. When you are packing up in the rain, you have to push the pop outs back in. No matter how well they are sealed the wet canvas will soak other areas of the trailer. We bought a 21 foot trailer that was not much heavier than the tent trailer. It was nice to be able to pull in or out anywhere rain or shine. It is also nice having the facilities right at hand. No more tracing through the park in the middle of the night.

I am sure which ever one you decide on you will be happy until you get that urge to upgrade and we all get it.
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:36 AM   #14
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pop up to hybrid to tt

As the title states we have done the progression like everyone else. We had a 2010 Rockwood 2318g pop up with a bathroom to start.It was a good camper but traded up to a hybrid because of space, storage and set up. We had a hard time picking out our next camper. The wife didn't really want to sell the pop up but I was done with the storage problem. We settled on a 2012 Jayco x23j hybrid. We really liked this trailer. It suited our family well and was very well made. It had a ton of storage and multiple sleeping arrangements. However after a couple of seasons I got tired of using the campground facilities instead of our postage stamp sized bathroom. (i'm not a small guy) And of course there was still some set up/breakdown time. Biggest issue was breaking down in the rain and folding up the tent ends up wet. When you got home you had to open the ends up so you didn't get any mold issues. Sooo, this year we bought a 2014 Flagstaff Super Lite 27rlws. It has everything we wanted and stayed within our weight and length parameters. Of course it is sitting in my driveway frozen solid with plenty of snow on its roof so we haven't used it yet. April vacation can't come soon enough! Hope that helps. If I can help any other way please don't hesitate to ask. In the meantime I'll be here looking out the window!
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:34 AM   #15
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It's just a matter of preference, everything is a give and take, we had a pop-up for years before deciding to buy a 25rs, we liked the hybrids with the canvas but after getting caught in afew nasty storms, we decided to get the hard slides.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:50 AM   #16
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Years ago I used to camp with a group and some of them had pop up campers. They would frequently complain the next day about the noisy neighbors and how they kept them awake all night with their parties. I would go inside my travel trailer, shut the door, turn on the AC and never hear a thing. You sound like thoughtful people that are worried about disturbing others, when it's those others that may not care about disturbing you that you might need to think about.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:31 PM   #17
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this past posts are why i keep telling prospective hybrid buyers that you have to "LOVE" the idea of sleeping under canvas, to buy a hybrid.
because many, like the above posters, have found that the possible noise issue or wet canvas ends up making them hate their hybrid.

for us, we've LOVED sleeping under canvas and happily put up with the rare noisy neighbor and the occasional wet canvas because it feels like we're still camping and not sealed off from nature, as a TT or 5th wheel or MH would be.
but we almost always camp in natural settings, like state parks and national parks and steer away from private rv parks/campgrounds, like KOA, because we don't feel that style is really camping.
at least the private ones in California are concerned.

as to comfun's comment about popups, hybrids are much better at blocking sounds, since they don't have canvas walls, like popups do. only the tent ends are canvas, the rest of the trailer is like any other TT.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #18
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Bikendan brings up a very good point to consider. Why have a camper (of any type) at all? That is, what function does it fulfill for you? For Dan, it is an important part of the camping experience. For me, my TT is my "motel on wheels". It allows me to stay in places that may not even have a motel close by, and I don't have to put up with anybody else's cooties but mine. I can stay in a state park, a military campground, or a private park with equal ease and comfort, and don't have to look for a restaurant if I don't feel like "eating out".
In this regard I am isolated from nature when I go to sleep (unless I leave the door open), which may or may not be a bad thing. During the day we are out and about and get pretty much all the nature we can handle. Sometimes it's good to close the door.
So, once you identify what role your camper plays in your experiences or plans, you'll be a lot closer to deciding what kind to buy.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:21 PM   #19
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No doubt matter of preference. We didn't want to tow a big trailer so got a 21SS and the fact that the beds fold out and give so much floor space is a winner. We also have slide outs which give more floor space. Plus the beds in regular travel trailers are far less superior to the mattresses in fold outs. Just my opinion.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:20 PM   #20
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I have a hybrid. Trailer is 17 feet, when ends are out it is becomes a 31 foot trailer all for 3100 pounds. I have only had an issue with it once when it was raining and I had to close up the ends wet. The next day after work was a beautiful day, so opened them up and they dried in about 1/2 hour.

As for noise, as one person said, if they want to make a cry etc, does not matter the type of trailer, someone will hear it. Not sure how many of the bloggers here have kids, but been there done that.

In the summer when we have the air conditioning on, we dont hear a thing outside - nothing. So dont worry about it.

I love my hybrid just because it packs a lot in a smaller trailer. I have been looking at bigger non-hybrid trailers and even though i have a Yukon, it can only pull 5600 pounds. So dont forget the tow vehicle when you discount hybrids.

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