Originally Posted by rienzo
Looking for your thoughts and ideas; I currently have a 5er (~36') and now want to purchase a smaller RV for traveling. Too old to want the hassles of traveling with and setting up my current RV (leveling, etc.)
Looking for something easy to tow and set up. So, I am thinking of purchasing a hybrid RV (versus pop-up). My only drawback in the vinyl (bed pull outs) sweating on hot/humid days or will air conditioning take care of my concerns.
as an owner of a hybrid for 9 years, these are my thoughts.
as Loraura stated, a hybrid TT will be MORE setup work than a 5th wheel.
you still have to level, a WDH is more of a hassle hitching up/disconnecting from than your 5th wheel hitch, you have to drop the bunk doors down(they are not "pull outs, that's a popup)and setup the tent ends, you have to make up the mattresses.
it sounds like you've haven't seen a hybrid TT in person yet.
most hybrid TT owners are former popup owners. we want more amenities than a popup offers but still love "sleeping under canvas".
so we're willing to put up with the extra work that is required for a hybrid, over what's required for a regular TT.
as was said, you can control condensation and temps by using Popup Gizmos on top of the tent ends and Reflectix in the tent windows. most of hybrid owners can keep the trailer cool with the a/c. but again, this requires more setup/takedown work.
hybrid TTs aren't for everybody. based on your statement above, i STRONGLY urge you NOT to buy a hybrid. if you thought your 5th wheel was too much work, a hybrid TT will be much more.
especially for traveling. you have to do all this work everytime you move.
we are now retired and we plan on selling our hybrid to buy a bigger TT or 5th wheel because we want to travel for extended times(2-3 months).
a hybrid TT is NOT good for this kind of lifestyle because of all the extra setup/takedown work and no walkaround bed.
a hybrid TT is second only to a popup, for setup hassle.
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC