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Old 01-18-2015, 12:56 AM   #1
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Overnighting En-route in a Hybrid

Well, my final decision on which camper I want comes down to overnighting. I know that a hybrid is not optimal for it, but does anyone do it frequently? We are planning on several long trips where we want to stop halfway for sleep. We will be testing this situation this spring when heading to Cedar Point for Coastermania. I love the hybrids, but am thinking if it will be too much of a PITA to setup a bunk or two (w/o PUGs) of a 233S just to rest up in a Walmart, Camping World, Etc parking lot.
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What is involved in deploying a bunk with a hybrid?

We did our slides without issue, but they're simply holding a switch. (Well, except when the slide jams and then you have to use its manual override which is push like a m'effer.)
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Well, you probably DON'T want to extend your slides or put out your bunk ends if you are just "resting" or overnighting in a Wally world parking lot.

We were a family of 4 when we had our HTT, but we turtled in it several times enroute to different places. Our children were small and we packed everything underneath the dinette in rubbermaid totes and left the bed available to resting. All 4 of us piled into the bed, slept and the girls thought it was great.

Now, if your kids are older, it probably would not be feasible, but at the time, ours were 2 and 5 and slept with us, on occasion, anyway. It was just another adventure.
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Doug, the new Roos are much easier, as the canvas is attached to the bed door. So my test with my Hybrid will be a bit flawed as the new ones are easier. But, the new Roos require you to just unlock, open, unfold the U shaped rod, and insert the center support rod.

Merry, I can't see on a 233S, our family not being able to sleep without deploying the slide at minimum. That will take setting up the table, couch, and air mattresses on the floor. But, we would have to see if there is still room. I am seeing having to maybe setup one bed,and that wpuld be for myself.

Also, I would like to avoid Wally Worlds. That is why my first trip, I planned on Camping World.
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Doug, the new Roos are much easier, as the canvas is attached to the bed door. So my test with my Hybrid will be a bit flawed as the new ones are easier. But, the new Roos require you to just unlock, open, unfold the U shaped rod, and insert the center support rod.

Merry, I can't see on a 233S, our family not being able to sleep without deploying the slide at minimum. That will take setting up the table, couch, and air mattresses on the floor. But, we would have to see if there is still room. I am seeing having to maybe setup one bed,and that wpuld be for myself.

Also, I would like to avoid Wally Worlds. That is why my first trip, I planned on Camping World.

For my camper, I "need" the slides out to use it comfortably. To get around the kitchen/living area, the main slide goes out. To get into the bunkhouse at all- one of the slides has to go out.

I just parked where I was away from folks and put them out. Make sure it doesn't overhang a drive area of the parking lot. If possible, do it over grass.

But, as long as you're ok with the "work" of deploying the bunks and it doesn't sound like much- I don't see an issue.

(And now, to answer a question that you didn't ask-)
As for Camping World; I've gotten mixed messages when I call them. In Tallahassee, they were welcoming. They had water and electric hookups - I only used the electric as it was the middle of summer and freakishly hot out. But in Fayetteville, NC - I called before hand and the service person said they had service spots; if no one was using them then I was welcome to park there. She just recommended that I call that day. I called just after the service dept closed (because I'm forgetful ) and the person I spoke with was adamant that they were service spots and only for service customers. So we headed on down the road and did our first Walmart overnighting.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:48 AM   #6
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For my camper, I "need" the slides out to use it comfortably. To get around the kitchen/living area, the main slide goes out. To get into the bunkhouse at all- one of the slides has to go out.

I just parked where I was away from folks and put them out. Make sure it doesn't overhang a drive area of the parking lot. If possible, do it over grass.

But, as long as you're ok with the "work" of deploying the bunks and it doesn't sound like much- I don't see an issue.

(And now, to answer a question that you didn't ask-)
As for Camping World; I've gotten mixed messages when I call them. In Tallahassee, they were welcoming. They had water and electric hookups - I only used the electric as it was the middle of summer and freakishly hot out. But in Fayetteville, NC - I called before hand and the service person said they had service spots; if no one was using them then I was welcome to park there. She just recommended that I call that day. I called just after the service dept closed (because I'm forgetful ) and the person I spoke with was adamant that they were service spots and only for service customers. So we headed on down the road and did our first Walmart overnighting.
Good tip for calling ahead. We are planning on Syracuse, NY, since it is approximately halfway. On the way back, since we are leaving later, I am thinking Hamburg, NY, about 1/3 of the way home.

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Checking the various CW sites, Hamburg does NOT list overnight parking...so it looks like a change in plans.
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Good tip for calling ahead. We are planning on Syracuse, NY, since it is approximately halfway. On the way back, since we are leaving later, I am thinking Hamburg, NY, about 1/3 of the way home.

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Checking the various CW sites, Hamburg does NOT list overnight parking...so it looks like a change in plans.

Call 'em anyway. They may be willing to let you but not advertise it.
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Are you talking about slides or pulling out the beds to set up the tent area? We used to have a pop-up and it was no big deal to pull out the beds for the night. We just did the minimal set-up needed to get to bed and back on the road in the morning. No food prep. Food was purchased on the road when traveling.
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We love the hybrid for the couple of sleeping options it offers. It doesn't take long to open both ends, just a minute or two. We have opened one end and someone sleep on the sofa bed with air mattress which is very comfortable. If it was really, really cold then we left the ends up and slept on the sofa or table bed and been very comfortable.
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My concern would be with security, easy access when you are all asleep. Bad people exist everywhere. Are state park campgrounds an option on your route, in Ohio they are affordable. Have fun at the point, it is a blast. Have you ever stayed at the Breakers Hotel on the lake front? Easy, early access to the park, but for that event it might be sold out already.
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