Originally Posted by msubryan
Looking feedback on thoughts on the 2 options.
This is an interesting choice of options. We are on our 4th year with a 23IKSS and couldn't be happier with it, and as a kid, my parents had a class C that we camped a ton in - including a 7 week trip from NY to CA and back.
I think the choice probably comes down to preference and lifestyle. The hybrid is pretty easy to manage as far as getting packed and setting up/tearing down, but probably not as convenient as the Class C. However, it has a ton of room and sleeping space.
I would think the key points to think about
Are you "hybrid people" - meaning do you like the canvas ends and the tent feel? If you camp in places where the sites are spread out, this can be great. If you are in places where the sites are very close, it might be an issue. Or if you camp in very hot or very cold weather, a hybrid has some drawbacks. We're good from 25 degrees to 95 degrees in our Roo, but something to consider. Search the hybrid section of the forum for some of the threads on pros/cons of a hybrid.
The class C can be a lot more comfortable for the kids if driving a lot. Certainly a plus for the MH.
The IKSS is pretty heavy for a hybrid - our loaded tongue weight is in the neighborhood of 850 pounds. To carry that plus 6 people, you need the right tow vehicle.
Cost of buying and maintaining - my parents kept their C for 18 years - but the last 5 or 6 involved a lot of maintenance - finally sold it when working on it involved more time than camping in it. New hybrid comes with a warranty and (hopefully) less maintenance - but the cost of ownership could really jump if you need to upgrade the tow vehicle.
Good luck in your search! Either way your kids will have some great adventures to remember.