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Offline Glen Burnie

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Someone stop me...
« on: February 26, 2011, 09:38:24 AM »
As we continue to very slowly go thru the winter months, I continue to consider the transition into a hybrid travel trailer.  Don't get me wrong, I love my popup.  It's just that sometimes I wish I could start the season a little earlier, have more room to pack some clothing, have more room in the event of a rain day, etc.  However for some of the reasons I am considering a TT, are also some of the reasons I don't want one.  The pop-up allows me to get it into just about anywhere I want, even in some pretty tight areas in the national forests.  I like having the tent ends opened up in the spring, summer and fall, cause that just screams camping.  I like not confining my family to the inside of a camper, and the small size of the pop-up kind of encourages us to cook and be more involved outside and not to get to comfortable inside.

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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2011, 10:14:33 AM »
i'm not going to stop you. i wish we had moved to a hybrid, much earlier.
we would have camped more.
we've camped way more, each year, since we got our hybrid. camping is just much easier.

we haven't had any issues camping in state parks and ours is 23' long.

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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2011, 11:32:41 AM »
There are reasons that TT's and such are popular.
Mom and Dad are on their way home from a 7 week trip with the Fiver. Yesterday they were in Bakersfield, CA. They are heading NW to the coast and will come up Hwy 101. Imagine the temps and rain at the coast!!
My neighbor just got back with her TT from being on the road for about 6? weeks.
I wouldn't do it with a Pup - not this time of year - not ever.
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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011, 11:48:25 AM »
We have been looking at upgrading and there are a few things I just can't get out of a hybrid. 
1) Windows all around for a view, sunlight and breeze. 
2) Head room.  I'm 6'4" and many hybrid campers have a 6'4" - 6'6" interior height were most popup have a 6'8"- 7'1" interior height.

There are many very nice hybrids out there and we go to a few RV shows each year waiting for the right one, popup or hybrid.
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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2011, 12:55:41 PM »
Well, I went from being a 100% tenter, to pulling a 28' Airstream, back to a tent and then on to popups (still have and use the tent). I guess it boils down to what we like to do. As for me, it's getting back into some places a TT just simply will not go, or not go very easily for sure, to some of those favorite fly fishing holes.  And the popup camper, anyway you want to cut it, gets the bod up off the ground and into a snuggly, warm, dry place when the rains come and the wind blows. For sure, I've thought about that little T@B hardside for traveling out west and maybe back up to Alaska and the little bugger looks like it might just be the thing. But the price tag on that thing! I'm posting it just in case y'all want to take-up a collection and buy it for me because, God knows, that's a terrible price for an old fly fisherman like me to come up with!



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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2011, 09:51:50 PM »
I admit when my husband and I get older it might make more sense physically( no cranking, pulling out beds,etc) to have a TT but I haven't gotten to that point yet
( we are early 40's)....I can see the appeal of a TT that is for sure but it would have to have alot of windows that can open and be relatively small yet feel spacious inside like the PUP does! Whenever we are camping I keep thinking " I could live in this thing all year long "( doubt I would feel that way once winter hit....haha).....when we get older I would love to travel from CG to CG and just be nomads!( a TT would be better for that kind of lifestyle I think)
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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2011, 10:18:17 PM »
My parents had the pup, trailers, diesel pushers, and now a fully customized Prevost.  They are done with tt and inferior overloaded chassis.  They constantly nag us to get a TT, Hi-lo or even a class C.   My wife thinks that with a two year old, and soon to start on another one a pup is too hard to.    I have these negative view points flying in from everywhere.   Like why did you buy a new one, I see pups for 4 g-7g that look good.  I reply back on its a 12ft with slide, ac, potty , storage trunk, furnace, 26gal water, and power lift.   All of that is essentially $one grand per foot, easy to tow, great for weekend warriors, high resale, and resistant to $5.00/gallon gas. 
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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2011, 10:56:50 PM »
I'm not going to stop you either.  I have been researching to see what my extra vehicle, a 1993 ford E150 van, can tow.  I just found out it can handle a HTT or small TT so I will keep it around and start looking for one next winter.  DW isn't overjoyed when we go camping (she thinks it is too much work.....but I'm the one doing it LOL), and my bro said today "the easier it is to go camping, the more you will do it".  So I figure with a HTT or TT DW will enjoy the more appliances that come with it and the bathroom and shower.  I will enjoy getting out more and I would really like to not have to pop it open to load and then move the stuff from the TV into the trailer. 

I think this summer I will stay with the Pup but the following summer my son will be 2 so I think we will do much more camping.  I will start looking next winter for a HTT.  I like the larger sleeping capacity and open air at least on the ends.
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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2011, 08:26:40 AM »
I like how there seems to be an evolution and progression of ownership.
I'm hitting mid 50s and DW's yet to break Five-0.  We just got into a pup this past November.
A lot of it had to do with our previous mobility - overseas.  A pup, TT, et al just were not feasible.
What we'll be in in 5-10 years is a mystery.  I have always loved Airstreams and, given the right set of circumstances will have one... Now to check that lottery ticket.
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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2011, 08:31:51 AM »
Steve,
We had walked through an Airstream at the Springfield, MA RV show and one of our members had mentioned that over 82% of them ever made were still on the road and being used.  That's impressive, but the price tag is painful.  :-\
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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2011, 09:58:17 AM »
We now own both a Popup and a Travel Trailer. The Travel Trailer sits on a Seasonal Site and we use the Popup to travel around with. I preferr the popup and enjoy what it brings to the table, but you have to match the yours needs and trips to the unit.

I don't image us dragging the travel trailer when we go camping, but then I don't image popping up the trailer at a seasonal site every time we popup in for a weekend either.

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Re: Someone stop me...
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2011, 10:10:29 AM »
Steve,

"I have always loved Airstreams and, given the right set of circumstances will have one"

being in one at the Rockland RV show I was amazed at how futuristic they are inside with neon lighting and overhead compartments. I thought I was in some private jet or something. It's hard not to notice Joe's statement of 82% still on the road though.
-Mike

 

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