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Old 07-13-2016, 02:10 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by msubryan View Post

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.


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Old 07-13-2016, 03:54 PM   #12
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With 4 kids it'll be hard to find a Class C floorplan that will work for you.

If you're looking at hybrids, look a the 233S with 3 bed tipouts. It may work better for your larger family especially as they start to grow taller. I don't like bunks because they are typically too small for teens so you outgrow them fairly quickly (JMO). Keep in mind that hybrids with tent ends are not for everyone or every place. Plus hybrids have a higher chance of leaking by virtue of the extra holes in the walls.

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Old 07-13-2016, 06:37 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by ilmor View Post
I've owned 1 class A, 1 travel trailer, 1 popup and 3 class c's. After all that experience my preference is class C any day of the week. But like anything else, there are so many variables.
I, too have owned many types. None was the perfect solution. For motor homes, I agree with the preference for the small class C. HOWEVER, we have landed on our preference being the travel trailer for the following reasons:

You're going to be towing SOMETHING, whether a car or a trailer.
The trailer is more comfortable once you arrive.
My Expedition tow vehicle is more comfortable to drive than any motorhome I've driven
Last, and for me, most important, you don't have an extra engine, transmission, and other running gear components to maintain.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:42 PM   #14
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Thanks to all for feedback. I have a very good tow vehicle (tahoe z71) and am now strongly leaning towards the hybrid. I do love the tent feel and while the class c would be Excellent traveling, the hybrid will be much better once we get to the destination. Would be awesome if someone made a class c with twin slides like 23 ikss. And similar amenities.
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Old 07-13-2016, 09:28 PM   #15
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I chose a Class C because you don't have to exit your vehicle to use your bathroom or grab a drink and snack while on the road. (4 kids would appreciate this aspect.) It can also be a safety issue, not having to exit your vehicle in "undesirable" places.
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Old 07-15-2016, 09:58 PM   #16
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We bought a Class C Jayco last year, just didn't like the way it handled in the wind and when any semi-truck passing in either direction.

This year we bought a 5th wheel and 1 ton Chev pickup, then sold the Class C. I couldn't be happier. The pickup is comfy to travel, easy to drive with 5'er and the comforts of the 5'er top the motorhome in my opinion.

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Old 07-15-2016, 10:13 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by 41ford View Post
We bought a Class C Jayco last year, just didn't like the way it handled in the wind and when any semi-truck passing in either direction.

This year we bought a 5th wheel and 1 ton Chev pickup, then sold the Class C. I couldn't be happier. The pickup is comfy to travel, easy to drive with 5'er and the comforts of the 5'er top the motorhome in my opinion.
Also having had them all a 5er is much preferred over all others. We use our 5er most of the year. Never had a hybrid as always hated the thought of leaking canvas and wondered about long term heating and cooling during extreme temp periods. For that reason and others I'd take a TT in OPs circumstances.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:41 AM   #18
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Just my $.02 but DW and I have found the C convenient for the daily runs we make to visit relatives and travel to bike trails. I can only imagine with 4 kids it would be nice to have a changing room and restrooms in the parking lot
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Old 07-30-2016, 02:54 PM   #19
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My DW and I just went through the same thing. We wanted to upgrade from our TT and we spent 3 months looking and test driving. After all that we decided the extra cost and insurance of a C or A was not worth it. We traded in for a new Rockwood 8329SS. It depends on how you are going to camp. Are you willing to have $70,000 to $130,000 just sitting in your backyard 70% on the year?
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Old 10-10-2016, 10:19 AM   #20
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For us it was a matter of space on our driveway, vehicles we already own, and cost. Our new Forester MH was less money than purchasing a new TT and a truck big/powerful enough to safely pull it. And, we don't need a truck. We have a Honda Pilot which I will keep forever. MH made the most sense to me. But, everyone's situation is personal.

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